Wednesday 23 October 2013

East Boyd Bay, Eden

Our early morning arrival into Eden, around 4:45am instead of the expected time of 3:00am (on account of more headwinds)  saw us drop anchor behind the wood chip mill and loading wharf in the serene waters of East Boyd Bay.

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Before crawling into our bunks the urge to make toast came over us – probably due to hunger – and so with half a loaf consumed we had one last look at the scenery – native forest astern and a massive loading wharf and pile of woodchips on the bow and fell asleep.

The sun was showing signs of rising as we went to bed, but by mid morning we were all up and about in the lovely sunshine, preparing breakfast proper and contemplating the surroundings.  The first thing we noticed was an enormous ship, which wasn’t there three hours earlier – the  SEN TREASURE  (maybe they meant “SEND” Treasure but the signwriters got it wrong) tied up at the wharf with truck after truck after truck loaded with sawn logs driving down the pier.  Once at the end of the pier the ships cranes lifted the neat parcels of logs up and into the hold.  It’s now about 11:00pm in the evening, the trucks are still coming and they’ve been going all day – it’s a big ship.

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After dinner tonight we watched a movie on the laptop and talked about what book we’ll read tomorrow or repair job needs attending to.  I thing some stitching of the old cockpit dodger and fixing a couple of bilge pumps we top of the list.

Regular checks of the weather forecast and observations around the coast confirms we were right in hiding away in this sheltered bay, unfortunately there seems little improvement for several days.

For a bit of fun I thought I would download the predicted weather for tomorrow in both eastern Bass Strait and Cape Horn.

In summary …

BASS STRAIT (Australia)
Morning
Gale warning with dangerous seas. Small craft advisory. Use extreme
caution. Very large short period wind waves.
Seas: WSW 5 meters
Winds: WSW 34 to 46 knots

Afternoon
Gale warning with dangerous seas. Small craft advisory. Use extreme
caution. Very large long period swell.
Seas: WSW 5.1 meters
Winds: WSW 31 to 42 knots

CAPE HORN (Chile)
Morning
Very windy with large choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Large long
period swell.
Seas: WSW 3.5 meters
Winds: WSW 20 to 28 knots

Afternoon
Very windy with large choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Large short
period wind waves.
Seas: WSW 3.8 meters
Winds: W 24 to 32 knots

Enough said about the weather … at least until tomorrow.

Smooth seas, fair breeze and this really is a lovely anchorage!

Rob Latimer

www.msm.org.au