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42º 9.042' N80º 7.02' WBegonia
Destination: Montreal
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Marine Lake, Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA, USA - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Erieau Marina, Erieau, Lake Erie, Ontario To:Marine Lake, Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA.

Our position: loc:42.1567, -080.1202

Progress: [We've made 90.3nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 18:06 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 34.3nm; we have made 34.5nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 27.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.4m, in protected bay with access to state park. Marina in same bay offers a small shop, Phone Signal 2 bars.]

General Comments: [A cold night had me in PJs and with hot water bottles for my off-watch, and well wrapped with many layers for the on-watch. Clouds arrived in time for the morning, but local fishermen line all possible shores (hard-core). Clearance for USA entry was quick and easy through the government CBS ROAM App, and we had the message that we were cleared well before arriving in the bay. Our electronic compass had pretty much forgotten itself over the winter, so Kyle did the calibration maneuvers before arriving at the anchorage. We'll probably wait here (and enjoy the park) for much of the time while we await the Welland Canal to open to pleasure boaters. (maybe a week or two). The nearby marina is open seasonally and clearly closed for now, it is all cordoned off and with major works going on at the empty docks. All the boats on the hard remain shrink wrapped. We are the only boat in the water at this time (not surprisingly!).]

At: 13:02(EDT) 18-Apr-2024, Outside Temp: 12C (53.6F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 11.8C (53.24F)
6 days  agoShow

42º 9.096' N80º 44.034' WBegonia
Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Erieau Marina, Erieau, Lake Erie, Ontario To:Marine Lake, Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA.

Our position: loc:42.1655, -080.7386

We have 34.3nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 55.8nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 12:00 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 50.7nm; we have made 55.8nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 52.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [COLD! We departed with calm and fog after a major trough of heavy rain passed through, but the night cleared. Sailing with the wind behind the beam, we eventually hoisted the spinnaker sail.]

General Comments: [A quiet night with a handful of cargo/work boats. We crossed into USA waters at 1am. ]

At: 06:00(EDT) 18-Apr-2024, Outside Temp: 8.1C (46.58F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 6.4C (43.52F), Course: 86(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:13Kt(from:WSW), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 996hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:W)
6 days  agoShow

42º 15.06' N81º 54.06' WBegonia
At Dock: Erieau Marina, Erieau, Lake Erie, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:42.2599, -081.9096

Sail From: Erieau Marina, Erieau, Lake Erie, Ontario To: Erieau Marina, Erieau, Lake Erie, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 8.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:34 hours). We have moved 0.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 0.0kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Marina and Yard, in small town on skinny peninsula. Bottle Store and chandlery on site, Showers and toilets available during the season. A handful of restaurants nearby.]

General Comments: [After a Canadian winter on the hard, we've spent the last week or so getting the boat back to splash ready, then sail ready - today we finally got the boat out on the water and tested the new sails (Main, Jib and Spinnaker) - All working! We ourselves were a bit rusty and glad of the checklists to keep us from forgetting anything obvious. We departed in 20kt wind, and returned in much calmer conditions (which was great for testing all the sails). So - we feel we are all set now to start the season off. The Welland Canal is unlikely to open until the start of next month, so we have some time to relax and play.]

At: 16:18(EDT) 14-Apr-2024, Outside Temp: 14C (57.2F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 9.8C (49.64F)
10 days  agoShow

42º 15.06' N81º 54.06' WBegonia
At Dock: Erieau Marina, Erieau, Lake Erie, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:42.2598, -081.9096

Sail From: St Clair Marine, LaSalle, Detriot River, Ontario To: Erieau Marina, Erieau, Lake Erie, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 71.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 17:36 hours). We have moved 53.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.0kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Marina and Yard, in small town on skinny peninsula.]

General Comments: [Well, they say plans are written in the sand at low tide and we got a good dose of that this week when our yard 'discovered' that we won't fit in their lift after all and we scrambled to make other plans. I had organized so much more than just the yard: contractors, accommodation, packages to be delivered, etc - so it was a real whirlwind to have to cancel so much, and also make alternative plans at short notice for it all. Kyle got up before midnight to depart by 1am in order to arrive before dark (ugh!) and I took the car and ran the gamut of hardware stores and other stuff to source some of the things on our very long list that we'll need to prep the boat for the winter. We both arrived in Erieau within 10 minutes of each other, but I was late so poor Kyle had to dock by himself after that LONG trip. So - Fingers crossed that things go smoothly from here on. The clock is ticking (never a good thing)]

At: 18:28(EDT) 31-Oct-2023, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
6 months  agoShow

42º 12.054' N83º 6.006' WBegonia
At Dock: St Clair Marine, LaSalle, Detriot River, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:42.2087, -083.1008

Sail From: Peche Isle Provincial Park, Lake St Clair/Detriot River, Ontario To: St Clair Marine, LaSalle, Detriot River, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 10.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:30 hours). We have moved 11.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.0kt.

Location Comments: [At Marine yard Dock pending haul out for winter]

General Comments: [Gloomy days at anchor, with heavy overnight rain, and a light drizzle on route today. Luckily the forecast is for a few sunny days ahead. Heating parts not yet arrived so we'll be grateful for the nice weather.]

At: 10:04(EDT) 28-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 16.8C (62.24F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 19.5C (67.1F)
7 months  agoShow

42º 20.07' N82º 56.016' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Peche Isle Provincial Park, Lake St Clair/Detriot River, Ontario, Canada - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Thomas Bay, off Georges Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To:Peche Isle Provincial Park, Lake St Clair/Detriot River, Ontario.

Our position: loc:42.3449, -082.9354

Progress: [We've made 225.5nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 48:40 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 8.0nm; we have made 8.2nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 7.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.7kt, Avg speed for trip:4.6kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m, to SW of island with main shipping channel to the North of the Island, the USA city of Detoit to the WNW, and the smaller Canadian city of Windsor just to the South. Peche Island, a provincial park popular with boaters, is just at the entrance to the Detroit River from Lake St Clair. Shore access permitted (trails to the eastern end of island).]

General Comments: [Birds everywhere (geese, ducks, swans). Overcast/Gloomy. (Kyle corrected he and told me it rained a LOT on his watch). We'll try and spend the next couple of days with a balanced mix of chores and relaxation (our last chance for a while).]

At: 07:44(EDT) 26-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 18.9C (66.02F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 20.9C (69.62F)
7 months  agoShow

44º 13.056' N81º 49.014' WBegonia
Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Thomas Bay, off Georges Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To:LaSalle, Lake Erie, Ontario.

Our position: loc:44.2260, -081.8189

We have 140.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 112.7nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 22:56 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 110.0nm; we have made 112.7nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 107.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Once we cleared the anchorage we were able to hoist both main and jib and sailed at about 120deg to the wind. Slowly the wind has come more forward. Sailing is easy, weather a bit chilly (we are well wrapped up at the helm)]

General Comments: [Our time in Lake Huron has been a treasure, but it's time to move along now so off we go. We'll be able to pick up the spares for the heater once we get to LaSalle, so we will (hopefully) be warm and snug during the remaining days as we prep the boat for haul out. We departed our anchorage after enjoying a lovely sunrise and were soon in open water and able to shake out the sails. A clear night with the promise of an aurora display (we only ever got to see a glow on the horizon, but the hope made for a fun night).]]

At: 06:00(EDT) 25-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 17.6C (63.68F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Course: 184(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:NE)
7 months  agoShow

45º 59.046' N81º 26.01' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Thomas Bay, off Georges Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.9909, -081.4350

Sail From: Mill lake, Philip Edward Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Thomas Bay, off Georges Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 10.2nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:00 hours). We have moved 8.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m. This peaceful cove (shared with a single cottage). Well protected, and scenic in all directions; high ridge to NW. Plenty of rocky areas and mini islands to explore by kayak. Can go ashore on islands, but mainland is private land (if we've read the maps correctly). 2 bars LTE of Phone Signal. ]

General Comments: [We LOVED being in Mill Lake and did plenty of kayaking in-between showers (and managed to find a very short trail to stretch our legs a bit). Today we moved a little more west, through the 2nd half of the beautiful Collins Inlet and out back into the main Georgian Bay waters. With the sun shining all looks stunningly beautiful. Here we have a workable phone signal at last, so we'll be able to catch up on some of that internet stuff (accounts, blog, haul-out planning, etc). We expect to park ourselves here until there is a reasonable weather window to leave Lake Huron and head towards Lake Erie for our haul out (if we get too bored there are other anchorages we can hop around to). We are slowly eating our way through our provisions (hoping to leave nothing for the haul out) so meals are getting 'interesting' as we get creative with how to use up long-buried cans of food. If we get too bored, we are just 6km from Killarny, where we can top up with fresh provisions (it has a small store) and maybe even find a restaurant.]

At: 15:12(EDT) 18-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 18C (64.4F)
7 months  agoShow

45º 58.086' N81º 14.052' WBegonia
At Anchor: Mill lake, Philip Edward Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.9813, -081.2421

Sail From: Burnt Island (NNE), Beaverstone Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Mill lake, Philip Edward Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 6.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:10 hours). We have moved 2.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m, attempts to anchor in 2m depths all failed (way too much weed). Nearby (the other side of Green Island) is the Mahazenazing River Lodge (which I assume allows entry only with a booking). Stunning scenery at anchor, but especially along the entrance/exit via the Collins Channel. No/Poor/Intermittent phone signal.]

General Comments: [The weather is overcast more frequently and we are certainly missing our heating (both for the warmth and the drying effect on the humidity aboard - especially when cooking), but we do still get regular blue sky days (just a bit cooler). I (Maryanne) celebrated my birthday at our last anchorage; snuggled on the sofa, binge watching 'The Bates Motel', and munching on chocolate cake while we waited for the weather to turn nice again. We managed a bit of kayaking under clear skies one day of our stay. Today's passage provided stunning scenery of tree topped granite walls, reflected in still waters, as we transited the narrow channel between Philip Edward island and the mainland From Beaverstone Bay to Mill Lake. Mill Lake is a wide finger lake/inlet that sits deep into Philip Edward Island (PEI). PEI is all crown land (with full public access, but no roads). We've seen no other cruising boats for a week I think! We are hoping for bear sightings given the obvious wilderness, maybe even a beaver too as we've seen plenty of lodges but no beavers for at least a month! We've not had a decent phone signal for some time so are well behind on blog postings and other internet things, and are minds are turning more and more to the scheduled haul-out at the end of the month.]

At: 11:02(EDT) 15-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 20.1C (68.18F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 19.5C (67.1F)
7 months  agoShow

45º 58.056' N81º 11.016' WBegonia
At Anchor: Burnt Island (NNE), Beaverstone Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.9764, -081.1860

Sail From: Tanvat Island (NE), Bustard Islands, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Burnt Island (NNE), Beaverstone Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 20.8nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:48 hours). We have moved 13.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m, to the NNE of Burnt Island. To the North is the much larger Philip Edward Island (all park land if we've read the maps correctly).]

General Comments: [Back at the Bustard Islands we spent much of our time kayaking (more scenery). We finally got to see an American Mink up close, seeming quite curious about us (poking its head from various rocks to keep an eye on us). Over the last few weeks birds have been confusingly rare; with very few sightings, even hearing any bird calls is unusual (so strange as we were expecting the remoteness to be a haven to so many birds). My kayak paddle has broken (but is still usable with care), and Kyle's is already cracking in the same place (we do have spares, but they are buried and we've yet to dig them out). An overcast and chilly day moving the boat to this new location, and we're expecting some more gloomy weather over the next couple of days. While we have regularly needed to motor most of the time due to the convoluted nature of the Georgian Bay routes, this passage was in more open waters and mostly straight, so we did at least get to sail with the assist of the jib for much of the day.]

At: 12:16(EDT) 11-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 2.375C (36.275F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 20.9C (69.62F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 53.052' N80º 53.028' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Tanvat Island (NE), Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.8922, -080.8884

Sail From: Off Sandy Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Tanvat Island (NE), Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 12.7nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:04 hours). We have moved 10.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.3kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m between Tanvat and Strawberry Islands. A least one cottage ashore. Plenty of kayaking opportunities in the numerous inlets. Internet Poor/intermittent (3G at best).]

General Comments: [Back at Sandy Bay, we had some mixed weather (as expected), but a good day of kayaking. We also spotted a black bear ashore (YAY), but it soon moved deeper into the trees and was lost to sight. On our first night the boat swung into some rocky shallows so that caused a little drama overnight, but all was quickly rectified when we brought in some of our scope and the wind returned to its forecast direction. We've certainly missed the heating as the weather is slowly turning (more frequent cooler days). We did patch up the inflatable kayak; there were no holes, but a few heavily scuffed areas that we thought a patch now would save us swimming home with a deflated kayak in the near future. Today's trip was in glorious sunshine and with a beautiful blue sky - but the mosquitos have been out in force for the last day or so and seem to be following us.]

At: 12:36(EDT) 09-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 23.1C (73.58F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 48.024' N80º 40.038' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Off Sandy Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.8042, -080.6731

Sail From: Raft Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Off Sandy Bay, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 12.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:02 hours). We have moved 6.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m in a sheltered cove off SW End of Sandy Bay. Scenic. In view of wind turbines. Land ashore is all public (if we've read the maps correctly). Phone signal intermittent/weak.]

