Wineglass Bay

tropical without the heat

We tucked right in as far as we could go on the southern corner of the bay and anchored there. It was very sheltered and we stayed for 4 days waiting for big winds to stop blowing. We marvelled at the clarity of the water and the beauty of the spot we were in. We wished that it was warmer so that we could swim in the crystal clear water, although even in the peak of summer the water temperature is still not very high. We had to content ourselves with trips to the beach and rowing around the rocky foreshore to look over the side of the dinghy at the seaweed and rocks. We did catch a few fish here, little ones that were very interested in the light that we shone in the water at night. We had enough for a feed.

While we were here we installed the jack lines we had had made up but hadn’t installed, we put the lock on the door so that we could lock the boat when we weren’t home.

It reminded us of a saying from Terry Bragg, our rigger and commodore of our boat club.

“Cruising is doing boat maintenance in exotic places

and although Wineglass Bay is beautiful and some would call it exotic, to me exotic needs to be warm – air and water . . .

After two days at Wineglass Bay lack of retail therapy was getting to Greg so he decided to walk into Coles Bay on the other side of the Hazards, the pink granite mountain peaks that form the backbone to the Freycinet Peninsular. He didn't realise that it was such a long walk from the carpark at the beginning of the Wineglass Bay track to the township. It took nearly a whole day, which I had to myself, pottering on the boat. He returned with gum and chocolate biscuits and jubes. No meat, bread or fresh fruit.

I did important things like change the bed linen and cook a cake that came to be termed “Cruising cake”. This is our term for the cake you have when you are cruising. They can range from boiled fruit cake (the usual) to chocolate to anything I feel like making. It is good to have a piece of cruising cake when out at sea with a cup of hot coffee – especially at night when on watch. The Cruising cake (recipe here) made this day did not get to go cruising. It was eaten before the weather improved.

We had dolphins here too. They were frolicking near the beach when Greg returned from Coles Bay. Late on the 3rd day we decided to move the boat to a more northerly spot on the beach but it was not very sheltered from the swell, and after hearing the weather forecast for gale warnings and storm warnings we decided to return to our other anchorage and stay there. We could see the dolphins playing in the moonlight as we motored along the beach just outside the surf line.