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Tuesday
Aug282012

The next 'leg' about to begin...

I've just arrived in Sydney from New Zealand on my way to Port Douglas just north of Cairns, Northern Queensland in Australia.

Marianna also flys in from Scotland tonight where she has been for a wedding.

Allowing one and a half days for provisioning we should be setting sail on Friday morning this week.  This is going to be a long leg as we will be first sailing up to Thursday Island in the Torres Strait by New Gunea and then across the Gulf of Carpenteria to Gove where we will check out from Australia.  Hopefully we will be able to anchor to odd night after that and leave for West Timor from Croker Island which is at the very north west tip of Australia.  Should be quite interesting as it is somewhat off the beaten track and very isolated.

Our port of call in West Timor will be Kupang where we can get clearance into Indonesia.  I would have rather have sailed to the east of East Timor and gone the long way round as we are likely to have got better winds that way round but it is not so practical at the moment as time is going to be reasonably tight as I have a business committment in the US during the first week of November, so we have to get to Singapore and have the boat settled in before the end of Oct so I can first fly back to NZ.

In the image above I have set out our proposed course as I see it at the moment.  Of course, weather, breakdowns (hopefully none) could change this, as could other knowledge from locals picked up on the way...but, for now that is the plan.

 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

Bon voyage and fair winds.
Thanks for the updates.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Smith

Enjoy the voyage. I live in Singapore and am a Wharram sailor so if you have time would enjoy catching up. E mail Nigel.signal@hotmail.com or phone 65 9233 0343. Cheers

September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNigel Signal

Hi Warren.
Long time no see. Had to laugh about your comments on engineers. As for your nuts on the rudder, you could also put a split pin through them as well, if you still have doubts of them undoing. No charge for this advice. Good to see you are still alive and kicking. It was good working for you in ChCh. Take care.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Lyall

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