This is our fourth year on The Bossa and our third cruising the east coast. Our trip north this year began slightly differently … we joined friends at Byron Bay and celebrated my entry in to the next decade with a 3-day land interlude. (My biggest concern was spending this occasion under our boat with a paint brush in hand at Boatworks. Fortunately, we did not!) I had a memorable weekend with great friends, beautiful food and of course a few French champagnes.
So once back on the water, we have continued up the coast with stops at Scarborough and Mooloolaba, crossed the Wide Bay Bar, negotiated the tide up the Fraser Island Sandy Straits and we have just arrived at Burnett Heads/Bundaberg after an 8-hour motor, no sails, no wind!
All these places are familiar now. As are many of the yachts we encounter. I suppose it’s a bit like “coming home”. There’s also many memories. As we anchored off the Kingfisher Resort on Fraser Island, last year’s visit here was front and centre. We had just anchored when we received a phone call from our friends who were still out at sea, on their way back from Vanuatu. We were ahead of them and had already ‘checked-in’ at Bundy and were on our way south. ET had engine problems as well as impending thunderstorms and needed some assistance with communication to the relevant authorities. Everything worked out ok but there were a few nervous moments with phone calls back and forth.
We will be leaving at 5 am tomorrow … yuk … for a 65 nm day. Destination Pancake Creek, a favourite!