New crew in FNQ

After nearly 1200 nautical miles, we arrived in Cairns – our last big pitstop before commencing the rally to Indonesia. From Mourilyan Harbour, we spent a couple of rolly nights on mooring balls at Russell Island and Fitzroy Island (but got some snorkelling in at both) and then headed into Cairns. We berthed in the…

“One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”

“…black fish, blue fish, old fish, new fish.” (Dr Seuss) We have finally caught some fish on the trolling lines! We’ve pretty much been trolling since Hervey Bay (whenever it hasn’t been a marine park “green zone”), but apart from a couple of lost lures, the big fish had remained elusive. Until last Thursday. Thursday…

Island-hopping our way north

Orpheus was an ancient greek charmer and poet, Hinchinbrook was the 1st Earl of Sandwich, and Dunk was a Lord of the Admiralty. So we were in pretty good company as we continued to island hop our way north. We really enjoyed Magnetic Island, but with the Indonesian rally start date getting closer, we had…

Galley goodness!

Despite the usual limitations of cooking on a boat (small galley, limited refrigeration, restricted access to ingredients, etc), we eat like royalty on S/V Angel Wing (in my humble opinion). I’ve previously mentioned corned beef hash and roo stew, but I’m going to start posting more recipes and creations from our galley. Our top three most consumed…

Something for Everyone

Forget the wet windy Whitsundays! If you are looking for tropical island paradise, you’ll find it and plenty more at Magnetic Island. There’s something for everyone on Maggie. For the sailors, there’s a very calm anchorage in Horseshoe Bay which offers good holding and great protection from the SE trade winds. There’s no sign of…

Merops Ornatus

It’s official. I’ve become a nerdy bird-watcher! When I’m not underwater photographing marine critters, I’m now stalking along bush tracks spotting birds and animals. Check out this little beauty. A rainbow bee-eater, or more formally: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Cordata Class: Aves Order: Coraciiformes Family: Meropidae Genus: Merops Species: M. ornatus For more birds that we’ve seen on…

The big 5-0 in Townsville!

After cruising the capes (Cape Upstart (great oysters!), Cape Bowling Green (rolly as hell), and Cape Cleveland), we spent a great week in Townsville catching up with friends, seeing the sights, eating fondue, and celebrating Andy’s 50th birthday! We took a berth in the Breakwater Marina. It’s a great spot to park – central to everything…

Dolphins at dawn…

…dodging cyclones, and diving with sharks in reef lagoons! We’ve swapped our camouflage uniforms for cruisers’ garb. This is where you can reach us now:   Enjoy!

Batfish crazy!

WHITSUNDAYS: BEST OF THE REST We’ve spent nearly a month in the Whitsundays. After a few days in the less-frequented southern islands, several rain-soaked days in Cid Harbour and a week checking out the jewels of the Whitsundays via the Ngaro Whitsunday sea trail, we spent the last few days covering off on the best of…

Happy World Turtle Day!

There are seven species of marine turtle, and all but one of them live in the Great Barrier Reef, so we have had the fortune of spotting many a-turtle on the trip so far. A couple of days ago, we had an extra-special encounter with a resident green turtle in Stonehaven Bay, Hook Island in the…

On the trail of the ‘vanishing people’

WHITSUNDAY NGARO SEA TRAIL Long ago, in the dreamtime, before the land and people, there was only the vast blue of the sea and a huge snake, the rainbow serpent. One day, the rainbow serpent passed through the water laying her eggs as she went, which created the islands. The islands were rich with seafood:…

Polly want a cracker?

Well a couple of cheeky cockatoos certainly do! We were hanging out in Nara Inlet enjoying the sunshine after a swim in the nearby waterfall when we were visited by a pair of noisy cockatoos in search of a snack. After we fed them a few jatz crackers, they flew off to our friends on…