On Sunday, December 17, 2011, the Pacific Dawn finally drew away from Brisbane Portside, only four hours late!
The reason for delay, was truly valid: Strong winds and narrow(ish) shipping lane meant that the wind-age of the ship would pose navigational difficulties.
It was amazing to everyone on Deck 12 how little space remained between the ship’s masts/radars and the under surfaces of the bridge.
I guess it is not attempted during peak King tides. By the time we passed Bribie Island and Caloundra, all that could be seen was the street lights along the coast line.
Next day (Monday) the winds had eased and the ship was charging along at 22.5 knot, arriving at Noumea ,Tuesday early afternoon.