|Garden Island beach. The navy had signs all along it.|
Pointless stuff like the Act of 1914 (about firearms...) and
keep out signs at the left end of the bay.
And there’s lots of flies…
Night #2 on Garden Is. started off well enough, then around 10pm, the Sou’Easter hit. This bay is protected from the prevailing SW’ers and the southerlies, but not from the SE’ers and their accompanying metre high waves from 12Nm fetch of the Sound. We are in the double berth in the forepeak. I can describe the motion as abruptly surging upwards 2’, then berth snaps downward and we are left bodily mid air like Wylie Coyote, before falling against the mattress for the process to start over again.
The 12Nm sail to Rockingham and Mangles bay is an upwind beat, but in sheltered Cockburn Sound we’re on flat water. Ashiki doesnt mind slicing along upwind if the seastate is agreeable, she surges along, 45˚ off the wind with the proverbial, as they say, bone in her teeth, at 4 to 5knots.
Mangles bay is different to other parts of the coast. Contrasted with the sparkling wealth of the Perth/Swan River set (and the snooty “Royal.. such&such YC’s”), the yachts here have much more a “works in progress” look, sprinkled with several large behemoths, a decidedly low budget DIY feel. My kind of joint.