2017-05 - MONTHLY LOG STATISTICS

Travelled distance : 152.94 km (82.58 nm)

Average Speed : 9.59 km/h (5.18 knots)

Peak Speed : 23.38 km/h (12.62 knots) on 2017/05/09

Still enjoying our time pottering around the Gippsland Lakes, we’re in no rush to get further north. We are mainly killing time and sorting out the installation of the watermaker. We are also waiting for a final catch-up with family and friends.

2017-05-02 - FROM Progress Jetty TO Dawson's Cove

Trip end : 2017/05/02 01:10:00

Trip Duration : 0h08m (8 minutes)

Start Point : 147.718963,-37.920318

End Point : 147.711624,-37.924068

Travelled distance : 0.96 km (0.51 nm)

Average Speed : 7.20 km/h (3.89 knots)

Peak Speed : 8.84 km/h (4.77 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 0.766 km (0.414 nm)

Wind picked up a bit at Progress Jetty and so we enjoyed a (very) early morning trip across to drop the anchor instead of copping a bashing against the jetty.

2017-05-04 - FROM Dawson's Cove TO Progress Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/04 11:45:37

Trip Duration : 0h07m (7 minutes)

Start Point : 147.711135,-37.923801

End Point : 147.719665,-37.920398

Travelled distance : 1.04 km (0.56 nm)

Average Speed : 8.92 km/h (4.81 knots)

Peak Speed : 9.96 km/h (5.38 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 0.838 km (0.452 nm)

Back to Progress Jetty as the weather improved enough for us to go for a bit of a ride. We took the trail down to Eagle Bay. Colleen was taking full advantage of her new bike, and she likes the colours and the bell of this one better than the old one.

On the way, we found a great Op-shop and they were having a special where you could fill a bag for $2. David was after a new bag to store one of the parachutes, so we brought a bag and grabbed a few more items as well.

2017-05-06 - FROM Progress Jetty TO Picnic Arm

Trip end : 2017/05/06 15:04:51

Trip Duration : 0h29m (29 minutes)

Start Point : 147.719055,-37.920330

End Point : 147.681564,-37.943561

Travelled distance : 4.99 km (2.69 nm)

Average Speed : 10.32 km/h (5.57 knots)

Peak Speed : 12.40 km/h (6.69 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 4.181 km (2.257 nm)

2017-05-08 - FROM Picnic Arm TO Dawson's Cove VIA Progress Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/08 13:10:53

Travelling Time : 0h36m (36 minutes)

Trip Duration : 1h18m (78 minutes)

Start Point : 147.681472,-37.943599

End Point : 147.712661,-37.923999

Travelled distance : 5.87 km (3.17 nm)

Average Speed : 9.79 km/h (5.29 knots)

Peak Speed : 12.57 km/h (6.79 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 3.497 km (1.888 nm)

2017-05-09 - FROM Dawson's Cove TO Steamer Landing Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/09 11:45:10

Trip Duration : 0h47m (47 minutes)

Start Point : 147.712677,-37.924030

End Point : 147.777435,-37.958278

Travelled distance : 8.34 km (4.50 nm)

Average Speed : 10.65 km/h (5.75 knots)

Peak Speed : 23.38 km/h (12.62 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 6.837 km (3.691 nm)

VMG Average Speed : 8.72 km/h (4.71 knots)

We decided to go across to see the other area in Bunga Arm. We had visited Ocean Grange in April, and wanted to take a look further down the Arm. Colleen took the helm for the run in, and managed to weave through the channel and put XTsea up against the jetty without a problem.

We enjoyed a walk along the beach, and sat and watched while a couple of guys prepared and launched themselves into the air on motorised parasails. Next morning we returned to the beach to play a bit of trac-ball,which is a retro 1970’s plastic racket and ball game.