General Comments: [Back at our previous anchorage we did some great scenic kayaking with occasional hops ashore (found cranberries!). A scenic, meandering passage to get here (some very narrow and shallow bits, gulp). A handful of cottages on route, but none see seen around anchorage. We are expecting rain and wind over the next few days. Hopefully we can get to do a bit of kayaking and swimming before the poor weather arrives.]

At: 14:32(EDT) 06-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 25.3C (77.54F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 42.012' N80º 38.034' WBegonia
At Anchor: Raft Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.7019, -080.6394

Sail From: Shoal Narrows, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Raft Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 13.3nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:02 hours). We have moved 9.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.5kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m. Surrounded by cottage-free, rocky islands some bald, some tree covered. Feels very remote, but it is close to the main channel running NW-SE and there is a large Wind farm to the north. Phone signal 1 bar.]

General Comments: [We had a fine stay at the last anchorage, with the discovery of a pickle ball court (mini-tennis) and a display of the Northern lights to keep us entertained along with the usual kayaking. The nearby cottagers were friendly too! This passage had us travelling via the Hangdog channel, narrow and surrounded by small rocky island - very pretty. We've still yet to see a black bear on this trip, I'm not expecting this will be the place, as it is probably too far from the mainland, but as usual we'll keep our eyes peeled!]

At: 11:26(EDT) 04-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 34.08' N80º 30.03' WBegonia
At Anchor: Shoal Narrows, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.5796, -080.5051

Sail From: Frederic Inlet, Shawanaga Island, Parry Sound, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Shoal Narrows, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 12.1nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:14 hours). We have moved 6.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m. Took several attempts to set anchor. Surrounded by evergreen trees on rocky islands and peninsulas. Poor/No Cell service. Out of the way, Nice for kayaking.]

General Comments: [We did more kayaking at the last anchorage (getting to be a thing). Unfortunately our heating aboard has decided to fail (after 11 years of excellent service). It seems we need to order a part and then pull it all apart to install said part - so that may have to wait for a month. We've been enjoying a bit of heat in the early mornings, and on some evenings so we will miss it, but we can still keep comfortable in the meantime. It is a holiday weekend here (and in the USA) so we've put ourselves somewhere out of the way a bit to avoid the crazy. The passage here was quite convoluted, through very narrow and very shallow segments to find our way among the islands and peninsulas - very scenic.]

At: 10:40(EDT) 01-Sep-2023, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 20.4C (68.72F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 29.046' N80º 25.08' WBegonia
At Anchor: Frederic Inlet, Shawanaga Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.4904, -080.4295

Sail From: Snug Haven, Geogian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Frederic Inlet, Shawanaga Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 10.3nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:44 hours). We have moved 8.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.2kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.8m between Shawanaga Island and Buell Island. Well protected (from all but NE). A few cottages on the shores, plenty of scenic shore kayaking options. Phone signal 3 bars.]

General Comments: [We have heavy rain and strong winds forecast, so we headed out early to this anchorage for its extra extra protection (and made it before the rain began). Our stay in Snug Haven was pleasant (following our summer theme of walks and kayaking - we even ate out and found ice cream). Despite there only being Gillys Restaurant - the one place for miles - I was also able to get some smoked fish that I'm looking forward to making a Kedgeree with. We are expecting a day or two hunkered down aboard before we can explore the local shorelines so plenty of time to cook.]

At: 10:02(EDT) 29-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 19.9C (67.82F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 22.4C (72.32F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 22.026' N80º 18.036' WBegonia
At Anchor: Snug Haven, Geogian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.3706, -080.3058

Sail From: Victoria Island (off Parry Island), Menominee Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Snug Haven, Geogian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 14.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:26 hours). We have moved 11.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.2kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m, surrounded by islands, cottages, and generally pretty scenery. Popular Gilly's restaurant nearby.]

General Comments: [We spent a good couple of days exploring at the last anchorage - both with the kayak, and then ashore at the town of Parry Sound. We've had some gloomy days and heavy rain (thankfully constraining itself to overnight visits), but we've arrived at this anchorage in sunshine again. We've spent the last three weeks or so in the area known as Thirty Thousand Islands, and I'm starting to think this is an undercount! Still no bear sightings (we keep hoping to see something from a safe vantage).]

At: 12:06(EDT) 26-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 19.3C (66.74F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 18.072' N80º 3.036' WBegonia
At Anchor: Victoria Island (off Parry Island), Menominee Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.3124, -080.0559

Sail From: Hare Point, Sans Souci Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Victoria Island (off Parry Island), Menominee Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 11.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:50 hours). We have moved 8.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m, peaceful anchorage within 2nm of the much busier areas of Rose Point, Jenkins Point and Parry Sound Harbour.]

General Comments: [We managed serval kayak outings and trips ashore from our last anchorage (fish & chips and ice cream were found!), we watched bald eagles hang out and spotted a couple of Loons. Kyle was excited to spot a possible beaver swimming, but it turned out to be a pet dog. Today's passage started out quite overcast, but we were lucky that forecast storms and heavy rain passed by without quite reaching us. Today's journey has been scenic, and convoluted (under motor), especially in the '7 mile narrows' section. By the time we anchored the overcast skies have given way to blue with puffy white clouds. ]

At: 12:38(EDT) 23-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 22.4C (72.32F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 11.046' N80º 7.092' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Hare Point, Sans Souci Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.1907, -080.1320

Sail From: Monument Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Hare Point, Sans Souci Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 14.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:38 hours). We have moved 12.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.5m, well protected. Private homes ashore (no shore access as far as I can tell). 'Sans Souci' translates to no-worries/carefree. Plenty of kayaking opportunities along the shore of this and the many nearby islands]

General Comments: [After some strong winds at anchor, we had one reasonable day to explore with the Kayak in Monument Channel. Today's passage was winding and narrow, as we passed between the 1000s of rock islands. From time to time we caused a traffic jam of powerboats behind us (that we encouraged to pass us just as soon as it was safe). We motored all the way, but were able to pull out a sail to assist us on route. The radio chatter has been entertaining, with a power boats claiming right of way over each other with varying degrees of imagination. There have been several seaplanes, flying and at the docks of the properties we are passing. Sky is overcast (presumably smoke from the fires raging to the West). ]

At: 13:42(EDT) 20-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F)
8 months  agoShow

45º 0.078' N79º 58.08' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Monument Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.0130, -079.9798

Sail From: Tonch Point, Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Monument Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 17.7nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:54 hours). We have moved 10.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.0kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m on mostly rocky bottom (test well to make sure your anchor holds for expected conditions). ]

General Comments: [We had a good long hike on Beausoleil Island. Today's passage was challenging as we were near constantly winding through narrow passages with obvious rock and/or shallows on either side, and in overcast skies. One 'shortcut' (Big Dog Channel) we attempted based on the reported higher waters giving us extra confidence - but right at the exit we determined we didn't trust one narrow spot and had to retrace our route somewhat to go the longer way around. It's beautiful scenery, but a somewhat anxiety inducing path today (thank goodness for the guidebooks and charts). Lots of channels, and plenty of homes/cottages on the waterfronts to enjoy. One island (barely a rock with just enough space for a house and some yard) was quaintly named 'Little Gibraltar' by the owners, another home named 'Blarney Castle', etc. Lots of small boat traffic (and wakes), we felt quite sorry for the few kaykers we spotted. We initially planned to anchor off Bernadette Island, but a local family there went our of their way to let us know weren't welcome. Telling us we were anchoring in 'their' bay and were in the way of their windsurfing fun. Of course this is neither true nor fair. All the guidebooks warn of unwelcoming locals throughout Georgian Bay unfortunately. The wind was too strong to have a rational conversation, and that bay offered the best protection for the expected winds conditions over the next couple of nights. We DID move, and wasted a lot of fuel and time trying several more distant locations, but ended up still much closer to them than we would have liked - we need good swinging room for the expected wind change and most coves are tiny or exposed one way or the other. Honestly - I would have been happy to spend a week right in the middle of 'their bay' and try and overcome/befriend them eventually. They don't know that we don't have a generator, nor do we blast loud music all night (but even if we did, it still isn't 'their bay')... Sigh. Anyway - we are still in a beautiful location and are sheltered sufficiently for the expected wind changes, but not enough that I feel comfortable getting our kayak out and exploring unfortunately (at least not for today or tomorrow). Phone signal weak, but OK.]

At: 14:02(EDT) 17-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 25.7C (78.26F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 25.3C (77.54F)
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45º 0.078' N79º 58.08' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Monument Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.0130, -079.9798

Sail From: Tonch Point, Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Monument Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 17.7nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:54 hours). We have moved 10.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.0kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m on mostly rocky bottom (test well to make sure your anchor holds for expected conditions). ]

General Comments: [We had a good long hike on Beausoleil Island. Today's passage was challenging as we were near constantly winding through narrow passages with obvious rock and/or shallows on either side, and in overcast skies. One 'shortcut' (Big Dog Channel) we attempted based on the reported higher waters giving us extra confidence - but right at the exit we determined we didn't trust one narrow spot and had to retrace our route somewhat to go the longer way around. It's beautiful scenery, but a somewhat anxiety inducing path today (thank goodness for the guidebooks and charts). Lots of channels, and plenty of homes/cottages on the waterfronts to enjoy. One island (barely a rock with just enough space for a house and some yard) was quaintly named 'Little Gibraltar' by the owners, another home named 'Blarney Castle', etc. Lots of small boat traffic (and wakes), we felt quite sorry for the few kaykers we spotted. We initially planned to anchor off Bernadette Island, but a local family there went our of their way to let us know weren't welcome. Telling us we were anchoring in 'their' bay and were in the way of their windsurfing fun. Of course this is neither true nor fair. All the guidebooks warn of unwelcoming locals throughout Georgian Bay unfortunately. The wind was too strong to have a rational conversation, and that bay offered the best protection for the expected winds conditions over the next couple of nights. We DID move, and wasted a lot of fuel and time trying several more distant locations, but ended up still much closer to them than we would have liked - we need good swinging room for the expected wind change and most coves are tiny or exposed one way or the other. Honestly - I would have been happy to spend a week right in the middle of 'their bay' and try and overcome/befriend them eventually. They don't know that we don't have a generator, nor do we blast loud music all night (but even if we did, it still isn't 'their bay')... Sigh. Anyway - we are still in a beautiful location and are sheltered sufficiently for the expected wind changes, but not enough that I feel comfortable getting our kayak out and exploring unfortunately (at least not for today or tomorrow). Phone signal weak, but OK.]

At: 14:02(EDT) 17-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 25.7C (78.26F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 25.3C (77.54F)
8 months  agoShow

44º 52.044' N79º 50.1' WBegonia
At Anchor: Tonch Point, Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:44.8736, -079.8496

Sail From: Beckwith Island (West Bay), Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Tonch Point, Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 21.3nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 6:08 hours). We have moved 11.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m. Beausoleil Island is part of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Smoothed rock bed landscape with forest and trails ashore. Shore access requires a small fee (for tender), alternatively there ais some dock space (for a fee). If taking your tender ashore - do not tie it to the dock. 2bar phone signal.]

General Comments: [Kyle managed to sail off the anchor again, and we had some good wind for the first half of the passage… then it left us so we motored the remaining distance. As we approached Beausoleil we spotted a large kayak with around 20 people in it (must be out for a practice, we understand there are several YMCA like camps in the area).]

At: 16:08(EDT) 15-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 26.8C (80.24F)
8 months  agoShow

44º 52.014' N80º 7.05' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Beckwith Island (West Bay), Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:44.8685, -080.1252

Sail From: MacGregor Harbour, Melville Sound, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Beckwith Island (West Bay), Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 47.8nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 8:34 hours). We have moved 38.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.5kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.8m (mud?), with sandy beach and dunes ashore and trails to explore. No structures ashore (aside from a stand of solar panels, and some camper outhouses). Uninhabited but part of the Ojibwa reserve, and belonging to the Beausoleil First Nation. Phone signal intermittent/poor.]

General Comments: [While we did manage a bit of kayaking and hiking, we mostly stayed aboard at our last anchorage (there was also lots of rain, lightning, etc to disincline us from venturing out). We departed early to catch the wind and sailed most of the distance with the spinnaker (nice downwind stuff). We are finally in Georgian Bay proper with this current hop, It's been an overcast and drizzly day, but tomorrow's forecast promises ideal conditions for us to venture out and explore (hopefully the clouds will clear and we'll even get a bit of the Perseid meteor shower during our stay here).]

At: 14:14(EDT) 13-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 23.4C (74.12F)
8 months  agoShow

44º 55.062' N81º 2.004' WBegonia
At Anchor: MacGregor Harbour, Melville Sound, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:44.9269, -081.0336

Sail From: Dunks Bay, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario To: MacGregor Harbour, Melville Sound, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 41.4nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 8:10 hours). We have moved 32.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.0kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m (mud), Tucked in behind Harbor Point, giving great protection from all but strong westerlies. Peaceful anchorage, Mostly deciduous trees along the shoreline, with a dramatic backdrop string of cliffs (Niagara escarpment). There is a barge like wreck ashore on Harbour Point. Nayausheeng First Nation lands/community ashore (Cape Croker Indian Reserve), but shore access is permitted and there are some boardwalk trails to discover in the Neyaashiinigmiing Nature reserve on the SE shore. Bruce trail about 4km to south. Good phone signal.]

