Travelling North – Gloucester Passage

By | September 15, 2015

We have reached our northern most destination for our 2015 trip north – Gloucester Passage.

So another four days at Gloucester Passage, the home of the SICYC – Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club.  As mentioned in an earlier post we enjoyed this year’s SICYC Rendezvous, particularly it’s location, so we always thought we’d return.

We set sail in a strong SE breeze after two windy days at Hamilton Island.  After a very brisk sail (we clocked over 13 knots … whoaaaa!!) we arrived at Gloucester Passage approximately the same time as our long lost friends on Easy Tiger did. A reunion!

Gloucester Passage has two low key resorts, a long sandy beach (no coral shoes needed), clear swimming water, an anchorage protected from the SE and cappuccinos and ice-creams!  What more could you want?

Maybe no snakes??  Joanne shared her beach towel with a nosey snake!

We booked in for Sunday lunch at the Gloucester Resort.  Live music every Sunday (another reason why we came) and we met up with our friends on China Grove and Easy Tiger.  We brought Abbey and Joanne along and we knew this would be a great location for them too.

The wind has blown and blown, but having our land options meant we have had opportunity to walk, swim, kayak, eat and drink, but all on shore.

After an evening of drinks with other boat owners onshore one night where we exchanged stories and plans for upcoming days, (only briefly discussing Mr Abbot’s demise), we latched on to one couples fishing charter booking.

So after a quick phone call to Mick the charter captain, Leanne and I were in.  7.30 am pickup.  4 hour charter.

We had a great morning.  Not many fish caught but lots of activity and lots of laughs.  A few mackerel and trevally were caught but all undersize.  We did catch a few sharks.  Kept one, which we cooked for dinner.

Looking for that spanish mackerel or coral trout next!