Thursday 25th October 2012
|morning sail out of Elcho Island|
MrJ and I sailed out of the seclude anchorage at Elcho Island through the shallow waters that weaved its way through the massive sand shoals between the Crocodile Islands on our way to Boucaut Bay the other side of Cape Stewart. The colour of the water rolled through turquoise, aqua and jade as the glaring white clouds tumbled across the sky, throwing racing shadows on the sea. The shallow channel was not marked; MrJ had to keep a watchful eye on the depth sounder and the surrounding sea as well as run both chart plotters. A couple of times AR nearly ran out of water and MrJ had to slow to a crawl to negotiate the weaving channel.
|sailing by moonlight|
The tropical hot sun was losing some of its heat as it sunk lower toward the horizon. It was about this time when MrJ and I decided to put our safety harness line around the cockpit and out to the masthead. This is for safety when night sailing or in bad seas or foul weather condition, especially if there is only one of us up and about.As MrJ was running the line down the port side he notices a large brown bird that had made its self at home on the foredeck. The bird was a juvenile Brown Booby bird that had come in for a little rest and had decided that AR would be its roosting place for the night.
MrJ gingerly made his way out onto the tramps, not because on bad sea condition but because he was afraid of frightening the Booby bird. The Booby just stood there watching the late afternoon work flow not flinching a feather. MrJ sat close by and even had a one way conversation with the Booby and funny enough the Booby looked like it was listening too.
The Brown Booby bird stayed on the foredeck all night with its head tucked under its wing night sleeping peacefully through the rough ride. The Booby was the only one on board who got a good night’s sleep.
MrJ and I dropped the anchored in the early morning light in South West Bay at South Goulburn Bay.
|morning at the Sth Goulburn anchorage|