It's an easy run up to the Wide Bay Bar from Mooloolaba, and with the speed that we're able to cruise at (around 6-7 knots) it's not necessary to break the journey at Double Island Point, as we'd done previously. But the Wide Bay Bar crossing had been playing on our minds now for a week and I'd planned the timing meticulously for the easiest entry possible. And it was easy! We were fortunate also to have another cat a half mile in front of us, which confirmed our route nicely. I wasn't too worried when a big set of waves popped up behind us and we started surfing in, because we were still in green water. I thought I was looking at the depth gauge when it showed "15" on the clock.....but that was actually the speed! (depth was actually around 7 metres). It was a great feeling powering down a wave face on the bridge deck of a 44' double hulled monster, but she tracked beautifully and the bar crossing was soon done n' dusted. We motored up the inside of Fraser Island to "Gary's Anchorage" for a great night's sleep on the anchor, the bar now safely behind us.
Speed Demon at the helm. Re-enacting the Wide Bay Bar episode.
I'm writing this blog primarily so that I can remember what we've done....it doesn't take long for all of these experiences to melt together and become confused in memory. It's also a great way of keeping in touch with others, and if I can entertain, and/or enlighten someone else, it's a bonus. The archives go back to the beginning of our adventures since sailing out of Geelong.