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Re: Greetings from Oz
We left a bit late in the season going through Exmouth late August and arriving in Cairns late December. However, in saying that we had a perfect run with 15 - 20kts pretty constant until we hit Bonaparte Gulf where we had 6 days of glass off and with our 10hp Yanmar sail drive pottered on our way to Darwin at 3kts to conserve fuel. We arrived in Darwin the day after their first major storm of the season and sat in the marina there doing the 'will we?..won't we?' shuffle trying to decide whether to sit out the wet season in Darwin or chance a trip across the top to Gove and then onto Thursday Island, Cape York and down the Queensland coast which as you know is around the start of the cyclone season.
It wasn't until a commercial charter operator said 'look - you'll either get a cyclone or perfect sailing conditions' that we decided to chance it and had a dream run across the top and down the Queensland Coast.
We like the Louisiades because its only 4 days sail from Cairns, safe and friendly where as the PNG mainland is not quiet so welcoming. Most people avoid the east coast of the mainland like the plague due to yacht boardings and theft and head up instead on the outside to Woodlark Island, then onto New Ireland and Rabul or straight out to the Solomons. We have friends who were boarded in Madang and another in Wewak off the mainland and it was not a pleasant experience having a machete held at your throat while your yacht was systematically stripped of everything.
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