Mud Island

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Tue 11 Apr 2023 11:39

Position: 38 16.97 S 144 43.98 E
At anchor off Mud Island
Wind: NE F3
Sea: slight Swell: nil
Weather: partly cloudy, mild
Day's run: 32 nm

We left the Royal Brighton Yacht Club marina just on midday with the view to making for Phillip Island in Westernport tomorrow, there to meet up with brother Mark and family.

We had a pleasant sail in light winds across Port Phillip, and gave the new code zero sail a bit of a workout. Towards sunset the wind picked up a little and not wanting to deal with the large sail in the dark, I dropped it and set the jib before we entering Western Channel. The sail down the channel was trouble free and once were clear and into more open water we altered course to make for a sand bank to the SW of Mud Island, where we came to anchor in 3.5 meters of water.

The wind is forecast to pick up from the NE during the night and I am hoping that Mud Island and the shallow sand banks will offer us some protection but it isn't looking promising. It is already a bit lumpy causing Sylph to dance around, and the wind is only about ten knots. By dawn it is forecast to pick up to 18 knots. My plan is to get underway at 0500 to make the Heads at 0600 for slack water; however, I have a strong suspicion that we will be getting underway well before then. For now we will get some rest while we can.

All is well.