Delivering Cordalga – The Skipper is Man Down

October 4, 2019 Peter No comments exist

We’re getting used to these early mornings. It was up at 03H00 again on Thursday for a 04H00 departure from Nelson Bay headed for Port Macquarie. During the routine engine checks the previous day, Geoff noticed that the engine oil level was low which was a bit of a concern. The previous run to Nelson Bay had been a fairly long hard run and it may just be that the engine had used more oil than normal during this run. Just to be on the safe side we would run the engine for about 4 or 5 hours and then check the engine oil level again.

After about 5 hours we stopped the engine off Elizabeth Beach and Geoff went down to check the oil level. It was normal and after a quick chat to Glenn we were off again. The conditions during the morning were lovely with us making 7 and a half knots in calm seas. The conditions turned in the early afternoon with the result that our speed reduced to 5 and a half knots. We did see a few whales with some of them fairly close.

We had purposely left early to arrive at Port Macquarie in the late afternoon during daylight hours. There is a bar crossing to get to Port Macquarie and, whilst Geoff has done this bar crossing many times, crossing a bar at night is never easy.

With the stop at Elizabeth Beach and the reduced speed we would only be arriving in Port Macquarie at about 19H30. Fortunately the bar crossing and moving through the channel in the dark went well and by 20H00 we were on a mooring ball in Port Macquarie. It was a very relieved and somewhat tired Skipper once we were tied up. We had covered 107 miles in a little over 16 hours.

We had planned to have a short stop in Port Macquarie and then have an early start on Friday for a day trip to Koffs Harbour followed by an early start and another day trip to Yamba on Saturday. Shortly after we arrived in Port Macquarie Geoff started felling unwell and when the alarm went off at 03H00 on Friday morning he wasn’t feeling any better so we have decided to have a rest day in Port Macquarie.

There are worse places to have a rest day.

And finally, what exactly I hear you ask, is this piece of high tech space age equipment. It’s one of those ‘if you have to ask, you don’t want to know questions’. Cordalga was a working boat so there was no space for flushing toilets with heated seats. There are however times when this item is being used that the views are great.

With a bit of luck the Skipper will feel better on Saturday morning and we can be on our way. Weather permitting of course.

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