General Comments: [At Dunks we managed to kayak some more and return (by kayak) via the shoreline the the area we hiked previously. We'd hoped to do some hiking but I (Maryanne) have a bruised foot and a twisted ankle that I wanted to rest. So we did some swimming instead and managed to clean the hulls while we were at it! We had some heavy rain, but plenty of sunshine to exploit so no matter. A very early start to be sure we could actually sail to this next stop on the circuit.]

At: 08:46(EDT) 11-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 23.4C (74.12F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 15.006' N81º 38.052' WBegonia
At Anchor: Dunks Bay, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.2513, -081.6418

Sail From: Beachy Cove, Flowerpot Island, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Dunks Bay, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 2.9nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:54 hours). We have moved 2.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.2kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.9m. The shore is ringed with private cottages. There is a nice sandy beach and the shallower water is busy with swimmers, kayakers, etc in summer. Access to Bruce Trail on southern shore.]

General Comments: [We managed all the trails of Flowerpot Island, and did get to see the two remaining 'flowerpot' structures (that part was busy with tourists). The lighthouse museum was open, so we were also able to visit there. Trails were a bit of a challenge in that we had to spend most of our time looking at our feet (rocks and roots), but all grand on another glorious day (amazing after all the rain we had yesterday). We've now moved over to Dunks Bay to spend the next few days.]

At: 16:28(EDT) 08-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 17.076' N81º 37.008' WBegonia
At Anchor: Beachy Cove, Flowerpot Island, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.2963, -081.6182

Sail From: Laronde's Harbor, Cove Island, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Beachy Cove, Flowerpot Island, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 6.4nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 1:34 hours). We have moved 4.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Within the Fathom Five National Marine Park. Anchoring is permitted, but discouraged as there is a regular exchange of tour boats arriving at the island. However to leave room for them within the cove, you will be in very shallow water so we anchored outside (on a calm day) on a slope of rubble. You will need a permit for your main boat and any tenders/kayaks/etc (free, and available from the National Park Visitor Center at Tobermory). Any buoy in the bay is private (tourist boat). Currently the no-commercial dock is out of action with no timeframe regarding repair - so be sure to avoid it. Trails and caves and of course the flower pot are the attractions (no services ashore). Phone Signal good.]

General Comments: [We had two glorious days poking around with the kayak in sunshine, followed by a day hunkered down in strong winds and heavy rain (thankfully we were well protected). Kyle helped a fellow boater free their anchor that was stuck on a log several meters down (we've been helped many times ourselves by other boaters, so it is nice when we can pay it forward). We tried each night to see possible aurora (with good expectation) but were foiled by clouds and moon (we keep trying). Crossing over to Flowerpot today was quite choppy (remnants of the recent strong winds), but the sun is back out and we are now in the protected side of Flowerpot Island.]

At: 11:14(EDT) 08-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 22.5C (72.5F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 19.5C (67.1F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 17.022' N81º 42.096' WBegonia
At Anchor: Laronde's Harbor, Cove Island, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.2871, -081.7161

Sail From: Overflow wall, Little Tub Harbour, Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Laronde's Harbor, Cove Island, Bruce Peninsula, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 4.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 1:32 hours). We have moved 2.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.8m (took a few tries to stick under test). Beautiful sheltered cove within the Fathom Five National Marine Park. Permits for motor boat and kayaks (etc) available free from Parks office in Tobermory. Landing or tying off ashore is prohibited (see https://parks.canada.ca/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/activ/plaisance-boating). ]

General Comments: [Overnight the forecast was for near perfect conditions for a Northern Lights Display at this latitude, the fact that we were tied to a wall and I could easily step ashore, find a dark spot, and have a stable environment to place the camera was a bonus - along with the fact we were in a 'dark sky' zone. I took a nap while waiting for full dark and then slept through the good part. By the time I surfaced the moon was up and ruined any chance of color in the sky (I tried), and the forecasts were all still hopeful so I barely slept just in case... sigh... (Next time I'll set an alarm!). Today - a short hop across to this protected island (and part of a national marine park), took us first via the entrance to Big Tub Harbor and its picturesque lighthouse. Looks like more great kayak conditions, but first Kyle plans to take a swim and check out the anchor and general surrounds.]

At: 11:22(EDT) 05-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 23.4C (74.12F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 15.048' N81º 39.078' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock in Overflow wall, Little Tub Harbour, Tobermory, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Little Shelter Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan To:Overflow wall, Little Tub Harbour, Tobermory, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario.

Our position: loc:45.2576, -081.6629

Progress: [We've made 89.1nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 22:12 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 42.0nm; we have made 42.1nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 40.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.0kt. ]

Location Comments: [Lovely marina with easy access to town and grocery supplies. Restaurants, fun, and trails too.]

General Comments: [Since this mornings report we've had much better winds and fine speeds (often at 7-8kts). Once we arrived, and were required to go to a dock before we could officially clear in to Canada. The municipal marina here at Little Tub was full with boats rafted up, with no space for Begoina, so we were permitted to temporarily use the fuel dock to clear in. Process was easy with a short phone call and approval granted over the phone (No visit to inspect the boat). We arrived and departed within 20 minutes, and the harbour master indicated this is unusual with waits of up to 2 hours not uncommon. We also managed to top up our water tanks while waiting (all easy). For now we are at the far end of the wall, and once we are rested and reprovisioned we can move on to the more peaceful anchorages and explore Georgian Bay proper.]

At: 14:34(EDT) 03-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 24.06' N82º 35.082' WBegonia
Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Little Shelter Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan To:Tobermory, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario.

Our position: loc:45.4095, -082.5969

We have 42.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 46.9nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 13:38 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 50.0nm; we have made 46.9nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 50.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.4kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Ugh! Kyle pre-reefed the main expecting some strong winds, but, the reality didn't meet the forecast. After sailing for a few hours at around 2kt, we eventually caved in and put up the spinnaker, that lasted less than an hour before the wind came too far forward. Anyway - all my watch was frustrating and SLOW.... seriously impacting our ETA. Kyle eventually put the spinnaker back up on his watch and at one point was zipping along at over 7kt (great, but no enough to make up for our poor start). The lake has also been choppier than we expected which is especially difficult in light wind.]

General Comments: [A beautiful (near) full moon rose with a coat of orange last night. I tried to grab a picture but the boat movement was too much. Progress has been frustrating. Kyle is out on the hunt for the few flies that have joined us already this morning (or maybe were here all night). Our previous anchorage was less than 5nm from the border of Canada, and overnight we've been criss-crossing it as we head SE.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 03-Aug-2023, Outside Temp: 20.4C (68.72F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F), Course: 120(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:12Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:m (from:)
9 months  agoShow

45º 55.014' N83º 33.078' WBegonia
At Anchor: Little Shelter Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:45.9191, -083.5630

Sail From: Pike Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan To: Little Shelter Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan

Trip: We travelled 11.7nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:20 hours). We have moved 10.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.6m, large bay, scattered cottages, no facilities ashore. Shelter Island gives it good shelter from West, so it is only exposed to winds from S-SW . We chose this as a good place to anchor before hoping over to Canadian waters. No cell service (mostly shows SOS only).]

General Comments: [Another fun/lazy stay in our last anchorage. Today we were able to sail the few miles along the south coast of Drummond Island to this location. We'll spend a couple of nights here before returning to Canada (We need to work on drinking up our alcohol supplies before we clear in to Canadian waters)! Since arriving in Lake Huron we've been on the look out for Loons (native, beautiful, black-and-white ducks that are so beloved in Canada they feature on the $1 coin, which is hence nicknamed a ""loonie""). So far we've only seen them at a far distance, but we had a few less distant sightings in Pike Bay, so are getting more hopeful for a close up sometime this season.]

At: 13:20(EDT) 30-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 21.4C (70.52F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 57.018' N83º 48.042' WBegonia
At Anchor: Pike Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:45.9531, -083.8068

Sail From: Fort Drummond, off Whitney Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan To: Pike Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan

Trip: We travelled 5.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 1:28 hours). We have moved 2.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m, large bay with good protection. Cottages dotted ashore, but mostly all you see is evergreen trees. No services ashore, plenty of kayaking options. 2bar LTE on phone signal.]

General Comments: [Given the forecast rain tomorrow we decided to move on to the next anchorage a little earlier - so this afternoon - after a bit of kayaking around this morning. Day started off smoky, but blue skies seem to have returned. During the Short passage we were hounded by biting flies and Kyle went on a killing spree to solve that issue, let's hope their friends don't follow us for revenge.]

At: 16:00(EDT) 27-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 22.4C (72.32F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 58.068' N83º 51.048' WBegonia
At Anchor: Fort Drummond, off Whitney Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:45.9781, -083.8575

Sail From: Drummond Island Yacht Haven, North Passage, Lake Huron, Michigan To: Fort Drummond, off Whitney Bay, Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan

Trip: We travelled 10.4nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:30 hours). We have moved 5.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m in this peaceful cove. There is a marina deeper in if needed. We arrived to see a deer ashore watching us. Well sheltered, and with plenty of kayak exploring options. 2bar LTE on Phone.]

General Comments: [We spent most of yesterday waiting for the electrician to make I to the boat, but once he did arrive all was fixed within 30 minutes (Yay). If only we'd had the beefier crimping tool we could have done the work ourselves. We squeezed in a visit to the local historical museum (small but well done), and Kyle hit the jackpot with visits to both a Mexican restaurant AND and ice cream parlor before returning to Begonia. We planned to walk the 2.5 miles, but locals stopped both ways and gave us a ride. Today we knew we didn't have far to go, so we squeezed in a walk to the trails at the nearby Clyde & Martha Williams Nature Reserve before leaving the marina. Since departing we've moved anti-clockwise around the island, through the De Tour Passage and around to the SW of Drummond Island. We are now still in Lake Huron, but officially out of the North Passage. We had great conditions for Aurora viewing overnight, but the smoke moved in and messed with us. Hopefully sometime this season!]

At: 13:20(EDT) 26-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
9 months  agoShow

46º 1.056' N83º 44.088' WBegonia
At Dock: Drummond Island Yacht Haven, North Passage, Lake Huron, Michigan - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:46.0256, -083.7482

Sail From: Off Drummond Island Yacht Haven, Drummond Island, North Passage, Lake Huron, Michigan To: Drummond Island Yacht Haven, North Passage, Lake Huron, Michigan

Trip: We travelled 0.2nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:14 hours). We have moved 0.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 0.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):0.9kt.

Location Comments: [Marina with docks for small and larger boats. Provides fuel, pump out, showers, laundry and various marine services.]

General Comments: [We've relocated to the marina where we have arranged to have the windlass wiring replaced today so have arrived in good time, hoping to have time to also visit the local museum once done (and a surprisingly well reviewed local mexican restaurant).]

At: 08:32(EDT) 25-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 19.9C (67.82F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F)
9 months  agoShow

46º 1.056' N83º 45.012' WBegonia
At Anchor: Off Drummond Island Yacht Haven, Drummond Island, North Passage, Lake Huron, Michigan - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:46.0261, -083.7518

Sail From: Harbor Island, Potagannissing Bay, NW of Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan To: Off Drummond Island Yacht Haven, Drummond Island, North Passage, Lake Huron, Michigan

Trip: We travelled 1.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:38 hours). We have moved 1.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.3kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m, just west of marina. Phone signal weak/intermittent.]

General Comments: [We did plenty of kayaking about in Harbor island (in the inner and outer parts of the island). We were introduced to the large Sandhill Cranes, with their loud and distinctive rattling calls. Relatively relaxed time, and we caught up with some chores (servicing the heads/toilets, and such). We've hopped over to the Marina as we want some electrical work done that we don't have the tools for, and are hoping that they'll have someone free to work on Begonia's windlass for an hour tomorrow. Assuming they have an opening, we'll prep for the work today.]

At: 11:28(EDT) 24-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 23.4C (74.12F)
9 months  agoShow

46º 3.0' N83º 45.06' WBegonia
At Anchor: Harbor Island, Sturgeon Bay, NW of Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:46.0499, -083.7603

Sail From: Supply Point, Huron Shores, North Channel, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Harbor Island, Sturgeon Bay, NW of Drummond Island, Lake Huron, Michigan

Trip: We travelled 37.3nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 9:56 hours). We have moved 25.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m in this beautifully protected inlet and mostly surrounded by fir trees. The island is a National Wildlife Refuge, so no facilities, just beautiful nature all around. The natural harbour provided by the island's shape is protected from all but the SW. Phone signal 1bar LTE / weak (no good for data). ]

General Comments: [We had a day of heavy rain yesterday so stayed aboard (unfortunately). Overnight remained cold, and we set off well wrapped today under sail (again) and tacked West along the channel and back to USA waters (Michigan). We had expected to need clear customs at a marina on Drummond Island ($$), but were able to check in via the app with a quick video call to speak with the official. All this meant we could change our destination to a peaceful anchorage instead (much nicer!). With a very early start this morning, we'll rest up the rest of the day and set off exploring in the morning.]

