Saturday, June 11, 2011


We raided Rosslyn Bay in commando fashion. Swept in and topped up with diesel and filtered water. The diesel needs 1/100 'Fuel Doctor' because we have had an infection. Then we borrowed a free car from the marina, and hit the supermarkets in Yeppoon to provision for the next stage of the cruise, through remote wilderness with limited access to shops or coverage.

Thursday 9th an early start and a pleasant kite run up to Pearl Bay, a gorgeous spot in the Shoalwater Bay Military Reserve. Initially we were all alone, but then two Seawinds turned up and we were invited aboard for a drink.

Friday we went on to Island Head Creek, a favourite place, which George and I visited in 2001, as well as a number of other times. Not dissimilar to Pittwater, but completely isolated.

Island Head Creek

And here we are, hanging out as a cold southerly and pouring rain comes through. Cosy as, with the genset giving a squirt to the reverse aircon as required, and entertainment like reading (George is reading 'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese, and and I am reading 'Lovesong' by Alex Miller on my iPad), and watching 'War and Peace' (the 20 episode BBC version with Anthony Hopkins).

The technical expression for this type of cruising is 'gunkholing'.

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