There is nothing so satisfying as waking from 8 hours of solid sleep – nothing! This morning’s dawn was mauve and lilac, a serene way to start the day. Having Zeus aboard means we visit far more beaches than most yachties, which also means we see the sunrise from a different vantage point.
By the time we rounded the cape and headed north the wind was back to a zephyr so we hoisted our light air sail only to find the wind drop away completely. With the mainsail up, and one motor humming, we bobbed along enjoying the mirror like conditions. The colour of the water is amazing – photoshop could never do it justice!
Eventually back came the breeze and this time from the north-east, so up with the sail again and we scooted along for the day.
Just before we stopped at Bona Bay on Gloucester Island, so Zeus could have his afternoon wander on the beach, I heard an ‘uh oh,’ from Capt G. Never a good sign…
One of the lazy jacks, which are part of the system that secures the mainsail as it’s being raised and lowered, had come adrift. So instead of a quick walk and pushing on through the night I ended up being hoisted in the bosun’s chair to retrieve the recalcitrant pulley so the system could be repaired. The view as always was magnificent!
We’re spending the night here and we have another Lagoon, Casablanca, for company. Tomorrow we’ll be sailing through the Whitsundays and if the met bureau is right then the gennaker will be flying and the day will be beautiful.
See you then!