A Bass Strait Crossing 2001

The next day saw everyone exploring the island. A few went diving and were rewarded with a good feed of Trumpeter. We had hoped to supplement our rather limited strores with fish. The water around the island was clear and brimming with fish.

This Ludderick was just one of many species seen on the dive. There are moves to make the Kent group a marine reserve. We only caught what we needed for our immediate needs.

Cleaning the fish at the waters edge attracted some rather interesting species. This ray was very inquisitive. Every evening it would appear at the same place as if it had been fed before.

Later that day we all went for a walk around the southern end of Erith Island. The weather forecast of the previous day had caught up with us. A strong SW wind was blowing strongly. The eastern side of the island was still sheltered though "willy willies" were dancing across the passage.

You can see how sheletered West Bay is in this photo. We estimated that the winds on the other side of the island were gusting to 45/50Knts.

Making sure we didn't get blown over we skirted along the ridge top looking back to Dover and Deal Island. We were glad that we weren't crossing from Hogan today.

Dover and Erith Island are separated by a narrow neck of water called the Swashway. Earlier in the year a group of sea kayers had made the crossing from Hogan Island and been taken down the western side of Erith Island by the incoming tide. They had hoped to cross the Swashway but the tide was too low and they had to paddle around the southern end of Dover Island before getting into shelter.

After the walk Ian exercised his culinary prowess and cooked up a batch of pancakes that were much appreciated. The fish went down a treat too.

The weather was moderating and tomorrow we hoped to cross to deal Island and visit the lighthouse and the volunteers who were looking after the island.

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