Position: 37 04.33 S 149 54.0 E
We gradually worked out way past Gabo Island and round Green Cape in the light and fitful airs. We toyed with the idea of pushing on to Narooma overnight but as the sun set and what little wind there was faded to a dead calm, we decided we would motor the remaining twelve miles to Twofold Bay and go to anchor for the night. We are quite familiar with Snug Cove and my usual routine when entering at night is to follow the leads in until the depth sounder reads about seven meters then to throw Sylph off to starboard to get clear of the channel marked by the leads and drop anchor in about five meters charted depth. But this time, as we made our approach there appeared to be a sailing boat anchored right on the leads. How un-seamanlike, I thought, as I waved the spotlight in the vessel’s direction, manoeuvring around them to a spot clear of moored craft. We duly anchored without incident in seven meters of water close by a moored barge which provides a good reference point for anchoring at night. We settled to a quiet evening and an early night to bed.
Come morning I poked my head out the companionway as is my want. Looking across to my “unseamanlike” neighbour, I could see that in fact he was on a courtesy mooring that must been laid relatively recently. Just goes to show what can happen if you don’t keep your chart corrections up to date. How unseamanlike of me, I thought.
All is well.