Cruising. Summer Cruising the Bight

From : May 2017


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The Great Australian Bight separates Western from Eastern Australia. Like the Nullarbor Desert on land, the coast is inhospitable, and there are no coastal towns in the 600 miles from Cedunda to Esperance. Large chunks of the intervening coastal waters are poorly charted, and apart from Eucla roadstead, there’s no anchorage that is reliable in all winds for over 500 miles. But either side of this hiatus are interesting cruising grounds, and in summer a Bight crossing in either direction offers a quicker route between East and West than going via Torres Strait - which in summer is unpleasantly monsoonal and subject to tropical cyclones.


Cruisers arriving from South Afric