Travels in Queenland
So with Penguin on her way back home to Queensland Australia we were surely
Going to be in for a fast ride, and so it turned out. We covered the 1400miles in 10
Days which included having 36 hrs motoring with no wind, the rest of the time the
Wind was strong and directly behind us. Our passage proved to be pretty smooth but
Their were other boats suffering a rough ride, their was also a major flooding
And gale force winds in Northland NZ a few days after we had left. Everyone on
Board seemed to settle in fine and enjoyed the ride across the windy Tasman. On
That note we did get one wave break over the stern of the boat and fill the cockpit
Luckily the washboards were in and not much water went inside. Will had the pleasure of looking out of his port hole and only seeing water, But most of the time we stayed dry.
We Decided to make Bundaberg our landfall, nothing of course to do with the fact that
They make Rum their. On the sunday 1st of april at 7 o clock we anchored outside
The marina ready to clear costumes the following morning. It was now time to
Celebrate the completion of Penguins Circumnavigation, after a period of 7 years
Penguin was back in her home waters a few hundred miles from were she was built.
So one or two glasses of rum had to be drunk in honor of a fantastic yacht, We being
Fortunate to have sailed and owned her.
Penguin doing what she does best, going west
After a few days getting our selves back up together it was time to head out to the edge of
Barrier Reef and Lady Elliot
and the town of
Mean that we cant go up the odd river or two it just means that occasionally things
little interesting. We had a great time in the lovely town of
Great buildings and a very Friendly Motor Boat club whos facilities we were able
To use, Great showers and washing machines.
The trip back down the river started extremely well so well that we had reached the
Point where the river splits into the three channels out through the esturary by 9.30
We had set of at 5.30. We had also managed to hail over a local fisherman and had
Bought 2 good sized mud crabs a local delicacy on the way. Our original plan had
Been to get to the start of the estuary anchor and have lunch then go out as the tide
Was rising again, but we had arrived earlier than originally planned for so while
Were on a roll go with it, we made it through the first of the shallow spots and into
Channel. That was it we had saved ourselves 6 hours waiting we were on our way.
There is always something that will kick you in the arse when everything seems to
Going well. The plan was to follow our GPS track back down through river, Cant
Go wrong. So here to the confessional, I was helming Niamh was taking down the
Weather faxes the staysail was up and try to stay on the wind I came out of the Channel
With all to predictable result. Niamh dashed up with a warning were getting close to
A sand bank. We still seemed to have 3m of water beneath us but not for long.
Ten minutes later we were completely stuck, so we where going to stop for lunch
Lunch break, Glasses wont stay on the table.
At about 3.30 in the afternoon the tide came back in and floated us back of the sand, so we decided to head for a quiet anchorage for the night cook the crabs which where still
In a bucket and get a good night sleep before setting of for the whitsundays early the
Following day. So once again Penguins river adventures had lived up to their reputation
For delivering a little excitement.
a good sail up arriving at
our way up through the islands arriving at
we also needed to restock with fresh food and water.
When you can see it, O and loads of Butterflys around everwhere.