|leaving Freshwater Bay at Sunrise|
Bounced Around in Krait Bay, Cape Voltaire – Between Admiralty Gulf and Montague Sound
Our next leg was a fast passage through Montague Sound, York Sound, Prince Frederick harbour and Port Nelson. MrJ and I needed to make up some time and miles to be able to slow down later through this adventure.
|Hat Point Parry Harbour|
|off Parry Harbour|
It was just after sunrise that we put the sails up. What a glorious sunrise it was too! Starting out with a rich deep red sneaking into the darkness and then unfolded into dirty pinks and blues, ending in the soft golden tones of the sun’s light across the low clouds and the gentle rolling sea to silhouette the islands of the Eclipse Archipelago.
AR was heading on a NW direction till we turned more westerly and then SW to get around Cape Bougainville past Parry Harbour which we had initially had marked as an anchorage but then decided that it was better to keep going and make some miles while we could. The tide was in our favour and stayed in our favour all the way to Krait Bay near Cape Voltaire. This SW passage took us across Admiralty Gulf right through the middle of the Institut and Montesquieu Islands then slightly more westerly till we came to the Voltaire Passage which turned AR more NW again to get through safely before heading SW for another 3n/m to get us into Krait Bay at 1500 (52n/m in 10hours). MrJ and I had calculated the tidal currents to be in our favour for the entire passage. This was not just good luck but very careful forward planning.
|sunset in Krait Bay|
Krait Bay was a pretty bay and in better weather would be fun to explore. It had many fringing reefs for fishing, a couple of sandy beaches with great sandstone rock formations to climb. We left the bay for someone else to explore.