|Posted by Tim Henning on July 24, 2010 at 12:32 AM|
The first leg after leaving Mooloolaba was a double overnighter and then it was mostly day trips. On May 31st we pulled in our first real good eating fish, a large Mahi Mahi. We actually caught two, but mine broke the line and got away.
June 1st we anchored at Leeks Beach on the Great Keppel Island for a 2 day rest.
On June 3rd we arrived at Pearl Bay where we met 1160 Seawind owners of Hadja, John and Gayle. June 4th we anchored at Middle Percey Island.
Cruiser famour Middle Percy Island beach shack
Middle Percy Island panoramic
June 5th was Scawfall Island. June 6th Shaw Island. Then on June 7th we arrived at White Haven Beach were we met up with our wonderful friends Yelena and Steve on “Goodtimes”.
June 8th we traveled around with Goodtimes where we moored at Tongue Bay, Butterfly Bay and Langford Island.
June 9th we all sailed 20 nm and moored at Bait Reef to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef (I did not snorkel water tooo cold). June 10th we anchored at Pearl Bay, on the Nara Inlet of Hook Island and hiked to an Aboriginal cave.
June 11th we finally arrived in civilization at Arlie Beach. Until now we had only been at remote anchorages. We stayed at Arlee beach for 2 days to walk the town and get some provisioning done for the trip to Cairns (last provisioning was two weeks ago).
13th we left at 0450 and arrived in Upstart Bay at 1630. June 14th on our way to Horseshoe Bay at Magnetic Island I (Ruth) pulled in a 20 pound yellow fin tuna… hell ya.. We stayed there 2 days since it was a well protected bay. On June 16th we anchored at Orpheus Island. June 17th we started our 2nd yacht log book and we anchored at Dunk Island.
June 18th we anchored at Mission Bay, which was just outside Cairns (which is pronounced cans). The morning of June 19th we made it to Cairns and on the entry we passed by “Son of the Sun” as they were leaving and we anchored behind “Salsa”. We had a awesome lunch and the best wood fire pizza in Australia. Had a walk around town, then happy hour on Victory Cat. June 20th we moved around the corner to the Half moon Bay marina.. yippee unlimited TV.
While we were there we were contacted by Dean who owned an exotic flower farm and was waiting to sell it to buy a Seawind 1160. Dean gave Ruth a beautiful exotic flower arrangement that lasted for weeks. We had a great meal and shared a lot of our stories with him (and his son).