Gulf St. Vincent

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Metro Waters

Alan Noble
Reviewed Aug 2017
Gulf St Vincent is the smaller of South Australia's two major gulfs. The eastern side of the Gulf is dominated by Adelaide, the State's capital city, and features dozen of kilometres of beautiful beaches, interspersed by jetties every few km. North Haven Marina is the hub of sailing in Adelaide and the home of my club, the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA). Other marinas are the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (Outer Harbour), Marina Adelaide (Port River), and the boutique Holdfast Shores Marina (Glenelg). The latter has a small visitor dock if you want to stop for a few hours or overnight, although it's like being in a fishbowl.

Adelaide's metro coastline makes for great day sailing and dolphin cruising.

The Port River, although not very scenic, provides shelter from all directions although anchoring is only permitted outside of the channel on the eastern side adjoining Torrens Island. The best spot is opposite the beach north of the old Quarantine Station jetty (34°46.395'S 138°31.146'E). It shoals up very quickly once outside of the shipping channel so check your depth regularly. (I have first-hand experience of running aground in the North Arm.) My post about the Port River.

One can anchor easily almost anywhere along Adelaide's metro coastline with good holding on the sandy seabed, but just remember that in any westerly you'll be anchoring off a lee shore.

Snug between 2 breakwaters, the small North Haven Beach (34°47.4'S 138°28.8'E) just north of North Haven Marina is the only anchorage on the metro coast that offers protection from N and NW winds. It is also a very popular kitesurfing spot.

Seacliff (35°2.1'S 138°30.8'E), 15 miles south of North Haven, is a particularly scenic place to overnight and a great spot from which to to enjoy Adelaide's night lights. Tuck in close and there is shelter from NE through S, although it can be a little bumpy with westerly swell.

For protection from westerly winds though, your options are limited to either the Port River, Barker Inlet or a marina.
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Edithburg - Cruising anchorages

Jack and Jude
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed Aug 2016
Mooring at 35°05.80S ~ 137°44.93E

Shelter from SSE through S to NW in 3 m soft mud with extensive ribbon weed patches. Poor holding.Edithburgh, near the southern tip of the Yorke Peninsula, has about the same population as Stansbury, 20 nm north. It is 233 km west of Adelaide via the Princes Highway and 255 km south of Port Pirie, and is one of the major holiday destinations on the Yorke Peninsula. Popular belief is that wind is made there and a huge wind farm announces Edithburghs position from 10 miles out.

Matthew Flinders, the first European to explore the area, named Troubridge Shoal. The area was later surveyed in 1869, and named after Lady Edith Fergusson, the daughter of the Governor-General of India and wife of the South Australian governor at that time. After that survey, people began to buy farming land in the area and Edithburgh started to prosper as a major supplier of salt from saltpans that lay inland from the town. This industry peaked in the late 1920s when up to 24,000 tonnes of salt was exported every year and the towns population peaked at around 1,000.

Anchorage: To find the anchorage, head south past the town and its main jetty, then pass the boat ramp and its breakwater, and into a blind channel taking care to avoid the eastern shoals. Watch your depth. It shoals the further south, closer to Sultana Point, which is better shelter from SE winds. The holding, soft mud and weed, is not good. But there are a number of moorings on the shore side of the blind channel, laid for RSAYS members and others by the CYCSA. On several separate occasions we have borrowed one for a few nights midweek at 35°05.80S ~ 137°44.93E. Almost every time withstanding a feisty westerly gale with no problems. We were polite and posted our mobile number conspicuously whenever we left our vessel.

Facilities/Attractions: Reasonable range of facilities, hotel, fuel, supermarket, restaurants, although these are quite a walk from the fishermans jetty or boat ramp. We often enjoy a 3-course hot lunch for under $10 in the towns pubs. Substantial number of impressive historic buildings and the wind farm provide plenty of photo opportunities in Edithburgh.