At: 15:38(EDT) 21-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F)
9 months  agoShow

46º 11.064' N83º 10.068' WBegonia
At Anchor: Supply Point, Huron Shores, North Channel, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:46.1942, -083.1780

Sail From: Dorothy Inlet, Blind River, North Channel, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Supply Point, Huron Shores, North Channel, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 16.1nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 6:10 hours). We have moved 8.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m. Strip of private homes ashore, no facilities, 2bar LTE phone signal. Charts show multiple isolated rocks either side of this area so pay attention on approach.]

General Comments: [Sunny weather and calm waters made from a pleasant sail. Winds were light and patchy (making us slow, but since we didn't need to hurry anywhere, who cares?).]

At: 14:22(EDT) 19-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 17.5C (63.5F)
9 months  agoShow

46º 10.062' N82º 58.008' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Blind River, North Channel, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:46.1773, -082.9675

Sail From: Cole Bay, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario To: Blind River, North Channel, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 12.9nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:44 hours). We have moved 13.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.7m. Just outside harbour breakwall. Considered poor holding so for fine weather only. 2 bar LTE on phone signal. There is a marina with facilities within the breakwall. Town is a good size (pop:3,500) and has museums, restaurants, chandlery, etc.]

General Comments: [We were kindly welcomed and given a tour of the Ziibaahaasing First Nation Land by a local (Thanks Kevin), so that was a special treat! Today, we headed back to the mainland, to the town of Blind River. Another departure under sail today (Kudos to Kyle). ]

At: 16:04(EDT) 16-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 57.078' N82º 52.074' WBegonia
At Anchor: Cole Bay, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.9628, -082.8792

Sail From: Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, North Channel, Lake Huron To: Cole Bay, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 18.9nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 6:48 hours). We have moved 17.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m in peaceful cove, ashore is the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation lands (relocated from Cockburn Island), and their 'giant' tourist attractions. Good phone/data signal. ]

General Comments: [Kyle departed Gore bay under sail today (It took us 2 hours to exit the bay in very light winds). Variable winds made for variable speeds underway as the wind played with us. Forecasts are for some heavy rains this afternoon and through the weekend, but we are hoping for a dry window to get ashore at some point.]

At: 15:44(EDT) 14-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 23.7C (74.66F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F)
9 months  agoShow

45º 55.008' N82º 27.06' WBegonia
At Anchor: Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, North Channel, Lake Huron - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.9181, -082.4601

Sail From: NE coves, South Benjamin Island, North Channel, Lake Huron To: Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, North Channel, Lake Huron

Trip: We travelled 14.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:48 hours). We have moved 13.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m. Note the breakwall was extended in 2016 and (as of 2023) does not appear on charts. Ashore is chandlery, provisioning, museum, water park (floating), and trails. Dinghies are permitted to tie up to the southernmost dock at the marina (F dock).]

General Comments: [We had a fun few days at the Benjamin Islands, and got the Kayak out to explore (all around), setting foot ashore at various locations, and gathering fresh blueberries. We had a few very windy evenings though, but all held well. Today we had a very early start to get back across to Manitoulin Island and still be able to sail. We'll spend a couple of nights here in Gore before moving on.]

At: 09:48(EDT) 12-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F)
10 months  agoShow

46º 5.028' N82º 15.018' WBegonia
At Anchor: NE coves, South Benjamin Island, North Channel, Lake Huron - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:46.0876, -082.2531

Sail From: Town Docks, Port of Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario To: NE coves, South Benjamin Island, North Channel, Lake Huron

Trip: We travelled 25.7nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 6:34 hours). We have moved 15.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.3kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m. Anchoring reported to be poor (and it took us a couple of tries) so avoid being here with any winds from East or NE. It is a popular spot and can be very busy, regularly with 20+ boats. It's the scenery: The smooth pink granite of the Benjamin Islands are a popular attraction, with easy climb of the low, lumpy hills for the views and blueberries to fuel any walking. No facilities, 1bar Phone signal. ]

General Comments: [We had a productive couple of days in Little Current (topping up fresh produce, fuel and water, and cleaning the decks AGAIN). We managed to join in with a boater get together, visit the local Cruiser Net hero (Roy Eaton), and even be interviewed for the LCYC Cruiser Net on Sunday morning before we departed. The passage across to the Benjamins is beautiful and we were actually able to sail (tacking) to get here so Kyle especially enjoyed having the motor off.]

At: 16:30(EDT) 09-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 20.9C (69.62F)
10 months  agoShow

45º 58.092' N81º 55.056' WBegonia
At Dock: Town Docks, Port of Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:45.9815, -081.9263

Sail From: Opposite Mary Ann Cove, along Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario) To: Town Docks, Port of Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 15.9nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:52 hours). We have moved 12.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.5kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [At town docks with easy access Little Current town itself. Among the things to do is a visit the local Anchor Inn to meet and assist Roy with the daily local Cruisers Radio Net (VHF Channel 71 at 9am daily during July/August). The swing bridge here (just East of town) opens on the hour for access. ]

General Comments: [Another relaxing few days in the beauty of this lovely fresh water 'fjord'. We hiked, ate fresh blueberries from the plant, swam, snorkelled and relaxed. We had planned to move on yesterday but it turned out to be overcast and rainy so we changed the plan and spent the day at various indoor chores at anchor. All the motoring we've did to get from Lake Erie to here means we needed to pick up some extra fuel (not in the original plan, but ... sigh). The bugs have barely been an issue since we arrived, and that is a HUGE relieve, but we have a few bodies on the deck that we need to hose off to make the boat respectable again. This is our first stop in Manatoulin Island (the largest lake island in the world). Today was a motor, with a wait for the bridge, and a stop for fuel before tying up at the town wall.]

At: 14:54(EDT) 07-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 26C (78.8F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)
10 months  agoShow

46º 1.038' N81º 38.016' WBegoniaAt Anchor: Opposite Mary Ann Cove, along Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario) - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:46.0226, -081.6355

Sail From: The Pool, Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario) To: Opposite Mary Ann Cove, along Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario)

Trip: We travelled 9.2nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:20 hours). We have moved 6.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.5kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m in this tiny cove just across from Mary Ann Cove, Useful if Mary Ann Cove is full. We set anchor and stern tied to a tree for security as there is little swinging room for larger boats. From here we can dinghy/Kayak to Mary Ann Cove to join the trail to Casson Peak (also called Frazer Bay Hill). No Phone signal in bays (weak signal in main Baie Fine channel.]

General Comments: [We had glorious weather and a blissful time at The Pool: hiking, kayaking, swimming and loafing around reading books. Aside from regular drop offs to the trail to Topaz Lake, it never seemed busy. We are LOVING the fresh water. We had an old turtle regularly visit us at the boat, and who seemed very sad to see us depart (maybe because we donated salad and fruit to the cause). The Pool has been a great start to our Lake Huron summer. For today, we had originally planned to anchor in Mary Ann Cove itself (how could we pass by?) but numerous frustrating attempts inside and adjacent to the cove failed to have the anchor set once we tested it under power. Much of the area seems to be very shallow mud over a hard rock base. We have this tiny cove to ourselves just across from Mary Ann Cove, and tomorrow we'll dinghy/kayak across to explore the trail to the peak for the views.]

At: 14:40(EDT) 03-Jul-2023, Outside Temp: 31.5C (88.7F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 28.2C (82.76F)
10 months  agoShow

46º 2.064' N81º 28.068' WBegoniaSafely arrived: at Anchor in The Pool, Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario), Canada - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Goderich Harbor, Lake Huron (Ontario) To:The Pool, Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario).

Our position: loc:46.0438, -081.4776

Progress: [We've made 148.4nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 38:06 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 58.0nm; we have made 55.5nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 45.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.7kt, Avg speed for trip:3.9kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.0m Extremely well protected, and with beautiful granite(?) hills and rocks and trees all around. This bay is known for its healthy weed, but considered good holding. Floating dock to the N of this inlet can be used to get ashore with dinghy (avoid the private docks). Access to the Artist trail once ashore (a short walk to Lake Topaz is a popular choice). Be prepared for bugs, and possibly even black bears and rattle snakes. The Pool sits at the head of the beautiful 9nm Fjord-like Baie Fine. A the Baie narrows to its eastern end, there is a 1.5m lip to pass before depths increase again. Note:Baie Fine is French for fine bay, and therefore pronounced Bay Fin. No Phone Signal within anchorage.]

General Comments: [Once we entered Georgian Bay, we caught some great wind and spent a couple of hours sailing at 7kt between the rugged islands. The biting stable flies have continued to torment on this passage, but we are so glad to now be anchored in such a beautiful spot (and maybe we can believe that they are thinning out?). The whole 9 mile passage along Baie Fine to this location at the end is beautiful, although somewhat muted today with poor visibility due to the wildfire smoke. The frigid 14-17C water temperature in the outer bay, climbed to 24C once we entered Baie Fine - much nicer! There are a handful of boats already anchored here, but it is Canada Day this weekend (1st of July) so we are thinking things may get busy! We hope to pull out the kayak and enjoy exploring this and the other anchorages of the North Channel for a while (no more overnight passages for a while).]

At: 17:42(EDT) 30-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 24.3C (75.74F)
10 months  agoShow

45º 18.084' N81º 47.094' WBegoniaDay 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario) To:Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario).

Our position: loc:45.3141, -081.7989

We have 58.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 92.9nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 26:24 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 88.0nm; we have made 87.4nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 87.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.5kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Boy - a frustrating day of sailing. Wind died, wind changed direction, constantly variable. The spinnaker was up and down, but eventually the wind was too far forward for too long and we switched to jib. We had lightning and thunder overnight, all distant from the boat). ]

General Comments: [BUG (various types, including the biting flies) continue to torture us, leaving the boat to go into the cockpit involves passing through a cloud of the biting flies keen to enter. We keep ourselves well covered. The skies are overcast, mostly from the smoke of the fires, and thankfully the smoke doesn't come down to our level. Progress yesterday was very much slower than all the matching forecasts had led us to expect, but we made up time a little this morning with by far our fastest hour of 6nm.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 30-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 16.2C (61.16F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 14C (57.2F), Course: 6(degT), Speed Over Ground:6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:Sm (from:0.5)
10 months  agoShow

43º 51.036' N81º 46.074' WBegonia
Day 1 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario) To:Baie Fine, North Passage, Lake Huron (Ontario).

Our position: loc:43.8555, -081.7788

We have 146.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 5.5nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 2:24 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 7.0nm; we have made 5.52nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 7.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):2.3kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Downwind sailing with the spinnaker. Clear (no smoke), but chilly.]

General Comments: [Our first full day in Goderich was choppy and smoky from the Canadian fires which have already burned more that the worst year to date; we stayed aboard. Our 2nd day was sunny, clear, and beautiful so we rowed ashore and enjoyed icecream, museums, country walks, and poutine (a very Canadian dish). We learned that Goderich has the world's largest underground salt mine (still active today). And so we are off again, and with a very early start. The air quality index remains good. This coming weekend would normally be filled with celebrations for Canada Day, but necessary fire restrictions mean no fireworks so we don't expect to see anything.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 29-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 14.3C (57.74F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 16.6C (61.88F), Course: 347(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:7Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:m (from:)
10 months  agoShow

43º 44.064' N81º 43.086' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Goderich Harbor, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Leamington Municipal Marina, Lake Erie, Ontario To:Goderich Harbor, Lake Huron, Ontario.

Our position: loc:43.7439, -081.7308

Progress: [We've made 184.8nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 41:22 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 69.0nm; we have made 79.8nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 67.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip:4.5kt. ]

Location Comments: [We are anchored within breakwall of the industrial harbor, 4.1m. We had planned to enter deeper into the harbor, but one of the cargo boats at dock has a large gantry/crane across the channel and we are uncertain of overhead clearance so aborted. The marina here has closed (now home to coast guard and rescue boats only?), Note: Goderich has a separate river entrance (which has 3 marinas) immediately to the north. ]

General Comments: [The flies transitioned to biting ones (ugh!) so we've been extra covered and doing lots of waving in front of our faces. Exiting the St Clair River had us fighting a 4.5kt current but we eventually made it into the Lake and were able to sail on-and-off, sometimes even with the spinnaker. We've done a LOT of motoring for this trip and that has been very frustrating. Kyle did manage to replace the engine belt that failed (so that's good). A good looking tall-ship 'Playfair' passed us in the river, and we've been tracking it most of the day (although it is now way ahead of us, headed further North for now). Anyway - we are safely at anchor and ready to zonk out for the night.]

At: 23:14(EDT) 26-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 19.7C (67.46F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
10 months  agoShow

42º 45.054' N82º 28.02' WBegonia
Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Leamington Municipal Marina, Lake Erie, Ontario To:Goderich, Lake Huron, Ontario.

