After days at anchor fixing things, we needed a nice cruisy sail to remind us we have made the right decision in buying Anui. Despite the amount of maintenance which at times leaves us deflated, once we raise anchor and sail her, we beam from ear to ear and all woes are forgotten.
We missed it so much: feeling the wind in our sails and our speed through the ocean. Sailing to Fraser Island has been fun, even if the weather to get there has been capricious: rain, swell, strong wind… That was the downside, but even in these conditions we were in such a state of withdrawal after weeks of inactivity that we enjoyed the sailing and the freedom.
Anui is sailing again, after being out of action for weeks. We left the marina like a sling shot – free at last!
We have reached Fraser Island! Last stop before we head out to the very south of the Great Barrier Reef and begin the next phase of our odyssey.
Sometimes it is fun to fantasize, but it is also useful to be reminded that what you have is pretty good!
Of all the shore birds we come across, the Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) is one of our favourites, with its comical swagger and evocative piping call. This shy bird is the bright subject of our #42 Bird Photography Challenge.
A lovely part of sailing is the friendships you make along the way and the reunions with fellow yachties at anchorages. There is something about sharing amazing ocean experiences and crossing paths for short periods that make seafarers’ relationships special. You click, you have a lot in common, plenty to share, you enjoy each other’s company,…