Fathom is anchored at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays and today I decided to walk up a big hill as I'm in danger of getting unfit. The view from the Honeyeater lookout was well worth the effort. We have been making some good progress up the coast but this country is huge. Having travelled 826 nautical miles from Sydney there are still 700nm to Thursday Island at which point we will turn left and head west once again.
Happy to have safely negotiated Wide Bay Bar and be out of the ocean swell. Anchored last night south of Turkey Island in the Sandy Straits and this morning tied Fathom alongside Alfresco for a cup of coffee with cruising pals Dave and Rosie.
Two years ago today I sailed away from Yarmouth and began this incredible adventure. Photo taken 09/05/2016 in the first mile of the voyage as Fathom passes Hurst Castle and heads into the Needles Channel. The Isle of Wight feels a long way away right now ⛵️🌎
One of the nice things about having a buddy boat alongside is getting a photo of your own boat. Thanks to Rosie on Alfresco for this shot of Fathom at sunrise. Beautiful morning en-route to Mooloolaba but where's the wind?
After four days sanding, painting and polishing in the yard Fathom is back afloat, clean, shiny and ready to put a few more miles under the keel. Although she's about to turn 27 I reckon she's still a bit of a looker!
New South Wales has kindly decided to give me a farewell gift in the shape of two punchy thunderstorms (so far). Peaked at 48kts a record windspeed for Fathom. Could be a long night. Gold Coast tomorrow 🙂 🍺
Slowly slowly creeping up the New South Wales Coast. 3.5 knots of head current at times made for a slow passage from Camden Head. Now at Coff's Harbour waiting for some decent breeze before continuing on to Queensland and the Gold Coast. I've been enjoying the company of new cruising friends. Yesterday afternoon a walk up to the top of Muttonbird Island with Bob and Jacinta.
Steep hike to the summit of North Brother this afternoon was rewarded with a fantastic view of Fathom (2nd boat from right) swinging at anchor in the river off Laurelton. We are hiding from big swells and strong northerly winds at the moment. It might look calm but if you look closely there are breaking waves over the bar entrance at Camden Head. Hope to get moving again early next week.