We seem to be destined to wait, but this time it is for the weather, which is part and parcel of cruising. At least we are now on our way, after spending a few days at the fishing harbour of Apollo Bay.
We left Queenscliff as planned on Tuesday and had a beautiful sail to Apollo Bay. The wind was changeable, a challenge to set our sails, but an opportunity to try them all! It was a kind of shake down passage, when we tested all the new gear: engines, navigation instruments and sails. And we are pleased to say it all worked!
We were lucky to get in to the Apollo Bay harbour as it had been closed for days due to a large sandbank right across the entrance. But the dredge got to work during our passage and we entered the harbour at the end of the day on high tide with 3 meters under the hulls. We were the first boat to be allowed in for a while, since the entrance depth had been only a measly one meter at high tide for days, locking in the normally active fishing fleet. It pays to call the harbourmaster when you sail to these parts.
The very next day saw a strong southwest change with a breathtaking dawn. The sky was on fire, the wind was blowing and we were glad to be sheltered. We stayed put till today, Saturday, waiting for the next short window to dash across Bass Strait to King Island.
We left at the ungodly hour of 2.00am this morning to take advantage of a short spell of NE breeze, before another wind change. We are bound for Grassy on King Island. It’s a long 90 mile passage. We will then hop to the Hunter Group on Sunday and expect to stay there for a few days while the SW returns. It feels good to be in the deep blue sea again, and hopefully the marina life is over for a while. Here is to beautiful secluded anchorages and wild places!