From the main article; For
the first time the rally was invited to make a stop at Palm Island.
It is an easy 25nm downwind sail from Horseshoe Bay with good
holding in Challenger bay. Anchoring was an easy drop of the
hook. This was the first time in history of Palm that 40 plus
boats were anchored in the bay--all flying Dent to Dunk &
courtesy Aboriginal flags. The mayor and his assistant met with
Frank and Steve to welcome all to the island and accepted a $500
check from Abel Point Yacht Club for the kids Marine Education
The islanders had a market the
late afternoon with cooked food,
desserts and art. There was also an ice cream truck with soft
serve which did heaps of business from the boaties. After a
wander around the village and a trip to the retail store for
few things, it was time for dancing. Young aboriginal boys did
the dancing in their traditional gear & paint. Many pictures
were attempted in the twilight.
After the dancing, came Karaoke
for all with $100 award for best singer. The anchorage was very
calm & quiet (except for the Karaoke!). This was a truly
memorable stop for us all & plans are taking place for a
bigger event next year. Yachties also gave many thanks to the
True Magic committee boat for supplying the fleet with Red Emperor
fish that evening.