Here on the chart you can see where I was during the story below.
The sail trip on July 29 to McCallum was a gentle one. The prediction was SW wind from about 20 knots but instead I had all the way SE winds from 15 knots. It was overcast but dry. Around 16.00 lt I was alongside at the floating jetty in McCallum.
This is also an outpost what means you can only reach it by ferry. This outpost slowly dies. At this stage there are about 25 people still living there permanent. Yes there is a shop and a school open for one student. After I cleared the boat I went for a walk and saw nobody at all. When I was 20 years ago the village was still full of live and today it was a sad situation. I stayed two nights and the second afternoon Dan together with his wife and friends dropped by. We had a beer and a chat.
The next day I left McCallum and the sun was out and there was a nice good SW wind. I went into Great Jervis Bay what is just around the corner from McCallum but instead of anchoring there I went out again and headed further up that bay. It was beautifull and an amazing view with all those high cliffs. Once all the way in I dropped anchor in 25 meter deep water but ended up in 45 meter deep. After an hour I moved to a spot nearby . That time I anchored in Victoria Cove and all was fine there till a strong westerly wind came and with that wind I was not on a good spot. I picked up the anchor and went by engine to “ Little Cuiller Bay “ where I was fine for that westerly wind. I had a very peaceful night there. The next day I picked up the anchor and ended in “ Goblin Bay “ and anchored in “ Big Harbour “ cove . A nice spot and the water depth was oke. But again a westerly picked up and I moved out . This time I sailed across to “ Stanley Cove “ . There the depth was only 10 meter and the holding for the anchor perfect and the scenery beautiful.
The next day I went anchor up after my morning coffee and a big breakfast and sailed to “ Great Jervis Bay “ . I anchored at several spots but the anchor would not hold good. The bottom was full of rocks . I could not see that but hear that on the anchor chain. Only behind “ Pearl Island “ it was oke and there I stayed . This island is just a few rocks and some tree’s on it but it gives good protection for a southerly wind . On the second day there the wind blew 25 knots but I was fine.
On August 05 I left Pearl Island and was heading for Gaultois. I went north of Long Island and trough “ Little Passage “ The sail to the Passage I did only on genua. There was enough wind from SW and I was not in a hurry. The wind strength was oke but it was overcast and at the beginning there was fog as well. In “ Little Passage “ I went twice for an anchor spot but I did like the weather , at that stage there was drizzle and fog , and I continued to Gaultois. This is also an outpost. There was once a working fish factory but that is closed now. The jetty there is rotten and not a good place to go alongside. I saw somebody on the floating jetty looking at me when I was coming in. Once near the jetty the men ask if I wanted to come alongside . I answered positive and he moved his boat to make room for me. I tied up and cleared the boat. That evening I did not go for a walk.
Gaultois was once a busy village. With the fishery going and the fish factory. But now there is not much to do. I heard from the men who was on the jetty when I arrived that there live about 85 people permanent in the village at this stage. There was a referendum about closing down the village and the outcome was yes. But there was an other referendum and then more people were against it. So wait what happen in the future.
The next day the sun was out and it was a nice morning. After the coffee and breakfast I took what I needed for a hike and went underway. There is a hike to Piccaire Harbour what is on the other side of the hills. It was a nice walk but the maintenance on trail is neglected so some parts it is a bit difficult going. Back in the village I first went to boat for a rest and then I made a walk trough the whole village. On that walk I met Dorothy who was from Ontario but had bought a house here. We had a chat and later a meal together in her house. From her house she had a nice few over the harbour and on the other side over the hills and the lake there.
The next day it was blowing from the wrong direction to make it for Hermitage and the fog and rain were back what made that I stayed an other day in Gaultois. And that morning Dorothy came for a coffee. And later in the afternoon I went to her place again. She could not stay away to long due to dogs she had.
On August 08 at 06.10 in the morning I left Gaultois for Hermitage . There was not a drop of wind so I motored the 3,5 mile and around 07.00 I was tied up once again in Hermitage.
While alongside of most of the jetties you have to use a fender board between your fenders and the jetty. The timbers are most of the time dirty and the space to big for your fenders. And your boat will move back and forth due to the long lines you have to use because of the tide.
I stayed a few day’s there. Here you have the use of a washing machine and a shower. The day after I had came in the sun was back and the washing machine made overtime for me. I also did some shopping in the local supermarket. Dan and his wife dropped by that first morning to say goodby. They were of to Nova Scotia.
On August 11 early in the morning I left Hermitage and went direction west to explore all the bay’s there.