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Day 3 - Chalkies & Whitehaven Beach (south) 1:40pm, Wed 04 Jan 2017

The next morning Margaret decided to go for a short walk on the beach and to have some quiet time reflecting in this amazing setting - she didn't really think through the suitability of taking the toddler along for this activity.

After cleaning up breakfast we fired the engines, upped the anchor and started the short motor across from Chalkies to the famous Whitehaven Beach. While it only took 15 minutes to get there, it took about the same time to anchor as we had trouble getting the anchor to set in the fine sand. We also managed to throw a fuse on the anchor winch that provided some color and movement to the morning.
Chalkies Beach - a challenging anchorage with a small 5 metre shelf that drops off to 30meters great day time but not a recommended overnight anchorage.

While a slightly challenging anchorage initially, Chalkies provided excellent access to the beach as well as reef right off the back of the boat.

Snorkeling and Diving Chalkies:
The crew seized the opportunity to don snorkels / dive tanks and disappear off the back of the boat quicker than you could say - 'has any seen Kaitlyn's....' The afternoon on the beach did however produce the first of many beautifully decorated sand castles.
David and Rob dived north, working along the reef wall, exploring the coral and many drop offs. Jen snorkeled along the reef and over the top of pristine coral seeing lots of color and marine life. Jen also spent some time introducing Kaitlyn to the idea of snorkeling.
While a slightly challenging anchorage initially, Chalkies provided excellent access to the beach as well as reef right off the back of the boat.

We later skipped back to Whitehaven and spent a relaxing afternoon between the boat, beach and water. Kaitlyn loved the beach and water and enjoyed going out to the deep water on Daddy's back, jumping off from time to time to go for a swim or to show how long she could tread water for.
In the afternoon Kaitlyn, Jen and Rob walked to the southern end of the beach, exploring and climbing on the rocks before walking back for the obligatory sunset drinks on the back deck of Destiny.
Our night at Whitehaven was calm but a bit noisy thanks to an all night party on a near by mono-hull sailing boat.
Early the next morning others (in a 6metre power cat) who were closer than us, and apparently a bit more upset, repaid the favor by practicing some high speed circle work around the yacht and washing down the decks with the engines trimmed out before heading off for the day! At the same time the group of kayakers who had camped for the night cheered loudly from the beach before heading off to their next destination.
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