Sunday 19th August 2012Anchored in Line Reef
Cool nights, warm sunny days
|Morning anchored in Line Reef|
|Morning anchored off Black Island|
|Looking at Stonehaven from Black Island|
|Whale off Hayman Island|
It was then that we decided to sail out to the reef; the weather was kind and the seas were calm so off we went. Just as we were motoring out the Southern Passage between Hook and Hayman Islands a whale was coming in. We slowed but the whale went down. MrJ and I put up the main and genoa once we had come out of the passage and had passed a couple of other cats, one being friends in San Souci, and then up popped a couple of more whales. It was a mother and calf this time, right in close to the top end of Hayman Island and heading straight for San Souci. They saw the whales and stopped to watch and let them pass. What a treat!
MrJ and I kept going,
heading for the reefs, Bait, Barb, Hook, Hardy’s and Line Reefs. We were
heading for the anchorage at Line Reef which is 30n/m out from the top of Hook
Island. Most boats head for Bait Reef for pristine diving on excellent
drop-offs and they can take one of the few mooring buoys. As MrJ and I do not
dive we leave this special place for others that do and go to where the bottom
is shallow enough for us to anchor without damaging the reef. The big tourist’s
boats, the Wave Breaker and such, head for inside Hardy’s Reef where there are
commercial dive platforms, a helipad and overnight accommodation. All geared up
for the paying tourists!
|A whale and a tail|
|Whale at Bait reef|
|Fantasy World in Hardy's Reef|
|A wahle in the channel between Line and Hardy's Reef|
|Looking across Line Reef at water level|
|bits of the reef|
|little fish swim by|
Back on board AR MrJ and I relaxed in the quiet of the late afternoon, watching a whale in the passage into Hardy’s Reef. Before that the Wave Breaker left the reef platform, so did a couple of helicopters and then it was quiet again.
Just me and MrJ, the whales and the sunset over an empty sea!
|Sunrise on the reef|
Saturday 18th – The night at Lines Reef was pleasant enough to sleep with a blanket on and no doona and to wake, feeling refreshed, before dawn to a brilliant sunrise with only us and the birds to see and enjoy. As the golden glow of the sun rose over an empty sea, the warm rays began to heat up the morning.
|Me and my sunrise|
|Whales in the reef channel|
With the coming of the morning came a couple of fishing boats heading for the outer reef and once more the whales, playing and splashing in the morning light.
|fishing boat in the reef channel|
|Afternoon on the reef|
|The afternoon sun hangs low in the sky|
|Another day ends on the reef|
Sunday 19th August 2012
|ingMy day starts with the sun rising over the reef|
MrJ rolled the covers, prepared AR for our sail across to Gloucester Island some 50n/m to the SW and then had a cooked breakfast before we set off.
|A large rock with live coral caught on the anchor|
As I pulled up the anchor there was a large rock with live coral attached, caught on the good old Rocna anchor. I had to get MrJ to dislodge it before we could set off. Maybe there should be acouple of mooring buoys at Line Reef too.
MrJ motored slowly back out of Line Reef across the coral and sand patches. He followed the path that we came in on just to be sure of no bombies or shallow surprises. Once clear of the reef we set the sail and were on our way; on our way to Gloucester Passage, the last of our anchorages in the Whitsunday Islands.