After the surfing, we took our car to a safe place at someone’s yard and put our stuff onboard the catamaran Endorphing. We had a BBQ with the crew and some other people. So we will be 3 boats leaving; catamaran, trimaran and a yacht (called monohull here). We have 4 people on our boat; the captain, an aussie woman and us. It’s a catamaran so we sleep in the 2 hulls. There’s a toilet, kitchen, saloon, navigation area. The boat has a lot of high-tech on board for navigating and autopilot. The skipper designed it to be a real fast boat, and did some more adjustments to his taste. He’s quite experienced with cats. We slept in the boat, and gonna sail off tomorrow early morning at sunrise.
We woke up at 4am, but started sailing only at 6 at sunrise. First it was going pretty good and we went really fast, but the waves were from the side, so it was quite a shaky ride. Many people got seasick (Edda more than Christophe). In the the yacht the girl puked and in the trimaran the dog puked. On our catamaran luckily nobody puked, although it was close. We saw some dolphins jumping and swimming near the boat. No sharks, but apparently the people in the trimaran saw a shark.
We arrived at around 11am to the lagoon near Lady Musgrave island. We had breakfast only then, as nobody was feeling like eating during the voyage. After breakfast Christophe went immediately for a swim and a snorkel. Edda followed a bit later when she was warmer. We went to do a coral reef snorkel with the other couple from the yacht. Saw many fish and some corals, although it was pretty bleached. Apparently it’s more beautiful and colourful on the outskirts of the lagoon.
We also saw a turtle a bit later swimming just besides the other boat. We witnessed a magnificent sunset and ate pasta bolognaise.
It was a lazy day. We ended up going to the Lady Musgrave island and walking around for about 2h. We saw a lot of dead coral on the beach, some live ones as well, some crabs and a lot of birds. We read about the island on the info panels. There should be some turtles nesting at the moment, but we didn’t see any. Also the camp hosts on the island (who had been there for 2 weeks) didn’t see any on their time there. We saw some turtles in the sea though. They’re quite big and look amazing!
In the evening the wind picked up. Brad (the guy from the trimaran) went fishing and we came along. Christophe was snorkelling near the boat, hanging on the boat as it floated with the current over the reef. Saw quite a big of fish! Edda was sitting in the boat watching fish jump for the lure. The waves were pretty big, so we got soaked just from the splashes.
For dinner we ate lamb roast; pretty good. Back to sleep again. Tomorrow we’ll try to leave quite early.
We left at around 7am towards Keppel Island. There was quite a lot of wind and we had to do a distance of 91miles. It took about 13h from Lady Musgrave to Keppel. Christophe was a bit seasick in the beginning, but the waves were from the back, so it was all good in the end. We dodged a couple of storms, but had a bit of rain in the end near Keppel. The trimaran and the yacht arrived only at 3:30am. They had a tough time, because the trimaran didn’t have autopilot and apparently its plotter broke, so they didn’t know where they were (almost hit the rocks near the island etc.). Luckily they got through safely.
The girl on board of the trimaran said in the morning though, that she doesn’t want to go on any further. Just wants to go back to the shore, but she changed her mind later on.
Edda has a rash or hives or something on her face. It seems to be spreading rather that improving. We have no idea where she might have gotten it. Maybe from the sun. salty water, mould from the boat, silicon from the snorkeling mask, coral some food etc.. So far we tried aloe, some antiseptic creams, colloidal silver, antihistamine tablet, but nothing seems to work. ‘
We spend the day at Keppler inside the boat. The weather was bad, and we had pretty bad swells. We watched two movies, but the day was disappointing as ppl from the other boats went to visit the island and the other boats, had beers, went to the island and we did nothing. We weren’t too happy about that. Day went past, a bit of a waste.