Left Tantabiddi in the dark at 6.30am through the well lit channel. We shared the mooring area with a Schionning catamaran named ‘Clawdette’. Plenty of wind on the beam outside of Ningaloo Reef so averaged 8 to 9 knots all morning. We were overflown by our third customs plane near Norwegian Bay. We have some anchorage options on the way to stopover at but elected to do the 175 nm overnighter direct to Carnarvon. Also keen to get into Shark Bay by Thursday (tomorrow) as there is a 3.5 m swell predicted for Friday which will make the coastal anchorages uncomfortable if not untenable.
South of Cape Edgar we passed a yacht sailing North close enough to identify as ‘Do-it’.
Quite lumpy overnight as we were close hauled heading into a Southeasterly so the wind waves were at right angles to the swell making the seas quite confused. The moon set at 1245 am consequently it was very dark. We were abeam Cape Cuvier at dawn entering Shark Bay. Saw a whale doing some big jumping breaches about midday but was too far off to photograph.
We are in pen #1, the commodore’s spot, so I guess we are in the VIP berth. The waterway here is called the Fascine, an old delta arm of the Gascoyne River and it is very shallow, I was puckered all the way in.