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Divers Down!

10 February 2015 | Port Stephens
Heather
From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

Like flipping a switch, we are back into diving mode after months of land-lubbing. We said goodbye to Sydney a little over a week ago and made a slow dash 100 miles north fighting that lovely East Australia Current that carried us down there. As if this mode of transportation isn't slow enough, fighting a few knots of current makes it even more painful and we find as we get older (or this gets older) we don't have the patience for it sometimes. Luckily though, on the 75 mile day sail we did in 14 hours, I was coming down with a doozie of a cold (souvenir from Tasmania) so I was OK just lying around doing nothing. We both really felt the motion too. It doesn't take long to get rusty.
From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

But we pulled in to Port Stephens which is a huge, protected bay with the clearest water we're seen, beautiful weather, beaches everywhere, nice little seaside towns and FREE moorings. We've grown to love those pink beehive mooring balls scattered about just here for us to enjoy. They've had them up and down the coast. But the best part is that this area is largely a protected marine park and the snorkeling & diving has been great! It's all new. We've seen so much stuff on 2 dives and one snorkel. Two frogfish, only a few feet from each other- cute! We are moored right next to the park so it is about 100 yards to the dive site. There are others that we plan to try in the next couple of days- they say two spots in particular are full of seahorses- but my cold is hanging on and I've made it worse by diving. But we got a good 3 days in of great water fun. So today Jon cleaned the bottom with his tank and I did what I could reach from the surface without having to equalize. We hadn't cleaned it since we were in New Cal. It needed it but mostly it was the prop & the seacocks. I don't know how we motored here with that prop and I don't know how we were able to move any water in or out of the boat! Sydney was either all talk or true stories about shark attacks and although we generally don't mind sharks, we like to be able to see them and Cammeray's water was too murky. It wasn't worth losing an arm or worse. I was so nervous about the reported bull shark attacks in the harbor that I didn't even want to put my hand in.

From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

Then this afternoon we took a hike up to one of the headlands that protect the harbor. Along the way, we looked for koalas because we're back in their territory but none!
From Australia 2015

We've met 2 new couples here. Friends we made way back at Shipyard Quarters Marina in Boston-Mark & Judy on Windbird, introduced us via email to a couple that they met while cruising in Indonesia - Robert & Tina. They live right here in Port Stephens now and so we got together for dinner to swap stories which was really nice. Then Larry & Karen from Panta Rhei introduced us to friends of theirs who live right here Barbara & Jim, so we got together with them a couple of nights ago at their lovely place right on the beach. It's great to meet new people and exchange some ideas. When we went to leave their house that night, we were wading out to the dinghy on the long, shallow beach and there were hundreds of purple soldier crabs out & about. They loved the flashlight and would all try to move toward the light. They looked to us like something from outer space. Wished we'd had the camera...

From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

From Australia 2015

Anyway, we feel like we should leave but can't make ourselves go because this place is great. Plus, Jan & Rich just pulled in this morning and they're on a free mooring right next to us. So that's it, we're staying.
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Vessel Name: EVERGREEN
Vessel Make/Model: Tashiba 40 Hull #158
Hailing Port: E. Thetford Vermont
Crew: Heather and Jon Turgeon
Extra:
Hello! We are Heather & Jon Turgeon of S/V Evergreen. We started sailing in 1994 on our first boat, a Cape Dory 31, then sought out a Tashiba 40 that could take us around the globe. It has been our home for 19 years. We've thoroughly cruised the East coast and Caribbean and just completed our [...]
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