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Gold Coast and Morton Bay

18 June 2023
Stephen and Kristina Hall

I am in the cockpit and Steve is behind the steering wheel. The tiny breeze (5 kn or less south easterly) brings us slowly but steadily to a bay north of Brisbane. Which one - we don’t know yet, it depends on the wind.
Yes! We are moving again, preferably sailing, but also had the chance to see how reliable the new engine is and check out the new propeller. Steve says he couldn’t give precise figures, but the feathering certainly makes a difference. Especially in these light winds.
We left Ashby on 8 June. The first night, we anchored near the Harwood Bridge which was opened for us and our friends the following morning. Together we spent the weekend in Iluka, from where we left on Sunday. Overnight we (motor)sailed to Gold Coast. Thankfully, I had been warned - if I wouldn’t know better, my assumption was, that the name comes from the hundreds of skyscrapers “shining“ in the sun. But it was the quick money that was (and is) made, why it initially was nicknamed Gold Coast, what then became the official name. We had no intentions to stay longer than one night - and after we got some groceries, we left. Tuesday 13 June we moved on to Jacobs Well. It was a surprisingly nice sail for quite a bit. Unfortunately the anchorage was in the middle of the channel - and the small motorboats and jet skies often came very close and their wake made Torea roll. We decided to top up the Diesel and then leave the following morning. We thought, that Karragarra Island would be a better place to stay. I personally don’t think so. There were fewer small vessels, that is true, but a lot of ferries passed - and their wake caused us often to hold on what ever it was. Nevertheless we stayed two nights there. Macleay Island had drinkable water access and a small café which redeemed the wakes.
The walk in Karragarra was disappointing in so far as we weren’t able to find the “swap a book“ shack.
We followed the channel and anchored in Deanbilla Bay near Dunwich. The Small Ship Club had been recommended to us and we enjoyed stretching our legs - to find ourselves not too long after in a nice garden with a cool Lager.
The following morning we left and motored the roughly 3 nm to Peel Island, where we went ashore for a walk. It was not spectacular, but I really enjoyed being in nature again.

One day later… We headed north slowly under sail, arriving we will arrive at Deception Bay in the dark.
After almost three months in Tasmania, basically working up and down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and almost three months at the Clarence, I desperately wanted not only to move on, but also leave Australia. The winds are not so promising for New Caledonia and we will most likely head towards the Whitsundays instead. After a short phase of bitter disappointment, I made peace and am looking forward to discover what Australia has to offer.
Later, in an hour or two we will set sail to the Wide Bay Bar. The winds are fairly favourable and the swell not too bad. And with the magic of a seasickness tablet, we will hopefully enjoy another nice sail.
Yesterday we spent almost all day with re-provisioning, topping the water tanks and filling the containers, doing laundry at Bongaree, Bribie Island. Almost everyday I am amazed how fast the time passes.

Photo: Torea, seen from Peel Island
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Vessel Name: Torea
Vessel Make/Model: Bill Couldrey
Hailing Port: New Zealand
Crew: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Extra: Torea was launched in 1966 as an offshore racing yacht. She was designed by Bill Couldrey and built by Keith Atkinson in triple diagonal kauri. Torea competed and finished in the 1969 Sydney Hobart race.

Who: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Port: New Zealand