The trip back down the Tamar was just as picturesque as the trip up, with the bonus of a light tailwind.
We were assured that the berth that we were in had enough water for our 2 metre draft. It was interesting then, to see the depth gauge reading 0 metres below the keel well before low tide.
After a restless last night in Devonport, including a 3am bout of indecision about our change of plans, we left the Mersey Yacht club on the morning ebb tide.
We’ve had a few days here at the Mersey Yacht Club, catching up on chores and enjoying the delights of Devonport.
We spent 2 days enjoying the Orford anchorage while the westerly winds blew themselves out, then set off early Tuesday morning for Wineglass Bay.
Sommers Bay is a lovely anchorage for northerly winds, but it is exposed to the south and gets a nasty chop in any sort of southerly. Just as I was beating the eggs for breakfast we heard the wind pick up from the south, a bit earlier than we expected!
We finished up all our projects and local commitments and we were ready to set sail anytime after Tuesday. However, a forecast showing a couple of fronts approaching and adverse wind conditions kept us waiting a few days.
We have a full cockpit tent that we use when at anchor on rainy days, but it is too restrictive to use while sailing.
During the night we heard the odd noise or two outside – maybe a block moving? maybe a few drops of rain? Nothing to get out of bed and investigate. In the morning all was revealed.
The weather has been quite benign, with light winds and comfortable temperatures, so we don’t feel in any rush to go home! We left Wineglass Bay and motored south into Mercury Passage, passing Ile de Phoques, with it’s huge seal colonies.