Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rosslyn Bay, near Yeppoon

We worked hard at it but eventually we managed to slow down enough, sailing down from Lady Musgrave, so that we only had to heave to for half an hour arriving outside Rosslyn Bay. With just one third of the genoa, we clocked the boat at 8.4 knots ! But all that in comfort.
Along the way, Olivier managed to fish a bird.
Fortunately, it had got himself caught by the backside and although we might have hurt its pride, we could free him quickly enough that it did not seem to have suffered much damage.
After entering the marina, shortly before 7 a.m. , we took the first berth available and I checked on internet to find an email from the marina assigning us to a berth. We could get there at once and settle down without having to wait for the office to open.
Rosslyn bay is one of those marinas with floating pontoons, all the facilities, a courtesy car if we wanted and a bus running every forty minutes to the next town, Yeppoon, distant only by 8 kms (5 miles) with all the amenities that we might need, liquor store, supermarket, restaurants and bars.
Since we were stuck in there with bad weather, we took advantage of all those facitilies. We had lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Keppel Bay Sailing Club, with a ve
ry nice restaurant overlooking th
e beach and seving very nice food.
Not far from there, on either side of the road is a huge piece of land which has been chosen by hundreds of bats as their resting place during the day. It's a very strange sight, at least for me, it is the first time that I see such a thing.
Other than that, Yeppoon is a nice little town, with everything within walking distance once you are in town.
The weather took its sw
eet time to improve, but we are told that tomorrow might be a good day to leave, so we will head for Island Head creek and then continue island hopping for a week until we reach Bowen, our next stop in a marina.

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