Mischief - Yet more Mischief : Log 71 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes
Friday, 10th August 2018 - Day sail to Orpheus IslandA beautiful day again, just not enough wind as we motored across flat seas to the island of Fantome. Smoke and Roses, who where trailing us spotted some whales leaping which started a frantic search of the horizon, but we failed to see any on this occasion. Neen was sat on the foredeck armed with her enormous telephoto lens for an hour or so but returned forlorn. Juno Bay when we arrived mid-afternoon was not terribly inviting with a fringing reef all the way around the bay, so it would have been all but impossible to go ashore there at low water, so we went around the island and on a further 5 miles to Orpheus Island, which would also not give us a lee shore if the wind came up. We dropped anchor in Pioneer Bay but had trouble setting. read more...
Mischief - Yet more Mischief : Log 70 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes
Monday, 6th August 2018 - Airlie to BowenAnother early run with Neen, this time down to the ferry terminal at the other end of the town, then we slipped lines at 9.30 am after an emotional farewell to the guys and girls on Emily Morgan who were waving us off. We may see them in Cairns but more likely in Darwin in a couple of weeks. The banter will be much reduced; I suppose there is the radio!We are headed towards Bowen about 36 miles to the north but there is no wind at all, no swell and perfect sunshine, perfect whale spotting weather but not much good for sailing. Then at 1215 there they were, whales! They weren't leaping at all, in fact they were just lazing about on the surface. Then a little later we saw what appeared initially to be dolphins but these had big bulbus heads and very. read more...
Mischief - Up to Mischief : Log 69 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes
Saturday, 4th August 2018 - Nara Inlet, Hook islandI awoke at 6.15 am to perfect calm and silence you could cut with a knife and went on deck where there was a strong scent of pine trees. It was a very special place.We rowed over to the small beach where there were steps up to where the aboriginal ancestors had a dwelling that had been discovered and preserved by the National Park. It was a bit touristy, but it was interesting admittedly. The cave had original wall sketches of insects and sea-life, and one looked to me to be a drawing of a hot air balloon more so than a turtle, proving that these people were well ahead of their time or were not so good at drawing with a stick and ochre paint. When we returned to the dinghy we picked it up and launched it which was when I noticed my foot. read more...
Mischief - Up to Mischief : Log 68 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes
Thursday, 2nd August 2018 - Hamilton to Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday IslandAgain up early for another run and went with Neen nearly the whole way around the island up the off-road buggy track which went up and up seemingly for miles and took us onto the walking trails again leading to the base of the Passage Peak where we went yesterday and back to the resort, the long way. Then Wendy took us off the marina berth and onto the fuel berth to top up as it was convenient, right next door. Faultless, well done Wendy. Thereafter we headed off towards Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island about 8 miles north, a must-go-to venue with its spectacular silicon white sands. We had the most glorious sail, mostly up-wind which makes a change. We even had to tack out of the narrow channel from. read more...
Mischief - Up to Mischief : Log 67 Further adventures of S/Y Mischief through the eyes and ears of Chas Baynes
Monday, 30th July 2018 - Mackay marina.Monday was a very slow news day for me as the others, Dave, Wendy and Neen had gone off to do a one day road trip similar but shorter to the one I and the 745 club did over the weekend,s after we had a skipper's briefing regarding the cruising of this coast and arrival in Darwin. Apparently, Thursday island at the very north of Cape York where we turn west towards Darwin is no longer recommended as a place to stop as it would very likely be that we would have to re-do our check in to Australia. At least I managed to do my rugby club accounts and get them sent off to the Treasurer, my brother, in the UK. Plus I had peace and quiet for a while and tried out Wendy's new Ukulele - it is so small and constantly goes out of tune but I did manage to get a. read more...