UranganĀ  Marina, Sandy Straights

 

 

On reflexion and with hindsight, we should have  re anchored and waited a day before setting off. The wind was stronger than forecasted, and the waves higher, they were actually level with the top of the stanchions and we surfed down them pretty fast, reaching 12 knots!

Because of this it was hard to keep to the course as Jazz Cat was yawing so much, it kept looking we were off course, so corrected, and she eventually swang back the other way.

The Sandy Straights are between Frasier Island and the mainland and are a mass of shifting sand backs, best navigated at high tide in calm water with no wind.

We managed the opposite, low tide, high wind, big swells.

Not very clever!

Just as a drill, preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, I got out 2 life jackets, our grab bag, passports and back  up computer drives [enclosed in sandwich bags], crackers and water.

I also informed the coast guard of our position.

We came through all right, the channel was well marked and even at low tide we always had at least 4 metres of water under us.

I notified the marina when we were close and there were  five men waiting to take our ropes. Luckily we have the pen on the end of the arm, so mooring was relatively easy. Paul and Kathy would be here tomorrow so we will stay a few days.

Kathy and Paul arrived, their weather forecast have not been accurate either, and the wind had been right on their bow rmost of the way down. They came to us for dinner and we had another great night with them with lots of laughter.

Kathy and Paul arrived, their weather forecast have not been accurate either really had sailed straight into the wind most of the way down. They came to us for dinner and we had another great night with them with lots of laughter.

The told us that after we left 10 other boats haven’t been able to get into the marina, those who tried hit the jetty pretty hard. The wind had risen to 40 knots, so we made the right choice to come over when we did. One boat here had trouble coming in and hit another boat very hard.

We have birds nesting in bow again, but I think there’s a different birds just taking the opportunity to live in a ready completed nest.