19th Jun 2012
Finally in Great Sandy Strait
After another long haul from Scarborough we are in Great Sandy Strait, we headed of at 6am in the morning with a good motor sail until about 12.30pm, we constantly had speed of 6 - 7 knots until we reached Calandra then the wind disappeared , with the wind being behind us we dropped to 5knts and below it was a slow journey after that, we thought we would never pass Noosa Head, had dinner just before dark, it was a nice night actually not cold at all got some nice warm breezes, sky full of stars, one little hick up was found diesel leak in the day tank for the gen set, and it was constant drip it has a hair line fracture in the top of the tank, well of course Lizzy got a bit anxious, started wiping it and Pete put a bucket just under the day tank, just in case as we could do nothing about for the time being, another thing to worry about.
Anyhow I kept an eye out and constantly wiped it just to be on the safe side, we rounded Double Island Point at 10pm being very careful that we steered well away from Wolf Rock as we came around we spotted a few Yachts waiting in Rainbow Beach anchored, so anchor down and a bit of sleep before attempting the Wide Bay Bar, got up at 4.45am and left the anchorage at 5.30am got to the first way point to the Bar at 7.30am called Coast Guard Tin Can Bay and headed into the bar, I have heard a lot about the Bar but it wasn't at all the way I imagined, we had winds of 10-15 knts had the main up the Bar was quite good no white caps, just a long Bar and finally we were in. Once in the waters were very calm and a huge wide area of water. We decided to go to Garrys Anchorage but as we got there too many boats and the anchor didn't want to bite, so we moved. Headed to South White Cliffs. Well we just reached Stewart Island and were keeping an eye out for a shallow area with 1.8 dept got past that as we drew a deep breath and was supposed to have 2.0 and guess what first time ever Windana got stuck the boat started healing over to our port and we looked at each other an thought hear we go, no way Pete kept turning the wheel one side and the other and gave her revs she was sliding sideways for about 5minutes luckily the tide must have pushed the sand under the keel and with Petes revs we got off what a nerve wrecking few minutes for the both of us. So we decided further on to anchor for the night and start again in the morning, what a day it was good to be anchored . This morning we had to get through another dog leg before we reached deeper water it was not as bad as the tide was very high but there was a lot of yachts on the move as well, we have reached our anchorage at 11am and anchored at Kingfisher Bay Resort pictures will follow at the moment time for a relaxer and for Pete to fix our fuel leak, make some hot bread and tidy up. Hope your all well till next blog.
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