Safely anchored in Gerritsen Cove at Steep Point southern end of Shark Bay. It took us 30hrs to get here leaving at 0945hrs on Saturday and arriving at 1500hrs today (Sunday) pretty much as predicted. But it was a rocky and rolly uncomfortable trip with a westerly swell 3-5m exacerbated by a rebound swell off the Zuytdorp cliffs this morning. The breeze when we left the Abrolhos was 20-25kns gusting to 30kns in squalls providing some interesting experience for Nic as the wind would go from easily manageable 20kns to 30kns in a couple of minutes and then die down again after 10-15 mins to about 15kns. Some quick hands on the furling heady and we pulled the mainsail down early on to make sail handling easier in the conditions.
The breeze died out about midnight, so yet again found ourselves motoring - batteries needed a boost so not such a bad thing. The Zuytdorp cliffs are speccy as we watched the sun rise so made up for the uncomfortable trip. Massive water spouts are shot up as high as the cliffs as the waves slam into their base. Difficult to get a good picture though when you are in a washing machine!
South Passage at Steep Point has a caution mark on the charts for breaking waves over the bar during large swells, so I was a little concerned we may not be able to get in here and would have to keep trucking up to the north end of Dirk Hartog Island another 6-8hrs and a night time arrival at Turtle Bay. But the entrance was fine, a few breakers but the electronic charts are pretty good and give you a fair guide where to go when combined with a bit of "eyes out of the boat".
Now enjoying a cold beer and a champagne, and will go exploring in the morning!