|The moon setting over Pancake Creek|
|We enjoyed very comfortable sailing conditions through the morning.|
|Soon to be crab bait|
|The narrow entrance to Fitzroy Reef as seen from inside the lagoon|
|Our track into Fitzroy Reef lagoon on Open CPN with the chart overlayed with Google Earth.|
|Pancake Creek to Fitzroy Reef – 34.9 Nautical Miles – 6 Hours 56 Minutes |
Average Speed 5.0 Knots Max Speed 7.1 Knots
|Our Dreamtime at anchor inside Fitzroy Reef. We offset the boom to keep shade off the solar panels.|
|Our anchor chain could be seen clearly laying on the sand almost 8 metres below the surface.|
By now the water inside the lagoon had totally glassed out and in very short order each boat’s crew was heading off to different areas of the reef in their dinghy to snorkel. Sadly much of the coral was suffering from the bleaching that huge areas of the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing that has been very widely reported in the media. However the fish life was abundant and we were still able to find colourful examples of different corals dotted along the reef section we snorkelled.
|On our way to snorkel on a coral outcrop inside the Fitzroy Reef lagoon.|
|Sea Whiskers, Our Dreamtime and Chances anchored inside Fitzroy Reef|
|Much of the coral was dead or bleached but the fish life was amazing.|
|Fitzroy Reef coral|
|The snorkelling conditions at Fitzroy Reef were amazing.|
|It was fantastic to still find vibrant colours at Fitzroy Reef.|
Please ignore the date on the video. We haven't worked out how to set it on the new camera yet. Technology is wonderful.
That evening we experienced one of THE most amazing sunsets we have ever seen. It seemed to last for an hour with the sky altering its spectacular display constantly.
|Back on the boat ready to see what Fitzroy Reef had in store for sunset.|
|Chances in the glassy conditions.|
|Sea Whiskers was silhouetted beautifully by the stunning sunset|
|Annie on Chances got this shot of Our Dreamtime and Sea Whiskers in Fitzroy Reef lagoon|
|Even the view from the galley was awesome|
|The light continually changed as the sunset made its way through to darkness|
|Goodnight from Fitzroy Reef|
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