After ten days in 1770 following our driving cruise, we are back on the boat and currently anchored in Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island.
It was a journey to get here. Possibly the longest sail to Cid Harbour we have ever had. We pulled into the anchorage around 4pm after a trying 5 1/2 hour sail which comprised of about 150 tacks (well it felt like it).
We got back from 1770 Friday night, had a day ashore with family on Saturday and completed, laundry, provisioning and got the boat ready by removing the added protection we left her with and basically put whatever is needed on deck, back on deck.
Sunday, we headed off around 11am after a trip to the airport to drop off a family member. Cid was sound asleep, it actually looked promising.
It was quite gusty when we left and slightly on the nose. No biggey, we were expecting it. Then the change of tide came. We knew it was going to happen, we just wanted to go, so we did. Yes, it would have been easier if we had left a little bit earlier. But that’s life. So wind on the nose and tide against us, made for a slightly prolonged journey. The wind continued to shift, which added in extra maneuvers; and Cid, although he had a good morning sleep, was not interested in having an afternoon nap, there was just too much going on, he needed to be where the action was. He hung out in the cockpit and in his highchair guzzling food for the leg across Whitsunday Passage.
Cid Harbour, is a large bay offering shelter in most winds and is generally always a very calm anchorage. It’s known to locals as ‘Cid City’, due to it usually being full of both private and charter boats and is lit up like a city at night; but it has been surprisingly quite. There were a few hours yesterday where there was only us and one other boat here and there were miles between us, very unusual.
Come the afternoon the boats roll in; last night was the busiest and a few boats anchored close. It was also the first night we started sleep training with Cid (he is *generally* a good day sleeper, but over the last few months has gotten into a pattern of waking a lot at night). I will write more on this soon, but lets just say there were a few solid hours of ‘unsettled’ time aboard Ocelot which I am sure was shared with the whole anchorage. But, tonight will be better, at least we hope!
We are just hanging around out here until to food runs out or the weather changes; whichever comes first. In the meantime, there are turtles everywhere, and I am trying my hardest to catch a moment on the camera however; either they are too fast or technology is too slow, by the time the camera button has been pressed and actually takes the shot, the turtle is gone below the blue.. problems of a livaboard cruiser.
What have you been up to?