We left Jervis Bay late last Monday morning for the 130 odd nautical mile voyage to Eden. We enjoyed a good reach with jib and main in moderate easterly winds for about 6 or 7 hours, averaging around 8 knots. As the afternoon faded the wind freshened and went north so we pulled the main down and went to our night sailing rig of poled out jib.
|Roz helming like an old hand.|
We sailed through the night with Roz having her first night sail experience, taking her watch and doing a magnificent job steering down the waves in the dark. The seas were short, steep and awkward, making for a rather uncomfortable rolly-polly motion as we ran downwind. Jenni was somewhat out of action for the first time with the dreaded "mal de mer" and consequently bunked off for most of the trip.
Dawn on Tuesday saw as arrive in beautiful Eden - made famous in more recent history as a refuge and rescue point for Sydney Hobart yachts needing to escape the race before hitting Bass Strait.
Eden has a fantastic harbour which although quite open to the east offers sheltered bays on both sides. The town itself is small and friendly (about the size of Denmark WA) and well used to catering for seafaring folk. It has a history in whaling and fishing and an unusual story of Killer Whales working with the early whalers by rounding up the poor whales and trapping them in the bay for the humans to kill. The Orcas reward was to feast on the whale's tongue and mouth - apparently the best bits if you are an Orca, and then they would leave the rest for the humans. A curious and gruesome story told in the local museum.
|Eden wharf and dinghy parking spot.|
Friday night got a bit uncomfortable on the mooring with the waves and swell slapping the boat around as the wind had swung more to the south. So yesterday with the strong winds continuing to blow, we moved over to the southern side of the bay for more shelter at Boydtown.
We are now anchored in a beautiful protected spot, enjoying the flatter water here and listening to the wind howl over the top of us. Right in front of us is a lovely old hotel on the beach - the Seahorse Inn which we are heading to tonight for a slap-up meal and celebration of a certain crew member's birthday.
We will wait here in Eden until things calm down and we get a good window of weather for us to turn around the corner and head west. Next stop is Wilson's Promontory about 220 miles away.
|Deceptively calm at the lovely Boydtown beach.|