Following on from the last post, Captain G and Mr K spent two nights off the Kingfisher Resort at Fraser Island. The first afternoon they arrived it was planned to go ashore, have a look around the resort, maybe have a swim in the pool and enjoy a few beers. The weather wasn't in their favour that afternoon with one rain downpour after the other which meant staying on the boat for the evening or getting really wet. The next day turned out much better so they did some exploring of the resort and had the lunch and beers planned for the previous day. Then, on Friday, they made the crossing of Harvey Bay to the Port of Bundaberg.
|Captain G at the mast - with the MPS sail fully out - on the way to Bundaberg.|
|Bundaberg Port Marina - from Flickr|
|Bundaberg Marina after Jan 2011 flood.|
On Saturday, June 15, Mr K left to fly back to Sydney early in the morning. Captain G would be on his own until Roslyn Bay and Yeppoon the following weekend. Captain G enjoyed the rendezvous on Saturday night and then went to the local markets on Sunday with Greg and Heidi. That night as we were talking on the phone he suddenly exclaimed, "there's a sea snake swimming around the back of the boat!" He's getting really close to the tropics now with sea snakes on the surface and so close in shore.
Monday morning it was time for the long trip from Bundaberg to Pancake Creek - just behind Bustard Head headed north. The forecast was for very calm conditions and little wind.
This was going to be a long haul of about 10 hours and - again because its what I do - I was worried about the Captain being on his own for the journey. Not because he isn't up to it - goodness knows he has certainly proved he is a very good skipper - but because sometimes when the weather is calm you can let your guard down a bit. But, as usual, he did a great job and called at 1530 to say he was anchored up and having a beer. We heard about/read about a fantastic hike up to the lighthouse on Bustard Head (called that because Captain James Cook supposedly ate a bustard bird there and named the headland after the poor thing) but since I wasn't there Captain G decided to spend only one night.
That brings me to today! The cruise destination today has been Hummocky Island. The Captain upped anchor at 0600 this morning and has just phoned me - at 1500 - to say that he's safe at anchor on the northern side of the island. I haven't been able to find much about Hummocky Island on the web except that it was named - like most things along this coast - by Captain James Cook. My Captain said its quite spectacular with the tropical aqua blue waters all around and the 'hump' like hills of the island (could be how it got its name). Here's a photo from Flickr....
I've booked my ticket back to Captain G and the boat this Saturday!!! I see the doctor on Thursday and, hopefully - since its been 6 weeks tomorrow, I'll get an OK to do some walking on my foot. I'm not really expecting to get a clean bill of health since the break was so severe but I think I can at least give up the crutches. That's what I'm hoping for ... if I can at least walk I'll be right to climb aboard and get into that tropical sunshine!
|Lovely Yeppoon - Very near the Tropic of Capricorn! Next stop! (From Flickr)|