December 26

We left Garry’s Anchorage this morning at about 8am heading for Pelican Bay , just inside the Southern entrance to the Great Sandy Straits called the Wide Bay Bar. Skies are mostly cloudy with about 80% cloud cover though no rain seems imminent. We left just after high tide and the ebb flow is pushing us along at over 8k even though there is less then 5k of wind which is from the SE, our direction of travel. We passed through the shallowest and most narrow spot leading out into the Southern reaches of the Strait at about 9am – from here it is wide open and 40-40ft deep. The shallowest spot was about 13ft.  

We anchored just outside Pelican Bay (which can only be entered at high tide by shoal draft vessels) in 9ft of water at low tide. Wind is up to about 10-15k from the NE and we are very comfortable. We plan to leave tomorrow morning at first light for Mooloolaba.