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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, January 15, 2010

Sail day - I met up with the 24 others at the harbour - 3 crew and 21 other guests and soon we were heading out to sea. The yacht 'Siska' was twice winner of the Sydney to Hobart race and Prince Charles was on the crew once. Eveyone on board seemed easy going and friendly, which was a relief as I was wary of spending 2 days on a yacht with a few blowhards. It was a real multinations on board, Swedish, Dutch, German, Swiss, Canadian, Austrian, Brazilian to name just a few. I became friendly right away with a few of the folk. Ralph, a reality tv director from Canada (no Canadian I meet have normal jobs), Rona, a student from Shetland (one of 5 Scots on board) and Kat from Austria, a trainee nurse. Right away we were put to use, helping tie ropes down and raising the sails - a real taste of sailing life. Soon we were at Whitehaven Beach which is famed for its white sands and clear seas. Not so much today unfortunately as the weather took a turn for the worse - it's storm season in January and I think we were getting most of them. We donned our stinger suits and took a dip and despite the changeable weather, it was a stunning setting.

By the time we got back to the ship and sailed to calmer waters to dock, it was evening time so we had dinner made for us, a few beers were sunk and a real feeling of comradery developed as everyone got into the party games and story telling...AAHHAAAR MATEYS!! I was one of the last remaining few to head to my bunk and when I finally did get the head down, found it too muggy and cramped to get any real sleep at all. Ah well, tomorrow's day of snorkelling should refresh me.
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