What can I say? Its as white as they say and the views are as beautiful as they say! It’s ‘the’ famous Whitehaven beach!
After an uneventful overnight sail from the Percys, arriving at Turtle Bay on Whitsunday Island at about 5am, to find ourselves in a big swell with the wind in the wrong direction, so a couple of motoring hours later we were anchored at Whitehaven beach and taking a well deserved swim. (We thought so anyway!)
Refreshed and ready to take on the world, we decided it was a good idea to take the tender up the inlet.
The tidal flow was too strong for us to make much headway so we ended up just floating back down the inlet - all good fun though. After flying the drone for a bit, and walking up to the lookout for the view, along with the three boat loads that had just arrived, it was time to head back to the boat to ensure it didn’t ground with the tide going out rapidly.
The tender was now high and dry and the four of us had to sweat it across the beach carrying the tender and its heavy engine. It must have been a bit of a laugh for onlookers!
After that little effort, we clearly deserved to lay in the sun for an hour or so. It’s amazing how four people can spread out on this boat and all have their own space - one up the front on the bow, one in the cockpit, me on one side, and another on the backboard. Snoozing came easy!
Late afternoon was good for me - we headed to Nara Inlet on Hook Island, with its very skinny little entrance. As we were motoring, I got to navigate and take the helm the whole way. For me, the newbie sailor, this was fantastic!