|The Setting Sun Cape Grenville|
A Slow Day Sailing to Cape Grenville
11’57.386S – 143’12.532E
|Sunrise at Portland Roads|
MrJ and I were both away and out of bed at 0430hrs trying to catch up on our blog writing and photo editing before deciding whether to leave or stay. This all depended on the weather report for the next couple of days. Blogs and photos done it we ate our light breakfast of rolled oats, fruit and yoghurt and had a second cup of tea. By now it was time for the SICYC radio sched that we were still keeping with Andy on PAWS at 0700 EST on HF CH 8161 and then at 0730hrs the weather for the Top End, the Gulf and the Cape came through from Charleville on HF CH 16546kh for this area.Do we go or do we stay? We decided to go as the weather will turn by late Friday/Saturday with the winds picking up to 25/30knt at times and we did want to be around the top before it all get to bad.
MrJ rang his mum; to be able to do this he had to install his phone sim card in the old phone and connect the old phone to the external antenna before he could make the call. Once away from the shoreline I did get a text message out on my phone, to family and friends of our where abouts and our planed passage and then we got a call in from Ange and was able to chat to her without the phone dropping out. All because of the radio tower over the hill at the Lockhart River settlement, but no service at Portland Roads.
It was 0830 before we did get away, a late start for us; we pulled both sails out and headed north once more. It was a slow sail all the way with us passing five cargo ships in the shipping channel, us going north and then going south. We have seen a few yachts and motor boats all heading south too. Maybe we are the only ones still heading north.
There are quite a lot of small islands and sand cays scattered throughout the hidden reefs in this whole area which make for a spectacular scenic sight with colours from blue/blue to turquoise blue to aqua blue to various shades of green up against the mixture of blues to white in the sky especially when the tide is low.
There is also a misty haze about, all along the coastline which is typical in the Cape region and can worsen with the strong trade winds blowing the salt air across the land.
|we saw five ship go past in this region, most heading south|
|th Islet Reef light with resident eagle|
On the approach Cape Grenville there are a group of islands named the Home Islands with a channel through that we take, Paluma Passage. You just have to watch out for a couple of small reefs in the middle of the passage. The largest island Hicks Island, which we pass to STB, has several building and a small boat moored out front. The Lucas book says that Hick’s is under private lease and has a resort on its SW corner; this is what we did see.
|Kay Islet National Park|
|trawlers anchored off Sunday Island|
|sunset at Cape Grenville|