Emu Bay

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Wed 1 Feb 2023 06:16

Position: 35 35.45 S 137 30.58 E
At anchor Emu Bay, Kanagaroo Island
Wind: S F3
Sea: calm Swell: negligible
Weather: overcast, cool
Yesterday's Run: 32 nm

Regrettably the light breeze did not hold for the remainder of yesterday afternoon. Rather it veered into the south and faded to a whisper such that Sylph was barely making way, and what way she was making was in the wrong direction. So, not wishing to drift around Investigator Strait for the night, at 1530 I handed the faithful old genoa and flashed up the recently resurrected BRM, setting the throttle to 1500 rpm and turning Sylph's bows back south in the direction of Emu Bay, where we duly came to anchor at its western end just before 1800 in 4.5 meters of water over a weedy bottom.

We have enjoyed a peaceful night at anchor and this morning I got the dinghy in the water to go ashore for a jog along Emu Bay's long beautiful smooth white beach, followed by a refreshing swim over the side of Sylph. The rest of the day has been spent attending to a long overdue more sedentary chore, namely attempting to update my numerous website passwords that somehow seem to multiply like proverbial rabbits. After several hours of checking, I reckon I might have dealt with a mere 10% of them. (I note that this painfully tedious task was motivated by a recent scam scare which, as recent media stories have noted, was quite sophisticated. I think I was fortunate, I hope, to have become suspicious before any real damage was done.)

Technology is certainly a two edged sword, nonetheless, I am grateful for its positives, in particular reliable and detailed weather forecasting; which is predicting strong W'ly winds tomorrow. Consequently my plan is to remain here until the worst of the wind blows itself out, then on Saturday head to Kingscote for some fresh supplies and maybe a pub meal. On Sunday, when the wind is expected to be turning SE, I will likely head out to explore some more of KI's north coast anchorages.

All is well.



Approaching windy Edithburgh (note genoa brailed to pulpit and wind turbines in background):

Jib furled, genoa set on outer forestay in light breeze while crossing Investigator Strait:
Dolphins approach:
and escort us as we motor to Emu Bay: