The great news, however, is where we were originally here for one of the sailing club's rendezvous nights - a dinner meeting with other boats participating in the Coral Coast Cruise 2013 - the activities and camaraderie extended - due to the weather - over the many days and nights stuck in the marina. And we've had a great time!
First there were welcome drinks as different people and boats arrived and then the original rendezvous dinner planned for this past Monday. The crews from 5 boats met in the marina pub before going on to a Thai dinner. The boats are: Nirvana's Kitchen, StressFree, Bogart, Whimaway and our boat Southern Belle. Leon, the skipper from Nirvana's Kitchen, has been our extraordinary events organiser. Before the dinner he negotiated a couple of free bottles of wine on arrival at the restaurant which kicked off the evening with a bang.
|Everyone at the pub before going on to dinner. Fantastic bunch of people!|
Our first adventure was a tour of a sugar cane mill. I mentioned in my last post about the miles and miles of sugar cane growing here so a trip to a mill - which none of us had done before - sounded like a good idea. Arriving at the mill down more roads thick with flowering cane we waited in the "instruction" room for our briefing on what we would do and see and then donned our regulatory hard hat, earplugs, safety vest and glasses for the walk through the noisy mill.
|Signing in for the tour and getting ready for our briefing.|
|Inside the mill with our tour guide.|
|Our group with our "instructor" as we try to figure out how to play the game.|
|Our group at the table for dinner after bowling.|
Today is Saturday....and the week's over with everyone happy with the friendship and activities but more than ready to get on with the trip - the RPAYC group and the boat, Momentum, left Mackay this morning for various islands in the Whitsunday Island group. Southern Belle, Bogart and Nirvana's Kitchen are now anchored in a lovely little bay off Brampton Island tonight. Tomorrow we're all planning to do the 8km walk in the Island's national park.
I think you'll agree so far so very good!