West Bay

Shelter from      NE – SE – S

Indicative Anchoring Position

35° 08.7’S   136° 26.8’E

Note.    Indicative anchoring positions are for reference only and should not be used as waypoints.  The best position for anchoring depends on many factors including vessel draft, tide, and forecast wind.

West Bay is an unlikely looking anchorage on the north-western end of Wedge Island. It is a steep sided, deep water bay which often looks choppy, but despite appearances it is generally comfortable, and provides good shelter in typical summer conditions. If approaching from the east, an awash rock with violently breaking waves will be seen about 700 metres past the northern tip of the island. It is called West Rock, and the passage between the rock and the island is deep and clear.

The best anchoring is in the south-eastern corner of the bay where there are good patches of sand in depths around 10 to 12 metres. Further out the patches of sand are harder to find and more care is needed to prevent the anchor fouling.