Part 2 of the catch up – or should I just cut and paste from last year too??
So we stopped in Dongara for longer than planned – and said goodbye’s again around May. This time we were off a month earlier (or a month too late??), as we still hope to make it to the Kimberley and around the top to the East Coast by the end of the year.
First stop: Abrolhos Islands
Unfortunately not as much time here as we would have liked… Magic weather the first day and then gloom (I guess it’s winterish…)
The window arrived much sooner than planned to sail past the Zuydorp Cliffs, and we took it – the plan being to tuck into Shark Bay somewhere nice and sit out some strong winds and big swells.
Not going to choose ‘Shelter Bay’ again if that is the case… as we experienced 50+kn winds when the front came through. Dragged anchor at nearly 4kn speed, snapped our anchor bridle, could barely hear each other over the sound of the wind – couldn’t even hear that our diesel motors were on. Stefan may regale you with that story in another wistful post. I have to say two things: Not fun. Not ‘living the dream’. However, all a learning experience…
Shark Bay was freeeeeeezing, spent the whole time in thermals, + windproof fleece, + uggboots, + beanie = time to head further north!
Had a lovely sail to Carnarvon (took a bit of anti-foul off the daggerboards enroute thanks to the shoals north of Cape Peron…bit shallow!!) Carnarvon is a wonderful place to restock: amazing produce at the Saturday markets which lasts a good 3-4 weeks aboard – yum! And a wonderful place to catch up on sleep debt whilst you are on a secure mooring and not worried that your house is going to float away overnight…
And now we find ourselves in Exmouth after moseying up the Ninglaoo coast soaking up a bit of sun… To find ourselves waiting out more gloom here in Exmouth. On the upside, it is one of the first places we have had decent reception and internet, as we have avoided the major centres this trip, hence the other reason the blog has stalled. From here, we hope to venture to new territory: sailing north-east to Dampier and onwards to Broome: watch this space!