Oyster Bay (Tory Channel)

This bay is a natural wind funnel and even light zephyrs scream through with gale force intensity.

Such was the power of the wind that the old house that once stood at the head of the bay had hydrangeas growing 2 metres high covering the front windows: Although they kept the light out, they were reputed to have prevented stones flying off the beach from hurling through the windows by NW winds.

The Pilot recommends the outer part of the bay as an anchorage. This is fine if you are a big ship, otherwise the bay is not recommended in anything but calm conditions.

Some shelter can be obtained in N sector winds in the coves along the north-east shore, but it is shallow and difficult to get close enough to the shore to avoid the wind.

The eastern-most cove in the bay gives the only shelter in S conditions. Do not anchor in the head of the cove as although the water is calm, the wind funnels out of the valley.

The southern side of the cove misses most of the wind and is good holding.

History

Such was the power of the wind that the old house that once stood at the head of the bay had hydrangeas growing 2 metres high covering the front windows: Although they kept the light out, they were reputed to have prevented stones flying off the beach from hurling through the windows by NW winds.
Anchorage
Undesirable
Shelter
Suitable only in calm conditions
Holding
Good at southern side of the cove (misses the wind)
Depth
Shallow (<5m) | Mid (5-10m) | Deep (>10m)
Moorings
Between 5 and 20
Other information
Tory Channel is also known as Kura Te Au, the dual name was recently added as a Waitangi Treaty settlement agreement.