Revisiting Middle Percy Island after almost 30 years was a joy and a real trip down memory lane. Yachties have been made welcome there for well over half a century and the place looked very much the same as when we had last visited on our 28 foot timber yacht Rondo, 28 years ago.
An “A” frame hut welcomes sailors to rest a while, have a drink, cook a meal and share stories. Although it had been refurbished at least once, it felt exactly as it had done when we first stepped in there.
Visitors have traditionally left a memento of their boat in the A frame and after some searching we found the piece of mahogany that we had painted Rondo’s name on – minus the paint! The intervening years had taken their toll but we took the piece of timber home to do a proper job of engraving the names of both Rondo and Bali Hai on to it, ready for delivery on our trip up the coast in May.
When we arrived on Middle Percy Island the first time we had just celebrated our first wedding anniversary – when we return for the third time, we will have been married 28 years!