We anchored between the jetty and the breakwater in Coffs Harbour about 1630. As soon as we set the anchor we had to clean the Marlin we’d caught. A big messy job! Our bait board, on which we usually clean our fish, was just a little too small (2 metres too small) so we cut the marlin up on the cabin top.
It was dark by the time we finished bagging over 60 meals of fish and cleaning the deck. It had been a very long day catching the marlin and coping with bad weather without our mainsail. We cooked marlin steaks for dinner and went to bed.
The following day we went into the marina and paid for a couple of nights. We used most of the time at Coffs Harbour doing chores. The people at the marina lent us their ute so we could do a good shop and fill our fuel containers. Over the next few days Dwayne found someone to help him fix the boom gooseneck and I did all the washing, cleaned the boat and cooked. I made some numus (pickled fish) with the small off-cuts of marlin, check out Gourmet from the Galley – cooking our catch.
We met Trevor and Joyce from Gondwana (an Adams 45 similar to Thorfinn) and also Paul and Rosemary from Irish Mist. We had them all onboard Thorfinn for dinner…. marlin or course.
Paul and Rosemary left the next morning, but we caught up with Trevor and Joyce again on the Saturday afternoon for drinks at the yacht club. Dwayne and I spent the next day watching DVD’s…….. read into to that what you will. We had a great Saturday night!
A walk up to the top of Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve gave us some great views of the surrounding area, and I was able to photograph a black-shouldered kite.
We spent a total of 5 nights in Coffs Harbour and come Monday morning we left for Yamba on the Clarence River.
The Marlin? Oh yeah I forgot about that. Read about how we came to have a 2.8 metre marlin onboard SV Thorinn – The Marlin
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