Our position: loc:42.7586, -082.4702

We have 69.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 105.0nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 24:08 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 59.0nm; we have made 105.0nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 44.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.8kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.4kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [What a passage so far, we've had to mostly motor to be prepared during tornado warnings, lightning storms, strong winds and hail stones. Oh, and to fight the river currents too! ]

General Comments: [We had a great time in Leamington with the Babins, who entertained us well. Our push north (NW) hasn't been so much fun, starting with an invasion of mayflies covering the boat and walkways at the marina for our departure (after Kyle had cleaned the boat so well) While the mayflies have gone, they just seem to keep getting replaced with a different 'swarm' (we've had at least 4 different types of fly invade the boat). We fully cover up at the helm, and wrap up not just because of the insects but against the rain and cold. Many boaters still have their shrink wrap on, they clearly know to wait a few more weeks! Additionally we had an engine belt break overnight (thankfully we have 2 engines, so Kyle can wait for daylight to pull out the spare and replace the belt). All making for a 'memorable' trip so far.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 26-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 18.1C (64.58F), Humidity:93%, Water Temp: 18C (64.4F), Course: 18(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.8kt, Wind:5Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 998hPa, Swell:m (from:)
10 months  agoShow

42º 1.062' N82º 35.088' WBegonia
At Dock: Leamington Municipal Marina, Lake Erie, Ontario - Inland Waterways, Canada.

Our position: loc:42.0267, -082.5978

Sail From: Off Seacliff Beach, Leamington, Pigeon Bay, Ontario (ON) To: Leamington Municipal Marina, Lake Erie, Ontario

Trip: We travelled 0.7nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:28 hours). We have moved 0.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 0.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.5kt.

Location Comments: [Marina with new-ish floating docks and plenty of space. 2m depth at dock.]

General Comments: [We anchored out for a few beautiful sunny days and caught up with chores, now the weather is drizzly and overcast while we wait for Canadian Customs and Immigration approval. We are here to meet up with fellow boaters and previous owners of Prydwen (the beautiful Tartan 30 monohull we purchased from them in early 2003). These guys are still boating and getting ready for their summer cruising plans, but have made some time for us to meet up and catch up. ]

At: 09:50(EDT) 23-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 19.4C (66.92F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 23.4C (74.12F)
10 months  agoShow

42º 1.056' N82º 36.036' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Off Seacliff Beach, Leamington, Pigeon Bay, Ontario (ON), Canada - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Marine Lake, Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA To:Off Seacliff Beach, Leamington, Pigeon Bay, Ontario (ON).

Our position: loc:42.0262, -082.6064

Progress: [We've made 131.2nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 23:50 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 13.0nm; we have made 12.7nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 13.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip:5.5kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.8m of sand. Just off public beach and harbour entrance.]

General Comments: [We made it, we have a reservation at the Marina for Friday, so will spend the time between then and now with jobs aboard and chilling. A check in with Canadian Customs verified it is fine for us to anchor out (we have a report number), and then when we go into the Marina later in the week call again to complete the clearing in process. ]

At: 08:28(EDT) 21-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
10 months  agoShow

41º 49.074' N82º 28.098' WBegonia
Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Marine Lake, Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA To:Leamington Municipal Marina, Ontario, Canada.

Our position: loc:41.8291, -082.4828

We have 13.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 118.4nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 21:22 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 115.0nm; we have made 118.4nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 107.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.5kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [An all spinnaker passage, although we've just switched to main and jib as we approach the harbour. ]

General Comments: [As we left Erie, the flies arrived - this time biting flies. They seem to go for your ankles when they 'know' you are occupied. As we approach Leamington a different kind of bug has arrived - sigh…. We can see a giant cruise ship anchored off (that's a surprise). We're unsure currently how customs will go (there is no special dock), but hopefully it can all be done over the phone.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 21-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Course: 335(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:10Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:NE)
10 months  agoShow

42º 9.042' N80º 7.026' WBegonia
At Anchor: Marine Lake, Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:42.1567, -080.1205

Sail From: Wolverine Park Marina, Erie, Pennsylvania (PA) To: Marine Lake, Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA

Trip: We travelled 1.9nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 1:00 hours). We have moved 1.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.9kt.

Location Comments: [A well protected anchorage, alongside state park, lots of wildlife, peaceful, plenty of places to expore with Kayak/dinghy, and trails ashore (also close to state run marina with fuel).]

General Comments: [After a few days of part fun, part frustrating chores (we attempted several medical checkups and failed at most of them), we've now hopped across Presque Isle Bay to the tranquility of the state park. On route we stopped off for fuel, and we were amazed to be greeted by people that seemed to know us. It turns out our greeters were friends of the rigger who recently inspected our boat (for insurance purposes), one of the many 'jobs' we were able to get done in Erie.]

At: 11:48(EDT) 18-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 20.9C (69.62F)
10 months  agoShow

42º 8.016' N80º 5.04' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock in Wolverine Park Marina, Erie, Pennsylvania (PA), USA - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Motor Island, Niagara River, NY To:Wolverine Park Marina, Erie, Pennsylvania (PA).

Our position: loc:42.1358, -080.0903

Progress: [We've made 129.0nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 28:12 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 20.0nm; we have made 26.2nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 18.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.6kt. ]

Location Comments: [A well protected, transient only marina with shower, laundry, etc. Close to downtown Erie stuff (museums, etc). Note entry is under a walkway between the hotel and conference center with a clearance reported of 65' (but due to water level was at 68' when we entered (our mast is 59').]

General Comments: [We had a glorious caddisfly free night, but as we approached Erie we were invaded by new insects, a type of chironomid called 'Muffleheads' (also locally called sand flies, midges, Canadian soldiers, American soldiers). They look like large mosquitos but don't bite, and the males have a big brush at the end of their antennae. They land on everything, and are everywhere, you can't walk without stepping on them, and they don't fly out of the way as you approach nor if you wave your hand about, so we keep accidentally sitting on them and finding some really undesirable stains on our clothes and deck. Hopefully they won't be staying now we are in the city! We made it, and will have a few days here for some essential chores. I wonder if the Great Lakes are just going to be a constant stream of insects to torture us?]

At: 12:42(EDT) 15-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)
10 months  agoShow

42º 24.006' N79º 56.004' WBegonia
Day 2 of Inland Waterways Passage From:Motor Island, Niagara River, NY To:Wolverine Marina, Erie, Pennsylvania (PA).

Our position: loc:42.4133, -079.9337

We have 20.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 102.8nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 21:30 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 102.0nm; we have made 102.8nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 55.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Ugh - Since we delayed our departure by several days to avoid strong head-winds, we were really disappointed in the sailing - once we made it to the lake all was fine, the lake waters were flat ad we were easily sailing along at 7-8 kts. Later winds increased so we ha 20+ head-winds and needed to reef, then they would die to 8kt for an hour (so we unreefed) and then is would repeat ALL afternoon and night. Slowly the seas built too, so in the calmer winds we could barely make 2kts of progress - so frustrating. But, we have tacked all over the lake (including the Canadian side), and are now close-ish to our destination in light winds and calm waters again.]

General Comments: [Leaving our anchorage, before reaching Lake Erie we need to transit through a lock, and two separate bridges needed lifting/swinging to let us by. It was all going so well until the swing bridge reported they had a train coming so we'd need to wait... 20 minutes later still no train... still waiting... It took us an hour of waiting before the train finally arrived and passed, and then there had been a change of staff and I think they forgot about us, so we had some unexpected delays there. The passage has taken us much longer than we expected and the route involved much more tacking. Looking at the positive side - it was a good test of the newly stepped rig and our return to sailing after getting rusty for the last month.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 15-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 14.6C (58.28F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 13.8C (56.84F), Course: 162(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 986hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:SW)
10 months  agoShow

42º 58.002' N78º 56.028' WBegonia
At Anchor: Motor Island, Niagara River, NY - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:42.9674, -078.9380

Sail From: Wardells Boat Yard, North Tonawanda, Tonawanda Creek, NY To: Motor Island, Niagara River, NY

Trip: We travelled 7.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 1:34 hours). We have moved 4.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m between Grand Island and Motor Island (also called Pirates Island), Expect to see plenty of border force presence. Also regular helicopters flying overhead (border force?, tours?). Constant current of about 2kt. No access to Motor Island without a permit.]

General Comments: [We have a mast again! Kyle installed the new forestay into the roller furler system and we got the mast up yesterday. It was all quite exhausting and we ate out last night so as not to add to the workload. This morning, we left the dock of Wardells just to make way for any newly arriving boats today. We've not gone far, but are now in the Niagara River proper. With all the convenient and free docks on the canal, this is the first time we've anchored in over a month. Today we still need to put on the sails and connect all the electronics at the foot of the mast. It's all a bit cold and drizzly for now so we'll wait it out and start on that later. Kyle's back is struggling but he's insisting he can still do all the work required (so I may next be reporting him stuck under the sofa where all the mast wiring is!).]

At: 09:40(EDT) 09-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 16.6C (61.88F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 14.6C (58.28F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 1.032' N78º 52.08' WBegonia
At Dock: Wardells Boat Yard, North Tonawanda, Tonawanda Creek, NY - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:43.0220, -078.8799

Sail From: North Tonawanda, NY To: Wardells Boat Yard, North Tonawanda, Tonawanda Creek, NY

Trip: We travelled 0.1nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:08 hours). We have moved 0.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):0.7kt.

Location Comments: [Fixed dock, rickety structure well patched. The only place this side of the canal to step/unstep a mast. Charged $9/mast foot. (Also sells fuel)]

General Comments: [After a day off visiting Niagara Falls (to mentally prepare) we are getting the mast stepped today (and installing the new forestay which I'm sure will involve some swearing).]

At: 08:48(EDT) 08-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 1.032' N78º 52.062' WBegonia
At Wall: North Tonawanda, NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.0218, -078.8767

Sail From: Lockport, NY To: North Tonawanda, NY

Trip: We travelled 16.5nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:30 hours). We have moved 12.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Wall (1.4m depth) with power, water and shower block. Check-in online and pay when dockmaster is open (hours posted on door). Price varies by length and if power hookup required. Free for a 2 hour tie-up. For us (with no power) it was $30/night.]

General Comments: [We had a lovely day exploring Lockport and its canal history, the lock tenders were especially kind. Today we had no locks nor lift bridges to worry about. We went through the 'cut' the last bit of the Erie canal, and soon found ourselves in Tonawanda Creek. Plenty of ducks and geese on the water. Now we make a plan to re-step our mast and becoming a sailboat again - but first we'll take a couple of days to explore Tonawanda.]

At: 12:40(EDT) 06-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:45%, Water Temp: 15.8C (60.44F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 10.02' N78º 41.064' WBegonia
At Wall-Free: Lockport, NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.1703, -078.6938

Sail From: Medina, NY To: Lockport, NY

Trip: We travelled 16.5nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:00 hours). We have moved 13.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.5kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Wall (1.2m depth, shallow) just alongside the outside of Lock 35 - sheltered with high walls all around. Right in the middle of things town-wise. You basically dock at the top of the original canal flight (a flight of 5 now unused/replace by the modern flight of 2).]

General Comments: [We DID get to visit the railway museum in Medina (which had a giant model rail way and a huge collection of all sorts of additional oddities - like fire fighter helmets), but not before we had a 'slice' of pizza that turned out to be bigger than most normal pizzas. A fellow boater was surprised with a snake in his cockpit in Medina and after some prodding with a boat hook slithered way via the cockpit drain. Today we continued along the canal with a 4 lift bridges and the last two locks of the Erie Canal official (25' lift each a flight of 2 locks). We had plenty of spectators waving from the sides too. The countryside bit of the canal has been rural with red barns dotting the way. Weather has certainly felt cooler (especially in the mornings) and we're back to wearing jeans. There is one more lock for us to transit, but it is federally owned, so not (technically) part of the Erie Canal. For now we at 172m/565' elevation - probably the highest Begonia has ever been (the Panama canal lifts boats just 16.5m/85' above sea level).]

At: 12:40(EDT) 05-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Humidity:42%, Water Temp: 20.4C (68.72F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 13.032' N78º 23.016' WBegonia
At Wall-Free: Medina, NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.2221, -078.3863

Sail From: Holley Village,NY To: Medina, NY

Trip: We travelled 18.8nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:16 hours). We have moved 16.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.8kt.

Location Comments: [Wall (3.5m depth) with posts (cleat towards west end). Shower with pin code. Plenty of eating choices. Railway museum in town is highly regarded.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we reached the Holley June festival just as it was all closing up, but we did get to amble around and found another nice waterfall (being used as a backdrop for graduation pictures). Today we reached the northernmost point of the Erie Canal, and continue to head mostly west, we also had a section of the canal that had a road beneath it (small, but there!). The weather was little milder today (not so much wind chill). Aside from the usual walkers and cyclists, we were surprised to see several batches of Amish ladies on bicycles along the canal, with the occasional males darting between the groups on their bicycles - they all looked very dapper with their hats.]

At: 12:00(EDT) 04-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:36%, Water Temp: 23.8C (74.84F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 13.068' N78º 1.026' WBegonia
At Wall-Free: Holley Village,NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.2278, -078.0209

Sail From: Corn Hill Landing, Genesee River, Rochester, NY To: Holley Village,NY

Trip: We travelled 23.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:58 hours). We have moved 18.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.6kt.

Location Comments: [Wall in center of village (either side of waterway), alongside park with small lake. 3.4m at wall, lift bridge to west. Diners/Bar to eat at in the village, also a post office, library and Laundromat. Convenience store (gas station). Access to trails.]

