Eventually we slipped past the red lichen coloured rocks and dropped the anchor in Refuge Cove.
Whilst tired we were delighted to have had such an easy passage from Eden. The lack of wind meant our passage had taken ten hours longer than our passage up to Eden two years peviously, and we were well happy to rest a little in this delightful National Park anchorage.
Not long after we anchored Rob Hurrell’s Buizen 48 Aqua Cadabara entered the bay. Great to see faces from RBYC again!
They came by the following day to invite us ashore to bushwalk which we lazily declined. Later we were very glad we did as our anchor dragged that afternoon in the freshening winds. We did join them aboard that evening for sundowners and had a great time catching up on news from our home yacht club. Aqua Cadabara is joining the rest of the RBYC cruising fleet on their annual jaunt around Bass Strait.
The next day another couple of RBYC yachts arrived. Sarah Patterson’s as yet unnamed Jeanneau 36i and John’s larger Jeanneau Happy J. It almost seemed like we were back in our marina!
Friday night drinks were onshore before Happy J departed the next morning to rejoin the Cruising Fleet. Sarah and Robert decided to wait out another day before continuing on to Deal Island. A smart move as the sea state took quite a while to settle after the strong winds of the last few days. Whilst most kept themselves busy with bushwalking we indulged in the luxury of reading, afternoon naps and the occasional swim. It felt like pure joy to have nothing to do whatsoever!
What’s happening…Revelling in settling into life on the Sunshine Coast and loving having our dear Highland Fling parked at the bottom of the garden, where she waits patiently to go whale watching each week!