Passage to Prudhoe Island – Montague Sound
|morning in Krait Bay|
|all we caught was sea weed|
MrJ and I took our time to enjoy a relaxed breakfast after watching another special sunrise to leave Krait Bay at 0715. Both sails were hoisted as AR rounded the point; there was a good wind to push us along.
Most of the islands in the Montague Sound, which was the path through that MrJ and I had chosen, were of the same huge light reddish and whitish sandstone with brilliant white little sandy beaches against the stark blue sky with a scattering of white clouds and an aqua marine blue/green sea. All seaward islands from Long Reef above Institut Island to Camden Sound are part of the Bonaparte Archipelago.
Saturday 15th wind ESE 15/20/25,
sea 1/2mt, swell 1mt from the west
Sunday 16th wind ESE 15/20,
sea 1/1.5mt swell 1mt from the west
Monday 17th wind ESE 15/20,
sea 1/1.5mt swell less than1mt
|passage between Prudhoe and Quoy Islands|
To get to Prudhoe Island we had to sail (with both sails flying – best sail we have had for some time) across Montague Sound. MrJ headed AR between Tancred and Cleghorn Islands and then at 1030 we were sailing between Bishop and Clerk Islands before rounding the top of Prudhoe where we brought the sails in before entering the narrow channel between Prudhoe and Quoy Islands.
1140 MrJ and I dropped anchor in Shelter Bay a large bay on the SW side of Prudhoe Island (14’25.331S – 125’15.128E) with great wind and sea protection on the westerly side of Prudhoe Island. Shelter Bay was surrounded by those high sandstone blocks to shelter SE to the NW and had Quoy across the channel to protect from the west leaving a small gap facing slightly S, but then it would all depend on where in Shelter Bay that you set your anchor to as where the gap would lie. AR was a fraction closer to the western side near a rather sharp headland in 8mt at half-tide and very good holding.
|my days usually start at sunrise and finish at sunset - Prudhoe Island|