Well we are finally back on dry land after spending the last 10 days on the water. The weather was great overall blowing consistant 10-15 knots every day from the South East. Great for sailing. Gary & Grant enjoyed the challange of learning to sail. Gary especially likes tacking! Got a bit windy (25-30 knots) last night & today as the wind turned South. Good thing we were coming in! Below is where we went (blue lines).
So I can remember this is where we moored each night:-
1st night Abel Point Marina
2nd night Nara Inlet
3rd night Stonehaven via Caves Cove
4th night Tongue Bay via Blue Pearl Bay vis Manta Ray via Border Island
5th night Chalkies via Whitehaven Beach
6th night Hamilton Island Marins via Solway Passage via Fitzalan Passage
7th night Stonehaven via Caves Cove (yes we like it there)
8th night Sawmill via Butterfly Bay via Maze Bay
9th night South Molle
10th night South Molle via Shute Harbour many times (Garys tacking skills need improvement)
One of the consistents was the mess left from Cyclone Debbie. Just a few examples below.
Uli had a good time with the highlight being feeding the turtle
We did not do much snorkling as the underwater visibility was still not good. We did do plenty of eating & drinking & laughing.
Found a couple of different ways to travel.
Went to some great spots.
We may not be back next year but when we do we “need a bigger boat”. Luckily we found one that meets our needs. Southern Cloud – 130 foot long, 6 state rooms & pretty reasonable at $100k/week.
Thanks Dorothy, Gary, Nancy & Grant for a great start to our lap. The only thing that spoilt it was Garys mood after QLD lost last night.
Tomorrow off to Clermont on the way to Carnarvon Gorge.