A NAVIGATIONAL QUANDRY
27 July 2011
Tonight finds me in Margaret Bay, wide, pretty... anything but peaceful. Yes, we are now, once again, under a 'strong wind warning' - the incessant force against the boat at anchor confirms that description.
Here's the quandry. They are predicting this 'strong wind' for the next 4 days. Do I sit here in this maelstrom or, do I keep going? But, the next anchorage is 90 miles from here...a long day at high speeds. But even more to the point, if one doesnt make that anchorage by dark, then one must keep going all night - coming into an unknown anchorage in pitch black is for me, not an option. Ironically, this high wind would be the very ticket to getting to this anchorage in one day - Shearwater is more than enthusiastic. With lower winds I might be forced to do an intermediate stop - the only option being an 'up the river' deal and... we dont like that.
And to add to the considerations - this anchorage, Mt Adolphus, is the last and final one before the launch of the next leg and points west. That makes it even more imperative to be able to make it in the light, stop, rest study, particularly the weather, before continuing on through the current ridden Torres Straits, into the Arafura Sea and finally, the Indian Ocean. So there you have it...perhaps a sleepless night for me. Any ideas?