Over Christmas and New Year we spent a wonderful ten days up at Magnetic Island. The weather was perfect and we found some great anchorages with the light north easterly breezes that we were lucky to have had.
The water was clear and warm and the skies blue and cloudless each day. Magnetic is a really understated place that doesn't get the mentions it should. There is some beautiful anchorages and on the island itself there's also some great walks wit no around and this was the busy season!
I spent time up there with my very old and close friends on their Catamaran Tigerlily, rafting up most days and relaxing with a nice cold beer in the hammock. We managed to get out and go sailing on both boats one day and I gave Tigerlily one of Spirit's old asymmetrical spinnakers for Christmas. She looked great with it up and made good speed with the main and jib only on Spirit we weren't able to catch her down wind with our angles being to great and her running way deeper. It was a blast.
The sail home was fantastic we managed to break the "just fixed prodder" again in a different place this time and once we rounded Cape Bowling Green we had smooth seas and a beautiful light breeze from the east to north east that didn't even produce a white cap. Spirit loved the 60 degree apparent wind angle and took off like a shot sitting happily on 8-15kts all the way home.
The sail home took fifteen hours, which compared to the just under eleven hours to magnetic was a little slow. On the way up to Magnetic we managed an average of 12kts and on the way home managed 8kts.