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Cruising on western port

Post by ricdanger » Aug 23rd, '12, 12:49

Hi people,
We want to start taking Fair Haven (sc23) out for overnighters on western port. Does anyone have any favorite spots, horror spots to avoid or any general advice for cruising WP??
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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by Chapter Four » Aug 23rd, '12, 13:14

Sandy Point is very nice, tuck in on the north side and it is very sheltered.
Approach from the NE, it is very shallow at low tide, but a nice spot.

you can also overnight on the jetty at San Remo.
There are some public moorings down in Cleeland bight, exposed in a SE blow though.

Rhyll is also very good, tie up on the inner side of the big jetty. Good fish and chip shop and a good cafe. Stick to the marked channels or you could get stuck for a while.

I've been told Fairhaven on French Island is nice, but haven't got there yet.
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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by INMA » Aug 23rd, '12, 14:44

Know the tide times and be very careful at high tide to stay afloat.

When the tide is rising,sailing into shallow waters is ok to get away from the currents, at high tide or tide dropping, keep clear of shallows.

Sailing with the currents makes a trip a lot easier.
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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by Backman » Aug 29th, '12, 20:19

Hi Ric , there are many places that I have stayed o/night , my favourite being Chickery Lane , second on the list would be San Remo floating pontoon or Tankerton jetty , give me a well if you want more information . Bob .

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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by tonyb » Aug 31st, '12, 14:05

Ric

I sailed Westernport for many years in our Endeavour 28 (Scotch Mist) and found some great anchorages. From memory they are: -

Chichory Lane Tricky to get into as it is a hole and best found at low tide when you can see the mud banks and plot it. Good in most breezes from the south but gets breezy if the wind gets to much east. Very good holding
Warneet Good in anything but a straight southerly and can get rolly in the mornings when the power boats go out. Good holding
Yaringa Harbour Good for overnight as it is a marina with a nice restaurant and BBQ facilities.
The Refinery Good quick get away overnight from Hastings with the best winds from the west (winter). Good holding
Tankerton Great in an full easterly. Usually on a day anchorage or refuge if those strong easterlies come up in the night. Mostly sand
Observation Point Good in a southerly and SE but can get a bit rolly. Some perm bouys to hang off. Sand bottom
Rhyll We have tied off the jetty but watch the tides. Excellent holding off the jetty. Watch for old mooring lines when anchoring. Highly entertaining in the morning watching the power boats launching. Good restaurants and supplies. Good in most breezes except strong southerly. Don't be there then.
Corronet Bay Good in an easterly and northerlies and reasonably good holding. No good in a southerly but a quick trip to Stockyards or Corinella if it blows up. Mostly sand
Corinella One of my favourites with good anchorages and BBQ facilities and jetty. Short walk to corner store. Watch for old mooring lines when anchoring. Good in any south winds, no good in northerlies. Mostly sand/mud
Stockyards Possibly one of the safest anchorages in Westernport with great holding, out of the tides. I have held there for a couple of days in big southerly blows with no issues. Not great in northerlies

Sailing Westernport was one of our greatest adventures. We met some great people. Enjoy it at high tide and low tide, Try and sail with the tides if you can. There is great fishing everywhere and some great day sails.

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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by ricdanger » Sep 3rd, '12, 10:08

Awesome replies, thanks. After three sails we haven't got as far as hastings yet owing to very short strop from the three year old and the odd vomit!

But we'll keep plugging away, making each sail longer. We also keep getting the tides wrong and sailing the wrong way and making .5kt SOG! These tips will help head in the right direction...


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Post by tonyb » Sep 3rd, '12, 17:03

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If your sailing out of Yaringa you can always sail with the tide. With the incoming a sail up above French island to Joe's island and back when it changes is always really nice. If the tide is going out obviously sail down towards Hastings. Wind on tide is always a bit rough out there. Sailing down Westernport from Yaringa into a southerly can get quite rough at times.

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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by ricdanger » Dec 28th, '12, 09:37

Thanks everyone - invaluable.

I think we have now found most of the mud/sand banks! and have started to use Navionics on the iphone to help tell us before we run aground...

