Saturday, 25 July 2015

Overnighting to Island Head Creek

Foggy morning Keswick and St. Bees

The decision is made.  We will overnight heading SE to Middle Percy Island to avoid adverse currents and continue on to Island Head Creek expecting to reach the bar on high tide in the morning, Sunday.  While we have a connection I send text messages to update family and friends of our plan.

It's slow going through the day but we are making progress motor sailing.  We are joined by pods of dolphins which race over to ride our bow wave, weaving from starboard to port side, back and forth, back and forth.  I can't think of anything more delightful!  The sailor's companions.  They bring an instant smile and seem to smile back as they turn their heads skyward.  Are they looking at me?  I feel they accept our presence in their world and want to have some fun with us for a while.

We've seen quite a few Humpback whales since we started this ourney over a month ago.  They are calving in these northern waters at this time of year.

Through the night we get a few hours of north easterlies which compensate for the earlier slow speeds we've been making.  That was a nice surprise and could help put our arrival at a good time for the tide.

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