Sydney to Whitsundays 2016

06 August 2016 | Sunset at Sawmill
26 July 2016 | Gloucester Passage
18 July 2016 | Townsville
09 July 2016 | Horseshoe Bay
06 July 2016 | Magnetic Island Marina
01 July 2016 | Gloucester Passage
30 June 2016 | Woodwark Bay
17 June 2016 | Stonehaven
12 June 2016 | Shaw Island
05 June 2016 | Mackay marina
26 May 2016 | Mackay Marina
23 May 2016 | Port Clinton
18 May 2016 | Pancake Creek
15 May 2016 | Bundaberg
13 May 2016 | South White Cliffs
11 May 2016 | Offshore
11 May 2016 | Inskip Point
07 May 2016 | Southport marina
04 May 2016 | Coffs Harbour
01 May 2016

Hamilton Island

06 August 2016 | Sunset at Sawmill
We left Port of Airlie on a lovely sunny day and motored through Whitsunday Passage to Burning Point on Shaw Island. Wind picked up from the North and forecast was for it to strengthen with a SW change around 3am. Decided to move to Lindeman anchorage and enjoy a relaxing evening with a lot of chain to prepare for wind change. Lindeman Island was burning and looked spectacular at night. Forecast was right and SW hit at 2am so anchor watch until we leave at 7 am. Headed for Scawfell but sea state was horrible with 3 or 4 metre sea/swell and hard to hold a course. Decided to head back to Nara and spend a few nights - a bit rolly at times but mostly sunny. Yesterday we headed to Sawmill Bay and hit by a rain squall - joy! Cleared before we anchored and sun for a while before rain set in. Time to read below. Lovely sunset and calm night before heading to Hammo. But of a rough passage as big seas around Whitsunday Island and gusts to 26knots. Doesn't sound like much but the sea builds up here. Now in a berth at Hammo and loving the serenity - when the jets are landing. Will stay till we get a window for Mackay.
Vessel Name: Bordeaux
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 43
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: Peter and Alice
Pete has had many years' sailing - round the buoys, offshore and short-handed - in many locations in Oz and overseas. Alice has joined him on a number of these adventures after they met while sailing (on different yachts). She is a very competent first mate (skipper-elect) and navigator. [...]