July 06, 2009
Woke to a calm morning.
I checked tides and worked out that we should do a trip into Tin Can bay on the tide for refuelling. I thought we should have almost half a tank of diesel left but was unsure I was reading the sound of the tank right from my taps. Around 8:30 we weighed anchor and headed up the inlet. A wind sprang up with a little rain which we motored straight into – no room for sail here.
We arrived at Tin Can bay passing a boat just across from the coastguard which had run aground waiting the next spring tide – poor buggers sitting out in the sloping cockpit looking a bit uncomfortable and feeling a little glum no doubt. Their boat was just outside the channel so the depthe obviosly chaged quickly – maybe they were swept sideways out of the channel which can very easily happen in these very tidal areas. We went down to the marina fuel depot but it was too tight to get into with a large housboat taking up a fair bit of the jetty. I motored Holdfast out backwards and we headed back to a fuel stop near the coastguard. We weren’t sure though of it’s depth – the tide was on the way out now. Jacqui rang the coastguard and got the number of the depot – the depth would be OK as long as we came straight in and didn’t try to come in too shallow an angle. The first attepmt failed miserably as I didn;t realise the tide had tiurned and was f;lowing quite strongly – we were swept passed the small jetty as I tried to apprioach from upstream. Tail between my legs we went out to the channel so we could get the ropes and Fenders over o the other side. A ferry unloaded passengers and another yacht beat us in before we finally were able to approach from downstream – much easier when you do it right!
We refuelled and headed back through the channel. Apparrently the grounded boat had been there since the night before and was grounded near hight tide. Tonight’s tide will be a little higher so hopefully he will get off. Lots of groundings here as it looks as though there is a by here although it only has a few feet over it at high tide.