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Beautiful Cairns
August 1, 2012, 10:59 pm, Cairns Marina

It's been a long time since I've been to Cairns and I can't get over how beautiful and vibrant it is. From the marina it's a short walk to the Casino (where for the price of a few beers we watched the Reds lose their preliminary final), to Woolies (it took me a few trips to stock up on 3 months supply of dry goods not to mention 3 weeks of fresh), to Rusty's fruit and veg market (a fantastic, vast, indoor farmer's market), and it's a stones throw to the Esplanade with all its attractions and activities. In addition, there's an Officeworks and a JB HiFi both of which were useful since we needed a new laptop (Jim killed the old one) and a new TV (it died all by itself 2 days before the Olympics were due to start).

Rocketing North
August 1, 2012, 7:10 pm, Fitzoy Island

We were expecting pleasant 15 knot winds so we planned to sail north and pick up an anchorage or a mooring at one of the islands enroute to Cairns. There are a number of 'fair weather' anchorages but as we passed the first couple the wind started to pick up and by the time we reached Fitzroy Island the wind was a gusty 25knots, we had two reefs in the main and were flying. The cushions on the stern seats were trying to fly as well. Fitzroy is not a good anchorage in these conditions, so we headed for Cairns.

Mourilyan Harbour
August 1, 2012, 6:46 pm, Mourilyan Harbour

Although it's not obvious from this angle, between the two hills is an opening leading into the mouth of the Moresby River. The narrow natural rock opening was widened and dredged to allow the passage of bulk carriers and a sugar loading facility was established in the 1960's. There aren't supplies or fuel available and water has to be collected in jerry cans, but for yachties it's a superb all weather anchorage.

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Who: Jim Stevens (Skipper), Susie (The Admiral)
Port: Port of Bundaberg, Australia
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