Departed St Francis Island

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Sat 25 Feb 2023 02:08
Noon Position: 32 37.8 S 133 40.2 E
Course: 110 Speed: 6 knots
Wind: SSW, F4
Sea: moderate Swell: S 2 m
Weather: partly cloudy, mild
Day's run: 23 nm

We enjoyed a peaceful night at anchor with the wind remaining relatively
light, the seas calm and Sylph staying put. Consequently this morning I felt
well rested and decided to make the most of the day, rising with the sun,
weighing anchor and underway at 0710.
I have given up on the idea of heading further west as the forecast for next
week is for fresh SE'lies with another high pressure system establishing
itself south of the Bight. So this morning I departed St Francis Island with
a view to heading for Sceale Bay; however, the wind is more in the south
than I was hoping making Sceale Bay a long bash to windward, likely not
arriving until the small hours of tomorrow morning, or later. Furthermore,
while Sceale Bay has a lovely long beach, it has little else and if we get
stuck there for any length of time we are going to run out of fresh
With the above in mind I have eased sheets a little and we are now making
for Streaky Bay where, if the wind remains steady, we should arrive by 1900.
My plan is to go to anchor behind Eba Island tonight, which is simple to get
into, then, tomorrow, make our way back into Port Blanche and once more
anchor off the township of Streaky Bay. There we will be able to wait for as
long as it takes for a more favourable weather pattern to allow us to
continue back to Adelaide.
All is well.