The Narrows is a stretch of water between Curtis Island and the Mainland. Most of it is easily navigable but about 6 miles of it actually dries out at low tide, and part of it dries to a 2 metre sandbank. Normally one would not attempt to take a keel boat over this, but it cuts a day off the trip compared to going around the Island, and of course we will be out of the weather.
To navigate The Narrows one has to study Alan Lucas's guide and use the tide. The high tide has to be at least 2 meters deeper then our keel, which is also two metres. So we need at least a 4 metre tide. We also need to time it so that we are going over the shallow bit at exactly the time of the high tide.The consequence of not doing this is that if we get caught, the tide will go out and leave Dreamagic lying on her side 2 meters above the water. Should this happen, it is very important that te next high tide is higher than the previous one so she will float free. If the tide is lower, then she will still be stuck.
|White channel leads need to be kept in line to find deep water|
By lunchtime we were berthed at Gladstone Marina and visited the very famous Gladstone Yacht Club for a bite and celebratory ale. Galdstone has always held a special place in my heart as I have competed in 4 Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races, the last being in 2009 in Dreamagic. This club is the Oasis , the 19th hole and it's always good to finally get here after the trial of the beat from Scarborough.
|Cattle Crossing. At low tide this is 2 metres above water|