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A thousand miles into our trip from Sydney to Port Douglas we arrived at Hamilton Island. “Hammo” as it’s known is one of the premier holiday destinations in the Whitsunday group of islands. It has an extensive marina for permanent and visiting boats of all shapes and sizes. The workshop photo’s are of the marina and of course the “Pub”, where we spent three days getting our land legs back. A man is not a camel, and numerous frothing ales are part of the getting your land legs back cure.

It was here at Hammo that we met up with some mates from Sydney who were also on their way to Port Douglas for the Black Marlin fishing season. We decided it would be fun to travel together for the last five hundred miles of the trip.

We left Hammo together at 0530am, the weather was back to gray and overcast, with rainsqualls all around us. Just as we were rounding the top of South Molle Island, the sun broke through the heavy cloud and lit up my friend’s boat.
We were running at twenty five knots on our way to Hinchinbrook Island two hundred and twenty five miles away to the North. Only David and Brett were up, the rest of their crew were down below sound asleep.

The “Gorilla” made a magnificent sight as it muscled it’s way through the gray water.

In the background of the shot is North Molle Island, a slight course change to the North West as we passed the island put us on the rhumb line for the Northern tip of Hinchinbrook Island, it was a long but exhilarating run along the inner Barrier Reef.

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Additional Photos by Peter Wall (phwall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 993 W: 185 N: 1812] (6785)
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