Well… We’re 2 weeks and 4 days into our ‘life on board’, and all is going swimmingly well – the boys have adapted incredibly well to their new home. Oscar knows his job when it comes to managing the sheet on the headsail winch, and both boys manage the navigation lights when we anchor or sail at night.

Given that it’s pretty much 8 weeks since the boys and I left for our trip to the UK, Sydney seems so far away now, in fact our English holiday seems a long time ago too.

We arrived at Great Keppel two nights ago – the sunset was breath-taking and only marred by the fact that the auto pilot had decided to stop working. Result – Gerhard at the helm and calmly instructing me what to do with various sails.

As Hugo seems to write every day in his journal … It was another great day!

So it’s now Friday 17th (I think) – there’s no wind, the boys are doing school work (with some serious ‘encouragement’ from mum and dad) and then we’ll be off to snorkel, swim and explore the island….What a bore!

Not much to report today… Got up, coffee, moved to another beach, loaded up the dinghy, went to the beach, snorkeled, lay on the beach, ran around and giggled, moved to another beach, went for a walk, drank wine at sunset. Tough day – off to bed soon!

10AM and we’ve just had our second coffee. We moved to Lees Beach (Northern shore of Great Keppel Island) around 7AM as the light southerlies had come through in the early hours. As we’ll be here for a couple of days we’re in no rush to get going. Another stunning day though. The water is so clear we can see the anchor lying on the sandy bottom in 5 metres of water, about 20 metres away. There’ll be more snorkelling today!

Lees Beach, Great Keppel Island

Lees Beach, Great Keppel Island

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