Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Our morning began with a visit from NiteSpiritSix. Whitecaps was disappointed we didn't offer him coffee and muffins... :) We finished our breakfast, struck camp and got underway at about 7AM.
|Leaving Lostman's Five campsite|
The combination of high wind from the east and the large open bay caused us to be blown behind a small point of land. We took an opportunity to take a break and eat something and made an attempt to paddle back around the point. We failed to make the turn and ended up right back where we started. I though about trying to pull the boat around the point, but when I stepped out of the boat, I sank past my knees. At this point, we were extremely demoralized and decided to just sit and take a short nap. After a break, we changed our approach and made it around the point and into Big Lostman's Bay. About two miles later, we got a break from the wind in the channels leading to Rodgers River Bay, then Broad River Bay.
As we made the turn into Broad River Bay, we now had the wind at out backs. We deployed our 1M downwind sail and enjoyed a fast downwind run all the way down Broad River. At one point we hit 7mph, yeah!
We were committed to earning an Alligator Tooth award which meant we needed to traverse the Nightmare and Broad Creek. These are not passable at low tide, which was when we were arriving. To buy ourselves some time, we decided to stop and have some dinner at the Broad River campsite. This turned out to be a great idea because the next 8 miles would prove to be extremely challenging.
|Cooking some dinner|
Our original goal for the day was the Oyster Bay Chickee, but we were not even close. Fortunately, the Harney River Chickee was not occupied when we arrived at about 2AM. We got the boat secured, camp set up and fell immediately to sleep.