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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, January 16, 2010

I emerged bleary eyed from my bunk with the rain barely relenting. Was a real shame we had bad weather so far but I was still enjoying the experience and everyones spirits remained high. The sun did come out occasionally and everybody stopped what they were doing and got into sunbathing postions around the deck..we weren't going to waste the opportunity.

Today was a day of snorkelling in two locations. We sailed to the first spot and slipped on the wetsuits again. My only other experience of snorkelling was in Rhodes in 1993 so was looking forward to trying it again. It was a great location to see some amazing coral formations and exotic fish. We boarded the boat again, had lunch then sailed to another spot - again I helped out with some of the sailing duties. We passed a boat called the Boomerang which is notorious as the WhitSundays party boat. In fitting fashion, the folk on board mooned us as they sailed past. We anchored at our second location and again snorkelled for a couple of hours. The weather was slowly improving and the sunlight lit up the sea floor, allowing me to see the delights much more clearly.

It was soon time to return to the yacht and head for home. I had gradually gotten to know most of the folk on board and was enjoying chatting on deck. The weather had turned great and we were all finally getting the sailing experience we had hoped for. It was quite an emotional experience for everyone as we slowly approached the harbour, knowing that a great trip was soon over. We said our farewells, thanked the crew, swapped a few facebook details and stepped off the yacht for the last time.

A few drinks were arranged in Airlie that night for the hardy souls who wanted to meet up but I was zonked out on my bed by 7pm and the room was still pitching and turning to the swell of the boat. I thought it best to skip the drinks. Besides I had a long day of driving ahead tomorrow.
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