Moruya has their Granite Town Festival from 28-30 October. Part of which is a procession of floats on the river and night food and music markets in the park. What better reason to go down the outside? (Shallow draft(?) and weather permitting etc.)
Tks, Clemo, 'n tks B.B.S.C. for the new facility.
Hal and John, we had considered this as one of the cruising events for this year but high tide is early morning and late night, making it not so practical to sail down on Saturday and come back on Sunday, so we decided against it. If you can get off work on the Friday and Monday you might like to consider sailing down Friday afternoon and coming back Monday morning.
If you are interested in doing this, we may join you on True North. Any other takers?
BTW, have you registered yet for any of the other cruising events through the year?
Greg, the River Float Procession is on Friday Night, so, Friday is the day to go down. Horizons has no problem with the tide on either B.B. or the Moruya Bar.
So I'm thinking about going down Friday 'n coming back (after coffee at the markets) on Saturday morning. I expect that we will have to motor-sail on one of the days to cover the distance in daylight, as we did last time we went to Moruya.
I will check with RTA Maritime about mooring in Moruya. Wouldn't want to be in the way of the festival activities.
'n I should have checked here before I sent the other email.
Tks, C ya, Clemo.
Folks, there has been a discussion on face book (Batemans Bay Cruising page)about this. Below is my second planning post. Very interested in any comments re the Moruya River channel. Is it silted up?
Granite Town Festival Cruise 2nd Post
I'm told that the Moruya River channel may be seriously silted up. Those deep keel boats up near Moruya may in fact be trapped. I want to get more info on this. Perhaps a call to RTA Maritime? Any other suggestions?
My boat, board up, draws only 0.4mtr which is less than half the tide, so I'm ok to go up the river anyway.
Tides at that time are full at 19:45 so we have half tide from around 16:30 at the bar, going in and half tide... there 'till about 10:00 coming home. I don't consider Batemans Bay bar as an obstacle unless circumstances are extreme.
I've done my little spread sheet with way points, course and distance. But I don't know how to attach it here.
Sea passage: Snapper to M.Bar is 14nm. So, worst case, working to windward, pointing at 30deg (d*1.12) and making 3knt - 5hrs 15min. Best case, spinnaker run @ 5knt - 3hrs.
River motor passage, another 3.28nm. So allow about an hour from the bar to town wharf, (or the pub bar if that is your reference point.)
Please check my maths, 'n happy to hear what others use when doing these sums.
I've not done my limits yet, the times we need going south to ensure that we arrive in daylight.
All thoughts welcome.
John, New Horizons, 04 3836 2512
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