After spending 11 days at Batemans Bay Marina we were keen to cover some distance and reach a sheltered, all weather spot before the next northerly blow. So the objective was to avoid the fishing port of Ulladulla, by-pass Jervis Bay, and instead get into the Crookhaven River and anchor at Greenwell Point.
The chart shows our destination as “Shoalhaven Heads”, but in fact the Crookhaven and Shoalhaven Rivers share a common entrance, which is one of the safest bars to cross in most weather conditions.
After a very windy day on our last day of Winter, which prevented us from leaving the marina, we headed out on 1 September at first light. The crossing of the bar was a good indication of things to come: we wove our way through the building swell and managed to get out with only one wave threatening to break as we crested it and slammed on the other side. From then on it was a rough 66 miles motor-sail. We had light winds, but after several days of gale, the sea state was horrible, with confused swell of 3 to 4 meters coming at us from all directions, a bit like a day in Bass Strait!
Wade single-handedly took us all the way to the Crookhaven Heads, feeling rather green at times but keeping it together, while I stared at the toilet bowl for 11 hours of chucking up! So no photos of that passage I am afraid, except for the end bit!The conditions improved once we were past the tall cliffs of Jervis Bay and the bar crossing at Crookhaven Heads was a smooth affair in perfect conditions: near high tide, with the water still flooding in. Gliding in to the flat river was such a relief!
We are anchored in front of the little village of Greenwell Point. It is a familiar spot since this is where we delivered our old boat Medina to her new owner some 5 or 6 years ago. No sight of her though at the moorings along the river foreshore.Amazing thing on the weekend: it was warm enough to break out the shorts and Tshirts! Low 20s on saturday, walks, with and without the pussycat, 28 on sunday! However when the strong wind picked up the conditions in the river with wind against tide became rather lively! We were doing swift 360s around our anchor and danced around for several hours. We can vouch for the Manson Supreme’s resetting ability but we were glad when the tide changed! Typical, it blows up and worries you just as it gets dark.
We are hoping to be underway again on Tuesday pushed along by a strong westerly. We will sail to Jibbon Beach, Port Hacking, just south of Sydney, then by-pass busy Sydney Harbour and instead head for Broken Bay on Wednesday. We will be exploring the Hawkesbury River and Cowan Creek with our dear friend Sue for a few days.