Sunday, May 23, 2010

Escape River

After Portland Road, we only had a short hop of 45 miles to get to
Margaret Bay behind Cape Grenville. Turned out to be one of the best
anchorages of the East Coast. Extremely well protected from the SE seas.
Not so much from the wind, but we are used to that by now. We found two
boats at anchor, a motor boat and a sail boat. The skipper of the
sailboat, Peter, came to us and gave us lots of infos about our upcoming
few ports. Turned out, after we thought about it, that he got all that
info from the cruising guide that we have, written by Alan Lucas.

The following leg was 72 miles long, to Escape River, and we had to make
sure that we would arrive before nightfall. So, we left at 4:00 in the
morning. But Papy Jovial showed us that she did not need to be pushed.
With winds still in the 20s, sometime down to 15 sometime up to 25
knots, we averaged 6.2 knots and arrived in Escape River at 3:30 in the

Escape River is a centre for pearl farming and the river is cover with
oysters nets and markers. We sailed up the river, ignoring the group of
houses from the Pearl company at the entrance and went all the way up to
Jardine river.

This time, no wind, no seas and complete silence. Nobody, not a soul
around, but unfortunately no wild life either. The local guides and
brochures keep talking of an area "infested" by crocodiles, but apart
from the one commissioned by the Tourism Bureau in Port Douglas, we
haven't seen any yet. Maybe after we turn the corner.

We enjoyed anyway a totally quiet night before leaving mid-morning for
Cape York and turning the corner.

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