Kate’s log part 2: from Sydney to Brisbane

The next leg of our Windeward Bound voyage took us from Sydney to Brisbane, and unfortunately coincided with some shocking “cyclone-esque” winds which saw us holed up in Broken Bay and Pittwater for a number of days before heading out in the rough to rock and roll our way to Queensland. Thankfully, everyone got their sea legs pretty quickly, my food went down well (and not so much up again! 😂), and  we all enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the NSW and QLD coasts, with fabulous sunrises and sunsets every day. There were almost as many ships cruising on the East Australian Current (EAC) as there were dolphins frolicking beside us!!

Sailing around Stradbroke and Moreton Islands was nice (albeit damp and cold), and the channel into Brisbane port was pretty industrial and busy with many massive cargo ships passing us. We moored on the Brisbane River at Dockside Marina, Kangaroo Point just near the Story Bridge, and again hosted Day Sails, Gala Receptions, Rotarians, the Brisbane Lord Mayor and dignitaries. Again, I had the chance post voyage to catch up with family and friends, including fellow LBTer-at-large Marlene in Brissy, and ex-Franklinite Georgie at Coochiemudlo Island: Holidays are great!!

Roughing it (photos never do justice!!), we were pretty seriously sideways, one way then the other, with water everywhere: Fun times!!

Coming it through the busy Brisbane Channel, dodging ships is serious business. Come to Queensland they said, the weather will be beautiful they said… 😂😂 Pretty wild and woolly!

Happy crew at the end of the voyage! Includes crew members from Tas, QLD, Vic, NSW, ACT, Austria, Poland, and the USA; sailing Tall Ships truly brings people together!!

Coochiemudlo magic, just what the doctor ordered!!

Marlene and me, “TN23 Dream Team” reunited (but the only thing we cooked was our own breakfast!