Ulysses is a 40 foot Seawind 1000 XL 8 berth catamaran and she is equipped with everything necessary for sailing round the Whitsunday Islands. As well as the usual sailing equipment she also has on board an electronic autohelm, full GPS satellite navigation system, electric windlass and dual steering.

On board she has three comfortable double berths plus bunk beds, a large aft deck with plenty of shade, outdoor gas bbq and flat screen tv/dvd. The galley is fully equipped with fridge, freezer, hob and oven but the best bit by far is a 3 foot long Eskie (coolbox) that stands on the deck. We filled it with ice and as much wine, beer, bacardi, gin and Bundeberg rum as we could get in it.

We spent most of the first morning being briefed by Whitsunday Escape who are the charter company. They supply comprehensive charts that cover the whole area. Whitsunday Escape have a great system whereby they contact all their boats by vhf radio at 8 am and 2 pm every day. They give a full weather report and then you have to report your position and let them know where you will be spending the night. They then advise accordingly. It’s a good backup and quite comforting to know they are always on hand to give assistance.

It was about midday when we eventually got away. We had a brisk sail across to Nara Inlet on Hook Island where we anchored for the night (the recommendation was cocktails, dinner, bed!)

The next morning we took our tender ashore and visited some Aboriginal caves which had some excellent Aboriginal art. We then sailed to Langford Island for lunch and snorkelling. It is a beautiful island with just a spit of sand ideal for snorkelling from. This place is just off Hayman Island which has a very expensive resort frequented by the rich and famous. If we were to go there we would have to pay $150 just to moor the boat and then they wouldn’t allow you to stay on your boat but would have to pay to stay at the resorts accommodation. We all agree that where we are is loads better. It’s hard to put into words just how fabulous the Whitsunday Islands are with coral blue sea, beautiful small islands and tiny deserted beaches and this is just day two.

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