Tuesday, March 29, 2005

 

Esperance to Middle Island

Esperance 11th March Internet
Access CDMA and Voda
YES Well what can you say about
Esperance Great and very friendly people who gave us free mooring on there
Jetty, great local knowledge was passed on and we also joined up with Azure,
Tracy caught up with a old friend Julie who kindly lent us her washing machine. This
is a must stop for all cruisers as the town is close by (in walking
distance), the Esperance Bay Sailing Club welcoming and the opportunity to
investigate the best of the surrounding archipelago to be taken advantage of and
definitely not to be missed. Many thanks to Zero, Matt and Brad and others for
their assistance and friendship.


New Island Bay 21st March Internet
Access CDMA external Antenna NO (VERY NICE BAY not to
be missed) This is a VERY picturesque bay with a pod of about 20
dolphins who are willing to have fun and play. This Bay does not
have any access from the land.
New Island Bay

Lucky Bay 23rd March Internet
Access CDMA external Antenna YES A large bay with great
protection and beautiful scenery

Assorted Photos of Lucky Bay

Duke of New Orleans Bay 25th March Internet
Access CDMA external Antenna YES A large bay
with great protection from all winds and beautiful scenery and some great
moorings if you know where to look, met up with other EBYC boats on the way to
middle island. Some nice photos of seals and dolphins

Assorted Photos of Duke of Orleans

Cape Arid 29th March. Internet
Access CDMA external Antenna YES A well protected bay with lovely
views, caught 3 lovely tuna on the way here. Cape Arid has a beautiful
white beach and has protection from most winds. We have become honorary
members of the Royale Cape Arid CrusingYacht Club and had a BBQ to celebrate on
shore. We have had strong wind warnings during our stay here changing to
an Admiralty anchor and learning to set it. The first night in 40-50 knot
winds we dragged in the middle of the night onto rocks and had to power away, no
damage just the bottom of the keel scraped. Middle Island is only 6 nm
away and is visible from Cape Arid.

Assorted Photos of Cape Arid

Middle Island 2nd April Internet Access
CDMA external Antenna YES Nice Island
we explored Goose Island just off Middle Island. Middle island has a ship
wreck and a pirates hideaway- all written up in the history books. We
climbed to the top of Flinders Peak on Middle island following the green
flags with Chris and Lilly (Azure), left a message at the stone cairn at
the top. On the way down we followed the red flags (big mistake) we had to
bush bash major time and eventually found our way down again. The Pink
Lake was delightful, full of water after the recent rains. We are
currently waiting out either here or Cape Arid until the winds turn in our
favour for crossing the Bight.

Assorted Photos of Middle Island


Map of this trip so far

Monday, March 21, 2005

 

