Queens Creek Mathews - yes we fit, just

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Sat 5 May 2012 12:30

Position           37:29.09N 076:20.14W

Date                1330 Saturday 5 May 2012


We made an early, for us, start at 0600 with a deadline to get to Queens Creek for an evening event with our new hosts Chris and Bill Burry and Gary’s dire warnings about the lack of water in the Creek.  It was also a motor all of the way with virtually no wind, but also no sea so progress was good.


Queens Creek, Mathews, is on the Piankatank River opposite Deltaville.  The entrance and Creek itself is somewhat shallow but has been dredged in recent years and carried enough water for us to get in according to our hosts.  Arriving off at 1300, half tide and falling, a quick recce in the dinghy with the hand held echo sounder suggested that there was just enough water to creep in and we did precisely that with the Mate calling the depth from the digital readout on the chart table – there was a lot of 0.2’s so breath n and slide over the top.


For the record the marks are good and are helped by withies marking the edges of the old training wall and associated mud.



Once inside we were able to anchor off a small marina with 0.3m under the keel at low water and leave the complicated bit of getting into the dock for the morrow.




Chris and Bill met us in their launch and later took us ashore to join them and their house guests at the Mathews Yacht Club annual Flag Raising Dinner.


We have arrived in a beautiful spot and found ourselves amongst delightful and hospitable people.