Mooloolaba towards Redcliffe
We had anchored on the Central Banks, at the top end of Moreton Bay, in the early hours of this morning. I had thought about pushing on to the anchorage off Tangalooma but it would have been a few hours longer under power and the banks seemed sheltered enough. Lying to wind and tide though we became girt, daylight showing the cable around the hull and leading of abeam. No real problem, the anchor held well and she was comfortable enough. In the end it was a simple job to slack away another half length of cable smartly and it dropped clear of the hull. We gave the ship a good wash down and clean after breakfast and then got underway. "South Passage" had come looking for us and looked on with bemusement as our crew toiled away to weigh anchor by hand. A short motor to get clear of the banks and we were then able to get under sail again. Setting everything we had a very pleasant sail across the bay to Redcliffe, a bright sunny day, a fresh easterly breeze and flat water made for very enjoyable conditions, even those that had been seasick said that today had made up for the lumpy conditions yesterday. I kept sail on her right up to about a half mile off the jetty and then hove to and handed sail. I could see a big crowd on the end of the jetty waiting for us to come in, bodes well for a good visit here. The harbour here is a little shallow and I have timed our arrival for the flood tide. With everything ready I head in under power but the approaches are even shallower than I expected and at one stage she sniffs the bottom and takes a sheer towards the breakwater. Full astern on the engines and we back out for another go. The local Redcliffe coastguard boat comes in to give assistance and they go ahead to sound the deepest approach. I follow them in, turn sharp around the breakwater and with a bit of furious manouevring, work her up into the wind and we get alongside. Another safe arrival to the applause of the watching crowd. Gary Wilson Master.