27 April 2012
April 23, 2012 After a fun afternoon with Brad, and exploring Middle Percy, we tucked in for a peaceful night. Up at 5:30 am and away by 6 am-- we are on our way to Scawfell Island. You might be wondering how we pick the islands that we stop at for each night on our way up north. Well, we have four cruising guides and multiple blogs as references-- but our best source of info came from some of the crusiers we had met at Bundaberg. We met Dan and Yo from S/V Jacana at the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club BBQ. They had just completed a circumnavigation and Dan sat down with us and went through his personal log--telling us the places to stop at and the places to avoid. We also were given great advice from Paul and Sue--friends who live on their boat at the Bundaberg Marina. Cruisers help each other-- and we have found the Aussies to be the friendliest bunch around! We arrived at Scawfell Island and were anchored by 3 pm in the western bay of Refuge Harbor. We did have to move our anchor as Serenity started to swing close to the coral shelf. We met Mark at Scawfell when he came by in his dinghy to say hello-- he is an American from Pheonix Arizona. Mark, his partner Liz, and their seven month baby, Dillon-Claire, are heading up to Darwin to also join the Indonesia Rally. We enjoyed a nice night at Scawfell--then up early and off to Hammo ( the Aussie name for Hamilton Island) in the Whitsunday group of islands.