Coming out from the Yorke Peninsular and into the Investigator Straight we now got into Carol’s Territory. All of the Eyre Peninsular, West Coast of SA and Spencer Gulf gets worked by Gerry the VHF Radio Operator from Tumby Bay – if you are on passage you can log on to him via repeater ch 21 and then he checks in with you in the morning and in the afternoon – gives you weather, maps your position and has a chat. A really great service and a faboulus commitment. Anyway, rounding the corner we then recived Carol from American River – who of course already heard about us.
A few miles south brought us to Althorpe Island where we anchored in a faboulus spot under the cliffs and went to the the old lighthouse at the top of the island.
Had little incident on the way back as Claire decided on skinny dipping and a frisky sealion came over to investigate. She escaped his advances by not much and hid behind the dinghy, which stopped the sealion as he was got confused i think by the human (me) rolling around the beach laughing.
Next stops where Kangaroo Beach, Maeres Tail, Emu Bay and finally Island Beach (first non rolly anchorage) where we spent New Year.
A few days later my friend Rowan from Perth came over and we rented a car for a couple days and discovered the island by road + had nice sailing trips down to American River and the Winery at The Bay of Shoals.
A great Day run from the Bay of Shoals brought us to Adelaide, into the Port River and to the Royal Yacht Squadron where we enjoyed great hospitality, all the victualling we could fit into the boat and lots of social times.