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Re: Cruising Broken Bay / September School Holidays

We are not doing the race this year but a couple of things for future reference ....

There has been a fair bit of dredging going on in the channel and I believe it is now a minimum three metres deep. That is inside the bridge. You would still need to go over the coal seam at high tide.

Mate of ours who lives on the lake will come out and give you a tilt over the shallows. Its something of a bizarre experience but thats how we got in and out last year. He takes your spinnaker halyard to his boat and away he goes. Price was a brick of Becks.

The Toronto MYC who sponsor the event is a fabulous wee club. Gave us a free mooring for a couple of weeks after the race before we bought our girl back to Sydney.

I'd highly recommend doing the race when they finally move it to later in the year. Quite frankly the weather end of September is usually rubbish and last year it was 24 hours of sheer and utter misery even in what was probably the most comfortable boat in the race. Rain , freezing temperatures , plus 35 knots wind on the nose and for freaks sake HAIL. Oh yes and we plus 35 again on the nose coming up from Sydney though going back was not too bad.

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Re: Cruising Broken Bay / September School Holidays

Hi TDW,
We are heading out for a cruise from Lake Macquarie up to Newcastle on the Weekend of the 15th and then were thinking of heading north to Port Stephens or South to Pittwater and Sydney for a few weeks. Not sure which way to go yet but if we head south I'll give you a heads up. I love it on the water this time of year, Great days and cool but not really cold nights.
Just for the info of people thinking of coming into the lake there have been many yachts coming in and out of the lake with 6ft draft no problems at all. There is a current working party (yes another one) putting together another proposal to keep the channel permanently dredged to three metres at low tide. This would be greatly beneficial not only to all boaters but many business's on the shores of the lake. Would you beleive that Tugerah lakes has a proper dredge to keep the lake open to keep the fisherman happy yet the lake is not navigatable from the lake to the sea. (For our overseas friends Tugerah lakes is north of Sydney but south of Lake Macqarie. It is a shallow lake with a large surface area mainly used for small off the beach catamarans, runabouts and ski boats. No large craft utilise the lake due to its depth and no access to the ocean.)
If you would love to see the channel to Lake Macquarie continually dredged so that all boaters could visit our wonderful lake please go to the following website and put forward your thoughts Swansea Channel Framework | A Sustainable Framework for Navigation in Swansea Channel NSW



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Hi TDW,
We are heading out for a cruise from Lake Macquarie up to Newcastle on the Weekend of the 15th and then were thinking of heading north to Port Stephens or South to Pittwater and Sydney for a few weeks. Not sure which way to go yet but if we head south I'll give you a heads up. I love it on the water this time of year, Great days and cool but not really cold nights.
Just for the info of people thinking of coming into the lake there have been many yachts coming in and out of the lake with 6ft draft no problems at all. There is a current working party (yes another one) putting together another proposal to keep the channel permanently dredged to three metres at low tide. This would be greatly beneficial not only to all boaters but many business's on the shores of the lake. Would you beleive that Tugerah lakes has a proper dredge to keep the lake open to keep the fisherman happy yet the lake is not navigatable from the lake to the sea. (For our overseas friends Tugerah lakes is north of Sydney but south of Lake Macqarie. It is a shallow lake with a large surface area mainly used for small off the beach catamarans, runabouts and ski boats. No large craft utilise the lake due to its depth and no access to the ocean.)
If you would love to see the channel to Lake Macquarie continually dredged so that all boaters could visit our wonderful lake please go to the following website and put forward your thoughts Swansea Channel Framework | A Sustainable Framework for Navigation in Swansea Channel NSW



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Oh yes to being out and about this time of the year, for cruising. Look at the weather this weekend. Glorious sunny days but last evening rainy, cold, squally. Blech. We spend pretty much every weekend on the boat. Only specific events , family mostly, keep us shore bound. This weekend was one of them and I am mightily pissed off not to be typing this from the cockpit. For me however the changeable weather makes that race more of a trial than I'd willingly go through.

