FROM 1-32. Made it-Sydney

Dec 18, 2005 - 0325hrs EDT

0325hrs 18 Dec 2005 EDT 37’14”S 150’28”E Ref 661

Lovely moonlit night – birthday moon for you, Kris – Southern Cross bright behind us. the moon’s path ahead a swirl of cascading light in a typically confused and nasty sea – two lots of swell, one down the coast, the other from Bass Strait, with big wind waves on top – it’s blowing dogs off chains again and we’re down to the 5 and 2 reefs and crashing a bit. Have to keep a lookout for fishing boats out of Eden, usually lit up like Piccadilly Circus and easy to see but can’t risk it.

Back in familiar territory, almost exactly on the S2H rhumb line as it passes the corner and heads off into Bass Strait. I think this is my 24th time at this corner going north or south, and it will be the first time going north that we have not stopped in Eden. Lots of memories – more, I hope, to come. We are just beyond the range of the Green Cape light and will not see it this time. We will close the coast up near Tathra, almost in sight of Mount Dromedary, named by Cook and uncannily like a sitting camel. We will be looking at it from one side or the other for about 24 hours.

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