May 28 - Half Moon Bay Marina, Yorkeys Knob, Cairns

Position: S16deg48.09min/E145deg43.0min We arrived at Yorkeys Knob 2 days and 6 hours after leaving Airlie Beach. This was pretty good time as we departed with overhead skies and rain, and had to motor for six hours before finding enough wind to sail, then had to motor again for another 7 hours before we had more than enough wind! It seems that it's typical to have hardly enough wind, or you're getting the stuffing kicked out of you! With winds 25-30 and gusts to 40, the only neat thing was that we were sailing behind the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, so waves were about 9-10', with spume flying, but not as bad as it would have been in open water. Unfortunately, our autopilot wasn't fixed properly in Airlie Beach, so we'll be looking for more local talent to help diagnose its issues. At any rate, we arrived at Cairns in bright sunshine to see our friend Jon and his wife Laura who live here and run a B & B ( We had a delightful lunch at the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club restaurant, and look forward to spending more time with them and seeing this area before heading north again.

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