We delayed departure from the Bloomfield River by a day to miss the blustery south-east/north-east conditions on Monday.
It paid off.
Yesterday's trip southwards towards Cairns could not have been smoother or more favourable.
We lifted anchor around 6am to get out of the river mouth at the approach of high tide. Greeting us was the rising sun and a glassy sea with a slight swell rolling in from the north to carry us forward.
|Passing Cape Tribulation.|
It is remarkable how much clean hulls contribute to the boat's speed. Each year as we leave the slipway, we think we must be imagining it but you can actually feel the lack of drag from marine growth on the hull.
Out of the Green Zone around Cape Tribulation, the mackerel lines came out. The first hit was successfully landed, while the second hit made it to the back step before jumping free.
Never mind. Plenty for dinner.
|Winding in a mackerel.|
|Approaching Snapper Island near the mouth of the Daintree and just north of Low Isles.|
Our intention was to anchor off Double Island (opposite Palm Cove) so as to enter the Moon River (and Bluewater marina) on this morning's high tide, however the nor'easterly had caused an unpleasant swell to develop and with no protection from it we rang the marina and came in on last night's high tide instead.
So here we are in Bluewater once again, ready to farewell Leigh and Rob, and then greet Stuart, Tina and the boys tomorrow.
|Anchored in the Bloomfield River.|
Fingers crossed these beaut conditions continue for another week or more.
|If you look closely there's a big croc on the bank behind this yacht.|
|Walking into Ayton (general store, community centre, campground) from the Bloomfield River.|