Tonight we are on a mooring buoy off Hamilton
Island. The marina was full because there are a lot of boats arriving for
next week's race week. The buoys are in a channel with a strong tidal
current (about three knots at full flood). The buoys are to one side
of the channel but we were still swinging as the tide changed and the big
buoy was getting trapped between the hulls. Our solution is to tie the
buoy tightly between the hulls to prevent it from hitting Anastasia and waking
us up when we swing in the middle of the night. One more
advantage of a catamaran.
We took the tender into the marina to have a
look around and had a drink in a cafe overlooking the marina. It
is a nice location, but overpriced even by Australian standards. We
will be moving on tomorrow morning.
We saw a bird we haven't seen here before -
the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. There were a lot of these flying
free about the marina. Estella took this photo of Polly begging for a
cracker. There were signs saying not to feed the wildlife, but this bird
is clearly doing quite well from begging.