General Comments: [We enjoyed our time in Rochester. A lot of construction projects had us retracing our steps and missing a few viewpoints, but we did enjoy several dramatic dams and waterfalls (one with a beer in hand). We also ate at the Dinosaur BBQ (again, different branch of the same small chain) and this time knew to order a lot less food! Today we returned to the Erie canal, and passed under 3 bridges (thankfully there doesn't seem to be too much traffic so we don't feel too bad). We continue to see goslings (although they are getting bigger), and the canal is often filled with flowers fallen from the trees, making for a pretty day (although cooler and windy today). We arrived in Holley to find a small festival set up at the park alongside so we'll explore once we're all secure.]

At: 14:28(EDT) 03-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 22.1C (71.78F), Humidity:49%, Water Temp: 27.2C (80.96F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 8.094' N77º 36.066' WBegonia
At Wall: Corn Hill Landing, Genesee River, Rochester, NY - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:43.1491, -077.6105

Sail From: Fairport Village (just east of lifting bridge), NY To: Corn Hill Landing, Genesee River, Rochester, NY

Trip: We travelled 15.5nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:26 hours). We have moved 8.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Wall close to center of Rochester (We had to abandon one spot as too shallow, eventually picked a wall and had 1.6m depth). Power and water available and showers too (they just changed management in June 2023, and is now managed by the Non-Profit 'Cornhill waterfront and Navigation Foundation' that also manages the Riverie Tour boat which also docks here). Plenty of restaurants to visit, and all the expected features of a large city. Cost was $5/night. https://cornhillnav.org/]

General Comments: [Fairport retained its charm from our last visit (especially the library). For Kyle it was the ice cream stores - while there were serval, he took a shine to the very first one and returned twice (So 3 visits) in one day. The town was getting busy for a weekend boating festival. Today's passage had us going through two large lift locks - and one of them was filled with school kids awaiting their turn on a tourist boat that we shared the lock with - the kids were loving their day trip, and we were glad they weren't following us all the way to Rochester :-). We turned off the main canal and onto the Genesee River for the detour to Rochester.]

At: 13:50(EDT) 02-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 32.3C (90.14F), Humidity:35%, Water Temp: 27.7C (81.86F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 6.006' N77º 26.046' WBegonia
Destingation: Midland, ONTARIO
At Wall: Fairport Village (just east of lifting bridge), NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.1011, -077.4411

We have moved 6.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Wall in center of village (either side of waterway), plenty of restaurants, etc around. Red-Bird Grocery store just a 2 minute walk away. Wifi, Showers, Water, Power and pump out available (included in rate). Rate is minimal and varies by boat length. Lift bridge here is (apparently) the only one in the world built on an incline.]

General Comments: [Our last stop turned out to have a butterfly trail (although we didn't see any butterflies, there was plenty of info boards and it was well done). A short hop along the canal today (no locks) after a morning walk finds us back in Fairport, a village we enjoyed last time we were this way.]

At: 10:04(EDT) 01-Jun-2023, Outside Temp: 28.3C (82.94F), Humidity:49%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 4.044' N77º 18.036' WBegoniaAt Wall-Free: Lock E-30 (West side), Macedon, NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.0740, -077.3055

Sail From: Newark, NY To: Lock E-30 (West side), Macedon, NY

Trip: We travelled 11.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:26 hours). We have moved 9.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.2kt.

Location Comments: [Rough wall with only distant bollards to secure to, to the west of the lock. 2.7m depth. No facilities. Peaceful with access to trails and plenty of notice boards to explain the surrounding wildlife, history, etc.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we had a lovely day in Newark, the ice-cream store's portions were WAY too large (but we managed). We also found a pub with a Trivia night - and WON (well, almost, actually we tied for first place but then lost the tiebreaker question.. but still, very close to a win!). We even treated ourselves to a breakfast out this morning before departing Newark. Today has been another VERY HOT day, we mostly kept in the shade and away from the blistering sun. We passed through the mini-lake of 'Wide Waters' before the canal narrowed again. Today we did 2 locks (not so many more to go). We waited at one as there were divers in the water inspecting the structure. For the third day in a row we've met the same friendly grounds keeper as he applies weed-killer to the concreted areas of the locks. We've heard plenty of catbirds among the many choruses over the last few days too.]

At: 13:04(EDT) 31-May-2023, Outside Temp: 33.3C (91.94F), Humidity:38%, Water Temp: 26.8C (80.24F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 2.088' N77º 5.058' WBegonia
At Dock-Free: Newark, NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.0476, -077.0931

Sail From: Lauraville Landing, Clyde, NY To: Newark, NY

Trip: We travelled 13.8nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:42 hours). We have moved 9.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [Wall and floating docks (both sides). North side has 2.8m depth at floating dock, South side reports 4'. Pumpout, power and water available. Murals on bridge all Erie Canal themed. Supermarket (Save-A-Lot) on south side (a short walk), and several restaurants to choose from (and an ice cream store just a few steps away). Welcome office right there will give you pin for bathrooms and wifi code. Free showers, Free washer & dryer. Donations accepted, registration on arrival expected.]

General Comments: [Our plans for chores were deflected at Clyde when we took several scenic walks in the sunshine (both of us feeling significantly improved now, and no longer taking pain meds!). Our plans to eat our were also thwarted with the ice cream store closing minutes before our arrival and the Mexican restaurant seemingly closed for Memorial Day. We did see a couple of Memorial Day events, one right at the bridge by the dock (thankfully they pointed their guns off from us), and one later in the main town park. Today we transitted 3 locks, the weather remains glorious (a bit too hot perhaps). We were the only boat to travel this section so far today. Kyle spotted a small snake swimming across the canal.]

At: 12:42(EDT) 30-May-2023, Outside Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Humidity:37%, Water Temp: 23.4C (74.12F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 4.086' N76º 52.026' WBegonia
At Dock-Free: Clyde, NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.0807, -076.8708

Sail From: Mays Point (West of Lock E-25) To: Clyde, NY

Trip: We travelled 7.3nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 1:54 hours). We have moved 6.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Wall and Floating docks, with power, water and pump out alongside a small park. Small, peaceful town setting with a handful of restaurants in town (over the bridge), including diners, Mexican, Chinese, and even a board game cafe.]

General Comments: [A short day today with just one lock (6' lift). I forgot to say a couple of days ago, but we are now over the half way point for the Erie Canal. Yesterday's walk went well (we get a little further each day). Despite being a holiday, this section of the canal was quiet and peaceful (just a couple of people fishing), the town of Clyde seems peaceful too. Today we finished early, but plan to work on some sewing projects/repairs, but first I think we'll take a walk through this small town.]

At: 10:08(EDT) 29-May-2023, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:46%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
11 months  agoShow

42º 59.088' N76º 45.084' WBegonia
At Dock-Free: Mays Point (West of Lock E-25) - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:42.9983, -076.7637

Sail From: Baldwinsville, NY, (West of Lock E-24) To: Mays Point (West of Lock E-25)

Trip: We travelled 27.8nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 6:10 hours). We have moved 21.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.5kt.

Location Comments: [Wall with rings and bollards, depth 3.4m. Peaceful/Rural area with no facilities near the edge of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. A short walk to the SW (before reaching I-90) will get you to a couple of different observation points to enjoy the wildlife (one an eagle observation tower).]

General Comments: [Kyle and I spent most of yesterday in Baldwinsville (after that early start). We had glorious weather, and ticked off a host of jobs (changing engine oil, laundry, etc). Both of us are feeling much improved on the knee front and plan to take a walk to find the eagle lookout (tower) nearby. Today was another lovely day, with just the one lock, but our longest distance wise for some time. We crossed Cross Lake and given it's a long weekend were not surprised to see plenty of kayakers in the waterways (all friendly). The Eastern Cottonwood trees here are all disbursing their seeds buried in cotton-like balls, currently so abundant it often looks like a snowstorm.]

At: 14:22(EDT) 28-May-2023, Outside Temp: 31.5C (88.7F), Humidity:32%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 9.036' N76º 20.016' WBegonia
At Dock-Free: Baldwinsville, NY, (West of Lock E-24) - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.1562, -076.3364

Sail From: Syracuse Inner Harbor To: Baldwinsville, NY, (West of Lock E-24)

Trip: We travelled 10.2nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:30 hours). We have moved 9.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Floating docks with welcome center, water, power and showers available. Beautiful little village with restaurants, ice cream, hairdressers and small grocery store all in walking distance.]

General Comments: [Kyle was keen to visit Syracuse, but I was a little wary after definitely feeling the lack of security in the inner harbor when we were there 20 years ago. Given that we decided to eat out in the mid-afternoon (at the renowned Dinosaur BBQ), and be aboard all evening where we were able to enjoy a large firework display (Not quite sure what it was for, but it was impressive). All seemed to go well, but at some point in the night (maybe around 3:30am) someone untied all 4 of our dock lines and left us to drift off. We *thought* we heard something, but when we went out to investigate saw nothing untoward and slept through until around 6:15 am when on hearing a strange sound, Kyle took a look out the window and we were no longer at the dock but drifting out to the river. Ugh. We grounded before we hit a bridge (thankfully), and so had an unexpectedly early start to today's travels. We are now in the Seneca River and continue to see Bald Eagles (and even a swan today). We transitted just the one lock today (up) at E-24) and will stay here overnight as Kyle wants to change engine oil, etc. So - we are back in 'small town' America where we feel much safer and happier.]

At: 08:58(EDT) 27-May-2023, Outside Temp: 18.4C (65.12F), Humidity:50%, Water Temp: 17C (62.6F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 3.06' N76º 9.084' WBegonia
At Dock-Free: Syracuse Inner Harbor - Inland Waterways, USA.

Our position: loc:43.0602, -076.1642

Sail From: West Side of Lock E-23 (Brewerton) To: Syracuse Inner Harbor

Trip: We travelled 17.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:00 hours). We have moved 10.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Floating docks (Water and power but not sure if they work). Years of silting gave us long stretches of shallows on entry (around 3', but reported to be 7'), and at least one of the bridges seems lower than reported. Unless new dredging operations are undertaken, I suggest others enter slowly and with caution (if at all). Nice trails around the waterways, public transport OK, but doesn't run on weekends. Friday night events in the area over June/July. ]

General Comments: [On the knee front Kyle and I are both feeling improved; we have taken some very short walks over the last few days without issue - we're still taking it easy, but feel positive about a full recovery. Today we had no locks to pass through, we departed the Erie Canal for a detour via the Onondaga Lake into Syracuse and for a while we were doubting that decision (when we touched bottom), but we made it to the dock. Around 20 years ago we were here with Prydwen, with her 6' keel she'd never have made it today! We have a restaurant in mind for later (one that was always popular when overnighting in Syracuse for work). ]

At: 12:40(EDT) 26-May-2023, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:38%, Water Temp: 15.4C (59.72F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 14.028' N76º 11.094' WBegoniaAt Wall-Free: West Side of Lock E-23 (Brewerton) - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.2380, -076.1989

Sail From: West Side of Sylvan Beach Lock E-22 To: West Side of Lock E-23 (Brewerton)

Trip: We travelled 25.2nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 5:52 hours). We have moved 24.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Alongside wall (4.6m of depth), plenty of rings to tie to. Park land and picnic tables, lots of shade from tall trees]

General Comments: [A very cold start today with frost on the boat. We saw so many bald eagles today (sometimes 4 at once), mostly youngsters so without the full white head/tail. We left the Canal at Sylvian Beach (town) to cross Oneida Lake (17 miles long). It stayed cold all day, but the day had that beautiful crispness to the air giving great views as we crossed the lake. The small towns either side were lined with holiday homes and campsites. The heat from the sun is just about starting to work now we are tied up for the afternoon. We did just the one lock today (E-23) and it only drops 7 feet. From here the locks all go up to reach the Lake Erie (but we have just 12 locks remaining). From here the Oswego Canal branches off, but there is a problem with one of the locks (the gate won't fully lift) so there is at least one boat 'stuck' here for now hoping for a fix soon.]

At: 14:18(EDT) 25-May-2023, Outside Temp: 18.3C (64.94F), Humidity:49%, Water Temp: 17C (62.6F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 12.054' N75º 38.088' WBegonia
At Wall-Free: West Side of Sylvan Beach Lock E-22 - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.2093, -075.6475

Sail From: West side of Marcy/Westboro Lock E-20, Erie Canal To: West Side of Sylvan Beach Lock E-22

Trip: We travelled 17.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 4:14 hours). We have moved 16.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.0kt.

Location Comments: [Alongside Wall there is a built in rub rail, with rings ashore. Depth 4.2m, Nice gardens at the lock with bird feeders and bird houses. Access to canal side trails. Remote from any towns, but great for wildlife spotting.]

General Comments: [Last night we ordered pizza to be delivered to the boat and enjoyed that while watching Netflix. We departed early today since we were told to expect workmen installing docks at the wall we were tied to. We transitted 2 locks, both down (or first of this trip), each with a nice a smooth drop. We are expecting rain today so we'll hunker down at our wall and enjoy life - there is deer right by the boat as I type. My knee is still bad, but continues to improve so Kyle has been exercising without me - but now his knee is starting to also rebel so we are both on light duty for the days to come.]

