|North Keppel Island at bottom and our plans A and B destination options a long way north.|
|Dawn is always a very welcome event for the watch keeper when sailing a night passage.|
|It was very annoying sailing straight past places such as Port Clinton and Island Head Creek on the mainland that we had been keen on visiting but were now out of bounds for a military exercise.|
|Our Dreamtime sails quite well dead down wind with the genoa poled out. Those solar panels make lots of power for us too.|
|Sailing past Steep Island we could see the after effects of Cyclone Marcia which passed through this area in January. All the trees are still very bare of leaves with the ground littered with fallen trunks and broken branches.|
|We sailed through acres and acres of this disgusting sludge disgorged by bulk carriers pumping out there ballast tanks before they load up with coal.|
|North Keppel Island to Hexham Island 14 Hours 35 Minutes - 78.9 Nautical Miles |
Average 5.44 knots – High Speed 7.40 knots
|The anchorage was quite comfortable in the moderate south easterly conditions|
|The only other occupant of Hexham Island when we arrived.|
|The beach looked inviting but would have to wait until the following day.|
|Using the deck hose to shower in the sunshine on the stern is a great pleasure after a long passage.|
What worked.Our passage plan with two alternative anchorages as option A& B.
What didn’t work.Even with the instruments set on the lowest illumination setting the light inside the cockpit made it impossible to see through our glass windows on the moonless night so it was necessary hang your head out the side of the enclosed cockpit to keep watch ahead. With any sort of exterior light available we think this may not be as bad.
What we did right.Elected to anchor in the nearer anchorage as adverse currents would have made it difficult to get to the Percy’s in daylight.
How we screwed up.We should have gone to bed straight after sunset to get more sleep before setting off. Rob was a pretty tired lad by the time we anchored.
|Good night from Hexham Island!|
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