Yachties often say you don’t want friends or family to stay on board for too long. But we feel differently about that; we think guests are golden! We had Wade’s cousins Grant and Deb with us for 3 days, and it just was not enough. If work did not get in the way for them, we would have loved them to stay longer. We had so much fun and jam-packed our time together.
Great sailing, snorkeling, sightseeing, feasting. Among the places we visited for a few hours or overnight were Bauer Bay on South Molle Island, Butterfly Bay on Hook Island, Langford Island, Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island and Stonehaven on Hook Island. Here is a chart with the spots we stopped at marked in orange.
There were a few firsts for Grant and Deb: swimming with Batfish, spotting a Manta Ray, seeing a real Giant Clam rather than just the smaller ones, cruising at 10 knots without effort. It was not crowded, the breeze was steady at 20 knots most of the time, but when not sailing, we were sheltered and comfortable.
Here is a gallery of the seascapes and underwater world we played in. The images are best viewed as a full screen slide show. Just click on the first image to get it started.
We reluctantly got back to Airlie Beach on Monday afternoon after a brisk sail – three reefs in the main and lots of twirls in the jib, with 30 knots of wind!
And here is a photo of us taken by Grant. It is not often we get one of ourselves!
We are in the Whitsundays till early next week, when our friend Sue from Sydney is joining us for the next leg of our adventure. We will be heading north, sailing through new territory for us all.