We have left the Gold Coast. It was about time we got some vitamin sea! It feels so good: the wind in our sails, the air on our faces, the movement of the boat in the slightly choppy sea, the sense of freedom, the relief to reclaim our sea wanderers’ life at last! After four months in the Broadwater, we also feel a bit rusty! But regardless, we are taking you on our first cruise for the season… lots of photos to share.
We waited for the wind to pick up so we could sail instead of motor and escaped on Sunday. And since sailing buddies on Anapa had battery problems and could not leave, we opted to go the ocean way, and give Tangalooma a miss. We were much keener to sail than snorkel! And sailing we did: strong wind warning on Sunday, with 20 knots on our tail. The screecher was up early and it did not take long to catch up to Zenitude who had left an hour before us… a good opportunity for photos of each other’s vessel under sail. The sea was a bit lumpy but we did not care! We sailed all the way to Yellow Patch – Cape Moreton.
Double Island Point Lagoon
The next day was a spinnaker sail to Double Island Point. It was a long and slow passage with a lot less wind but the great thing about spinnaker runs is that they are cruisy once you have remembered how everything is set up!
We reached our destination just on dusk. There were 8 boats in the lagoon and three on the outside. We managed to go further in than usual. The sand spit appears to have lengthened toward the western beach and the navigable part of the lagoon seems slightly deeper but narrower than last year. What a gorgeous place to anchor in for a few days. It is a nice spot to socialise, go for a few walks and a paddle; even Bengie likes it and has a bit more spring in her step!
With a brilliant calm few days, the drone got an airing! From up high you can see how the boats congregate near the entrance. The further you go in, the shallower it gets. Anui is in 1.6m at low tide.
Chris was lamenting about how narrow a view the drone takes even when flown really high, until she thought: “I might have to make the drone hover, take a series of shots from left to right then stitch them together in Lightroom” as a panoramic. It worked – should have thought of that earlier! Here are the first attempts:
We left the lagoon and crossed the Wide Bay Bar yesterday afternoon and are now anchored at Inskip Point. The plan for the days ahead is to slowly cruise along the western shores of Fraser Island. Wade still has a medical consult scheduled, which requires reliable internet and phone coverage… so no dash out to the Reef until that is done!