"Cruising" to Townsville
06 November 2009
September 30-November 1
With 20-25 knot breeze and 3-5 foot swells, I hardly call the trip to Townsville cruising. On a night watch, Anna and I had to wake Chris up..we were on a collision course with the above boat. We tacked safely out of the way, gawking at the cruise ship as it rolled on by...it must be a really cheap cruise...then caught a whiff and realized it was no cruise ship but a sheep freighter. Not a pleasant smell...especially to my nose which was sensitive due to a few days of seasickness.
The trip was not miserable though! When I wasn't leaning over the side of the boat, we did see a turtle and fed some baby sharks Irene's leftover kebab...yum. Chris, being the ethically responsible skipper he is, had to whip out the kayak and VHF when he noticed a small motorboat that was dragging it's anchor while stopped at Fitzroy Island for the night. He found the owner on shore, scratching his head, wondering where his boat had gone.
We did miss Halloween though (an American favorite)...unless dressing up in our foul weather gear counted.