13 Aug 2019

12/8/2019: Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

We're blown away by Whitehaven Beach and so are still here four days on. Yesterday we hiked up to a look out and saw the full magnificence of the beach from above, all 7km of it it transpires! 

The locals are very friendly too. It's the Hamilton Island race week very soon and a lot of boats are here a few days early. It's apparently a big thing in the Australian sailing calendar, almost as big as the Sydney Hobart race but with not as big an international profile. We had drinks on board one of the race boats last night, skippered by a chap who owns a vineyard in the Yarra Valley, called Medhurst Wines. They make the Lonely Planet guide so are presumably a sizeable concern … and very nice wines they are too! Everyone is so welcoming and obviously impressed we have sailed here from England. Offers of local advice are readily forthcoming as are offers of sundowners. It felt strange leaving the company of the rally after 7 months together but we're soon slotting back into the cruising community!

We've got lots of photos to upload but will have to wait for a stronger signal ....

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