Sunday, 22 May 2011

22may2011- HITCHINBROOK CHANNEL

sugar wharf in rain

5.6 km long

lucinda sugar sheds

landed on our bbq

into the mist-hitchinbrook channel

collecting rainwater

haycock island lunchstop

beautiful mangroves
sleep in till 6.cooked breakfast before departing.easy setoff just releasing buoy.nice to have no accommodation charge again.light breeze ,full genoa and main,and we had hydrovane steering perfectly the whole way for 1st time! the entrance to hitchinbrook channel has a lit  line of leads which we needed to use as it started to rain and visibility was low.we followed the 3 nm(5.6km ! )bulk sugar conveyor wharf in.then past big sud=gar sheds and old molasses jetty and blue barges,then up the channel.we never saw another yacht in the channel.stopped at haycock island after 8 nm for lunch-very pretty-dark still warer fringed by dense scraggly mangrovesand tops of sland obscured by low cloud and mist
we have very nice luches every daybut usually as" saiing along"-eg vitabrits and cheese/tomato/ham/tuna,or recently date sandwiches with vogel bread,on lovely cockpit table,which kerry nicely stained.But today best ever lunch ,by kerry=toasted roast beef sandwiches with tomato and mustard(didn't want you thinking we were slumming it on haven
 another 6 nm and dopped anchor in Peluma creek.narrowstill,dark , and fringed by mangroves,with roots exposed by ebb tide.lots of mosquitos as advertised,but with mossie coil and citronella bucket candle had lovely sundowners.no human signs or sounds-wonderful sense of remoteness
new insect screens effective and pork medallions for dinner

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