Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Big Barrel and Marina Muddies

From Yeppoon we went back out to wonderful Great Keppel Island for a last burst of clear water and sandy beach goodness. Then it was a dawn start for the 70nm down to Pancake Creek. 

From Pancake Creek we had a fantastic sail in a good 20kts of tail wind to Bundaberg where we holed up for a few days while the SE winds blew. Luckily our friend Lozza was in town at his parents house at nearby Elliot Heads so we enjoyed catching up and also seeing the local sights.

Swimming at Elliot Heads
We made the obligatory visit to the Bundaberg Ginger Beer factory and enjoyed swimming in the estuary at Elliot Heads. The girls hooked up with some kids off two other boats, one from Germany and one from New Zealand, and despite a bit of a language barrier (with the Germans that is!) the girls had a ball playing around the marina with the tribe.

Learning how to make Ginger Beer
The Big Barrel 

Next stop after another day sail was Urangan in Hervey Bay. That's where we are now waiting out more Southerlies before heading down the Sandy Straits and to Mooloolaba. 

While in the Urangan Marina and on local advice we set the crab pot under the boat and caught a big muddie. It was a female so we put it back and besides this we'd become a bit uncomfortable about eating something out of the marina. 

D'Arcy meets a local

Marina Muddie! 

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