The Petherbridge family spent 11 days sailing the Whitsunday Islands on a 38ft catamaran, and here’s their daily diary…
Our guide arrived after 8am to run through the boat and area briefing. We motored out of the marina full of anticipation. Turning into the wind, we hoisted the sail and we were sailing! The day’s sailing took us into the Whitsunday Passage and past Daydream Island.
We were all keen to get sailing to the western side of Haselwood Island. The highlight was cracking 8.2 knots coming past Turtle Bay! We made preparations for sunset – Moët, cheese and nibbles and exploration of the beach.
David and Rob dived along the reef wall exploring the coral. Jen snorkelled over the top of pristine coral, seeing lots of marine life. Chalkies Beach provided excellent access to the beach and reef right off the back of the boat.
The sailing crew set sail for Turtle Bay. As we passed Chance Bay, Jen jumped on the end of the rod. After a short struggle we had a 70cm-ish school mackerel that night for dinner!
We tacked north along Whitehaven, reached Tongue Inlet an hour before high tide – perfect timing to make the walk to the beautiful sand of Hill Inlet. We had the whole place to ourselves.
We set sail and headed for Border Island and Cateran Bay. After some advice via email, we had Destiny turning well. We noticed massive batfish under the boat as well as a large grey shape…
The northerly change came at 2am and made for a ‘rolly’ morning and we were pleased to be aboard a decently-sized catamaran. We found out what that big grey shape was…a massive giant trevally! At Butterfly Bay we had a great time swinging from pandanus palms and landing in the soft sand.
We rose to a perfect sunrise over smooth water. David pointed out four goats making their way along the rocks –not something we expected. Jen and Margaret had a snorkel in the deep water, returning with tales of big fish and terrific coral.
We moored next to Langford Island for a dive on Langford reef. The highlight was the largest turtle we’d ever seen. After, we headed to Blue Pearl Bay. The water was an amazing clear blue colour.
Day 10 & 11
We tacked for the Pinnacles. This would be our last night on Destiny. We enjoyed a bottle of Bolli, recounting all of the terrific experiences of the holiday. Our journey home took us past the Mole group of islands, Pioneer Rocks and into Pioneer Bay before entering Abell Point Marina. Shane from Cumberland Charter Yachts met us and took control of Destiny.
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