We have a brief 24-hour window of calmer weather, so we are leaving Southport before dawn to make our way 100 miles further south to Yamba. The east Australian current (the one the turtles were riding in Finding Nemo) will be helping us with a little southerly boost. We need to arrive by late afternoon so we can make the pass near high tide to improve our ride into the river mouth. Once the tide passes high tide, the pass will get turbulent with outflowing water vs inflowing ocean. Besides, its better to have light so we can see our way into the anchorage – especially since we’ve never been there before.
By midnight, after our arrival, another weather system will be coming through with more south winds and rain. But, we hope within a couple of days to be able to continue south for Sydney.