After looking at the updated forecast, a north easterly was on the menu for the afternoon we had planned to make our crossing of the St. Helen’s bar.
Thinking that might not be so good, we decided to put to sea and make for Waubs Bay at Bicheno, then set off for St. Helen’s early the next day. The aim is to be there just after lunch, before the northerly change comes in.
The trip up was slow, down to 3kts at times as we beat against the northerly sea with a southerly swell. Clearing the Hazards of Freycinet Peninsula was spectacular:
We had roasted lamb shanks for tea, dined in the cockpit to admire the sunset in this rolly and exposed anchorage.
We are anchored inside the moorings, about 80m from the beach in 3.5m of water. Westerly 10 to 15kts is forecast for tonight, so we should be fine.