Position 2nm east of Ballina.
We departed Yamba at 0800 this morning, just after the high tide. We had considered spending the day there and departing in the evening for a night run up to The Gold Coast, based on yesterdays forecast being similar to what we had experienced yesterday, but when we got up this morning we were back to light NE’ly winds again, and now an overcast sky, so the appeal of a night run had waned somewhat. We are just passing a fleet of Riviera power-boats, 9 that we can count, on their way to Yamba. The marina isn’t looking forward to refueling 9 of them, but I suppose it will be a nice little earner for them.
Yesterdays bar crossing into Yamba was another one for the book of experience. Our Lucas guide advised that on occasions following the leads in will take you through white water and in those circumstances it is better to duck around, either north or south and cross inside the white water. We saw a large stink boat (it was a 57’ Princess) holding off, then heading to the south, then back to the north, so we figured we’d watch them and then follow. But where they were heading was definite white water so we called them up and they said they weren’t going in. We told them that our course from the south was clear of white water and that they may want to consider our course. It turned into a textbook entry, with white water abeam us but none on our path, just a few swells to surf once inside the heads, so they followed us and afterwards invited us over for a beer for thanks. It worked out well but we both don’t really enjoy bar crossings. We ended up going out for dinner with the crew of Y Knot, to the Yamba Hotel, perched on the headland overlooking the bar entrance. It certainly looked smoother from up there.
Ruth just reported another 6 Riviera’s passing, and their wakes are certainly playing havoc with our not-so comfortable ride.