Hamilton Island

Phil May and Andrea Twigg
Sun 5 Aug 2012 10:03
20:21.1S 148:56.4E
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.