Blue Eagle

Whale Journeys

Who: Julian Wayne Helen and Bev
Port: Broken Bay
11 May 2013 | Cowan Creek
11 May 2013 | Off the central coast
09 May 2013 | Port Stephens to Broken Bay
09 May 2013 | Boughton Islands
08 May 2013 | Port Stephens
08 May 2013 | Nelson Bay
07 May 2013 | Port Stephens
06 May 2013 | Port Stephens
05 May 2013
04 May 2013 | Sydney
29 April 2013
25 October 2012 | Port Stephens to Broken Bay
25 October 2012 | Broken Bay
24 October 2012 | Coffs to Port Stephens Overnight
23 October 2012 | Coffs Harbour
23 October 2012 | Coffs Harbour
22 October 2012 | Stuck in Coffs - day 2
22 October 2012 | Coffs Harbour
21 October 2012 | Coffs Harbour
20 October 2012 | En route to Coffs

Logging Off

11 May 2013 | Cowan Creek
Wayne
Safe and sound in the calm waters of Cowan Creek Blue Eagle lies on a mooring surrounded by sandstone shores, Angophora and the welcoming calls of birds. Thank you to our fantastic crew Bev and Helen for making this adventure such fun. To Geoffrey who drove hours to spend such little time with us – it was great to have you on board and we hope the effort was worthwhile. Until next adventure this is Blue Eagle over and out.

Inbound Part 2

11 May 2013 | Off the central coast
Wayne
Coal ships, at least ten, wallow at anchor awaiting precious cargo to fill their vast bellies and weigh them back into their watery skirts, covering the bared red waists on full display. A red haze tinges the horizon of an otherwise clear blue sky, thickening as we approach the big smoke. Dolphins, a pod of 30, cruise past oblivious to both, intent only on tracking their next meal. A whale breaches on the horizon but comes no closer as yachts struggle to fill their spinnakers in the calm conditions. The constant chug of the diesel “Lord Gardner” comforts and guides a smooth and swift return journey and Lion Island looms in the afternoon sun as we cruise past upriver to a mooring.

Inbound Part 1

09 May 2013 | Port Stephens to Broken Bay
Wayne
“Marine Rescue Port Stephens, Marine Rescue Port Stephens, this is Blue Eagle, Blue Eagle on 73 over” The morning log on for the journey home begins at an unsociable hour as the sun just colours the eastern horizon. A slight swell is chopped by a moderate offshore breeze making conditions interesting for muesli and yoghurt on the rear deck. Hot drinks will have to wait. We pass the Point Stephen light house and set our bearing home.

Thursday Island

09 May 2013 | Boughton Islands
Wayne
Eroding lumps of basalt and sand emerge from the sea to anchor sparse green scrub on the rolling ridges. Tight coves fringed by rock reefs shelter sandy beaches from the prevailing wind. Turtles poke their heads curiously out to stare at the boat momentarily distracted from their lunch. A whale blows then surfaces only to disappear without trace whilst a dolphin flips across its path. Anglers in runabouts scoot keenly along and dot the smooth surface of the sea casting lines into the afternoon sun, hoping perhaps for another bite before its time to scuttle back into the safety of Port Stephens. (I hope their catch was more impressive than ours). The scarred granite headlands welcome us back in to the shallow waters of Shoal Bay.

W.A.D.A.D.M.

08 May 2013 | Port Stephens
Wayne
What a difference a day makes! Woke this morning to warm clear skies, no wind and a BOM forecast of stable conditions for the next 3 days. Forget the journey home we're staying another day. Bev's excuse "her prawn is still intact". Make of that what you will but it probably indicates some fishing at the Broughton Islands is on the agenda.

Checking Conditions

08 May 2013 | Nelson Bay
Wayne
With a new crewman, Geoffrey, on board for a day we took her outside to see how the conditions had settled. Rolling 2 meters with no chop - quite pleasant with the promise of great conditions tomorrow and the threat of a southerly on Friday we have decided to head south in the morning. Tonight a marina, a long hot shower, and a restaurant meal - how civilized.
Vessel Name: Blue Eagle
Vessel Make/Model: Hartley 38
Hailing Port: Broken Bay
Crew: Julian Wayne Helen and Bev
About: Too much to say - too little you should know - wicked at canasta
Blue Eagle's Photos - Main
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Whale Journeys

Who: Julian Wayne Helen and Bev
Port: Broken Bay