Middle Percy Island to Great Keppel Island
Even though we only planned on a relatively short hop to Hexham Island, we set sail before the sun appeared over the tree-line of the hills overlooking West Bay at Middle Percy Island. Our early start was an insurance policy in case we found the small bay at Hexham invaded by swell and unsuitable in the conditions. We have stayed there before and absolutely love the place. See Another uninhabited tropical paradise all to ourselves – Hexham Island .
|Our Dreamtime anchored at Hexham Island in 2015. We were very keen to return to this idyllic spot.|
|Our friends on La Jorja didn't get up quite as early as we did for the passage from Middle Percy Island.|
The forecast we had on hand indicated the wind should be a modest easterly in the morning before easing further and swinging more south-east for the evening. If the wind stayed from the east with any strength the anchorage on the northern side of island could be very rolly. If we found this to be the case when we got there, we would have time to continue on to one of the more protected anchorages along the coast of the Shoalwater Bay military exercise area.
|We motored until the wind filled in as the sun climbed higher in the sky.|
|Kristian was pumped when Rob landed a nice spotted mackerel off South Percy Island|
|Kristian getting a shot of Shields Island as we sailed through the channel|
|As the conditions strengthened all crew took the precaution of donning life jackets|
|The first half of our track showing our sail by of Hexham Island. To see zoom-able detail click HERE|
|A mid forties Beneteau paced us most of the day. By now the conditions were fresh but the camera always flattens the seas.|
|Bouncing along towards Port Clinton with clouds just starting to appear on the southern horizon.|
|The second half of our track showing our entry to Port Clinton -To see zoom-able detail click HERE |
Middle Percy Island to Port Clinton – 66.4 Nautical Miles – 11 Hours 15 Minutes
Average Speed 5.90 Knots – Max Speed 8.5 Knots
|Our Dreamtime sailing to windward under stay sail and a reefed mainsail. The mizzen was also reefed.|
|How Kristian spent much of the day on our boring passage to Great Keppel Island|
So what can we say about the next day’s 48 nautical mile passage to Great Keppel Island? Well, it was bouncy, uncomfortable, boring and generally unpleasant but Our Dreamtime and her crew, including its youngest member, weathered it all fine. It’s just the price we sometimes have to pay to reach a fantastic playground like GKI. Such is life. Now bring on the fun.
|Kristian with his late lunch of pizza hot out of the BBQ.|
|We had sundowners on Fisherman's Beach to celebrate our arrival at Great Keppel Island.|