Friday, August 22, 2014

Back in Cruising Mode

We're back in the cruising mode.  Now that we have reached the Whitsunday Islands, there is alot, (or 'heaps' as the Aussies say) more time to meet people and stay around when the fun is to be had.  The Mackay Marina sponsored a Parking Lot Barbeque for all the guests that could make it.. 

We met up with our South African friends, Rowland and Miki, that we haven't seen since GCCM.  We met quite a few new cruisers that were waiting out the weather also.  Tim and Karen on the Hunter 45, DA LUKE.  John and Soraya on the Hylas 45, MERLIN.  Anne and Alan on SAGITAIRE, Evan, Diane, and Maia on CEILYDH.  Mike and Heather on GEORGIA, and John and Chris on UKELELE.  We crossed paths a few times over the next few days as we island hopped north.  An island will have good and bad anchorages depending on the wind and swell so we ended up at the most logical anchorages together.

We first went to Brampton Island.  We went ashore and explored the deserted Brampton Island Resort.  It looked as if it was operating one day and then everyone just disappeared.  Pool tables with balls and cues, beach furniture stacked for the night.  Jetskis and Hobies were waiting for the next days guests who never came.  The place has been abandoned for probably 3-4 years.  Kind of creepy.

Brampton Island Resort

Ready to play pool

Just needs a little landscaping

Still in pretty good shape

Even a deserted runway

Everyone in the anchorage got together for sundowners and we used their nice dock as our party patio.  It was nice to reunite with the Mackay folks and meet new people.
The Sundowner Crew

At least we're back to barefeet

The anchorage seemed great but turned rolley as the night wore on.  One of those wind, current, swell switching around nights.

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