March Newsletter

Hi there- yes we are still afloat.
we arrived at Esperance early morning from staying overnight at Investigator Island while a storm front passed over us. Investigator Island was fantastic, a little protected Bay where there were lots of seals. (I took lots of photos which did not turn out as I had not set the camera up-bummer).
We left Investigator Island at 2am for Esperance. Arriving at 1.30 in the afternoon where we had a welcoming party help us tie up at the jetty up from the Esperance Bay Yacht Club. These were members of the EBYC and were fantastic with information, offers of help and friendly company. We had a couple over for dinner and there were many offers of help. Brad offered us his vehicle to reprovision and Zero took our damaged sail and got it repaired. Matt helped us go over the best places to visit on our way to Middle Island and gave us lots of local advice on protected bays, etc. We cannot thank these people enough. Also the Friday night BBQs were great at the Club.
Paul was official timer for the Remmark Island race, a good experience. Lots of drinks and tales at the club that night.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with a friend of mine from a long time ago. Julie Ayres who lives in Cascades. Julie surprised me by hearing we were in town and knocked on the boat. A great reunion-so good to catch up with Julie and Murray. We spend a fair bit of time catching up and getting to know each other again. A beautiful lady. Amazing to think that she was in Albany when we were and even voted at the voting booth in the bay we were anchored. Julie was so kind as to let us use her washing machine in her town house. Chris and Lilly from Azure arrived safely and it was good to actually see them.
The festival of the Wind was on and we all enjoyed the festivities in town.
Chris and Lilly were getting a fair bit of swell affecting where they were berthed and while we were helping them move (I tangled the rope) and Paul sliced his head open with their wind generator helping me untangle the rope. Result a trip to emergency (thanks Brad for taking us) and nine stitches.
Leaving Monday 21 March we headed off to New Is. at Cape Le Grande and magic spot with dolphins and the clearest water. Azure followed the next day. Paul and Chris caught a squid- yum fresh calamari-delicious.
After reluctantly leaving New Island our next stop was Lucky Bay again absolutely stunning and I actually went swimming. I played nurse and removed Paul's stitches and yes he will live.
Easter Friday Left for Duke of New Orleans Bay -Paul caught a tuna on the way- fish for dinner tonight. On the way the halyard rope for the asymmetric broke (thank goodness our asymmetric was not up) and we had to drop another down the mast and set it up again. Paul (brave man) went up the mast to do this.
They bred big mosquitos out here, thank goodness for our mossi screens ( I have another two to make) as there was no wind we roasted inside. Lilly and Chris joined us for dinner to celebrated Easter Friday by eating the tuna.
We are ready to head off to Cape Arid. Predicted winds 4-6 knots for at least a couple of days so not looking good for sailing. and this is the last civilisation before heading off across the Bight so there is a little reluctance to rush into it but also the feeling that we are just delaying the inevitable. Middle Island is meant to be beautiful and I cannot wait to explore and enjoy its treasures. Esperance has such a lot of lovely sailing opportunity with islands to explore so close by- I cannot recommend it too highly. (we have had fantastic weather)
Another friend of mine Len was actually in Albany, Bremmer Bay, and Duke of New Orleans Bay around the time We were in Bremmer, only found out by email when he returned back home. What a shame.
Life and weather are treating us good, I miss the kids dreadfully but they are doing well and I am so proud of them.

Friday, March 11, 2005

 

Albany to Esperance

Albany on 30th Jan
Internet Access CDMA and VODA YES We anchored at Frenchman's
bay which was very nice until the wind changed to a easterly we then moved and
tried to anchor near the main jetty in Princess Royal Harbour but the
ground was to hard and our anchor would not take so we motored over to Princess
Royal Sailing club and stayed there for a night. Then moved onto Oyster Harbour
and stayed on a buoy for a few days until we put the boat onto the hard to have
the rear main shaft seal replaced Caught up with some family friends Sue
and Murray Milne who loaned us a car and washing machine and a LONG SHOWER for
Tracy,

Two Peoples Bay 26th Feb
Internet Access CDMA external Antenna YES Sailed here on the
A symmetric in 10 to 25kt winds and really moved along, we spend 3 nights
in the beautiful Bay on a small mooring

Hassell Beach 1st March
Internet Access CDMA external Antenna YES Five Dolphins escorted us
into this very nice and peaceful bay but we left at 10 the next day as the
wind changed and a uncomfortable swell entered the bay

Cheyne Island 2nd March
Internet Access CDMA external Antenna YES We motored all the way to here
in confused seas and the wind on the nose we took shelter behind this island
until morning

Little Boat harbour 3rd March
Internet Access CDMA external Antenna YES A beautiful and protected
Bay very close to Bremer bay and stayed here for 2 days.

Bremer Bay 6th March
Internet Access CDMA external Antenna YES We moored on a HUGE mooring at the
fishing harbour and caught up with Terry and Josh from FSC (on holiday) who had
been trying to catch our attention at Little boat Harbour, They took us for a
tour of Bremer.

Assorted Photos of Bremer

Investigator Island 10th March
Internet Access CDMA external Antenna YES This is a great
stop over point before Esperance with very nice scenery lots of seals and bird
life.

Esperance 11th March
Internet Access CDMA and VodaYES Well what can you say about Esperance
Great and very friendly people who gave us free mooring on there Jetty, great
local knowledge was passed on and we also joined up with Azure, Tracy caught up
with a old friend Julie who kindly lent us her washing machine. This is a
must stop for all cruisers as the town is close by (in walking distance),
the Esperance Bay Sailing Club welcoming and the opportunity to investigate the
best of the surrounding archipelago to be taken advantage of and definitely not
to be missed. Many thanks to Zero, Matt and Brad
and others for their assistance and friendship. See next sector to experience
what we discovered.

Assorted Photos of Esperance

Assorted Photos of Investigator

Map of this trip so far