Not knowing how well you know Port Stephens so excuse me stating the bleeding obvious but if you head north get up to the Broughtons. We went out from PS late January this year to Broughton Island for a day. Stayed a week. Gobmsackingly wonderful spot, I know of no better on the NSW coast.

All up Port Stephens can be a tad disappointing really. North Arm Cove is a pleasant spot and our favourite anchorage in PS but thats about it really. Nelson Bay good for bars, shopping and restaurants but they don't do LPG which is a bugger. The marina up at Cromarty Point is the place for that.

Pittwater/Broken Bay has more to offer. If you don't know it well let me know and I'll give you some ideas, same goes for Sydney. Should you make it down here, by all means let me know and we'll meet up.

We may btw still go to Lake Macquarie the weekend before the race and leave the girl up there for a few weeks. Maybe help out the organisers for the race if they need assistance. Just not doing the race itself.

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Re: Cruising Broken Bay / September School Holidays

Currently starting to watch long term weather formations. Looks like the big winds may hang around for a while. At the moment we have a 3 metres sea and a 3 metres swell. Winds are forecast from the east for next weekend so we are just playing the wait and see game at this time. Nobbys head were recording wind at 39 knots this afternoon. Not fun to be out in
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Re: Cruising Broken Bay / September School Holidays

Yes unless your best friend is a sail maker the current weather is a tad dicey

Had hoped it would be okay for a sail with the kids tomorrow... Oh well.
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SeaBreeze showing 30 odd knots mid north coast but dropping off through the day and light ot moderate rest of the week, picking up again Thursday with a SE change up to 30knts but again falling away quite quickly. Not so bad, typical September really.

Sydney is showing all good. Certainly bloody lovely at the moment.

BOM issued a strong wind to gale warning earlier on but that has since been cancelled.

BTW ... if you do not know SeaBreeze (.com.au) then you should. I find their predicting to be more reliable than the BOM but used in conjuction you can get a very accurate idea most of the time.
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Re: Cruising Broken Bay / September School Holidays

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We didn't get out at all this weekend .... blame it all on my mother .... but after the forecasts from both BOM and SeaBreeze what the hell was that wind in the middle of the night ? Neither predicted that.
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Re: Cruising Broken Bay / September School Holidays

Hi Td,
Following weather patterns at the moment as well and will be brining the boat in tomorrow to start preparing for for going offshore. Not a lot to do other then fuel and get food and clothes on board and give her a good go over safety wise. I have been looking closely at the long range BOM. Wind Guru and Sea Breeze with all indicating a high coming through with little wind and small seas. While the forecast looks good I have been caught out more then I care to remember one more than one occasion with unpredicted weather storms.
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Re: Cruising Broken Bay / September School Holidays

Well, we had a constant 15 kn from the SE. A lovely time muckin about the bay. I did however break the block on the genoa traveller. Luckily I had the line going through another just next to the dodgy one or I would have lost some stanchions.

All I got was a wondergul bruise on my shin as the genoa sheet smacked into it.

I was crankin on the genoa sheet to make a windward beacon. As it was I had to tack anyway. Otherwise all good. Today I am going to swap the genoa for a 100% [ more in order to get a sailmaker to stitch a new UV strip on the 150% er.

School holidays coming up and we will be out unless wet and rotten.
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Re: Cruising Broken Bay / September School Holidays

The family & I had a lovely week cruising Broken Bay and Pittwater, returned to Sydney yesterday.

Very few boats out so always had our choice of moorings, great weather, nice breezes to sail most days.

For reference the fuel wharf at Akuna Bay is under repair so very limited space to tie up and no water unless your game to use the fire hose. We simply sailed down to Pittwater for fuel / water at the RMYC which is always a pleasure to deal with.

Highlight for the kids was a pod of Dolphins as we were leaving Yoeman's Bay on Friday morning, kept them amused for ages

I'll post up a couple of pics when I have time.
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