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Year 5 Day 88 Keppel Bay Marina
Dave/Rainy and Windy
04/28/2012, Keppel Bay Marina, Rosslyn, AU

Our run over to Rosslyn where Keppel Bat Marina is located was soggy, bumpy and cold. Fortunately, it was also very, very short. It was only 7 nm and before we knew it, we were tied up at the dock. The marina had no one available to catch our dock lines and given the bad weather, no one else was around to lend a hand. Thus, Mary Margaret and I just slipped the boat in between the dock finger and the trawler that was to be our port. As Mary Margaret controlled the helm, I hopped off and secured our line. "No worries mate!"

I went into the marina office and presented our papers and prepaid our bill. I also reserved their free courtesy car for the afternoon to go shopping. Around 1445 we hopped in that car and drove to find the supermarkets in the neighboring town of Yeppoon. We visited both Woolworths and Coles and made a quick stop at in drive-thru liquor store to stock up on the cruisers liquid of life, beer. We had returned to the marina by 1700.

Back in a marina again...ugh! It is a very nice marina but the each dock is very, very long. We are in slip 83 of 84. Thus we are at the seaward end. It is over 600 feet just to get off this dock! It makes for a long haul when you are schlepping provisions to your boat...

We will be here for a couple of days and then off we go on our way up north.

Great Keppel Island

Tomorrow, we will head over to the town of Rosslyn. It is just 7 nm due west of us. You can see part of it peeking behind the island that is off our anchorage.

Great Keppel Island

I spied this mast tucked in behind the beach to our left. It looks like a narrow outlet to a lagoon is there. It really intrigues me and I had wanted to check it out. Instead, the weather dictated that we stay on board Leu Cat .

Great Keppel Island

Here is another shot of the beach that I wanted to explore today. I took this shot yesterday, before the storm moved in.

Year 5 Day 87 A Blustery Day
Dave/Windy With Some Rain
04/27/2012, Great Keppel Island, AU

We had hopes of exploring Great Keppel Island today but the weather had other plans. A trough coming from the Coral Sea is impacting the Queensland coast and it looks like it is going to be sticking around for a while. The weather forecast states that it will move west over the coast and then move back east, out to sea. Thus, it will pass over us twice.

As it moved in today, the winds picked up a bit and were blowing mostly in the 20 to 25 knot range. They are predicted to go up to 35 knots. Fortunately, we are in a very protected anchorage with a sand bottom that is great for holding. The winds are to be from the SE to E and we are on the north side of Great Keppel Island. Even with the winds howling, the waters in the anchorage are tame and we are hardly noticing the storm.

It has rained a few times but most of the heavy rain has either been on the mainland or further out to sea. I am sure our time will come but so far, it has not been bad.

Instead of exploring the island, we stayed warm and dry and...yep, you guessed it...we continued sewing on the new shade tarp we are making. Boy, is it fun or what!! It is coming along nicely and we just have one more side to complete.

Since we will not be going to Mackay to haul out the boat, we have decided to zip over to Rosslyn tomorrow. It is just 7 nm to the east of us. We need to restock on fresh fruits and veggies before moving on toward the Whitsundays. Rosslyn has a marina which lets you use their car for free to drive up the road to the town of Yeppoon, where the supermarkets are. Since the weather will be crappy through the weekend, we have decided to use our time well and go shopping during the bad weather. Once the weather clears, we will continue our trip northward.

By the way, I wish to thanks both Catherine and Sheldon for identifying the poor little sea bird that died on our boat back at Lady Musgrave Island. They suggested that it was a black noddy tern, also known as a white-capped noddy. I looked that up on the Internet today and the picture provided was identical to our deceased friend. They are known to nest on Lady Elliott Island, which is just to the SE of Lady Musgrave Island.

Buried At Sea

Here a photo of our little Australian guest that, unfortunately, passed away about 1/2 hour after I took this shot. Does anybody know what type of sea bird he was?

Snorkeling At Lady Musgrave Island

Here is a shot of Lady Musgrave Island as we were snorkeling one of the reefs. The large boat is the Lady Musgrave, which carried tourists to the island for the day.

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