Saturday, August 16, 2008

Just a Glorious Anchorage

Effingham Bay with 10 boats at anchor was not our idea of paradise so we nosed around Gilbert Island to see if we could find shelter from the prevailing west swells and north west winds. The first nook was too deep for the captain’s comfort. The second on the west side of Effingham Island between Bauke and Austin Island was a good possibility. Our electronic navigation system, a paper chart evaluation and a dink perimeter survey was positive. We checked weather forecasts to ensure that there was no prediction for south winds.

We had a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, wonderful tidal pools filled with California mussels, anemones, and ochre sea stars. Both the sunset and the sunrise were glorious.


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