24th and 25th of August sailing towards Great Keppel Island
We continued on through the night sailing towards Great Keppel Island passing Lady Elliot and the Capricorn Group of Islands. As we approached Great Keppel Island a strong north/westerly with around 22 knots right on the nose greeted us with rather steep breaking waves. To our delight we saw our 1st whale putting on a great show for us as we approached calmer waters.
We Anchored at long beach in around 5 meters of water and one would not have believed it that one can go from rough seas to smooth waters within a matter of 15 minutes. This is a huge bay with a lovely beach.
Engine maintenance is calling
As we did have to motor for many hours due to not having enough wind or simply too much, engine maintenance called.
Skipper has been watching and learning from the experts at Bayview as they kindly tolerated his endless questions how to complete an engine service. I was informed that it will take around 4-5 hours to complete. Skipper gave Chris from Bayview a quick call checking that he has all the right information in his head. Skipper got the green light and I stayed well out of his way for 5 hours only being available when I got asked to pass several rags, bags, containers, small screwdriver down the engine room hatch and to my surprise there was not much frustration coming through the hatch. Well, only once when skipper had to repeat a certain task that resulted in an extra hour of work and I complied handing down more rags. I will need to put on my next shopping list more rags for Gunther. Skipper was pleased with his results and a big thank you goes to the boys at Bayview.
Curiosity got the better of us today as we looked towards the beach. There is a small lake behind it which shows no water at the entrance however there is a sailing yacht in the lake? Gunther got the dinghy ready and at high tide indeed the flood creates a small entrance and one would not believe it one brave sailor sailed his yacht through and yep parked it high and dry and securely. It seems he is very happy leaving there in his own little paradise.
We decided to stay another night as it is truly beautiful with such turquoise waters and magical sunsets.