After a six weeks sojourn on Anui, Greg & Ann caught a plane home on Wednesday night. Our last few days together were the worst weather wise, with a double whammy of treacherous rain systems and cold snap smashing much of Queensland and New South Wales.
The weather has been so unpredictable and conditions unseasonal, although we have been quite lucky: we had three weeks at the Southern Reef in mild conditions, two weeks of spirited sailing and island hopping, and only the last few days boat bound, cold and soggy!
During our last week together our choice of anchorages was dictated by a desire for comfort and internet coverage. When you are trapped on board, you do not want to be rocked around. You also spend a lot of time reading, watching telly and making good use of Netflix!
We spent a few days very comfortably anchored at Shaw Island, managing a walk across one of the necks to the other side of the island just before the rain set in. Here are a few shots taken on our walk.
The weekend saw us dodging the rain and moving to Cid Harbour, then Airlie Beach. If there is one thing we dislike it is sailing in the rain, but we timed our dashes well and were relatively unscathed while underway.
We were hunkered down by Sunday afternoon in Pioneer Bay, Airlie Beach.
With dinghy access to jetties and town facilities, in between downpours we picked up a few parcels from the post office, topped up gas and fuel, did a major cleanup of the boat. The ton of laundry and re-provisioning had to wait until Wednesday when the weather improved!
Although not the most exciting end of trip for our friends it is all part of life afloat. This is us four, with pussycat under the duvet, enjoying our tropical escape – 11 degrees, complete shock to the system!
Greg and Ann are now back in Melbourne but the earth is still moving for them and will be for a few days as they get reaccustomed to land life. “Mal de débarquement” as it is called is a type of vertigo and imbalance that affect some people after they get off a boat. They are feeling it!
With normality returned on Anui and the dreadful weather easing, we have sailed away on our own towards the Outer Reef to catch our breath. We loved having our friends on board, but it is nice to now have some time to ourselves in the wilderness. We may not have not have internet or phone coverage out there so to check on our whereabouts, go to our satellite link on PredictWind.