We arrived at Exmouth marina this afternoon at 1500 and are now alongside at 21 57.3S 114 08.5E. We had a great sail from Serrurier Island, with a nice 15 knot southerly which slowly eased to less than 5 knots by early afternoon. We had to motor-sail for the last two hours but twas a great day sail nonetheless. We covered about 38 nm with an average speed of 4.5 knots, and only had to back-up to clear weed once. Here's our track...
|Zen Again track|
Our night at Serrurier Island was very pleasant since the wind was light to moderate all night. We departed at 0630 this morning, needing the engine for only 5 minutes or so before setting sail. The new manual windlass is working very well - far more reliable than our old electric unit. Along the way we saw several sea snakes and (again) lots of sea birds Not much commercial traffic until we reached Exmouth Gulf where we only had to dodge one tug and barge. We took a fairly direct route which required us to carefully avoid a number of shallow patches and reefs, but saved a few miles and probably allowed us to sail for longer.
|Fetching towards Exmouth (Full main & No 3)|