Newcastle Beachwatch with Dave Anderson: Wednesday October 18, 2017


Another day of fresh sea breezes and choppy surf. Not much protection locally and southern corners are sanding up. Best to check the northern ends early on the incoming tide. Swell has swung around to the east at 1.5m. Winds moderate wast to N/E.

Wind will be up for the dawn patrollers with Newcastle, South Bar and Merewether the better options. To the north, Birubi and Samurai. Redhead, Frenchmans and Ghosties to the south. Shallow afternoon low tide and best for kite surfers.

Sweeps running to the south along the gutters in close. Check positions to the flags if in for a swim. Water temperature is 18C.

- Dave Anderson

Hunter boating

Winds: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.

Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.

Swell: Northeasterly 1.5 metres.

Weather: Partly cloudy. 20 per cent chance of a shower north of Port Stephens, near zero chance elsewhere.

Newcastle shipping


Yesterday: Chang Hang Guang Rong 2am, Sincere Pisces 6.30am, Maizuru Bishamon 12.15pm, Shin Sapporo Maru 4.20pm, Seastrength 4.38pm, Ocean Trader 1 8.30pm, Corona Queen 9.45pm. Today: Equinox Melida 6am, Ishizuchi 9am, Kokopo Chief 1pm, Mitose 1.30pm, New Stage 6.54pm, North Fortune 10.30pm.


Yesterday: Corona Queen 5.30am, New Stage 11.25am, Ishizuchi 3.17pm, Mitose 6pm, North Fortune 7pm. Today: Red Rose 4.15am, Ns Silver 7am, Golden Aspirant 7.30am, Highland Chief 8am, Nicole 10.30am, Noshiro Maru 11am, Asphalt Transporter 3pm, Shoyoh 8.30pm.

Air quality

Wallsend Not available

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Singleton Not available

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