We pulled the anchor at 1100 with the forecast 10-15kts SE for Vrilya Point and set down in 3m with enough time to have sundowners on the beach and entertain ourselves by beachcombing. Marvellous!
Prior to leaving Seisa we researched tides in the Gulf of Carpentaria and various viewpoints arose. No one including fisherpeople could give a definite answer. The most common view was that it flooded south, which it did for short amounts, during the flooding tide. The tide most certainly flowed westward from the Jackson River during the flood tide as we had difficulty moving south.
We reached the natural harbour entrance at 1000 and motored west following the shoreline before anchoring off the southern shore at 1230.
We headed around the point, tired after a long day of sailing, seeking shelter from the wind and somewhere upwind of the smoke. Pine River was too shallow to enter and we were getting desperate as the day faded. We were only managing 4kts in very choppy seas. We finally dropped the anchor at 2100 at the entrance to the Mission River.