Day Sixteen 19/01/12

No point in getting upset about the weather, especially in Bass Strait. The forecast for today? South Westerlies at 20-30 knots and seas to three meters. Great weather for racing, crap for cruising, so we are going to lie low today and chill. I can’t think of a better place to do that. Over the roughed up water that surges through Murray Pass, I can make out tiny figures on the beach. These are the “Erith Mob”. Many years ago, a couple of roamers built a shack from driftwood and sailcloth. This was later taken up as a beach holiday shack by Melbourne academic, the late Stephen Murray-Smith. Every summer, for over 40 years, the Erith Mob and their descendants have spent their summers in splendid solitude on Erith. Doesn’t get much better than that! I make a point of taking it easy today, I cook Sweet Corn and Shitake Soup and a Thai Yellow Curry for dinner, and spend the afternoon cleaning out my kit and blogging. We will get Escapade ready this evening to make sail at first light. Our plan is to make for the Hogan Island group and then head north west towards Wilsons Promontory.

Aid to navigation sheet in light room at Deal Island Lighthouse

Old visitors book in museum at Deal Island

Light Keepers Residence with lighthouse in background


Original Light Keepers Residence C1848, now a museum

About Andrew Dwyer

I am a cook, author of three published cookbooks, historian and expedition leader. I live in Jamieson, a town with a population of 200 in a valley where two rivers meet in the Australian High Country. I am married to Jane and we have three grown ups that were once children. They all return home regularly for short visits. Life is good. NB: This site uses Australian English, so if you are American you may struggle with the spelling.
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