Thursday, 7 July 2011

Goodbye Australia!

We have been in Townsville these past few days stocking up big time , we anchored near the marina and had been rowing the km into shore each day but then one night we were rowing back with a boatload full of stuff, the oar just snapped clean off! It was rather scary coz it was getting darker and the oar was floating away...
Luckily people who had also anchored out here were coming back in their dinghy and could give us a tow! We would have been screwed otherwise. Needless to say we had to put the outboard on for the rest of the trips in and out, the outboard is just a bit big for the dinghy and makes it slightly unstable, when we aren't in it we have to put a bucket of water in the bow so it wont tip back too far! Next purchase will have to be a bigger dinghy!
We have lots of fishing gear, for some reason they wouldnt guarentee it would work ! So heres hoping we catch a big fish. I also got a awesome wee ukelele, I don't have a clue how to play it but have downloaded lots of stuff from the net to get me started.
Baikal getting ready to clear out of Australia
We clear out with customs today at 3.30pm after filling up with diesel, petrol and gas. From there we will be heading for Louisiades - Papua New Guinea maybe via a stop at holmes reef about 160miles offshore, its got good holding in a strong blow.
We have been pretty hectic getting everything organised, dudley finished the canvas covers, we have to make sure everything is locked up on the boat, so have been crimping some wire for the kayaks and gas bottles. Going to the supermarket to buy padlocks and coming out with MORE food and forgetting the padlocks! Heres hoping for fair winds, following calm seas and no big ships to crash into.
Our next post will probably be in a couple of months. So keep your eyes peeled.
Take care all and till next time byebye
xox Baikals
p.s Below are some pics of Magnetic Island,we have cleared customs and now we are anchored at Magnetic Island, early start tomorrow, will get past the reef by dark tomorrow night, may head to Holmes Reef, weather permitting!
track near Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay Magnetic Island

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