We've covered a bit of water lately. First stop was Port Clinton where we deployed the crab pot to no avail. Lots of strange swirling currents in this part of Shoalwater bay kept us looking intently at the water ahead as we entered the Port.
|Trying to catch dinner|
|Paddleboard in the anchorage|
Next stop was Middle percy Island which was just amazing. We anchored off another beautiful white sandy swimming beach after a fast sail with a following breeze and numerous whale sightings. We also enjoyed some great dolphin action along the way with a pod including 2-3 young ones.
|Aratika 2 at anchor|
|Percy Island Coconut|
The island was a great stop and we walked the 3 1/2 km up to the homestead where caretakers and leaseholders live. Here they farm veges, goats, have chickens for eggs and make honey. It is an island paradise and we really enjoyed the warm hospitality and cup of tea at the homestead.
|Percy Island Homestead|
|Ava and a local|
|Percy Island West Bay|
Down at the beach there is a large A Frame structure with a BBQ and fireplace and small signs from thousands of yachts that have passed this way. The girls got motivated and we made an Aratika II plaque for the hut.
From Middle Percy we sailed a short distance of 20 miles to Digby Island where we had a great afternoon ashore at the beach and were the only boat anchored in a lagoon ringed by three islands.
|Beach to ourselves|
|Luckily this ship is at anchor!|
The next few days will be a busy time of maintenance, washing, shopping and school before heading into the Southern Whitsunday Islands.