Badger Island

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Fri 17 May 2019 08:43

Position: 41 18.29 S  146 54.57 E
At anchor Badger Island
Wind: NW  F3 gentle breeze
Sea: slight. Swell: NW 1 m
Weather: overcast, cool.
Day’s run:  78 nm

With a clean bottom, a steady beam breeze and a favourable ebb stream, Sylph made excellent time towards the Furneaux Group.  With an arrival time of midnight, I looked for an anchorage that would provide shelter but be reasonably safe to approach in the dark. Despite the small scale chart, I settled on a small bay on the eastern side of Badger Island with a sand spit and Little Badger Island providing protection from the north.  We rounded Lucy Point right on midnight, handed sail and motored slowly, feeling our way into the poorly charted bay with the old fashioned Navco 120ST depth sounder. (The new fangled Garmin depth sounder, for which I had fitted a new transducer while hauled out in Laurieton had given up the ghost shortly after exiting the Tamar River – damn and dratt!)

At 0010 we anchored in seven meters of water, lying to 25 meters of chain, and turned in for night.

All is well.