2017-05-11 - FROM Steamer Landing Jetty TO Progress Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/11 15:27:14

Trip Duration : 0h51m (51 minutes)

Start Point : 147.777725,-37.958030

End Point : 147.719696,-37.920719

Travelled distance : 7.91 km (4.27 nm)

Average Speed : 9.31 km/h (5.02 knots)

Peak Speed : 11.02 km/h (5.95 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 6.565 km (3.545 nm)

VMG Average Speed : 7.72 km/h (4.17 knots)

2017-05-13 - FROM Progress Jetty TO Dawson's Cove

Trip end : 2017/05/13 12:24:37

Trip Duration : 0h06m (6 minutes)

Start Point : 147.718948,-37.920261

End Point : 147.712692,-37.924041

Travelled distance : 0.97 km (0.52 nm)

Average Speed : 9.75 km/h (5.26 knots)

Peak Speed : 9.61 km/h (5.19 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 0.691 km (0.373 nm)

2017-05-14 - FROM Dawson's Cove TO Progress Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/14 10:42:55

Trip Duration : 0h07m (7 minutes)

Start Point : 147.712646,-37.924140

End Point : 147.719604,-37.920349

Travelled distance : 1.03 km (0.56 nm)

Average Speed : 8.90 km/h (4.80 knots)

Peak Speed : 11.57 km/h (6.25 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 0.741 km (0.400 nm)

2017-05-15 - FROM Progress Jetty TO Lakes Entrance

Trip end : 2017/05/15 11:25:02

Trip Duration : 2h27m (147 minutes)

Start Point : 147.719497,-37.920398

End Point : 147.984237,-37.882381

Travelled distance : 26.56 km (14.34 nm)

Average Speed : 10.84 km/h (5.85 knots)

Peak Speed : 12.00 km/h (6.48 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 23.609 km (12.748 nm)

VMG Average Speed : 9.63 km/h (5.20 knots)

Our LPG gas was running low, so we thought we had better zap to Lakes Entrance and get a tank filled. The only place that did refills was an old Shell, and they charged $30 for a 4kg fill was was a bit steep.

We rode across the footbridge to take a photo of XTsea and check out the surf beach. It sure was banging!

2017-05-17 - FROM Lakes Entrance TO Metung Pub Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/17 12:26:00

Travelling Time : 1h22m (82 minutes)

Trip Duration : 1h46m (106 minutes)

Start Point : 147.979187,-37.884429

End Point : 147.855514,-37.892158

Travelled distance : 12.27 km (6.62 nm)

Average Speed : 8.98 km/h (4.85 knots)

Peak Speed : 10.40 km/h (5.62 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 10.887 km (5.878 nm)

VMG Average Speed : 7.96 km/h (4.30 knots)

Spent a couple of days in Metung. We checked out the pub but the food prices were off the chart so we grabbed a couple of pies instead. Enjoyed a bit of a ride around the area, riding past the yacht club and around to Chinaman’s Creek.

2017-05-19 - FROM Metung Pub Jetty TO Picnic Arm VIA Paynesville

Trip end : 2017/05/19 14:06:53

Travelling Time : 2h09m (129 minutes)

Trip Duration : 4h09m (249 minutes)

Start Point : 147.855010,-37.892639

End Point : 147.680877,-37.943790

Travelled distance : 20.48 km (11.06 nm)

Average Speed : 9.52 km/h (5.14 knots)

Peak Speed : 11.65 km/h (6.29 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 16.299 km (8.801 nm)

VMG Average Speed : 7.58 km/h (4.09 knots)

Back to Paynesville, and we decided to give the parachute a try after David had spent some effort removing corroded fittings and re-rigging it with dyneema. It looked really good in the sunlight, and maust have looked interesting from above as well. A military chopper deviated from its flightpath for a much closer look.

Rounding the east tip of Raymond Island, we were joined by a pod of dolphins who were having a great time. David managed to get a couple of good pictures which is always hard with wildlife.

2017-05-22 - FROM Dawsons Cove TO Progress Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/22 09:56:29

Trip Duration : 0h27m (27 minutes)

Start Point : 147.681304,-37.944118

End Point : 147.719650,-37.920360

Travelled distance : 4.84 km (2.61 nm)

Average Speed : 10.76 km/h (5.81 knots)

Peak Speed : 11.40 km/h (6.16 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 4.276 km (2.309 nm)

With a bit of free time and some leftover paint, David repainted the marks at 5 metre intervals on our anchor chain and touched up the cross-beam where paint had worn off.

