Wednesday 20th February 2013
Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia.
Hamilton Island, like most in the Whitsunday group, was formed as sea levels rose creating numerous drowned mountains that are situated close to the east coast of Queensland.
In late August the island plays host to its annual Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival in which more than one hundred and fifty yachts from across Australia and New Zealand gather for a week of races around the islands. Hamilton Island has a jet airstrip, a large boat marina and the biggest freshwater pool in the Pacific.
Happy fifth anniversary darling – wow, wow, wow…what a beautiful place to celebrate our anniversary.
We took the tender ashore and were going to catch the local free island tour bus but we saw Irene & Alan driving by in one of the local motorised buggies – much like a golf cart – so we hitched a lift and were chauffeured around the island…well driven Alan.
During the tour of the island we bumped into (not literally) Suzie & Lance and Sarah & Paul who were also ‘buggying’ around so we continued in convoy to the highest point of the island which gave us stunning views over the bay where The Quest was at anchor. For once we were somewhere – Australia – where they drive on the correct side of the road…that’s on the left folks!!
Later we arrived at Catseye Beach where we stopped for half an hour to paddle and take some beach photos which brought back memories of our wedding on the beach in Barbados five years ago.
At twelve noon we went to the yacht club terrace bar for…yes you’ve guessed it…our noon day beers – not Coronas this time but a well needed local beer. The views from the terrace were stunning. In one direction we could see The Quest waiting patiently for our return, in another direction was the airstrip where we watched several jets arrive and there was also the view over the marina. What a wonderful island.
Back to the ship for a late lunch where we then hoped to cool off in the pool only to find that it was closed because the water that was taken on overnight contained green algae and we would have to wait until we left Hamilton Island and were back on the high seas before we could dump the water and take on fresh.
That evening when we returned to our suite there was a letter from Richard Meadows the president of Seabourn telling us that Seabourn had completed an agreement for the sale of The Pride, Spirit & Legend ships (the little sisters). He also said it is likely that Seabourn will order a new fourth ship of similar design to The Quest within the current fiscal year. I hope they ask us guests to give them some feedback on minor points that could improve the new ship even more.
After dinner in the main dining room where chef Thorsten cooked us a whole roast chicken (to share) and roast potatoes as our special anniversary meal (our choice) we returned to our suite to find a bottle of red wine wishing us happy anniversary from Vitor, the hotel manager and his staff. The wine was premium de-alcoholised wine (less than half a percent alcohol by volume)…are they trying to tell us something!!
Techie bits: On the 20th of February 7am we were:
20° south and 149° east
Travelling on a compass course 313°
Speed = 13.5 knots
Wind speed = 6 knots from south west
Air temperature = 26°c (79°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 12335
Depth = 20 metres
Sunrise = 5:57am Sunset = 6:373pm