|We were up at 5.00am this morning and got moving, stuffing down breakfast and throwing ourselves onto the ripple-less pink waters of the still river, mostly still anyway, as the currents around posts and buoys showed us that the current was quite definitely going out.|
And out we went with it. We put up our sails, and pedaddled briskly out through the mouth of the Murray, coming out past Cooper's Mill and into the Estuary. We started so early as we weren't sure whether the wind would be at all kind later on.
But we had the best wind, just what we needed to keep ourselves on a reach ( that's having your sail half in, with the wind coming across your beam) - the most efficient point of sailing. We followed almost a dead straight line, cutting straight across.
My tiller started trying to pull to port, but was quickly put in its place. A very quiet, pleasant crossing.
We did about 4.5 knots - 7.8 kms an hour coming across the estuary.
We stopped at Boundary Island, after some trouble with shallows, and did some crabbing - no luck.
Now we''re at the Waterside Restaurant, and having coffee and cake, waiting to check in.
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