Yesterday I went sailing with a few friends, and it was fabulous. It was a gorgeous day, blue sky, 33 degrees and just windy enough to move us along comfortably. The boat, a shiny white catamaran, is home to my friend Suzanne and her partner. It was a big boat, but would be a small house!
We set out a bit before lunch towards nearby Magnetic Island.
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I've spent a bit of time on the suburbs and beaches on the east side of Maggie--from Picnic Bay up to Horseshoe, and everywhere in between. But the western side and Five Beach Bay remained off limits to me--they are only accessible by foot or four wheel drive. Or, of course, by boat. So I was very excited when we headed out towards West Point, where we had a quick lunch in the doldrums, before the breeze picked back up again. Andy and I brought sandwiches: a baguette filled with "Sandwich Mousse" from The Urban Vegan cookbook (more on that soon), green capsicum and tomato, plus some salad and pineapple. We filled up on gluten free, vegan biscuits that I brought to share (more on those as well).
Then we ducked around West Point and tucked ourselves in to Five Beach Bay for a swim. The water was lovely and the sun was warm--it was perfect.
We sailed most of the way back to Townsville, spotting the odd dolphin, jumping fish, and possibly a dugong, and made it back just as the sun was setting over Castle Hill. What a great way to spend a Sunday.