010712 – Left Scarborough @ 06.30. Followed westside Deception Bay > Skirmish passage > Caloundra > entered Mooloolaba marina @ 13.30. Feels great to be traveling on my own boat! Not much wind though motor by entire way. Daytotal 36.7nm
020712 – Left Mooloolaba marina @ 06.25. Followed coastline north towards Noosa Heads > rounded Double Island point and entered Wide Bay bar – big rolling waves! > dropped anchor Pelican Bay @ 17.45 – dusk. Not much wind motor by great part of way. Had a few hours flying both genoa boomed out and the 150% genoa on – in combination with staysail and main >150m2 sail – awesome arty pics but that sail is staying down as far as I’m concerned – way too heavy! Dolphins on the way – and dolphins in the bay. Daytotal 60.5nm – Grand total 97.2nm
030712 – Hoisted anchor Pelican Bay @ 09.40. Highish tide not the best for traveling south Sandy Strait – current against us > Wide Bay Harbour > entrance Gary’s anchorage > stuck @ 13.30… Loose again @ 15.15 > Boonlye point > Turkey island – another place not to be at low tide… Hit ground several times and finally made it past flats back into deeper water > passed Alligator creek! > dropped anchor South White cliffs/Bennett creek opposite Mary river entrance @ 19.40. Not much wind motor by entire way. Beautiful and deserted. Way to go would be leave at low tide, ride the incoming towards halfway, and ride the outgoing tide back out. Gives you at high tide at shallowest points too.. Ok next time. Daytotal 29.1nm – Grand total 126.3nm
040712 – Wind! Hoisted anchor Bennett creek @ 09.30. Open water to North White cliffs > passed Kingfisher Bay resort > Blackfellow point > exited Sandy Strait @ Moon point. Thought of anchoring off Rooney’s point (North Fraser) for the night and head towards lady Musgrave island next morning but decided against it as weather forecast very nasty – bad weather coming up our backs – decided to make a run for it and sailed through the night direction Gladstone. Full moon great visibility beautiful winds ~25 knots maybe bit more, dropped genoa as wind got a bit out of control and continued on staysail and reefed main. Lovely feeling of getting acquainted with your boat – she managed beautifully! Surfing over heavy seas. Averaged 7 knots so made some fine distance. Great night sailing – very very cold though! At dawn approached Round Hill head > continued to Bustard Head/Clew’s point to drop anchor in Pancake creek @10.30 050712. Tired and happy. Daytotal 130nm – Grand total 256.3nm
060712 – Windswept in Pancake creek. Wrote job application yes yes and had the police drop by to inform us state registration was necessary after all… Got off with infringement warning when promised to take care of rego asap. If not registered within 2 weeks, $$$ to pay. Baked bread for the first time in life – turned out well nice and crusty like a gigantic scone yummy. No pics sorry.
070712 – Windswept in Pancake creek. Even Hans is scratching his beard. It’s a good thing our bunks are on separate ends of the ship.
080712 – Hoisted anchor Pancake creek @ 05.22. Followed coast NW towards Cape Capricorn > Hummock island > Great Keppel in view > rounded Double Head to moor in Rosslyn Bay marina @ 18.30. Had tallboy boomed out in combination with genoa – seems the way to go if winds allow. Hans is keen for the Tall Boy. Gotta find a best way to get it in though – spent several minutes lying panting on foredeck after completing task… Just when entering harbor of course started pouring down – not a very neat docking procedure > better prep necessary! We blame the bicycle for being entirely in the way. Beautiful sailing day though – winds up to 30 knots easing to 25 in afternoon. Pasta canned tuna is getting a bit boring after 3 days… A very well deserved shave and shower even though I’m too tired to stand – bliss… Daytotal 78nm – Grand total 334.3nm
090712 – Stayed in Rosslyn Bay with horrible weather forecasted. Nice marina though. Courtesy car available! Went into Yeppppooon for fresh groceries and arranged QLD rego – $430 for 5 mins work and a sticker.. please come again. But we have official number now: VH234Q. Moved bicycle somewhat out of the way.
100712 – Rain rain rain heavy winds big swell > stayed in Rosslyn Bay. Applied for serious AIMS job.