Fishing: We enjoyed great fishing from the wharf where we joked and caroused with the regulars before finding that squid loved chasing our jig in the tape weed around our anchorage. The snorkelling in the Troubridge Shoals proved exciting although we spent a fair time looking over our shoulders for white pointers.
Reasonable range of facilities, historic buildings
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Secure anchorage after a rough night !

Bob Ford
Reviewed Feb 2018
Departed Adelaide to a 10/15knot SE but rounding into Investigator Strait , heading SW , at nightfall , was close reaching to a S 20/25. After a miserable night with conflicting swells ,decided to try West Cape Bay . Mentioned by Jack &Jude in their pilotage SA.

In the big SW swells it was easy to negotiate attached reefs and enter this amazing bay . High steep cliffs on two sides but , once inside , a very acceptable ,slow swell.

Clean sand in 6m and much modified wind pressure !

Ashore are excellent walks to lighthouse , a reasonable beach and seclusion. Good internet for the Meteye forecasts. Of interest , I have high regard for the accuracy of Meteye weather , especially NSW , VIC and now SA.There is a need to use 'what if ' of course , but so far , no major disputes !
Protected most winds but I would be cautious if SW was on.
An oasis of the wild seas !
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Calm safe boat hole. Upstream as far as you can go to Military Landing Boat Ramp. In 7-8 m depth. Great if wind a bit strong in inner Clinton. Have to work the high tide but once there plenty of depth.

Kirsty on Jasmyn on Blue ⛵
Reviewed Sep 2017
Last visit July 2017 during Military Exercise. Lots of fly past by military helicopters...

Think they were checking out the boat!!
It's quiet, lots of dolphin, turtle and dugong
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Fleurieu Peninsula

Alan Noble
Reviewed Aug 2017
As one heads south the urban landscape morphs into to the beautiful scenery of the Fleurieu Peninsula (pronounced Floo-ree-oh). The coves of Second Valley (35°30.5'S 138°13.1'E) and Rapid Bay (35°31.0'S 138°11.4'E) are pretty anchorages, and as a bonus both offer world-class diving and snorkeling with Leafy Seadragons. These anchorages are only protected from E through SW, so weigh anchor if the wind shifts to the N or W.

If you have more time, hug the coast and at the 27 mile mark from North Haven (or 20 mile mark coming from Wirrina) you'll be rewarded with the beautiful cliffs at Blanche Point. These cliffs at the southern end of Maslin Beach (35°14.7'S 138°27.9'E) offer shelter from NE through S to SW. In my opinion this is best place for a halfway stop between Adelaide and Wirrina. Anchor in close to shelter from a SW, and expect some swell to wrap around Blanche Point. Myponga Beach (35°22.3'S 138°23.2'E) further south is another option and offers better protection in SW winds. Read more in my blog post about sailing the Fleurieu coast. NB: Be advised the southern end of the beach is a nudist beach!

There is one all-weather anchorage on the Fleurieu, which is Marina St Vincent (35°29.9'S 138°14.4'E), more commonly known as Wirrina Cove, 44 miles from North Haven. For a marina Wirrina is quite pretty and is the best mainland departure point for sailing to Kangaroo Island. The marina holds back 20 berths for short-term rentals, in addition to berths available from owners. The marina has a fuel dock, shop and a basic toilet/shower block, but no other facilities. There is however a nice resort with a public restaurant 2 km away up the hill.

Wirrina is a short distance from Rapid Bay and Second Valley if the wind shifts to the west and you find that you need to avoid a lee shore.

Further south, Morgans Beach (35°35.6'S 138°6.3'E) is an open, sandy beach providing shelter from the SE quarter. The rocky reef at the southern end of the beach offers great snorkeling.

Cape Jervis (35°36.4'S 138°5.5'E) has a small boat haven and the terminus of the Kangaroo Island ferry but no place to moor, unless an emergency.
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