Middle Percy is the largest Island. Alan Lucas explains that at West Bay ashore there is a large A frame shelter where visitors can congregate and enjoy the shade or purchase local wares from the inhabitants. Close to the north of this shelter is the famous hut in which cruising people for over 50 years have been hanging their vessel names and dates. We shall take the inspiration from others and follow in their footsteps. Who would have thought many years ago two Austrians from Salzburg who simply wanted a little bit of adventure migrate to Australia, living an amazing life thus far, are getting the opportunity to partake in this rather exquisite ritual.
3 hours into our trip Gunther checks our fishing line and to our delight we caught a rather nice big 85cm spotted Mackerel. After filleting the fish we had 1.3kg of beautiful white fresh fish. Out comes the cookbook with many recipes and we created a wonderful meal. We also have plenty in the freezer.
As we approached middle Percy this morning my shift started again at 3am. The plan was timing it that we will arrive when the sun comes up. Cool Change was just a little bit too fast so I tried to slow her down at this stage and it seems the current is just pushing us along. Still dark outside, all I can see is water, several land masses (island 1.9 miles away) that seem rather close for my liking so I woke up the skipper to ensure all is well. As the sun was coming up we arrive at Middle Percy Island and are greeted by beautiful sand, 25 palm trees and the famous A hut in-between. Anchored securely in the bay it does leave up to its reputation of being rather lumpy anchorage as we still have 22knots coming through from the South.
3 hours later Gunther created a plague for Cool Change, dated 28th of August 2016 plus vessel name our names and we are now forever present at the A hut.
We are looking forward to a much needed good night sleep and will head off tomorrow at 4am for Mackay for an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of 5pm, so we can catch up with Murray, Mike and Mindi.