11 - 17th June 2010
Mooloolaba to Port Clinton
We finally left Mooloolaba to sail up the coast of
Fraser Island, on the outside rather than go across Sandy Straight on the inside,
as we could see that we were getting short of time to get up to the Whitsunday’s,
having spent 6 weeks in harbour! We were lucky to have the company of
these bottle nose dolphins for a good two hours whilst we sailed quietly up
the coast of Fraser Island.
They frolicked around
the boat for nearly two hours, showing off, jumping, doing rolls and making
sure we gave them plenty of attention!
This rough weather
next morning soon washed it off though!
We sheltered behind
Rods Harbour, just South of Gladstone after 36 hours of sailing,
Unable to call into
the first atoll on the way due to rough weather forecast for the next few
David mended the
staysail furling line which had broken just a crucial moment of
trying to reef
it during the rough spell of weather.
Our anchorage at Great
Keppel Island was sheltered, but a bit rolly.
We stayed here
swaying from side to side for 4 nights waiting for worse
weather to go by.
Weather was still a bit
rough along the headlands
So we were glad to
find shelter, despite surfing over shallow water
into Port Clinton with
Wedge Tail Shearwaters alongside
The pleasure of a calm
anchorage in Port Clinton is bliss after having had
4 days and nights in a