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Once again: Airlie Beach, 2

10 August 2023
Stephen and Kristina Hall
We had spent a few relaxing and productive days whilst in Airlie Beach: we got an additional solar panel, met our friends and enjoyed pizza together. I then had a day off and went for an adventure (see blog entry "adventure"). After four days we left Airlie Beach and headed back to Cid Harbour as the Bureau of Meteorology extended the strong wind warnings again day by day. At least we were able to go ashore and walk up Whitsunday Peak. We also went to Dugong Beach, but we weren’t lucky - we didn’t see one.
As there is no reception whatsoever in Sawmill Bay, walking up to the peak was not only a welcome change to the routine and a possibility to stretch the legs, but also the only way to get access to the internet.
When my desire for some greens grew and also the first anniversary of Steve’s and my first meeting each other, it demanded a celebration so we set sail and went back towards Airlie Beach. For one night though we went to Woodwark Bay - there we found better shelter than in Airlie Beach. Like the other time though when we sailed from Cid to Airlie, we had it all, very light winds and winds of over 30 kn, coming from all directions. While we had to live with rain showers everyday in Cid Harbour, now the rain failed us, or rather Torea, who was soaked in salt.
We had heard that a walk past an abandoned resort in Woodwark Bay was possible and that it was interesting but rather spooky, passing the old abandoned pool and walking on this ghostly road. It sounded very attractive to me but the resort is no longer abandoned, for better or for worse. It seems it’s now in private ownership with "No Trespassing" signs everywhere so we left the following morning.
Back in Airlie Beach again, we gave Torea a wash, re-provisioned, got a new set of batteries and also celebrated our anniversary with the obligatory pizza and beers. Slowly but steadily we get ourselves and Torea ready to leave Australia and go offshore, therefore we replaced the old lead-acid batteries with more modern AGM batteries.
The forecast is now for lighter winds and so we hope to be able to explore some more anchorages around the Whitsundays once we’ve been to Cannonvale to order some US dollars.
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Vessel Name: Torea
Vessel Make/Model: Bill Couldrey
Hailing Port: New Zealand
Crew: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Extra: Torea was launched in 1966 as an offshore racing yacht. She was designed by Bill Couldrey and built by Keith Atkinson in triple diagonal kauri. Torea competed and finished in the 1969 Sydney Hobart race.

Who: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Port: New Zealand