110712 – Left Rosslyn Bay marina @ 08.33. Followed coast North past Yeppppoooon > Waterpark point > Five rocks > Cape manifold > rounded Cape Clinton to drop anchor in south arm port Clinton under lee Mt Flinders @17.30. Nice anchorage. Big seas. Motored most of the way – why either too much wind or no wind at all?? Still no fish. Daytotal 43.3nm – Grand total 376.6nm
120712 – Hoisted anchor port Clinton @ 09.00. Followed coast more or less to Clara group > Steep island > straight to Percy group – passed South island on way to Middle island to drop anchor in West Bay @ 21.15. Heavy rain when coming in to anchor. Absolute pitch blackness after sundown – somewhat discomforting with islands all around – need complete trust in gps/map. Little wind mainly motored. Still no luck with getting the windvane to do what WE want – Aries keeps evading us. Pretty anchorage as we saw next morning – very rolly. Daytotal 63.6nm – Grand total 440.2nm
130712 – Hoisted anchor West Bay @ 09.28 to follow southern coastline Middle Percy to drop anchor again in Whites Bay @ 11.10. Northerly winds! Beautiful spot too bad everything’s grey. Daytotal 6.3nm – Grand total 446.5nm
140712 – Hoisted anchor Whites Bay @ 08.43. Northwesterly course towards Beverly group > Digby island > Double island to drop anchor westside Prudhoe island @ 18.00. No wind at all motored whole day. Hazy gray sunny funny weather bit threatening. Jumping whale next to boat! Demolished beautiful fringing reef @ Prudhoe when anchoring in dusk – and where did that lone overnight fisherman in his dinghy come from?? He’s over 25nm offshore! And there’s a storm forecasted next day… Daytotal 44.5nm – Grand total 491nm
150712– Hoisted anchor Prudhoe @ 03.45… Middle of night. Storm. Rain. Scraping. Grounded. Breaking corals. Heavy seas. 1 lone crazy fisherman in a dinghy… Let’s get out of here! Ran straight into Mackay outer harbor and arrived @ 09.50. First few hours in darkness bit trialing with big big seas, pure absolute blackness and all trust in the navgear.. But Hans handled it like the true Long John Silver he is. And the Casa too! Looks like she likes wind & waves! Still keeps dry. Zigzagged in the fog through massive tankers on anchor laying await to get into Hay point. Chinese coal tankers registered in Panama. Bit surreal. Glad we’re in – rain rain rain. Daytotal 29.2nm – Grand total 520.2nm
160712 – Windswept in Mackay marina. Bloody diesel spill. Electrical problems. Keeps a man (actually 2) busy.
170712 – Left Mackay marina @ 08.54 after fuelling up. Straight to the Sir James Smith group via Brampton island > dropped anchor Goldsmith island @ 14.00. Lovely sailing 20-25 knots wind. Miserable weather but doing 7-8 knots with wind straight in the back and genoa on the boom. Stupid bicycle – used only once but ALWAYS in the way. Lovely anchorage. All by ourselves – we’re getting spoilt. Hans is very proud of his handiwork sawing a piece of the hatch that stabs in the back when standing behind the wheel. Makes both of us happy. Now how do we attach a little cushion there? Gotta stay comfy. Daytotal 28.7nm – Grand total 548.9nm
180712 – Hoisted anchor Goldsmith island @ 08.37. Sailed north towards Burning point and took the channel between Shaw and Lindeman islands > Solway passage > Whitehaven beach (ok the sands are as white as advertised) > dropped anchor Apostle Bay @ 15.10. Lovely little bay and beautiful sailing. Still miserable weather though… grey/rain patches. The boom didn’t like me today. Neither did I like him (somehow I presume it to be a him??). Out of beer and STILL haven’t caught any fish – I had imagined that differently. Once the sun comes through I’m gonna find me a reef and spear one. Hans is preparing his paravane and will now try and catch the first fish – can’t let that happen – will sabotage his hook tonight and will only let him read this when I’ve caught MY first fish. An amazing desolate spot – finally some rest. A manta ray feeding in circles some 50m from the boat late afternoon – is that a dugong snorting?? Heard it twice now – only thing I can imagine as it isn’t a turtle, dolphin or whale… late at night – anchor scraping? Doesn’t seem like it just crunching up some corals… Daytotal 32.1 nm – Grand total 581nm
190712 – Hoisted anchor Apostle Bay @ 08.37. Fog. Sailed northwest along Whitsunday island coast towards Whitsunday Cairn > through Hook Passage – odd currents > what’s that?! – no way! Sun is coming through! Been at least a week since we saw her… And I thought it was always beautiful weather in Australia?! > Left beautiful but tourist-hyped Whitsundays behind and set straight course towards Grimston Point to drop anchor in eastern Double Bay @ 14.45. Good thing Hans hasn’t caught fish either. For a change justHa absolutely lovely weather with sunshine and 15-20 knots wind. Immediately got sunburned of course. Great little bay (again) and had a swim (the first one since we took off! Brrr cold) to see how our late scrapings had damaged the hull. It hadn’t – just some paint gone. Forecast Ok-ish and maybe we’ll head into better weather now?? Wow stars!! Daytotal 27.6nm – Grand total 608.6nm