Turtle Bay, Abrolhos
09 October 2011 | Leos Isl
Our departure time was 8am Tuesday morning leaving Steep Point and heading the 140NM to the Abrolhos Islands. Steep Point is very appropriately named as our convoy left through the huge breaking swells leaving Sharks Bay. The next two days and two nights were with moderate winds from the south and bashing our way to windward through the short seas. Kieran spent the bulk of his time over the next two days either half conscious in the cockpit or hanging over the side in the sloppy conditions. Iron guts Drina even found her match when she too was sick after spending time below and was forced to endure the remainder of her time awake in some fresh air in the cockpit. Thank heavens for Bryan joining us as between the three of us and our watch system in place the passage was bearable albeit tiring. We arrived 42hrs later at 2am Thursday morning with over 270NM on the log and the usual near misses with whales. During the passage we came off lightly compared to others. Our repairs on arrival at East Wallabi Island were comprised of fixing the hose on our water system which was leaking throughout the bilge, and replacing the cover on the port navigation light fitting from the bow which had been bounced off in one of the many waves we bashed our way through. Illusion too had a suit of repairs which they attended to during their time at anchor and Scarlet had damage to their stay sail. The remainder of the fleet were dispersed along the coast. Sojourn opted to call in at Port Gregory just 40N short of Geraldton, Sue Sea headed way out to sea and decided they had a good angle to make for Fremantle and we heard that No Fear ended up at Pigeon Island around the corner from us in Turtle Bay at the Abrolhos. Turtle Bay was a welcome relief where we had the comfort of being upright (compared to the 45 degree angle) on a good mooring and were able to recharge and stretch our legs while we strolled along the sandy beach. AAAAhhhhhhhhh! From here we've decided to slowly make our way through the Abrolhos groups and enjoy the islands until the next weather window when we'll head for either Port Denison or Jurien Bay.