Firstly apologies for not reporting in for a few days. It's nice to stand down after getting in to catch my breath (and sleep). I've also been wandering around in a daze in paradise here in Airlie. A few sailors from Rockingham have come over to Airlie beach over the years and never returned. Now I know why. Perfect sailing conditions, perfect weather and great sailing location with the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep. Thanks again to Meridien Marinas at Able Point for their kind hospitality - its a beautiful Marina with first class facilities and friendly locals.
I'd like to respond to some of the bloggers comments. Firstly to Judy, Rob and Michael who trekked all the way to Sydney and missed me - really sorry I didn't get to catch up! If you can make it up here to Airlie I promise to be here for you! And the added bonus is you would be out of that awful weather you must be getting about now. To "anonymous", the fish scale left on my windshield was about the size of a five cent piece. To Richard from Maryland - I couldn't tell if the pole dug in and pivoted the boat during the knockdown as I was pinned down in the side of the boat, but the pole is joined at the mast at the bottom, not at the standard position of a metre and a half up. This allows for greater angle and height out of the water. The boat is over-engineered to allow for such instances given that I can't manoeuvre around to fix things quickly. To Susan from Oregan - in response to the suspected alien interference around the Islands up here, I would say that would classify as "outside assistance"! However without any evidence I should be OK.
Have been getting some maintenance done on Spirit. A big thankyou to Geoff Smith who braved pulling apart my toilet to get to the screw stuck in the emulsifier, it was a much bigger job than we thought but the toilet is now operational thanks to Geoff's work. I will also try to get the electrical problems sorted out this week. Am currently planning the route around to Darwin and will blog again in a few days when I am clearer as to the timing of leaving here. I've noticed that I'm not getting many handshakes here - just to let all and sundry know that I did thoroughly wash and disinfect my hand after it got stuck down the toilet before getting here!