Saturday there was a window to get through the canal and although it meant motoring into 15-20kts of wind and 1.5-2.5m swell we took the opportunity to finally leave Orford!
We returned to Shelly Beach on Sunday and picked up the public mooring for one night of peace of mind.
We dropped the mooring in Quarantine Bay at 7:45am on Tuesday morning and motored uneventfully to Norfolk Bay.
Four nights and three days… We got back to Kettering on Thursday afternoon and Anna, our housesitter, drove us home so that we could pick up our car.
We’d hoped to set off for Port Davey in mid-January, but persistent westerly winds prevented us. Finally, on 22 January we departed Kettering, fully provisioned and fueled, with our friend Lindsay as guest and crew.
After a long winter confined mainly to nearby waters, we decided to head off for a week or two further afield. Friends on Sheokee decided to sail in company with us and together we set off on a fine, calm morning across Storm Bay.
Despite purging the clams overnight in seawater and many changes of fresh water, there was still a lot of sand in the clams, so I ended up using only the cooking broth and a little bit of the solid muscle in the chowder.