Off to the Southern GBR

Having spent a week in the Keppels, we left for the Southern Great Barrier Reef early this morning. It’s very exciting to be able to show this magnificent offshore region to our friend Sue and spend time each day exploring the cays and lagoons on our way south.

Cat People at the Keppels

Having replaced our defunct anchor winch with a brand spanking new one, the shiniest piece of gear on deck, we were keen to put it to work. However there was the small matter of some wild weather, complete with thunder, lightning and heavy rain, which descended on the region. So we opted to spend an…

Ups and Downs

We made it back to the Keppels after three and a half days of spinnaker sailing and are now 220 nm south of the Whitsundays! 

Back to the Reef… Yeah!

After nearly a week of strong winds, we had a reprieve and a choice to make: climb the Cairn or head out to the outer reef. Gee that’s a bit tough… the reef won of course!

Hiding from strong winds

Just on schedule, as soon as our friend Sue arrived on board, the SE came up with a vengeance and we have been hiding ever since,  patiently waiting for the wind to ease! We sheltered in Woodwark Bay, north of Airlie Beach for a while, fishing and beach walks being the main occupation. A few…

Cid Harbour’s mixed fame

There is the scenic side of Cid Harbour, particularly when viewed from the summit of Whitsunday Peak, a climb we did a few days ago, and then there is the frightening side of Cid Harbour where two people got mauled by sharks this week.