December 20

We left Lady Musgrave island this morning at about 6am. We motored out of the pass at about 6:15 and headed SSE for Bundaberg which lies about 50 miles away up the Burnett River on the mainland. Conditions are calm with about 8k of wind from the East and skies are mostly clear except for a band of high clouds forming a line from South to North which appears to be moving Northwest. The line of clouds is high and finite as we can see underneath it clear skies beyond. The forecast is for 10-15k from the East so we should have a pleasant motor sail and arrive before 3pm at Bundy (as it is known). We visited Bundaberg in 2002 when we arrived there from Vanuatu on our first visit to Australia (see photo gallery for October and November, 2002).

At 7:40am we are motor sailing on a course of 167M with 44 miles to go to reach the mouth of the Burnett River (the marina is about 1.5 miles up river). The wind has, although light, has not cooperated and is almost dead on the nose from the SE. We hope it will move more North during the day and make our trip faster. Our current speed is about 6.5k and we are turning over at about 1800rpm. Our nav-o-computer predicts arrival at about 2:30pm (plus another 30 minutes to reach the marina).

It is now 12:30pm and we have 11.5 miles to reach the mouth of the Burnett River. The weather has remained fine and clear. The wind has not exceeded 10k all day and is currently around 6-8k from the SE. Therefore, we have continued to motor sail, mostly at 7k, sometimes exceeding 7.5k. The sky is mostly clear with some light bands of high clouds moving to the NW and the seas are very calm with only a 1ft chop at most.

We pulled into a slip at the Bundaberg Port Marina at precisely 2:35pm, without incident. We will remain here for 2 days or so and then continue South to Brisbane. Next stop Great Sandy Straits.