Orpheus Island to Mourilyan Harbour

Tue 31 May 2016 00:14

17:36.321S 146:07.497E

Saturday, 21st May – 20 knot South Easterly blowing and rain! so we got sails up and headed out into a nasty bumpy sea on a fast broad reach, we had decided not to go up the tide dependent Hinchinbrook Channel and headed out into the rain filled squalls.  The Coastline resembled the West Coast of Scotland and the weather matched.  Squall after squall passed over soaking us but with a boat speed of 8-9 knots it was not all bad.   Dunk Island as an anchorage in those conditions was not such a good idea so we headed on further to the safety of Mourilyan Harbour.   The seas were steep and the wind had increased up to 25 knots as we bumped our way into the tiny entrance.  Mourilyan Harbour has a sugar wharf and some pile moorings but was pretty deserted so we anchored up in torrential rain – with the murky sludge coloured water and the thick cloud and rain it was definitely not your picture postcard tropical dream!!!!