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Back in the Marina Again!

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There is a pattern emerging here where we only blog when in the marina, but that is largely because we have had such poor signal once we are cruising the islands.
Since the last blog entry a week ago we have been offshore with our friends Anna and Paul having another relaxing week cruising the Whitsundays.
We spent our first night in Homestead Bay off Cid Island where Anna insisted that she could hear gibbons and could even see the bananas in the trees that they fed on. She was on one of Debi’s special G&T’s at the time.
The second night was in Saba Bay on the east side ofHook Island. The fringing reef here is very hard to see and we ended up anchoring quite close. Sadly the snorkelling was poor with poor visibility and a lot of the coral damaged and dead. However, we did see the first dolphins of the trip as we left here.
On Wednesday we left with the idea of trying out the gennaker, but the wind was the wrong way and then started blowing too hard. So instead we went for a random sai…

Marina Time

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Well we got lazy and just stayed in May's Bay until Friday, just chilling out and watching the turtles. Then we headed across to Abell Point Marina on Friday morning for the weekend. Time to fix stuff, re-provision, do the laundry and shower!
We had more fun with the furler when we came to furl the headsail. Yet again it wouldn't furl and so again the sail is lying on the deck. It wasn't much fun getting it down with the wind gusting 30 knots! We've had yet another look at it and hope it is fixed this time.
We also attempted to do an oil change on the engine as it was well overdue. This all went well until we tried to get the old oil filter off. It would not budge, despite going out and buying a filter wrench. We are now awaiting a mechanic to take a look on Monday.
Our friends Paul and Anna are joining us today and sailing with us for the next week. So this afternoon we will be provisioning and getting things ready for a hopeful departure tomorrow (mechanic permitting!).

The Great Barrier Reef

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Monday (10th) was a bit of a full day! We dropped our mooring at Maureen’s Cove at 0600 and headed north for Bait reef. This is the closest part of the outer reef and the true barrier reef. Despite the forecast for light winds we ended upwith 20 knots gusting 25 knots and made great progress over the 17 miles. Things were busy when we got there, with all six moorings taken. After a little bit of lively discussion with one other boats over the radio, we managed to get a mooring for a couple of hours and did some great snorkelling. Then it was off back to Hook Island.
We had a an issue with our furling line when we got back and had to drop the head sail and replace the furling line which was badly chaffed. All part of living on a boat.
We finally settled down to sundowners in Stonehaven Bay at about 1730, which is late for us!
Yesterday we thought we would have an easy day with about a 10 mile motor sail south. However, we made the mistake of unfurling the headsail which we thought was n…

Still Here!

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Well it has to be said that the poor blog has been sadly neglected. This is partly down to the absolutely appalling level of mobile coverage in the Whitsunday Islands and partly down to what happens when you delegate the blogging to the crew!
Coincidentally the last time we blogged we were sitting in Homestead Bay on Cid Island, which is exactly where we are now. But we have moved! After a few days in the marina and a quick trip back to Sydney, we have been randomly sailing through these islands, basically heading wherever we feel like on the day and wherever the wind is blowing.
We've seen some great wildlife, with turtles in the bays, sea eagles, stone curlews and a lot of friendly swallows, who seem to enjoy flying through our boat! We have even managed to do some beach cleanups (seetideline.com.au).
We have had Gillian and Lewis onboard for a few days, when we managed to do a bit of sailing, snorkelling and a lot of eating! It has to be said that the chef and chief provisioner ha…