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Day 3 and 4 Sailing Trip Mackay to Yeppoon

The marina at Mackay was nice and we were able to get a excellent coffee in the morning after negotiating all the locked gates into and out of the facility without a key.

Mackay Marina

The plan was to sail to Percy Island. The wind said that was a bad plan. We sailed through the night on a 28 hour voyage covering 240 nautical miles. There was quite a bit of tacking involved and there was also a lot more wind than was forecast.

On the way out of Mackay we sailed out through a massive ship car park. There must have been over 30 bulk carriers sitting empty at anchor out to sea – some well out of sight of the land. I got an aerial shot of some of the boats as we flew over on the way into Hamilton Island the other day.

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Day 1 Sailing Trip- Hamilton Island to Mackay Part 2

It took all day but it finally happened. It seemed as if every time I took the camera down below decks whales and dolphins came by and whenever I brought it up they didn’t. And then just before sunset as I was at the helm the biggest whale of the day breached around 350 metres off the port forward quarter. I handed the helm to the skipper and raced down stairs in time to come up and snap a couple of flurry shots as it broached again. I then got onto the side of the boat as it broached off the beam – maybe only 200 metres away and snapped a beaut series of it rising and broaching. The best six sots of the sequence are below.

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Day 1 Sailing Trip - Hamilton Island to Mackay Part 1

Saw my first whale today. The photo is not fantastic but I’ll include it anyway. I hope to get some better ones later

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We got under way around 10am after a busy morning. I got up at around 6:30 and headed for the showers and then took some early morning photos while having a walk around. After the others got up we prepared sails, sluiced down the decks,  then packed provisions into the fridge, and checked the motor’s water and oil levels.

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Day 0 Sailing Trip

I flew into Hamilton island via Jetstar Airlines and the minute I hit the tarmac I felt the tropical heat. However I opted to walk the kilometre or so from the airport into the yacht marina over a small hill and carrying my bags. I was dripping by the time I got there. After wandering around for a bit and asking people who had zero idea, I ended up on the right marina arm and found Kioni, my berth for the next 7 nights.

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The skipper Nick arrived at the same time as I did, and we started off by cleaning up the mess in the galley the previous crew had kindly left.