Trip Start Nov 23, 2006
18Trip End May 25, 2007
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Thursday was our first day to discover what Airly beach had to offer. We met Ells's cousin and went for a few drinks then for a bite to eat at Nandos, little treat after all the noodles and not eating. We then walked around town looking at various whitsunday sailing trips. There everywhere and theres loads of different boats. We opted to sail on a racing boat. It was called Boomerang and is now used for 3-4 day sailing trips around the 74 whitsunday island, after retiring from its racing career. It was all booked up and we were leaving on friday at 2 pm. Thurday night is as good as a weekend in Airly so we brought some very cheap rose and prepared to go into town. Pretty good night for a thursday but not great preparation before getting on a racing yaht
The morning was hectic, we had to take the van to a parking, get some food, take our valuables to the safe place, purchase some booze for the trip and try and soober up. We arrived at the marina late but they werent in a rush, typical aussies. Once we were on board the boat, one of the crew briefed us. Previously to this I had sprinted to and from the van several times. This resulted in me meeting 14 new people for the first time whilst looking like the sweatist man in the world, I was dripping. We unpacked, found our beds and went up to deck. On board our boat were a large group of Irish lads and one irish bird. Two swiss birds, one swiss bloke, one german bird (well fit but really boring, she never joined in the games, even when I asked). The rest was made up of english people. The boot sailed through the maze of island and we went snorkling by hook island.
The food on board was really good, better than what were used to. Later on in the evening we settled down and played some games, orhestrated by the english. Not everyone joined in but those who did loved it. I had to explain the card game shit head to 10 people which was a biy of a nightmare so we only played it once. The drinking game 'The boat comes into the harbour' was also introduced. I know its a big hit back home and it never dissapoints
The weather still perfect and the sunsetting behind our boat. Some aussies from another boat tried to get involved with our fun, so all the english on the boat turned in the barmy army and scared them off. In the morning were up early again feeling pretty worse for wear the boat with only 1 and a half sails (it ripped the day before) made our way back to Airly beach marina
Arrived here sunday to discover liverpool had been cheaten out of three points by scumy manunited. Townville is quite a nice little city by the east coast. It also have a decent waterfront created by a connecting river. Like most places in Australia not alot happens here mid week. It a good spot for diving and in the middle of the great barrier reef. Sunday night we arrived played some tennis, watched some 24 on the DVD player and went to bed recovering from the previous days on our whitsunday sailing trip. Monday was much the same, explored town and dan and ells booked two scuba dives for the following days. This gave me the chance to save some money and spend some qaulity time with myself. Today I woke up drove the boys to the marina in shiela then cruzed back to our camp site down the road, had a long shower, charged my camera whilst making beans on toast then casually made my way into town. I may book a day of fishing tomorrow while the kids do their second dive. Be nice to get some adult time in before they return. Nothing beats chilling out in front of the open sea chatting to my fishing buddies about previous catches.