It was all go when we picked up our friend Bill on Sunday at Airlie Beach and took off towards the Whitsunday Islands.
It was a tad windy: two reefs in the main hard into wind, we were going great guns showing Bill the power of Anui… 10 knots speed, flying and looking good to the point where another cat going the other way posted this on Facebook! « Sorry Anui, this pic does not do you justice. Just before taking the photo you powered up looking great ». Always special to get a photo of her under sail!
A few minutes later we blew the webbing on the clew of the jib and had to turn back to Airlie for a sail repair! We got some great service at Ullman Sails the very next morning!
A couple of hours later, we were back on board, putting the jib back on the furler!
Take Two, Sailing away
With all three of us keen for some nice sails, the odd walk and a few snorkels, we thought South Molle, Border Island, the Northern end of Hook Island and Hayman Island would be good destinations.
We have also been watching the nasty weather coming through as we post this. We are hiding… again! We have been out of internet coverage for a few days, but are having fun testing out Bill’s new underwater camera housing and dome lens for his iphone 12, and just chilling out. We’ll share more photos in the next post!
Our first snorkel was surprisingly reasonable at Border Island, Cateran Bay. We mainly saw soft corals and did notice significant bleaching but as usual we tried to focus on the positive.
We then moved to Manta Ray Bay at the northern end of Hook Island, to shelter from strong weather… again. We are out of internet coverage for a few days and will share more images in our next post.
It would be nice to be able to go out to the Outer Reef, but the weather reigns supreme, so we will see what we do next!