We made it back to the Keppels after three and a half days of spinnaker sailing and are now 220 nm south of the Whitsundays!
As soon as we arrived at North Keppel, we went snorkeling at Sloping Island, a beautiful site for different coral species, varied anemones and their little residents… such a delight!
Next stop was Humpy Island. We did the ridge walk for great views of the Keppel group and it was not too arduous… superb! Here are three panoramas We took from the top, each comprising about 7 or 8 shots stitched together.
We moved on to magic Monkey Beach on Great Keppel Island where Sue had “the best experience of her life” snorkeling through thousands of fish. It is such an amazing site! Turtles, rays, schools of different fish big and small… Awesome does not come close to describing the feeling of being surrounded by swarms of little fish!
But then things turned sour just as we were plotting a trip to the reef. Our 15 year old Maxwell anchor winch gave up the ghost… ghastly grinding sounds came from the totally corroded motor and then it just stopped. “Terminal said Wade!” So instead of heading to the reef, we are at Keppel Bay Marina! The new winch was ordered on Wednesday and will arrive today, a speedy but horribly expensive exercise. There was the small matter of getting the old seized one off and fitting the new model in the existing hole. A small degree of swearing happened, but it went surprisingly smoothly.
The duality of boat ownership: we love them one day and hate them the next! But we have to be grateful for small mercies. This happened close to town, not 50 miles offshore at an isolated reef!