|Beating out to Border Island|
Sailing out the next day I came across Vicki who had worked as a forecaster at Casey Station last summer. She had chartered a yacht for some cruising and it was great to see her. Clear of Nara I beat toward the passage between Hook and Whitsunday Islands where the current was running strongly against me. From there on, there was no protection and the short beat out to Border Island was exposed.
The discomfort was worth it and Border Island has some great snorkelling. Batfish were quick to gather round me when I launched into the water, and all the corals and fish in the books were there to see first hand.
The next stop was Hazelwood Island and by then the wind had eased considerably. A light southeasterly saw me set full sail with the genoa. Dropping the anchor just outside the coral reef I was quick to get ashore for a walk, finding a vast amount of plastics washed up on the windward side of the island. Bushy on the Tiki 26 dropped by the next morning for a quick chat and then I headed off for Whitehaven Beach but the tidal flow took me north. Instead I stopped at Esk Island for a morning snorkel and lunch before heading into Tongue Bay.
|Lunch at Esk Island|
|The Iconic Hill Inlet - Whitsunday Island|
I headed to Stonehaven around the corner the next day in search of phone reception. The previous day whales had been playing amongst the moored yachts but I didnt get that show. Apart from mobile reception, Stonehaven didnt really appeal, having been spoilt by some five star anchorages over the past week so the next day I headed for Airlie Beach. A good place to wait out the increasing trade winds.
It look like the next lull might come next week and I think it might be time to start the move south.