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Cairns to Darwin around the top of Australia

Posted by Tim Henning on July 24, 2010 at 1:49 AM

We left Cairns on June 22nd for a fast downwind overnighter to Lizard Island with only a reefed Jib in 30+ kts of wind). On June 23rd we arrived at Lizard Island where we caught up with La Palapa, Salsa, Hartsong, Sistutal and met Michael on Sheliah who lilke Kirt on Salsa is a single handler. June 24th all the boats went to La Palapa for happy hour. The wind screamed through the anchoraged at 20-30 kts for the whole time we were there (actually until we reached the Northern Aussie tip).

   

On June 25th we went to Flinders Island.

June 26th we anchored at Morris island and on June 27 we anchored at Portland Roads to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary with T-bone steaks, and a really good bottle of Red. On our way Tim caught a huge Spanish Mackerel that looked and tasted like Wahoo.

 

June 28th we anchored in Margaret Bay where we stayed for 3 nights (nice anchorage) and caught another yellow fin tuna on the way.. Fish side of the freezer is full..

July 1st we anchored in Escape River. July 2nd we arrived in Seisia where we passed the most northern tip of Australia and I have the T-shirt to prove it.

   

We stayed here for 3 days and on one day we all went to the local hot spot for beers, live music and dancing. The 4th of July I made breakfast for everyone and that night we celebrated by watching Independence Day.

July 5th we left Seisia and started the 5 day non stop trip to Darwin which will be our final destination in Australia before heading to Indonesia. For the first 2 days of the trip we has the most amazing weather then a whole day of rain and two days where we bumped, and bumped and bumped our way along while taking several large waves into the cockpit.. I found one flying fish next to the sail bag, one on the cockpit floor and one downstairs in the small cabin..???? One night Tim found about a 6 inch squid that had crawled through the window and inked on the cushion. Yuk. July 9 we are almost to Darwin but we stop and anchor for the night at Escape Cliffs with the most beautiful clear calm water. We had Taco mania night and listened to “Nights with Alice Cooper” on the radio. July 10th We made it and arrived in Darwin and anchored here outside the Darwin Yacht Club.

Great to see sooo many of the boats and people that we traveled with when we did the Pacific Crossing like Thumb’s Up, Son of the Sun, Contrails, Pegasus and Orono II, not to mention our usual clan that we traveled with to get here.

On July 12th we went to a near by marina to have happy hour on Heartsong, and we were just about to leave when we walked over to a Seawind 1160 to check it out. We met Les and Leslee and had some more drinks and they loaned us their spare UTE. ( utility vehicle ). I love Australian yachties.

      

I will love to leave Australia ( because we have been here since October 14th and it’s time to move on) but I will really miss her people. July 16th we went to town to pick up our Indonesian Visa’s and have a little lunch with Kirt and Michael. July 17th we went up the street to a outdoor market and a little lunch and stocked up on fresh veggies then that night was the Indonesian Rally BBQ. We had a wonderful time. One of the highlights was that on this exact day one year earlier we had met Son of the Sun next to Thumb’s up in the Raiatea Marina and we all celebrated Cheryl’s birthday and the same people celebrated last night..

Today is July 18th and I am finally getting caught up on the blog.. Tomorrow the 19th we go to the fuel dock to get our duty free fuel and fill propane cans for ourselves and a couple of friends. On Tuesday the 20th we have a all day Rally meeting and on Saturday July 24th we head out for a 4 day non stop trip to Indonesia. Thank you God.

Categories: Australia

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