For once we were not the first up in the house we were staying, Michael was taking his boat over to
Tom and Fiona left the safety of the Harbour at
They decided to hold off their decision a little longer hoping that it would all subside once clear of the island, this hope came true and pleasant conditions were found. The destination of
The pair found sanctuary at the east end of the island, Tom being accompanied but peal dolphins. They managed to land on a rock shelf for personal comfort break and nutrition intake before continuing there passage south to the
The journey to the Passage islands was rather pleasant as we had a rather good following wind the view back towards
The afternoon was spent exploring the island before camping for the night.
We surprised ourselves to day as for some reason we were organised and were on the water before our planned time!!!!!
The forecast for the day was that we would have a light beam wind all day, this was wrong but for once luck fell in our favour there was no wind, yes not breath just glass for the surface effect.
We made our crossing directly over to
The journey down was made easy, the pair called this a Walt Disney day. They were accompanied by 10 peal's dolphins and 2 commerson's dolphins, they continuously played and jump in front of the bows of both boats for the two hours for the last hour being joined by 4 South American fur seals playing between the boats as well. The pair decided that only Walt could have organised such an experience.
On entering the harbour we were left alone again, the pair landed on the rocks next to the jetty, exhausted by the effort of playing with natures finest a short lunch was had before a siesta of and hour and a half was had in the sunshine.
Once awake the pair got there water vessels to go and fill up as well as say hi to Martin the settlement manager. Fiona had spoken to him before the trip when getting landing permission and he had said he would really like to meet us so there we were.
Martin hospitality was great our proposed stop was extended a little so we could drink numerous cups of tea and eat bacon sandwiches. Unfortunately the weather forecast was excellent for us so we had to decline the bed, shower, pie and chips and sightseeing tour of the island, it was a great offer but sadly declined but said we would love to take him up on it if we get to
We then made our way south to get the best position to get around
Another alpine start with a complain breakfast, so we could use the last of the flood to get around the corner. This we did and due to sea state we landed just around the corner to wait for the ebb to go down the coast.
We had intended this to be a cooked breakfast and siesta stop, instead it was a cooked breakfast and mend the stoves spot. Both Tom and Fiona had a few problems, with Fiona managing to fix hers, Tom's may take a little longer.
After this interlude in the day the pair got back on to utilise another following wind and the 3 knots of tide in their favour. The cliffs they paddled past were amazing, however pictures were not possible to witness this.
Clapotis was evident for at least an hour, as were numerous support strokes when the water disappeared from underneath you or two waves met leaving you too high in the air to support on either side (the question was asked as to whether the altimeter had recorded the heights of the wave peaks if so was a climbing harness and rope required).
Once clear of Raymond Bluff the pair surfed their way to
A well deserved lye in this morning until 8am this was heaven. In the haste of going to bed the previous night the pair had not noticed what was on the neighbouring island only 100 metres away, the largest sea lion colony they had seen. This was pronounced the best PWV (poo with a view) so far, the sea lions were on a large white sandy beach and were very clear and the count was at least 30 of them, with at least 5 bull's making the presence known.
On leaving the bay pushed by the wind the pair noticed that on the other side of the island there were approx another 25 sea lions.
The joy of the wind was short lived today as it came from the side. The pair tried to stick under the cliffs as much as possible, however there were points when they had to fight to maintain position.
The days paddle ended with a fight up wind into a very picturesque beach with extremely tropical blue water and white sand to land on. The bonus was once out of the boats another circle of manicured grass (thank you ducks) just big enough for two tents.
The pair tried alfresco dining but the clouds soon closed in on them forcing them to retire to the tents for the evening.
The launch today was made more enjoyable by the presence of Peale's dolphins near the boats.
The wind hadn't quite kicked in but when it did it was SW and in our favour. As we moved further down the coast, the pair used the opportunity of an early break to do our first surf landing of the trip onto a white sandy beach filled with Penguins another quality PWV.
After the break a different story could be had, those woollies were back, the pair had tucked right under the cliffs but for some reason some of these woollies blew so hard that the pair were blown sideways towards the cliff at an alarming speed. The pair took action and decided to paddle directly across the bay towards West Head at the entrance to
As usual the pair had to put in a bit of grunt to end the day to get to the settlement from the point. Once at the settlement, the pair had lunch and were Met by Gavin, Deirdre and Rachael who had taken delivery of their food parcels a few weeks earlier and invited the pair in for tea and biscuits.
Once again the hospitality has bowled the pair over with baths, washing clothes, dinner and a bed for the night, thank you guys it was awesome and much needed.