Harbour Sail and Raft-up – 23 May 2020

Crew: Geoff, Rebecca, Peter, Ken, Lorna, Juliet.

Forecast: Northerly 10 knots, easing to variable 5 knots this morning. Southerly 10 knots developing this afternoon, then tending northerly 10 knots this evening. Sea slight. Mainly fine.

We cast off from Chaffers at 1115 hrs and followed Temptation out into the harbour. With Peter on helm we hoisted the Mainsail and No. 1 LT Genoa and headed out past Pt Jerningham.

After we passed the wind shadow of Kau Bay and with about 8-10 kts of southerly and blue skies we veered southeast towards the Rear Lead lighthouse. We lost sight of Temptation as they sailed down into Evans Bay.

At 1207 hrs we turned left and hoisted the Maxi Spinnaker for a great run up the harbour. At 1228 hrs we did a nice spinnaker gybe and headed towards the mooring at the north end of Somes Island. There was a boat on the club mooring so we tied up to the tin can at 1248 hrs. Temptation then joined us for a raft-up and a nice lunch was enjoyed – with suitable social distancing observed of course!

After lunch the weather deteriorated into a cloudy day with breezy southerlies. We wrapped up with warmer clothes and cast off from the mooring at 1400 hrs. We changed the headsail down to the No. 2 (the smaller No. 3 would have been better but it was in the boot of Geoff’s car) and we had a fast sail back to Lambton Harbour with 18-20 kts wind and Juliet on helm.

Lorna had a hair appointment in town in the afternoon so after dowsing the sails we motored into Queens Wharf and tied up at the jetty next to Dockside Restaurant showing off our perfect docking skills for the punters in the restaurants! Another Evans Bay boat, Black Mamba, was also tied up at the wharf. Lorna went off to her appointment and we motored round to Chaffers docking in the berth at 1524 hrs.

As Lorna said. “It was a great day out! Some of everything — relaxing sunshine and calm breezes as well as a good blow to get us heeling.”

Leaving Chaffers Marina

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