We are sailing, we are sailing

Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
Trip End Dec 21, 2004

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Saturday, September 11, 2004

Ahoy there mi ship mates.

Last weekend went sailing around the Whitsunday Islands - 74 in total though we only did a few. Had a brilliant time bracing the mainframe & shouting ship ahoy there me mateys.

The yacht was called Dream Catcher a 65 footer with sails & everything! Saw loads of marine life including turtles (at Turtle Bay funnily enough), dolphins, & whales - though v.v. far away.

Went snokelling on the outer Barrier Reef - loads of clourful fish (couldn't find Nemo but still looking) & an abundence of coral in all shapes, sizes & colours. On the second morning of the trip, still nursing hangovers we were out on the reef at 8am for an early morning snorkel.

Met some really good people on the trip, 2 Brits & 2 Danes, so hello Jack, Louise, Randi & Alex if you're reading this - we even went out for a drink the first night back with the Danish couple, talking to other people, socialising with other people, interacting with other people!

There was also a German family on the boat who were alright but were v. naughty. They did everything you weren't supposed to; took showers at times prohibited, ran water down the plug hole when you weren't allowed & worst of all was the teenage boy's escapade. Long story but on a morning trip to Whitehaven Beach (reputedly the whitest in the world) the little tender boat was supposed to pick us up at 11:30am. By 11:45 it still hadn't arrived & the Germans wanted to go back, after much waving at the yacht & still no response the teenage boy decided he'd swim back to the yacht, about 1km away, despite being told 3 times not to swim back. His mum & dad didn't even try to stop him!! The little sod had to be rescued by the tender from another yacht! The skipper not v. happy at the Germans for doing this, the Germans not happy with skipper for leaving us on the beach for so long. V. frosty pm on board but the skipper let the dad sail the boat for a bit so he was happy after that.

Both enjoyed visiting the out of the way islands but Kerry not sure about the whole sailing thing. First night she was v. sea sick (she didn't even eat dinner, as Paul told her we've paid for this you should at least eat something) but after that she necked as many sea sickness tabs as possible & was ok.

Return journey back to Airlie Beach was hilarious. There had been a severe wind warning issued & boy was it windy - & wavey. For a whole 2 hours the yacht was battered by 30ft waves (well maybe not 30ft but they were v. big). Everyone was wet through as the waves broke over the yacht, water flying anywhere & everywhere. There was no escape from it because below deck was so rocky it would have made Captain Birdseye sick never mind sailor Hawkins! (has he told you about the war?)

The really exciting bit was the fact that we were proper sailing with the sails up - which meant that the yacht was thundering along v. fast at a 45 degree angle - v. difficult to move around, almost impossible to smoke - though Alex & Paul did find a little sheltered bit to have a bifta.
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