Cruising – Hunter Island to Airlie Beach
We had a good sail to Hunter Island. Once there, we went for a walk and discovered deer when we accidently frightened them from where they were sleeping in the long grass. I’m not sure who got more of a fright me or the deer! That night we had a few drinks around a fire on the beach with John and Mara from SV Chikita and also Irwin and George from SV Walt-zee.
Then we had a night at Digby Island. Dwayne once again went foraging for oysters while I lay under a lone coconut tree and read my book. We saw lots of fish jumping out of the water but couldn’t catch a single one.
From Digby we went into Mackay. Originally we were not going to stop at Mackay, however the webbing at the top of the headsail gave way, and we needed to get it fixed. We went into the marina at Mackay only to discover that the sail makers were in Airlie Beach. We wanted to spend some time out in the Whitsunday Islands therefore we needed to refuel and restock our fresh supplies, so we hired a car to go shopping. The short amount of time spent in Mackay (less than 24hours) was spent doing washing, getting the head sail down, putting our spare one up, shopping and getting the much needed Phenergan from the chemist for the midge bites!…… and sleeping.
From there we went to Brampton Island. This is a beautiful spot. There is an abandoned resort there which we found out has been closed down for about five years. It’s a shame because of all the resorts we have visited so far, I think this one has the best spot.
Across from Brampton Island is Carlisle Island which had a nice spot for another cook-up on the beach. It was a beautiful night and we decided it was a worthy place to crack our champagne.
We sailed the next day to Hazelwood Island. On the way Dwayne caught a nice mackerel.
At Hazelwood we finally caught up with Helen and Graham from The Tardis (RSAYS). After a few drinks in the cockpit of Thorfinn Helen, Dwayne and I went for a snorkel. The coral was great, plenty of fish and giant clams. We had graham and Helen aboard Thorfinn for mackerel cutlets. Fresh mackerel has to be my favourite! Yummo.
Dwayne and I went ashore and walked through to the other side of Hazelwood before moving on to Apostel Bay, Whitsunday Island, where we stayed the night and put in the crab trap. No luck with the crabs… still.
Pulling up the anchor the next morning and the anchor winch broke! We went around to Sid Harbour, also part of Whitsunday Island. Once anchored, Dwayne fiddled with the anchor winch and patched it up. A dinghy ride to Sawmill Beach took us to the start of the track to Whitsunday Peak. At the top of the peak the views of the Whitsunday area were impressive.
Next stop Airlie Beach and drinks at Sorrento’s with Helen and Graham.
The next day we cabbed it, walked it and bused it while we dropped off the head sail and broken winch part, and restocked our fresh fruit and veg again. Then we met up with an old friend, Lachy, I once worked with at Port Douglas. We had lunch with him and his girlfriend Amy at the Whitsunday Sailing Club. That evening we had another friend, Sarah and her daughter Joanna, visit us from Moranbah. It’s always great catching up with Sarah and this time, albeit not long enough, was no different. We fed them curried mackerel cutlets for dinner and the following morning we sat and chatted while I did the washing. At midday it was time for them to leave and time for Dwayne and I to go and pick up our sail and winch part. Dwayne put the winch back together and then we were underway again.
We spent the next night at Armit Island and had a small fired on the beach to cooked up our steaks and potatoes.
We left Armit the next morning and made our way to Shag Islet for the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club rendezvous. Sounds like there is lots of fun to be had…. Jimmy Buffet night and a pirate party. Stay tuned!
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