Coming on deck to see the high rise buildings of the Gold Coast gleaming on the horizon was great. I guess that must be how ancient sailors felt when they sighted land after a long passage at sea.
We were both tired after our unfamiliar 4 hour watch system but was amazing how quickly we adapted and, although sailing through squalls, in pouring rain and messy seas is not the idyllic experience many people associate with the experience, it has its own charm and there is a definite sense of achievement when the difficulty has passed.
Fortunately the tide was in when we arrived and we entered the Gold Coast seaway with no difficulty at all. Jonny and Alice, armed with a welcome bottle of bubbles, were waiting to greet us on the pontoon.
The new life has begun!