Cruising – Adelaide to Cape Jaffa
After leaving Adelaide on the 4th of May, we sailed to Stansbury before leaving very early on the Monday morning to sail to Kangaroo Island. We stayed at American River for two nights and spent the days walking. The walk to the old fish cannery was good albeit not much remains there to be seen.
At the end of the walk we came across a little wallaby that allowed us the get very close for a photo shoot!
On the 7th of May we sailed to Penneshaw to meet our friend and fellow sailor Katrina, who is joining us for three weeks. We left the following morning for Cape Jaffa. The sail itself was a little rough and Katrina and I needed to resort to our seasickness tablets! We arrived at the Cape Jaffa Anchorage at around 0230, approximately 16.5 hours after we left Penneshaw. Hence, we arrived in the dark and nearly came unstuck as we entered the dark, unknown marina, on the little information we had gained from the marina manager before we left Penneshaw. Note to self… if the marina manager does not know what “leads” are, his general information on the safety of entering the marina at night is not to be trusted!
Once inside the entrance to the marina we were literally blind. The port beacon was not working and we had run aground before we noticed the dark pole indicating the area we should have stay left of. Long story short, by 0400 we were safely docked and sipping hot cup-of-soups and Hennessy Cognac.
We woke to rain and wind, so we spent the day in the boat, baking chocolate cake and bread and enjoying a roast chicken dinner with Dick and Kay who had come up from Adelaide to bring some generator spare parts. The following day was beautiful after the sun had burnt off the fog. We joined Kay at the caravan park to get some washing done and Kay cook a delicious meatball curry to share with us for dinner.
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