Lady Musgrave Island

   27°16'44.0"S 153°24'04.3"E   

28 April 2018

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  Lady Musgrave Island  
Turquoise Diving, Midnight Storms, Moody Sunsets & Great Company
Turquoise Diving, Midnight Storms, Moody Sunsets & Great Company

It’s Monday morning and the regret of not getting out on the water that weekend is settling in. I am in a foul mood. As part of my usual morning routine, I jump onto Windy and check the weather forecast… it's been set on lady Musgrave island for three months now and yet again it’s looking miserable. Hopeful that the season must be turning soon I jump on to PredictWind to see if there’s a glimmer of hope a little bit further out. I suddenly find myself sitting upright in bed and staring at the screen of my phone. Staring back at me is a deep purple patch which according to PredictWind means winds of less than 3 kN and waves less than 0.5m. In disbelief, I hit the refresh button, but it stays purple. I sound the alarm on WhatsApp and within minutes Mat replies. He’s in!

 

In the next few days we started to Raleigh the troops. Tats happened to be working on a project in Brisbane and he had the entire week off. The rest of the crew was much harder to round up, so I decided to reach out to Alana, a free-diving instructor from Pure Apnea. Truth be told I’ve never met Alana but a friend of mine knew her so I decided to give it a shot with a LinkedIn message. Much to my amazement , she responded and she was keen to join us. Mat and I have been wanting to do a free-diving course for some time and the idea of doing it on Lady Musgrave Island rather than the Gold Coast proved enticing enough to convince Alana to travel with three strangers and even Tats was somewhat open to the idea of incorporating theory, stretching and yoga. Somewhat reluctantly I might add.

 

As we got closer to the following weekend, I anxiously check the weather forecast every morning and evening. These forecasts can change a lot especially if they’re that far out And we’ve often seen weather patterns move forwards or backwards by quite a number of Days. This time was no different… the purple soon gave way to a dark orange, suggesting winds of 20 kn or stronger. A few more days passed and it became clear that the predicted front was there to stay.