So here we are again

Day One:

Forecast – Wind 15-20 kts, seas to 1.7 metres on a 1.5 metre swell. Clear skies and 24 degrees.

Actual – Wind 20- 25 kts gusting to 30, seas 2.0 on a lumpy 1.5 metre swell. Clear skies, 24 degrees

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Cairns aboard Roo Bin Esque for a little more than three months. Blue Water Marina has been a convivial host and the neighbourhood was full of characters. Paul and Penny-Farthing on Phar Lap were always up for a chat and dispensed wisdom in a wonderfully empowering way. We’ll miss them both, but hope our paths cross again one day. Elijah Jacob and his sister, Ashlynn, convinced Zeus he was a pup again – not bad for a octogenarian (in dog years of course!)

Leaving Cairns was hard after sixteen years – so many good memories, so many good friends. We’ve watched babies blossom into young ladies, seen friends change jobs, fall in love, move house and grow up – not necessarily in that order. It’s been a privilege to have been part of the Trinity Beach Turtles – I only hope I have a similarly vibrant social life when I’m retired!! My writing has benefited enormously from the fellowship of the Tropical Writers, the North Qld Romance Writers, as well as the Trinity Beach Bookclub. So many great discussions about stories and writing. At least the internet keeps us connected still.

I’ll miss the Cairns crew at Qlink, so please make sure you all come and say hi in Brisbane – you know how I love to keep up to speed on who’s who in the zoo. I’ll miss the vibrance of North Queensland and the many outports that I’ve visited in a day’s work.

Nothing disarms me quite like a man in tears and as Capt G steered us out of Blue Water Marina I knew he was feeling the same sadness I was. It was a hard slog yesterday to get to Fitzroy Island and arriving in the dark limited our mooring options. Consequently we rocked and rolled through the night- even Zeus groaned a lot…

This morning we poked Roobi’s nose around the corner only to discover the forecast had underestimated the wind again. For now we’re anchored back in the bay, watching the tourists loll on the beach and snorkel over the coral bombies just off the sandy white beach. It’s a hard life.

Tomorrow if the forecast is closer to the mark we’ll head further south. Southeasterly winds and opposing swells will make it a tougher slog heading back to Brisbane.  I can’t promise you the same wonderful photos I took on our sail north to Cairns, but I’d love to have you along for the journey again.

Back to writing land for me now – my publisher assures me she loves Banksia Point so far (yippee and a huge sigh of relief !!)  But that means I better get cracking and write the ending.

And if you’re wondering about our sudden change of plans you’ll find the details here in a previous post.

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4 thoughts on “So here we are again

  1. Brett, the second night was much better as we tucked into the eastern corner of the bay. Pretty awesome having coral bombies twenty metres off the back of the boat at low tide 🙂

    Look forward to seeing you guys and trying out that fishing gear. Yesterday was a non event…

  2. Ah good old Fitzroy. Its a nice little island but not a great anchorage.

    Oh well Cairns loss is our gain here in Brissy and where looking forwards to be able to see you guys again.

    I wish we had been able to give you some fishing gear to try on the way down as a few more fresh mackerel might take your mind off the south easterlies. Mourilyan next?

  3. Safe journeys Helene. I read the above forecast and actuals to hubby…he said he’s glad it’s you guys, not us!! 🙂

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