At: 10:20(EDT) 24-May-2023, Outside Temp: 19.9C (67.82F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 8.64' N75º 17.52' WBegonia
At Wall-Free: West side of Marcy/Westboro Lock E-20, Erie Canal - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.144, -075.292

Sail From: West side of Little Falls Lock (E-17) Erie Canal, NY To: West side of Marcy/Westboro Lock E-20, Erie Canal

Trip: We travelled 23.9nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 6:16 hours). We have moved 19.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.2kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Along side North wall (there is a longer wall to South), Depth 2.6m, access to picnic area, water, bathrooms, and trails.]

General Comments: [Yesterday's rudder problem turned out to be a couple of short twigs (no more than finger width) and that was quickly solved when Kyle jumped into the canal to check it out (whew!). We also spotted our first sailing tri-maran to go through the locks (that took up the full width), they must be rarer than catamarans up here!. Today we transitted 3 locks, and with each one shared with more boaters. We'll spend the night here and move on to the next lock (18.2 miles away) tomorrow. The canal has now diverged from the Mohawk River and for now is an entity of its own of to our left.]

At: 14:26(EDT) 23-May-2023, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:43%, Water Temp: 18.5C (65.3F)
11 months  agoShow

43º 2.022' N74º 50.094' WBegoniaAt Wall-Free: West side of Little Falls Lock (E-17) Erie Canal, NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:43.0372, -074.8486

Sail From: Riverfront Park, Canjaharie Creek/Mohawk River, NY To: West side of Little Falls Lock (E-17) Erie Canal, NY

Trip: We travelled 16.9nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 5:18 hours). We have moved 14.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.2kt.

Location Comments: [Alongside Wall to West of Lock E-17 of the Erie Canal, Depth 3.8m Easy access to nice canal trail. Note wall space also available on East side of lock.]

General Comments: [A lovely morning starting with mist on the Mohawk and dew on the boat, with plenty of sun. Four locks completed this half-day. The lock-keeper at Lock E16 was very excited about our adventures to date (It is very rare for a sailing catamaran to transit the locks so he asked a lot of questions). Our last lock of the day, lock E17, is quite the challenge in that it is a biggest lift in the Canal (40'), it was also blocked by a large tree trunk (there is a lot of debris in this area right now). But we also could ONLY tie up to the south side since the north side is considered too violent for boaters to keep control. Our mast is on that side, so Kyle planned to reverse in (grateful for a calm day) so we wouldn't damage the mast in any way. The locking went just fine, but on exiting (reversing out) we managed to get a log caught in the rudder. Thankfully we can control the boat well with the engines, we'd hoped the log would free itself with a bit of reverse and forward and crossing of the fingers but it didn't so know we are securely tied to a wall, Kyle is planning for a cold swim to free up the rudder, we planned to stay here the night anyway so it is no issue on the schedule. We have now been lifted 348' on the Erie (plus the 14' on the Troy Lock in the Hudson), we have more to go. For more info you can check out this URL https://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/mileage.jpg for a diagram of the lifting and lowering. My knees are slowly improving, but still not up for any excursions, so I can spend the remainder of the day working on the computer and enjoying the views from the windows.]

At: 13:54(EDT) 22-May-2023, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:48%, Water Temp: 17.5C (63.5F)
11 months  agoShow

42º 54.054' N74º 34.02' WBegonia
At Wall-Free: Riverfront Park, Canjaharie,Mohawk River, NY - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:42.9091, -074.5696

Sail From: West side of Lock E10 (Erie Canal), Mowhawk River, NY. To: Riverfront Park, Canjaharie,Mohawk River, NY

Trip: We travelled 23.7nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 5:40 hours). We have moved 18.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.3kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Alongside Park wall (Creek side), depth 1.7m. Easy access to town (Museums, restaurants, and small deli store for basics)]

General Comments: [A cold morning had even the lock keepers well wrapped up. Another short day, transitting just two of the locks, and the countryside is becoming hillier. Plenty of goslings about too (Canada Geese). I rescued a frog from the lock today (at least he seemed pretty keen to hop on my boat hook and get a free ride to the top of the wall). My knees are still very painful so I'll be leaving Kyle to do all the exploring of this small town while I continue to rest up.]

At: 15:20(EDT) 21-May-2023, Outside Temp: 23.8C (74.84F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 16.1C (60.98F)
11 months  agoShow

42º 55.008' N74º 8.064' WBegonia
At Wall-Free: West side of Lock E10 (Erie Canal), Mowhawk River, NY. - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:42.9180, -074.1436

Sail From: West Side of Lock E8 (Erie Canal), Mohawk River, New York To: West side of Lock E10 (Erie Canal), Mowhawk River, NY.

Trip: We travelled 10.1nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:58 hours). We have moved 8.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Alongside pre-kock wall. A canal trail Path runs on same side. Train tracks across the river (can be noisy), and factories nearby (not so scenic).]

General Comments: [An early start AND a short passage today (just two locks). Lock E9 had some gate issues and took several attempts to open and close at both ends (Given this is only day 2 of the season, I'm sure they will have it all fixed soon). Amazingly we've found ourselves in between packs of boats, so we had both lockings to ourselves today. We've finished early since there is rain forecast later today, and this stop has access to the trails so Kyle can take a bit of exercise. I'm resting as I over-exercised back in Waterford and my knees are on strike and in need of said rest.]

At: 09:28(EDT) 20-May-2023, Outside Temp: 15.9C (60.62F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 16.6C (61.88F)
11 months  agoShow

42º 49.086' N73º 59.052' WBegonia
At Wall-Free: West Side of Lock E8 (Erie Canal), Mohawk River, New York - Erie Canal, USA.

Our position: loc:42.8311, -073.9922

Sail From: Visitor Docks, Waterford, NY To: West Side of Lock E8 (Erie Canal), Mohawk River, New York

Trip: We travelled 21.4nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 8:26 hours). We have moved 14.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.5kt.

Location Comments: [Alongside Pre-Lock wall. A Canal trail Path runs on same side. Great/Peaceful spot to wait for opening going Eastbound, or after a long day going west bound.]

General Comments: [We are now in the Erie Canal 'proper'. It opened today with a host of photographers and film crew to document the event. LOTS of fast/big motor boats turned up to be the first, so we waited a few hours for the rush to pass (one of those boats we later found quite scratched up and aground in the shallows just outside one of the locks). Once underway we motored through the Waterford Flight (Locks E2-E5), and then through two other locks to tie up for the night. We had planned to stop earlier but the wall we were interested in was already busy/full, so we are now past Schenectady, NY. We were stuck for 20 minutes in Lock E7 when the gate refused to open, it's the first day for many a new lock-keeper and it must have been quite stressful for them all. All the locks have been busy (first day of the season). Mostly the river has been quiet, but a section of the river had a host of rowing teams practicing, so them and the logs give us something to keep dodging around.]

At: 18:18(EDT) 19-May-2023, Outside Temp: 23.1C (73.58F), Humidity:46%, Water Temp: 17C (62.6F)
11 months  agoShow

42º 47.028' N73º 40.08' WBegonia
At Dock-Free: Visitor Docks, Waterford, NY - Atlantic Ocean/Hudson River, USA.

Our position: loc:42.7881, -073.6804

Sail From: Catskill Marina docks, Catskill Creek (Off Hudson River) To: Visitor Docks, Waterford, NY

Trip: We travelled 36.4nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 8:06 hours). We have moved 35.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.5kt.

Location Comments: [Docks are just south of Lock 2 (Some floating docks, but also wall space available). Welcome center just ashore. Showers, power, water available at dock (and pump out). Supermarket you can walk to, and plenty of diners and restaurants in this historic town where the old Champlain canal crosses the start of the Erie Canal.]

General Comments: [We were last here around 20 years ago (June 2003) that time Kyle could only spend a short night here before we had to move along to get Kyle off to work. Today we left our dock in Catskill Creek around 5am and had just one lock to transit (Troy Lock) where we were the only boat. We expect to be based here now until the Canal opens on the 19th - so we have time to explore, exercise and catch up with the blog and such. The weather is still spring, so while today reached 30degC - overnight temperatures still drop way below that (below 10 deg C) and by mid-week the forecast suggests we'll be only reaching 16degC as our peak daytime temperature (so we'll keep the quilts on for now, and make most of the great day we have today). We've left the Hudson River now and are officially in the Erie Canal.]

At: 13:10(EDT) 12-May-2023, Outside Temp: 30.3C (86.54F), Humidity:39%, Water Temp: 16.6C (61.88F)
12 months  agoShow

42º 12.084' N73º 51.078' WBegonia
At Dock: Catskill Marina docks, Catskill Creek (Off Hudson River) - Atlantic Ocean/Hudson River, USA.

Our position:

Sail From: Hudson River Maritime Museum, Rondout Creek, Kingston, NY To: Catskill Marina docks, Catskill Creek (Off Hudson River)

Trip: We travelled 15.5nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 3:54 hours). We have moved 18.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.0kt.

Location Comments: [Overflow docks for mast stepping/unstepping by Hop O Nose Marina.]

General Comments: [We had an unexpectedly lovely time at Kingston/Rondout, we enjoyed some nice walks and whilst only being there for one night, we somehow managed to patron at at least 5 restaurants and cafes. We talk a couple of 5km walks (one in each direction) and a few shorter ones to make up for it, the weather was delightful. We even managed to visit the Maritime Museum which had some great info/items AND a lot of interesting exhibits and facts on global warming. It is hard even for me to understand just how we managed to squeeze so much in to an overnight stop, we must have been quite motivated after all that aboard time since Norfolk.]

At: 17:36(EDT) 08-May-2023, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 15C (59F)
12 months  agoShow

41º 55.008' N73º 58.086' WBegonia
At Dock: Hudson River Maritime Museum, Rondout Creek, Kingston, NY - Atlantic Ocean/Hudson River, USA.

Our position:

Sail From: Hudson River (off Rondout Creek), NY To: Hudson River Maritime Museum, Rondout Creek, Kingston, NY

Trip: We travelled 1.3nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:30 hours). We have moved 0.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [Dock managed by the Maritime Museum $2.50/ft with admission to museum included. Some nice options for restaurants and walks, also boat trips to nearby lighthouse etc.]

General Comments: [A quick relocate into Rondout Creek from the Hudson after spending several days of chores aboard (I'm STILL working on getting the new computers fully functional for all our needs), and we unpacked the last of our packages (delivered in Norfolk) and stowed things away properly. Today is already sunny and fine so looking forward to a bit of a walk followed by a trip to the museum and a meal out perhaps.]

At: 09:52(EDT) 07-May-2023, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 13.4C (56.12F)
12 months  agoShow

41º 55.014' N73º 57.078' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Hudson River (off Rondout Creek), NY, USA - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 5 of Atlantic Ocean/Hudson River Passage From:Norfolk Condo (Private Dock) To:Hudson River (off Rondout Creek), NY.

Our position:

Progress: [We've made 347.3nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 86:24 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 30.0nm; we have made 29.7nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 30.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.0kt, Avg speed for trip:4.0kt. ]

Location Comments: [Motored the remaining distance with a current in our favor. A rather gloomy day with lots of debris (logs, etc) in river (normal for this time of year). ]

General Comments: [Beautiful scenery along the river, with towns having quaint American names (such as Poughkeepsie). The odd brave fisherman, and plenty of fixed bridges to pass under. Some beautiful homes and buildings nestled on cliff tops and surrounded by trees of varying colours. All delightful (but still cold!). We passed an Australian boat heading south as we go north - named Outlaw (they may be the more sensible ones of the two of us). Boats on the hard at the various yards we pass are still mostly shrink wrapped, their owners awaiting milder weather to begin their sailing season. For now, we'll anchor for a few days (with the heating on) to rest and catch up on chores, and then go in to the creek to check out the town of Kingston, where we understand there is a nice maritime museum to explore. ]

At: 12:22(EDT) 04-May-2023, Outside Temp: 12.5C (54.5F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 12.2C (53.96F)
12 months  agoShow

41º 24.042' N73º 57.078' WBegoniaDay 4 of Atlantic Ocean/Hudson River Passage From:Norfolk Condo (Private Dock) To:? Somewhere up the Hudson River (TBD).

Our position:

We have 30.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 317.6nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 56:02 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 83.0nm; we have made 131.0nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 119.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Gusty day at sea keeping the sails reefed (while otherwise we could again have been using the spinnaker). All went well and as we approached NY the boat traffic became busier, once in the Hudson we were dodging cargo vessels, ferries and sailing schools. We have now decided to continue north (beyond our original destination) while we have the current with us - but will anchor this afternoon.]

General Comments: [A gloomy start to the day in the open ocean. Cracks of blue were appearing in the sky as we approached Lower Bay from the ocean. By the time we reached Manhattan it was still cold but the sun shone brightly on its iconic skyline. It was tough to sail on by (but sail we did, only starting the motors well passed the city and in the bends of the Hudson River).. Now we are in swell free river we can put the heating on inside Begonia, but any forays outside (especially for the night watch) require a lot of layers (and we are making good use of our new rechargeable hand warmers. For now we are enjoying the unexpected countryside feel of the Hudson, with green hills all around us, and the odd train passing by along the river bank.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 03-May-2023, Outside Temp: 9C (48.2F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 12.6C (54.68F), Course: 331(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.5kt, Wind:3Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 998hPa, Swell:m (from:S)
12 months  agoShow

39º 25.044' N74º 7.008' WBegonia
Day 3 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Norfolk Condo (Private Dock) To:Haverstraw Cove, Hudson River, NY.