2017-05-23 - FROM Progress Jetty TO Wattle Point VIA Town Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/23 14:53:39

Travelling Time : 1h29m (89 minutes)

Trip Duration : 6h22m (382 minutes)

Start Point : 147.719192,-37.920318

End Point : 147.636413,-37.970378

Travelled distance : 13.58 km (7.33 nm)

Average Speed : 9.15 km/h (4.94 knots)

Peak Speed : 10.76 km/h (5.81 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 9.147 km (4.939 nm)

VMG Average Speed : 6.16 km/h (3.32 knots)

David had a hankering for some spuds on a fire so we headed down Lake Victoria where we could light a fire. David swung the compass on the autopilot on the way, which would have confused anyone looking at our movements.

We initially picked the wrong jetty, squeezing into a private jetty a kilometer or so short of the Wattle point. Realising our mistake, we threw off the ropes and continued on, with only a couple of feet clearance each side as we left.

David soon had a fire happening, and we enjoyed spuds and snags for dinner before retiring. Our sleep was interrupted by some thunder and lightning, with a HUGE bolt nearby making the whole boat shake. Colleen took the precaution of removing the cabling from our chartplotter after the bolt. There was a group of schoolkids camping in tents nearby who would not have enjoyed their evening.

2017-05-25 - FROM Wattle Point TO Waddy Point VIA Loch Sport

Trip end : 2017/05/25 12:50:00

Travelling Time : 1h36m (96 minutes)

Trip Duration : 2h36m (156 minutes)

Start Point : 147.635833,-37.970600

End Point : 147.603713,-37.995098

Travelled distance : 15.81 km (8.53 nm)

Average Speed : 9.88 km/h (5.33 knots)

Peak Speed : 12.40 km/h (6.69 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 3.917 km (2.115 nm)

We motored across to Loch Sport to take a look around and dispose of some rubbish. There were McMansions as far as the eye could see, but not a lot of people were around and we couldn’t even find a bin to chuck our rubbish in! Lots of For Sale signs too. The place is probably full-on over Summer but for now it looked like a ghost town.

We motored back to Waddy Point where we picked up a mooring for the night.

2017-05-26 - FROM Waddy Point TO Progress Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/26 10:32:46

Trip Duration : 1h19m (79 minutes)

Start Point : 147.603363,-37.994029

End Point : 147.719635,-37.920341

Travelled distance : 13.58 km (7.33 nm)

Average Speed : 10.32 km/h (5.57 knots)

Peak Speed : 11.01 km/h (5.94 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 13.078 km (7.061 nm)

VMG Average Speed : 9.93 km/h (5.36 knots)

2017-05-27 - FROM Progress Jetty TO Picnic Arm

Trip end : 2017/05/27 15:32:41

Trip Duration : 0h48m (48 minutes)

Start Point : 147.719436,-37.920379

End Point : 147.681045,-37.944179

Travelled distance : 4.90 km (2.64 nm)

Average Speed : 6.13 km/h (3.31 knots)

Peak Speed : 9.87 km/h (5.33 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 4.282 km (2.312 nm)

2017-05-30 - FROM Picnic Arm TO Picnic Arm VIA Progress Jetty

Trip end : 2017/05/30 11:32:08

Travelling Time : 1h08m (68 minutes)

Trip Duration : 2h05m (125 minutes)

Start Point : 147.681304,-37.944000

End Point : 147.681564,-37.943538

Travelled distance : 9.72 km (5.25 nm)

Average Speed : 8.58 km/h (4.63 knots)

Peak Speed : 12.00 km/h (6.48 knots)

Straight-line Distance : 0.056 km (0.030 nm)

So all in all, a pretty uneventful month. The highlight was probably the dolphins at play in Lake King.