After 10 days back in Perth, celebrating Alex’s 21st and catching up with Cas, Family and Friends, its time to get our skates on and start making some miles North. Unfortunately the weather gods don’t quite see it this way and have decided that we are not going anywhere for the time being.
Instead Michael, Elaine, Anthony, Kate and I are sitting in Exmouth Marina watching the wind blow up to 32 knots from the NE, exactly the way we wish to go. And being the gulf its nice and shallow with waves coming really close together.
Which means I have lots of time to catch up on my blog writing.
Since I last put finger to keyboard, we rode out the storm at Yardie Creek and headed off the next day to Tantabiddi, a full days sail up the coast. The wind was from the SW so we did really well. The order had gone out from Elaine – no more mackerel – want some sashimi producing Tuna instead. Michael obliged with a change of lure and two stripey tunas were soon landed.
We made it to Tandabiddi and in through the leads at 4pm and found a spot to anchor. The holding wasn’t great – a teflon bottom made it difficult but lots of chain and the anchor managed to jag around a small piece of coral – good enough for the light winds that night but next day we moved onto a mooring that a local had pointed us to.
Next day we went out to the reef and had a nice snorkel with turtles and lots of fish. Then it was time to pack up and head into Exmouth. It’s a bit of a problem catching any sort of transport from Tandabiddi to Exmouth – a taxi costs $80 and Exmouth bus service doesn’t come out that far. So in the end I got a lift into Exmouth with a young couple who had taken their boat out whale spotting from the boat ramp. I stayed the night at the Potshot Inn and next morning I caught the shuttle bus out to the airport.
Perth was busy catching up with everyone and getting some back in the city stuff done.
In no time at all it was back on Qantas and back to Exmouth. In the meantime Michael and Elaine had sailed around the Cape and into the marina – being hammered in the gulf with three reefs in as they sailed down the shallow gulf.
So here we sit in the marina which is a long walk out of town, next to Sojourn, a Mahe Cat with Kevin and Janey on board. We had them over for a mackerel dinner and discussed when we thought the weather would die down long enough to go the 37nm to Long Island. We are aiming for tomorrow (Monday) but may need to wait until Tuesday when the wind starts to die. The rest of the week is looking particularly pleasant so we just need to be patient. Icecube, a very sleek looking Schionning is a permanent resident at the marina and we are going over there tonight for a drink. At least life is very social as we wait for the right weather to leave!