Day 48 - 50 Return to Sydney!
After a much needed recovery day, sitting doing very little and waiting for the wind to die down, we left our anchorage in Eden to head across Two Fold Bay to the town of Eden to collect some provisions and some more diesel. We had a few capers tying up and leaving the wooden wharf, but we survived. Then it was out to sea and turn left for Sydney. We had originally planned to stop at Jervis Bay, but the weather looked favourable and so we carried on all the way to Sydney. Although we managed a few hours of good sailing a lot of the journey was very light winds and so we motor sailed most of the way.
We arrived just off Bondi beach at about 7am to a traditional Sydney welcome, an absolute downpour and gusty winds. That put a bit of a damper on the grand arrival after a 230 nm journey and 43 hours at sea. We motored into the harbour behind a big cruise ship and then dropped Julian off so that he could head back home to Brisbane.
We are now anchored in Atholl Bay (near the zoo) awaiting the various celebrations for Australia Day. Apparently there are fireworks at 9.30pm. I'm not sure that we will last that long.
Today is our 50th day aboard X-Pat and Debi still hasn't thrown me overboard. Time is running out!