After our anchor-dragging-in-the-night experience up the Parramatta River, we headed to Rose Bay to wait for the last of the rain and high winds to clear before we sailed out. The wait gave us the chance to see a few new sights and bid farewell to some old favourites:
|Minesweepers at HMAS Waterhen in Balls Head Bay - we anchored opposite for a lunch stop|
|Waiting for a very large cruise liner to reverse out of Sydney Cove|
|Our final sail past the Opera House - we never get tired of seeing it|
|Rain closing in at our Rose Bay anchorage|
The following day looked just perfect for the 3 hour sail up to Broken Bay and Pittwater - sunshine and a 15 knot southerly wind. So we flew the Parasailor from the anchorage and, just as happened in Auckland a couple of years ago, an ex-America's Cup boat doing pleasure trips around the harbour came for a closer look at our sail. Parasailors are clearly a novelty in these parts!
Unfortunately, as all sailors will know, spinnakers have an evil sense of humour and love to make fools of you. We had to snuff it into its sock for a little while as we motored out of Sydney Heads but then the washing-machine seas just off the perpendicular cliffs managed to tie the sail in knots and we had to drop it to the deck to be untangled later. Ah, well, we still had a pleasant sail north but it was a frustrating moment.
So we are now back in Broken Bay, whose main sailing waterway is Pittwater; it's full of boats and is backed, to the west, by dense eucalyptus forest and steep hills.
|Part of Broken Bay - we are currently anchored at the blue dot in the Hawkesbury River|
|Looking East across Pittwater towards Newport|
|An annotated Google Earth image of roughly the same orientation. The photo above was taken on the hillside to the right of the 'Morning Bay' caption|
|A closer view of the millions of dollars worth of boats on moorings and in two large marinas|
|Nearing the end of the hike - a really superb walk, complete with wild kangaroos in the forest!|