This blog is about my wife and I sailing our 13m sailing catamaran around Australia during 2012 2013 and 2014. We will sail from Brisbane at the end of April 2012 and slowly head north anticipating that we will arrive in Darwin for the cyclone season and head west when safe to do so and complete the circumnavigation.
Today is clean day we gathered the dirty washing and Nancy
headed for the marina laundry and I got ready to give the boat a good scrub
down and fill the water tanks, whilst the washing was in the machines Nancy
came back and started to clean cabins and heads. We had contact with Virginia
on 'Overproof' and we did some movies exchangingand also Jan and Trevor on 'Nefetiti' who had
sailed alongside us from Gloucester Passage and we went over to 'Nefetiti' for
sundowners at 1700 hours. We had not seen Jan and Trevor since we left
Brisbane. So basically the day was spent doing chores which ended in a nice
sundowners catching up with good friends.
Friday - 31/08/2012
Another day of running around armed with empty back packs
and Nancy's granny trolley we head on foot into town about a 25 minute walk,
did the shopping posted letters and headed back on board to unload. Then off
again another 20 minute walk to the grog shop to stock up on beer and a few wines
then back to the boat and before settling down go and get the gas bottle filled
and fuel containers for dinghy and generator, by the time all this was done
another day had gone. We had a quiet night with a nice dinner and a nice red
Saturday - 01/09/2012
We had breakfast and waited for the change of tide time
before heading out so that we would not be sailing against tide, did the usual
last minute things like top up the water tank that we had used, roll the covers
and we were off. Virginia was waving us goodbye as we left the marina. We
followed another yacht out then we got the sails up after we left the leads.
The winds were light but just enough to sail on at slow speeds of 3.5 to 4.5
knots. As we sailed past Nelly Bay the yachts that are participating in the
Magnetic Island Yacht Race started to come out of the marina and then the wind
dropped away to nothing so we had to start an engine and motor the rest of the
way to Horseshoe Bay at Magnetic Island.
As we rounded the top end of Magnetic Island and headed for
the bay a whale surfaced they are so great to watch so huge and so graceful.
After the whale had gone we motored to the anchorage and dropped the pick. We
then went ashore to our favourite restaurant 'Noodies on the Beach', it is a Mexican
Restaurant and they serve great food at a reasonable price. After lunch we took
a short walk along the beach before returning aboard. We had a quiet night
aboard nice meal and it was good to be sitting at the cockpit table for dinner
as the nights have warmed again.
(The whale takes a dive as it goes south)
Sunday - 02/09/2012
Up early as usual and watched the sun rise, did the radio
sched at 0700 hours and talked to 'Moon Glade' anchored in the same bay, they
invited us to join them for a walk ashore to the lagoon and then back along the
beach. We met them ashore at just after 0900 hours and set off.
The lagoon is more like wetlands and is very pretty, there
is a number of birdlife about, magpie geese, royal spoonbills, purple swamp
hens, plus ducks and others that we heard but did not see. The walk is a short
distance on the road south from the waterfront and then on the right you go in
about 200 metres, after the wetlands or lagoon as it's known we continued along
the track through a housing estate and across a boardwalk and down a track to
the beach and then walked along the beach back to the dinghy.
(The wetlands or lagoon as it is known, I call these two photos confused reflections)
(Ithink he is saying "what are you looking at?")
(Purple swamp hen)
(Some of the wild flowers)
This island has a lot to offer in the way of beaches and
walks along with many water sports, they also have other areas on the island
with restaurants and shops and for us yachties it is easy to get from one place
to another through the regular bus service that runs from one end of the island
to the other every 30 minutes with the exception of an hour break at lunch
time. The last bus runs at 2230 hours at night so you can travel to one of the
restaurants and get back.
Another walk well worth doing is the Fort Walk, the fort is
the gun placements and ruins of the military structures from the second world
war, naturally the guns are not there now but the concrete structures and
bunkers and control room buildings are still there. We have done this walk
twice before but we do not have time to do it this visit.
We had sundowners on board our boat today with a few SICYC
friends, they treated it as our farewell sundowners as we may not see them for
a couple of years with us heading around the whole coast. For some this is the
end of the line before they turn south again, others may go on to Cairns or
Lizard Island. We had an enjoyable sundowners and said farewells as they left,
we sail north tomorrow for Orpheus Island then on through the Hinchinbrook
Channel and make our way to Cairns.