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South Australia
February 2013 - February 2014
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Thanks to friends, Pauline & Denys, whom we'd met in Fiji, we had native-born Adelaidean guides who took us everywhere. Up to the top of Mount Lofty, to the local
vineyards, Cleland Wildlife Reserve and a tour of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Crown Marina, North Haven - 34S47.09 / 138E29.13 - 18'
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2013 was not a good year for the Nine of Cups crew. Marcie left within days of our arrival at the Crown Marina to return to the States to see her ailing mum. David remained with Cups
until April. Marcie's 86-year-old mum was recovering and needed 24-hr at-home care. David returned home in April and we remained in the States for the entire year. David returned to
Australia in mid-December and Marcie followed in January 2014. Cups needed lots of attention, but when Marcie arrived, she was "shipshape and Bristol fashion" ... all decked out in
yellow ribbons. Being together and home aboard Nine of Cups was a great way to start 2014. At right, a fine sunrise at Crown Marina.
Though there were lots of boat chores to be done, we managed to fit in lots of  the local sights along with the work.
Transportation was on foot and via train into Port Adelaide and the state's capital city, Adelaide. In Adelaide, we enjoyed
the Rundle Mall. From left, the Mall's Balls, a giant cockroach and Marcie riding the Rundle Pigs.
Adelaide had lots to offer. We had dinners and outings with Pauline & Denys. We mixed work with pleasure a few days each week. We enjoyed the
Botanical Garden one day and the South Australia Museum another.
We celebrated Australia Day and Chinese New Year and visited art galleries.
We walked the streets of Port Adelaide, admiring the lighthouse, the old sandstone buildings and an outstanding collection of figureheads at the South Australia Maritime Museum.
Midst all the fun, we did manage to get Nine of Cups back into shape and we headed off to Kangaroo Island in early February. Unfortunately, our timing at KI wasn't the best. It was
summer holidays and the KI Race was in full swing which meant for us no car rentals and no tours available. We anchored outside in East Cove outside American River and walked and
walked and walked, taking in the quaintness of this little fishing village.
East Cove (American River), Kangaroo Island - 35S47.74 / 137E48.84 - 23'
Kangaroo Island's big smoke is Kingscote, the commercial and tourist center of the island. We walked along the foreshore and then followed an historical walk to the top of
Flagstaff Hill for great views of the island and the Southern Ocean. We were feeling rushed to cross the Bight and pushed on all too soon.
Emu Bay -       35S35.42 / 137E31.50 - 25'
West Cape -   35S14.67 / 136E49.81 - 14'
Port Lincoln -  34S43.12 / 135E51.72 - 23'
Kingscote, Kangaroo Island - 35S39.23 / 137E38.99 - 18'
We anchored a night on the north coast of KI at Emu Point and headed out early the next morning for West Cape, preparing for a
brisk passage across the Lower Spencer Gulf to Port Lincoln. We passed Cape Donnington Light and were soon anchored in the
calm protection of Boston Bay in Port Lincoln.
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One of the most noticeable structures in Port Lincoln is Brennan's Jetty which allows for the loading of grain onto cargo ships.
Port Lincoln is known especially for tuna fishing and cage diving with white pointers aka great white sharks. I nicked that pic ... diving with sharks is definitely not our thing.
We attended the Sunday market and took a drive with new friends, Jo and Philip. Then once again, it was time to move on.
Memory Cove - 34S57.61 /135E59.51 - 25'
Avoid Bay -       34S39.93 / 135E20.26 - 33'
Sir Isaac Point - 34S25.92 / 135E12.71 - 20'
Waldegrave Is - 33S35.46 / 134E48.12 - 45'
Sceale Bay -      33S00.46 / 134E11.38 - 20'
We day-hopped along the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula, rounded the southern capes and headed up the west coast bound for Streaky Bay. The weather cooperated
and we had good winds, the company of dolphins and outstanding sunrises for nearly a week. No great white sharks made themselves known and we were just as glad.
Streaky Bay - 32S42.33 / 134E12.81 - 17'
Streaky Bay is one of those little ports at which you arrive and never really care if you leave. It's a charming little town with friendly people and pretty much everything
you need in the way of basics ... laundromat, groceries, fuel,  ATM, restaurants and all within easy walking distance. The bay is well-protected and millpond calm and
the channel is well-marked. We arrived to find several other cruisers already at anchor. As it happened, three boats had just crossed the Great Australian Bight and were
heading east while we were heading west. There was lots to talk about and much information to share. We also found the blue swimmer crabs were running.
One of Streaky Bay's claims to fame is a replica of the largest great white every caught by rod and reel ... 1500 kg/3,300 lbs ... back in 1990. We couldn't resist a peek
inside the Streaky Bay Roadhouse to see this monster. Better here than when we're diving on the prop! The town is small, neat and tidy and we enjoyed just walking
around and exploring. We rarely eat out, but after great recommendations for Mocean (Motion), we decided to celebrate a belated Valentine's Day with a meal out. What
a treat and what wonderful food.
Eight days in Streaky Bay and a weather window appeared for
crossing the Great Australian Bight. We were ready for it. Come
on along. It's a treacherous piece of water, so hang on tight.
Great Australian Bight