Also, found out the hard way that at very low tide the only way out of Yaringa is with the keel and rudder up!
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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by tom » May 13th, '13, 23:02

Fair Haven on the West side of French Island is beautiful , if exposed. Two hundred metres south of the piles in the water, that are the remains of an old pier, is a path marked by hand rails and a few rough steps into the ti tree from the lovely long sandy beach. Only a few metres in, is a large grassy area under the shade of the ti trees. Here is a sign that says you are in a National Park and that its the only camping area on French Island. Very sheltered and beautiful. Note, no fires allowed. I saw no sign of water or toilets. A grassy path through and under the ti tree canopy and scrub follows the beach ( heading S) for about 500 m then goes back on to the beach. I left a 3m vertical timber marker, leaning in a tree, on the beach, to mark this spot. There is a dirt road in good condition that seems to run parallel the the beach. Perfect for mountain bikes. Sailed there last Friday on a beautiful 25 deg day in my trailer Tri.
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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by peterdays » Dec 11th, '13, 23:28

I prefer Chicory Lane and that of Yaringa Harbour suits for overnight fun stay.




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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by mob » Jul 2nd, '14, 20:52

I'd like to hear peoples favorite spots for drying out on Western Port. I've sometimes seen groups of two or three TSs dried out here and there around French Island, but have only stayed at the obvious ones - Sandy Point, Spit Point, the Nitts. A recommendation for certain winds would be helpful. Pictures would be great.

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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by MoodyBlue » Jul 3rd, '14, 13:19

First, Yaringa, High and Low tide
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Post by MoodyBlue » Jul 3rd, '14, 13:22

Second, a spot we haved stayed on the Western side of French Island
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Post by sailboatmike » Jul 3rd, '14, 13:37

MoodyBlue wrote:First, Yaringa, High and Low tide

Thats only medium low tide :lol: , I have seen it with basicly just a puddle in the channel on a real low tide
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Post by MoodyBlue » Jul 3rd, '14, 14:07

sailboatmike wrote:
MoodyBlue wrote:First, Yaringa, High and Low tide

Thats only medium low tide :lol: , I have seen it with basicly just a puddle in the channel on a real low tide
That day was only 12-14 inches of water. We polished the hull on the bottom for 90%.

Had a mammoth job to remove all the mud from our keel case that had been scooped up into it, and ground to a halt several times and slid off when the stern wash caught up.

A side note I had heard that Yarringa is not so friendly to visiting TS types any more ???
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Post by sailboatmike » Jul 3rd, '14, 14:50

Not sure, we dont go over there, Haistings YC have built a new floating pontoon in front of the club, that would be a great place to tie up for the nite, there is also a floating jetting hanging off the inside of the pier now, must be newish, bit more exposed than the YC one but would be a nice place to hold up if you can fight the fishermen on the jetty to get a spot to tie up :lol:

Of course you can always tie up on floating jetty at the end of Warneet South Pier, outside can be a bit rocky but has the advantage of being able to leave at anytime, inside is nice and quiet but you can struggle to get out at low tide.

Coffee and takeaway is available at the boat hire which is around 2 minutes walk from the end of the pier and there is a general store a quick 5 minute walk away for milk etc.
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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by mob » Jul 3rd, '14, 17:35

MoodyBlue wrote:Second, a spot we haved stayed on the Western side of French Island
Jeff, is that North or South of Spit Point?

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Post by MoodyBlue » Jul 4th, '14, 13:50

MOB,
North of Spit point.
The spot nearest McLeod road suited us the best as it was flatter, but the second spot gave quicker access to deep water.
I have never had the foresight to be using or mark the spot.
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Post by sailboatmike » Jul 4th, '14, 17:14

That would be the beautiful beach you can see when your standing at Lang Lang caravan park beach looking over toward French Island
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Re: Cruising on western port

Post by mob » Jul 5th, '14, 01:19

MoodyBlue wrote:MOB,
North of Spit point.
The spot nearest McLeod road suited us the best as it was flatter, but the second spot gave quicker access to deep water.
OK, I've been to the second spot.
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Post by sailboatmike » Jul 14th, '14, 21:05

Drove down to Bass Landing on Saturday to have a look, if you can get into the river there would be plenty of good places to tie up and it seems protected pretty much, the boat ramp there is just mud and gravel and it would have to be a small TS if you wanted to launch there, was interesting water in front of the ramp as the wind, tide and river flow all played off against each other, it was probably made worse by all the rain we have had in the last week or so.

Now I have done a bit of a reci next stage is take the dinghy down and have a bit of a sail around and check the depths
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