the Western Australia
cruising guide reckons "respite" can be taken at False Entrance, in view of the 100nm of coastal cliffs that come after that bay, dropping the pick and having a kip seemed like a good idea (solo sailor). Weather
got progressively worse that night, realized later my anchor
lines had snapped, the sound of something hitting rock (0545) was enough to encourage me to grab my grab bag and climb overboard
. i could feel rock beneath me and swam/crawled ashore through the surf at first light 0615.
how the incident could have been prevented? to get a better idea of my history
and some snaps have a look at my blog madenz.blogspot.com
: several yachts had been waiting in the immediately previous safe port 'Denham' & further north 'Carnarvon' for up to a month for a good weather break to tackle this notorious piece of isolated coast heading south. the prevailing southerly wind
to turn west and average 15-25knots for a 2 day window. i met friends in the immediately previous safe 'Shelter Bay' who had been waiting a week, the day i arrived there. they (a couple) left that night, i left the next morning. they later told me it was the roughest weather they had encountered in their circumnavigation
steeppoint.com.au for a better idea of this part of the coast.
yacht: this international voyage has lasted 5yrs without an engine
, physically no engine
, my choice. i could have motored out of this problem.
solo sailing: i would have been at least 5nm off the coast had i been sailing with crew.
things that prevented my possible death:
my inflatable tender
was secured to the yacht with two bow lines, they both broke and i later found it on the beach. had they not broke i would have got in the thing when the waves started breaking over the yacht at 0100 and ridden it ashore, i probably would have drowned doing that.
i was wearing a full survival suit which protected me whilst in the water
and crossing the reef.
the grab bag floated; it only contained 2flares, handheld vhf
, wallet, specs, muesli bar, 700ml water
a 20l water container floated off the deck
epirb? activating it didnt achieve anything, sea rescue
was too late to save the yacht and the weather was too rough for them to take me off the beach. after sea rescue
'abandoned' me on the seriously isolated beach no one from maritime safety
contacted me to see if i was ok. this may have happened without my knowledge.
? didnt have it, always expected to die with the yacht.