Monday, May 16, 2011

Coffs Harbour & Yamba (14th to 17th May)

Alan Lucas's Boat - Soleares
We made it into the Coral Sea and got into Yamba well and truly before any nasty stuff arrived.  We were greeted at Yamba by a few of the local including the cruising person's guru - Alan Lucas.  He currently has his boat "Soleares" berthed at the Yamba Marina.

We headed up to the largest Bowl's Club in the world for dinner and then watched a bit of footie before hitting the sack.

Clarence River Bar
View from the Pacific Hotel - Yamba
The weather in Yamba has been delightful with cool and crisp mornings but lovely warn and sunny afternoons.  We have done a few walks around the town and checked out all the local surf beaches. 

Due to the location we decided that we must go to the Pacific Hotel for lunch on Monday.  What an awesome view and the food was excellent.  Due to the large surf and ebbing tide the bar looked a whole lot more menacing than when we made our entrance on Saturday,  We are intending to go out in the flood when we depart for Southport late on Tuesday!!!

Leapy headed off early this morning for a yoga class as the life saving club - pretty nice way to watch the sun-rise over the beach.  As the swell has now dropped off a bit and the waves more 'Di Size" we decided to drag out the boogie boards and go for a bit of a surf this morning.  The water is amazingly warm and the waves manageable so we had a really fun time.
Main Beach Yamba
Lunch is not far away and we will then start getting organised for our over-nighter to Southport.  The plan is to leave around 15:00H and arrive tomorrow morning (Wednesday) around 9:00H.  The forecast is for light winds, low swells and a full moon so a lovely night for a yacht.

We will be staying in Southport for about 5 nights and have another crew change coming up!  If all goes well we are planning to do a swim with the dolphins at Sea World on Sunday morning so can't wait!!

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