Frankston to Mornington
Hemmi brought the Oasis down to Frankston where we are celebrating Christmas with our family. So, this morning whilst the girls were preparing for the Christma Eve dinner, it was time for me to explore Port Philip Bay.
The Oasis was launched, via the boat ramp at the bottom of Olivers Hill, a little before 7:00am and I headed south along the coast, staying out far enough from the reefs to ensure I remained in Mirage friendly waters.
Initially the bay was like a mill pond with the early morning temperature still around 30C. It wasn't too long before the squalls in the SW reached me and the winds came up to 15+ kts, quickly whipping up a sharp 30cm swell (if only I had the AI!). I was impressed by the way the Oasis handled the conditions. I was able to sustain 3 kts into a 15 kt breeze. I soon realised that riding solo had its advantages with the higher bow providing significant protection from the spray as I pounded through the chop, which was becoming a short 50cm swell.
I drove into the wind for almost an hour, breaking the monotony by playing with the sea on my beam as well as on each quarter. The stability this Oasis is very impressive. With a 15 kt breeze on the quarter or the beam it did require a bit of effort to hold course, but not a major challenge. I was really looing forward to a quick return trip with tail wind, however by the 8:30 the squalls had passed and the wind dropped off completely. The chop dropped off as quickly as the wind leaving a short 30cm swell.
I turned back near the Mornington Golf Club and leisurely potted around close to the beach, having an occasional chat with dogs walking their masters and mistresses. Now in the shallows I practiced holding the mirage fins up, pulling the rudder up and paddling - I'm told paddling is good for upper body strength in which I am deficient.
Apart from one 15 ft tinny, I had seen noone else on the water during my trip out. It was now after 9:00am and a few kayakers were to be seen, as well as a hand full more fishing boats. But noone appeared to be catching any fish. Nevertheless I reccon that whilst I'm mosying along at trawling speed it seems a shame not to be dragging a lure - maybe I could being home lunch? It's time to come back alongside and source a couple of rod holders for the Oasis.
Trip distance: 7.45 NM
Max Speed: 5.7 kts
Moving Average: 2.4 kts
Trip duration: 3hr 02min