After launching from Currambene Creek we proceeded slowly down stream into the bay itself. With-in minutes we were standing up to cushion our backs from the near vertical metre high chop that was not really following any consistant pattern, instead choosing to make our lives as difficult as possible. Travelling at about 40Km/h it wasn't long until we were soaked through our wetsuits and it took even less time from there for the chills to set in.
Approching the mouth of the bay towards the open sea the swell increased in size and intensity and the fact that we were freezing our arses off made the decision to turn around and head to a nice sheltered beach an easy decision, not that the skis seemed preturbed and they certainley increased our confidance in their ability to cope sea conditions far worse than ewe were prepared to put up with. At one put we just shut the throttle and let the things bob around in the swell and we didn't feel in the least bit concerned for our safety. The search for a sheltered beach for us to land on was easier said than done with large swathes of jervis Bay being home to some of the most pristine Marine National Parks on the planet and, most of the beaches offering some sort of protection were to the South of the bay which are strict no go zones for hooligans like us on our filthy, stinking and very annoying Personnal Water Craft. These Sanctuary Zones maen no line fishing, trapping, spear fishing, netting, anchoring or Personal Water Craft...period. So here was an area that a recreational boater could use as long as they didm't fish or drop anchor and we wern't allowed anywhere near the place.
Now I have to say that I find this and extremely bizarre law given the fact that we are, inspite of the moniker given to us by the law makers of this great state that legislate our lives into submission, 'Recreational Boaters'. We get charged exorbitant premiums for the priviledge of being PWC licence holders, not to mention the three hundred percent premium for our registration costs compared to that of 'recreational' boater and it would appear that the law enforcemnet officials are unable to adequately police the area to keep the hoons away, which would surely be the correct response as opposed to the current of beating us into financial and legal submission. Proper enforcement of regular boatimng laws would thus allow recreational boaters who choose to use a PWC as their vessel of choice get to enjoy the environment like every other boater. It's no accident that the nicest beaches in the bay, and indeed the country are listed as Sanctuary Zones and we would love nothing more than to visit and enjoy them using our chosen method of maritime transport.
With all that being said we did have some good days out on the water in Jervis Bay where we had the right blend of sunshine and big rolling swell and very little wind and as such a lack of the associated chop that characterized the first few days there. It was great to set the cruise control to about 5,000 RPM and just hit the swell head on a sail garcaefully through the air for what seemed an eternity before lan=ding gently in the trough on the other side.
So anyway that was our week at jervis Bay in a nutshell but it's sad that the most prominant memory is the almost blanket ban that exists for PWC users. It must be time to prove that we are not all hooligans and that we are socially and ecologically responsible tax paying citizens of this amazing planet we call home. Maybe then as recreational boaters who choose to use Personal Water Craft we will be able to appreciate all of the beauty that jervis bay, and many other Marine National Parks have to offer.