For our third post in the Southern Whitsundays Series, we take you to Goldsmith Island where we spent a few days waiting for the strong southerly to calm down and sunny conditions to return. It was threatening with rain when we left Brampton Island for a downwind sail of about 12 miles under jib alone. We passed between Goldsmith and Linne Islands and anchored at Roylen Bay.
Isn’t it amazing, everybody flocks to the northern part of the Whitsundays, vying for a bit of swing room or competing for a mooring, and we are here enjoying magnificent views, a protected anchorage with a lovely beach all by ourselves! There is another anchorage protected from the SE which we had been to last year, but this is superior, with easy access to the beach. Unfortunately the island has no walking track, so unless you are keen on bush bashing, swimming is a better alternative!
Bengie loved her beach walks, there was some grass to chew on, a dried up creek bed to explore, a few logs to scratch on, nobody to scare you, what more can a pussycat want?
As usual we suited up for a snorkel. The water was a bit murky and the reef weedy; so there was not a lot to see and we did not stay in the water for long. But even then, with no unrealistic expectations and an attitude of “let’s see what’s under there”, you get nice little surprises, like the colourful patch of soft coral and algae and the tube sponges.
Because our dinghy is much bigger than Peasy was on Take It Easy, with big tubes, it is harder to climb back into it after a snorkel. It takes a fair bit of upper body strength to heave yourself up and over the rib. We decided to both practice the backward flip re-entry into the dinghy, a method mentioned by one of our followers. It means grabbing the dinghy side ropes and with your back to the dinghy flipping your legs and body up and over into the boat while your head is underneath! It worked, but we doubt our visitors would cope with the athletics! Here is a link to a video that demonstrates the technique.
Our friend Sue is joining us next month and we can just hear her protests all the way from Sydney: “You are joking, no way!” We have been able to order our Dicks Dinghy Ladder which comes highly recommended and is waiting for us at Airlie Beach. No more beached whale or walrus impersonations!
The strong winds have returned, blowing at 20 knots plus and forecast to get to 30 knots. The trade winds are well and truly established. We haven’t seen any yacht for days! On 4 June, we used the SE to blow us further north to our next destination: Thomas Island. More on this in our next post!