THORMANBY ISLAND C8
A. Secret Cove Marina – A great place to stop for all your marine needs. 1. Reception Point – A grassy point from which a drying spit marked by a light extends 240 m (800 ft) south.
2. Merry Island – The south part of Merry and Franklin Island is marked with a south cardinal buoy. Merry Island is marked with a light and fog horn. Divers may find the wrecks of the “Salvage Chief,” the “Linda-k” and “Carla-n.” Mr. Merry was a wealthy iron master and the owner of the racehorse Thormanby.
3. Halfmoon Bay – Public wharf at Priestland Cove at the head of the bay with southerly exposure. Booming grounds east of the government wharf. Anchorage behind the drying rocks.
4. Welcome Passage – Busy passage for boaters traveling the Sunshine Coast. Be careful of Fraser and Egerton Rock at the southeast end, close to South Thormanby Island.
5. Square Bay – Great fishing bay. Brooks Cove (near by) is beautiful.
6. Thormanby Island – Named after the race horse Thormanby, winner of the Derby in 1860. Sheltered anchorage from south and west winds along the eastern shore.
7. Lemberg Point – Several bays here but watch for rocks. Get close to shore to anchor. The small bay to the northeast offers limited anchorage. 8. Pirate Rock – A port hand day beacon. Divers will find an abundance of sea life and very impressive rock formations here. Bertha Island to the west is almost treeless.
9. Do not try to pass between North and South Thormanby Islands, unless on foot. Buccaneer Bay Provincial Marine Park has the beautiful and sandy Gill Beach. Named after the racehorse Buccaneer who raced in 1860 and won the Royal Hunt Cup. A port hand day mark at the entrance to Water Bay. Vaucroft Beach has a public wharf with room for several boats; beautiful beach to the south. Be careful of Tattenham Ledge when entering Buccaneer Bay between Oaks Point and Surrey Islands.
10. Epsom Point – Named for the town of Epsom in the county of Surrey, England in 1860, by Captain Richards. Marked by a flashing light. Stay west of the light as it is extremely shallow.
11. Tattenham Ledge – Named by Captain Richards in 1860 for a famous corner in the Epsom horse racing course. Do not venture between the port hand light buoy and Derby Point as it marks a shallow reef.
12. Smuggler Cove Marine Park – A spectacular park but watch for the starboard hand day mark and drying rocks when entering the cove. Stay close to Isle Capri shore. The largest island in the centre of the park is private. Tying stern lines to shore is a good idea, great way to meet fellow boaters.
13. Secret Cove – Starboard hand day mark on a drying rock when entering the cove. Keep the marker and Jack Tolmie Island to starboard as you enter. There is a five knot speed limit in the cove.
14. Wood Bay – Offers anchorage and shelter from southeast and northwest winds. Good place for divers; minimal currents.
15. The bay to north of Mcnaughton Point has a number of drying rocks.
16. Harness Island – Behind the island you will find several mooring buoys.
17. Whitestone Islands – Comprised of a large island with 2 smaller islets and many drying rocks.