Duplicat's Diary

And into the Kimberley
by Rick at 09:50:05, 2021-07-15 (day 2629)

Cape Leveque was a bit rolly at high tide, as the swell could get over the small run of rocks we tucked behind. 2 hours after high tide, it was lovely and smooth. However, we see some stronger winds in the forecast so took the opportunity today to sail down into King Sound a ways.

We left at low tide, and had some champagne sailing - flat water, 12-14knots of wind, epic currents. We touched 12knots at times with tide assist. We had to punch the tide in a couple of places to cross channels to get to our destination but on balance we had the tide with us most of the day. The last bit, into our current anchorage, was sublime. Gennaker up, flat water, light winds and we were gliding along as if we weren’t moving - but doing 6 knots.

We’ve seen a few boats - 3 powerboats heading west against the current, and another yacht which I remember seeing in the Whitsundays last year. One workboat and a couple of small fishing-type powerboats, so already it feels busier than the Montebello islands.

We’re anchored in a pretty nice spot to see out some strong SE winds (which will come from over the hills on the right. We have a light westerly at the moment, which is helping us cool down!