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Cruising on Diomedea
Diomedea is a Van de Stadt Tasman 48
Flat Water Sailing
David and Andrea
26/04/2010, NSW Coast

Sailing south from Newcastle with 15-20 kt NW breeze. No swell or waves. Fantastic conditions. We sat on 8-9kts. Sadly the wind built to 25 knots after Norah Head and we ripped the spinnaker getting it down.

19. Coastal cruising
Twilight
David and Andrea
20/04/2010

Twilight

19. Coastal cruising
Spinnaker sailing
David and Andrea
19/04/2010, Newcastle

We needed to have some touch up work done, and also we needed an excuse to go sailing offshore. So Friday evening saw Diomedea slide out of the harbour before setting the big sexy assy for the passage north to Pittwater. We arrived in Coasters after dark, having to motor the last few miles in the last dregs of breeze. A leisurely Saturday brekky then north again. The forecast was for southerly swinging east so we again had the assy up and soon found ourselves miles out to sea. Rather than gybe we ran wing in wing. By 3pm the breeze had faltered so it was back to the diesel for the last little bit. The easterly change came at about 4.30pm, far too late and too little.
Newcastle was stunning in diamond twilight. Almost a second home to us now.
See the pix in Coastal Cruising album.

19. Coastal cruising

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