June 5 we fueled up and motored out of Abell Point Marina with periodic rain, clouds, sun and wind about 15kt downwind. We were doing 7kt when we passed Saddleback Island and I almost had wifi. We had a lovely sail and covered 160nm in 24 hours. We arrived Mission Bay at 4:30am and hove to waiting for enough light to anchor. A few squalls came through in the early am with winds 25+ a few times, otherwise great sailing. We anchored at 6:55am in 19ft (high tide was 5:50am). 16-51.878S, 145-54.619E. This was a very rolly anchorage and at low tide we were in 16ft.
June 8 we upped the anchor at 8:45am in rain and sailed to Low Islets in Mission Bay outside Cairns. We saw many ships, some without AIS, and had to alter course a couple times. It rained through the night. Anchored at 3pm in 36ft. 16-22.791S, 145-33.772E.
June 9 anchor up at 8:45am in rain, no wind, motored all the way to Low Islets, Hope Island East to drop the anchor at 3:50pm in 29ft. 15-43.567S, 145-27.346E. Three fishing trawlers were anchored here in a conservation park zone on East Island. Looks like they’re resting so they can fish at night. at 2:45pm the clouds parted, the sun came out and it got hot. This anchorage was a little rolly and the wind picked up in the night. Today is a public holiday – The Queen’s Birthday.
June 10 anchor is up at 6:25am and wind is 19-20kt. What a great downwind sail all day doing 7’s and 8’s. We anchored at 3:50pm in 20ft right in front of a cruise ship and next to Impala who we’re buddy boating with. 14-39.566S, 145-27.013E. We’re now in Mrs. Watson Bay on Lizard Island.
June 11 we got to walk on land! We hiked Mt. Cook in 4 hours, scrambling over rocks and spending some time at the top to enjoy the 360 degree view. We signed the guest book at the top and Jim and Nick enjoyed a rest next to the cairn of rocks built over time by sailors and visitors. There was a resort here, barely visible in one of the photos, but it was destroyed in the last cyclone. There’s also a beached catamaran from the same storm. It was a beautiful sunny day. The fog rolled in and it rained off and on all night.