June 16, 2010
Plan Four arrived in Jacobs Well under sail (real show offs!) and joined us for roast chicken. We all found that anchoring right next to the boat ramp rather noisy. So next morning we headed upstream on the high tide and threw out our anchors out again off Karragarra Isalnd, where the only downside was the rocking caused by the constant wake of the hi speed ferries that service the various islands. En route we had to pass under overhead powerlines with a height of 23m and were holding our breath and waiting to be crisped from above and run aground blow!
Once off Karragarra we met up with Pauline and Terry from Kurranulla again and Plan Four had us all on board for a team effort finger food supper. With the locals excited by their Sunday morning market of 50 stalls, we all went ashore to look and have great egg and bacon breakfast sarmies made by the Lions. Then we followed Ian to Jeff’s house, a local who over the past 15 years has cultivated his own little rain forest. He kindly let us wander through the forest where some plants are apparently pre-historic.
While we wanted to explore as many of Moreton Bay’s anchorages as possible, the wind dictated otherwise and we headed for the north of Peel Island to get some protection from the south easter. Peel Island is surrounded by sea grass and is dugong breeding and feeding ground It has a sad history as a quarantine station in the days of the early settles, followed by being an asylum (or jail) for lepers, then an asylum for those who drink too much…..
Thus far the only sign of dugongs has been distant splashing….. Tomorrow we will check into Scarborough Marina, where we will leave Rebel when back in SA over July and August.