Unfortunately I took the new on board computer with me when I returned to Sydney with the broken foot so he doesn't have anything with which to send pictures. So I'll see if I can lift some off other sites to show you what the area looks like.....apologies to anyone whose copyright I may infringe! I'm going to attempt to only lift what is sharable!
|Sunrise along the waterway. (Taken from Flicker)|
|Anchorage at the Jacobs Well area. (From Flickr)|
After an early gourmet dinner of baked beans on toast....Captain G turned in knowing he needed to be underway at sun up to take full advantage of the high tide all the way to Peel Island and out into Moreton Bay. I stayed in bed all morning with my phone in hand waiting for his call telling me he had made it through! He finally called to say he was anchored but it had been a bit on the "hair raising" side. (I'm the one that usually uses that terminology so I was surprised that he used those exact words! Something scary must have happened.)
He relayed the trip to me in detail. First the morning sun was bright in his eyes which made it very difficult to see the channel markers or make out the colours. He ran aground once but managed to back out of it and follow a motor boat up another channel .. which turned out to be the right one. Also he had to go under high tension electricity wires which were close to the height of the mast! The wires - according to the chart - are at a height of 20 meters above the water line. Our mast is 17 meters above the water line. Captain G said as he was approaching them it just looked way too close! He even put on shoes and gloves as a 'just in case'....not sure if they would help but made him feel a bit better! He's usually - outwardly - brave...never flinching. But he said as he went under them he couldn't help but close his eyes! SHIT! I'm glad I wasn't there I'd have passed out!!!
He's now at the Lovely Peel Island a beautiful national park island in Morton Bay. Famous for once being a leper hospital and now a marine reserve complete with dugongs, dolphins and bird life. More on Peel Island and the National Park HERE.
|Horseshoe Bay and Peel Island. From Flickr.|
|Peel Island. From Flickr|