Our position:

We have 113.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 186.6nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 32:02 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 145.0nm; we have made 142.5nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 144.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Variable winds, not really matching forecast in strength or direction. Overnight we could have been flying the spinnaker for hours but I was wary as the forecast was for gale warnings and gusts in the 30s… Hours of light winds later I unreefed the main and got a couple of hours of extra speed before those stronger winds arrived about 8 hours behind that forecast. Sailing downwind, we've even been sailing wing-on-wing at times since the seas are at least reasonably smooth]

General Comments: [Despite some slower hours of sailing, for much of the day yesterday, we were recording fast speeds (fast for us with plenty of 7nm hours). Our main sail cover got hooked on a jib sheet and has ripped a tear a couple of feet long. We are both feeling the cold and have absolutely no desire to even consider a swim. Brrrr still (we may have to wait several months for attractively warm waters)]

At: 06:00(EDT) 02-May-2023, Outside Temp: 12.4C (54.32F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 12.2C (53.96F), Course: 17(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.3kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 996hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SW)
12 months  agoShow

37º 18.096' N75º 36.036' WBegonia
Day 2 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Norfolk Condo (Private Dock) To:Haverstraw Cove, Hudson River, NY.

Our position:

We have 258.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 44.1nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 8:02 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 50.0nm; we have made 44.1nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 43.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.5kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Sloppy/windy start (leaving Norfolk), not surprising after the crazy weather. Things smoothed out once we made it to the bay, but the temperature has really dropped on us (it's COLD). Note:Miles travelled through the water is under reported since the speed wheel failed to work for a bit (after being at the dock for a couple of weeks), but it seems to be working fine now.]

General Comments: [We had a really great time back in Norfolk, managed to get some quality time with great long-time friends, and were made welcome by new ones. We visited the beach, a museum or two, and had a TON of deliveries of parts, replacements, etc for the boat (giving us plenty to keep us busy for a while). It was tough to depart (even more so given we knew it would only get colder (brrrrrrr).]

At: 06:00(EDT) 01-May-2023, Outside Temp: 14C (57.2F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 14C (57.2F), Course: 29(degT), Speed Over Ground:8kt, Wind:20Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:3%, Pressure: 998hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:W)
12 months  agoShow

36º 51.018' N76º 17.088' WBegonia
At Private Dock: Norfolk Condo (Private Dock) - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:00.0000, 000.0000

Sail From: ICW Mile 44 (approx) Goat Island To: Norfolk Condo (Private Dock)

Trip: We travelled 39.8nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 10:52 hours). We have moved 30.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [At private dock in Norfolk as guest of OCC members (Greta & Gary). ]

General Comments: [What a day! A beautiful start, with a host of colours as the sun surfaced. Calm waters made for easy motoring in peaceful forest waterways. The day brought a little drizzle, but none of the heavy rains forecast. We locked through the Dismal Swamp canal, an 8 foot lift to the fresh water system. At the other end we were greeted by a past work colleague (Chris) - a super nice treat. In the middle an overhanging tree ate our windex instrument from the top of the mast (something to replace). Lots of stops/pauses on route today for bridges, trains, locks, and even a fuel stop, so a long day, but we're off for drinks shortly and then get to meet up with our great friends Kate & Mark (I hope we can stay awake!).
]

At: 16:52(EDT) 14-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 17C (62.6F)
about 1 year  agoShow

36º 20.076' N76º 13.05' WBegonia
At Anchor: ICW Mile 44 (approx) Goat Island - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:36.3459, -076.2251

Sail From: Elizabeth City Welcome Dock To: ICW Mile 44 (approx) Goat Island

Trip: We travelled 6.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 1:30 hours). We have moved 2.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored just off the ICW by Green Marker #13. Peaceful, calm, and surrounded by Cyprus trees.]

General Comments: [We had a lovely evening and day spent in Elizabeth City with our friend Ron (including a delicious Mexican feast, and a last minute trip to the Albemarle Museum). Elizabeth city is famed for its kind welcome to boaters and a local 'Rose Buddy' came and gave Maryanne a rose as one of the many welcomes to the town. Today we set off late-afternoon to relocate the boat just a few miles up the river (and through one lift bridge) to give us a head start for tomorrow when timing is everything through locks and bridges. ]

At: 17:50(EDT) 13-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Humidity:34%, Water Temp: 19.5C (67.1F)
about 1 year  agoShow

36º 17.094' N76º 13.008' WBegonia
"At Dock-Free: Elizabeth City Welcome Dock - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:36.2991, -076.2182

Sail From: ICW Mile 95 (approx). Alligator River, NC To: Elizabeth City Welcome Dock

Trip: We travelled 40.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 9:10 hours). We have moved 34.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Free dock to visitors to Elizabeth City on the ICW. Always a warm welcome and right in the middle of town so access to stores and restaurants.]

General Comments: [Today was a fun day and things are warming up. We had a bridge that needed opening for us today (Alligator River Bridge) and the operator was a hoot. He was very charming to me, lots of 'sweethearts', and 'darlings'. He's had new instructions to ask for more boat details and clearly isn't keen. He assumes the new info is an attempt to stop drug trafficking. We later had several fly-overs by the local Coast Guard boat so I'm not sure we passed the test! But good news for the day is was actually got to sail for most of it. Kyle is very happy. Even better is that we hope to meet up with our Marina buddy Ron, and catch up on the many years since we last spent time together. As for online shopping - another fail on my part. Order was cancelled twice, and attempts to re-order from same order only add a third of the items to the cart and the rest must be found and added manually - groan!]

At: 14:42(EDT) 12-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:41%, Water Temp: 18.5C (65.3F)
about 1 year  agoShow

35º 44.088' N76º 1.05' WBegonia
At Anchor: ICW Mile 95 (approx). Alligator River, NC - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:35.7484, -076.0246

Sail From: ICW Mile 153.7 (approx),Eastham Creek (Off ICW Goose Creek), NC To: ICW Mile 95 (approx). Alligator River, NC

Trip: We travelled 52.4nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 11:02 hours). We have moved 39.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.8m (datum) in large swath outside main ICW channel. Plenty of room for 1000s of boats (a few fishing pots around but they are easy to avoid). No phone signal (T-Mobile).]

General Comments: [A peaceful day, mirror calm start, with very few other boaters in either direction. When crossing the Pamlico River we heavy fog (very atmospheric), but the sun eventually burned that off. Despite the blue skies and light winds it has felt cold all day today. We were happy to have the current in our favour as we passed through the Pungo-Alligator canal. On exiting the canal stretch we were joined by several US-Air Force jets for a short period (presumably based in Virginia Beach to our North). We only had an hour of phone signal today (earlier in the morning), and my to-do list of on-line chores remains undone, but hopefully I've managed to reschedule all the plans that were messed up by our delays this week. ]

At: 16:52(EDT) 11-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 20.3C (68.54F), Humidity:46%, Water Temp: 15.6C (60.08F)
about 1 year  agoShow

35º 17.082' N76º 36.03' WBegonia
At Anchor: ICW Mile 153.7 (approx),Eastham Creek (Off ICW Goose Creek), NC - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:35.2970, -076.6049

Sail From: ICW Mile 187.5 (approx) - North Adams Creek, NC To: ICW Mile 153.7 (approx),Eastham Creek (Off ICW Goose Creek), NC

Trip: We travelled 25.9nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 7:10 hours). We have moved 21.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.5m (datum), in side-creek off ICW (by red day marker #4). No phone signal.]

General Comments: [Our two days hunkered down at anchor gave us some time to catch up with various odd jobs aboard, enjoying a few movies in between jobs. We were very grateful for the diesel heating too (we needed it!). The rain stopped midway through the 2nd day (yesterday) and we managed to get all Kyle's clothes dry in the strong wind. We set off today and once in the River Neuse found the chop and wind were less than our previous attempt, but still conditions were pretty miserable. We were able to make much better progress this time and Kyle, out in the cockpit, is especially glad that it's not raining. The water is still very cold (13degC), but that is still warmer than the air outside this morning. A breakfast of hot oatmeal seemed in order. Today we did Just a few miles in the exposed Neuse River before we could round Maw Point Shoal and turn into the Bay River (thankfully we don't need to go into the more open parts of Pamlico Sound). Once we had turned, conditions and speed improved markedly - more so once we were back within the canal cut through to Goose Creek and had much better protection. It's still too cold to consider the salad in the fridge as a suitable meal option. WIthin a couple of days the forecast suggests that conditions will be more seasonally normal again (temperatures in the mid-20s C). By the time we anchored today (early afternoon), the sun was out and things are starting to warm up at last. No Phone signal (we've been without for all of today - I'm starting to suspect my 'discount' phone plan is discounted for a reason!!!).]

At: 13:08(EDT) 10-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 14.4C (57.92F)
about 1 year  agoShow

34º 57.006' N76º 40.002' WBegonia
At Anchor: ICW Mile 187.5 (approx) - North Adams Creek - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:34.9512, -076.6672

Sail From: ICW Mile 188.5 - just off channel To: ICW Mile 187.5 (approx) - North Adams Creek

Trip: We travelled 8.4nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:26 hours). We have moved 1.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 0.7kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m, just outside of channel. Anchor dragged under power for a while before setting (so I assume the bottom is soft mud). Shelter outside the chop of Neuse River on a windy day. No cell service]

General Comments: [Well, Kyle was really keen to give it a try. We only had to go a few short miles along the Neuse River before turning into favorable currents, etc - worth a try. The weather was quite miserable (as expected), and once the boat poked out into Neuse River the chop, wind and current was too much to make any more than 2kt with both engines running. Adding to that was the cold temperatures and heavy rain. Despite Kyle being well wrapped up (sea-boots and all), it still wasn't pleasant and Kyle decided to turn around and abandon that effort (we were much faster once turned around. Since we have a similar forecast for tomorrow, we'll probably stay here for a couple of days (totally messing with our 'plan', but it is the sensible thing to do). ]

At: 08:42(EDT) 08-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 9.4C (48.92F), Humidity:96%, Water Temp: 16.6C (61.88F)
about 1 year  agoShow

34º 55.05' N76º 39.03' WBegonia
At Anchor: ICW Mile 188.5 - just off channel - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:34.9250, -076.6550

Sail From: ICW Mile 264 - Sloop Point (near Marker G21) To: ICW Mile 188.5 - just off channel

Trip: We travelled 76.2nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 15:56 hours). We have moved 55.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.5kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2m (datum), between channel and the private docks on the houses to the East. Holding reported good. Phone signal poor/zero (in entire area).]

General Comments: [On lifting the anchor this morning there was a lot of weed in the chain, and while that clears away easily, some if it was stuck fast - it turns out there was fishing line wrapped in among it. I keep a knife at the anchor locker for emergency use, and while this wasn't any emergency it was the perfect task for the knife, once I'd cleared everything away I sat the knife on the deck and continued lifting the anchor only to hear a PLOP! - the knife had slid off the deck and into the water - lost for good. Today was an especially early start (4am) that had us motoring in mirror calm waters by the light of a near-full moon. Sunrise brought some great colour, and a cloak of mist added to the charming countryside views. The rest of the day was somewhat challenging. We've had strong winds against us. The currents are also frustrating us; the multitude of inlets and sparse tide data stations leave us guessing (mostly incorrectly) what we might expect but we seem to both approach and depart each inlet with a strong current against us today - I wish we knew the flow system around here, but that local knowledge has not made it to our guidebooks, and there are very few current stations in the waterway. We DID pass by Beaufort Inlet today (which does have a current forecast), but the waterway didn't seem to conform to that either! We just missed a bridge opening and had to wait for the next (thankfully only a 25 minute wait). They sky is brewing with the impending weather, the temperatures plunged and with the headwinds (often over 22kt, sometimes 30kt) the chill factor out in the cockpit is quite miserable (requiring long trousers and lots of layers). It has been a LONG day today for Begonia's crew. Still, we remain 'on schedule' per Kyle's plan, and are glad to be hunkered down for the night and safely anchored before dark (but only just). Tomorrow will be more of a challenge since heavy rain is expected to add to the general misery... Sigh. I guess we have to have a little bit of all sorts to fully enjoy the good conditions when they come. Scenery remains mostly flat, with long remote stretches (no phone signal) dotted with small waterfront communities. We looked out for otters in one stretch where our guides noted they are known to live (no luck), but there are plenty of birds to entertain us. The Easter period here in the USA isn't a holiday for workers, normally I'd expect the coming weekend to be especially busy on the boating front, but I predict the forecast weather will keep most seeking indoor activities. Not us though - Kyle kindly volunteers to do most of the suffering (in the cockpit) while I'll find indoor jobs for myself aboard Begonia and pass out the occasional hot beverage. Everything should be nice again by Monday (if we can believe the forecasts). ]

At: 19:58(EDT) 07-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 13.9C (57.02F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
about 1 year  agoShow

34º 24.03' N77º 35.052' WBegonia
Destination: Norfolk, VA
At Anchor: ICW Mile 264 - Sloop Point (near Marker G21) - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:34.4046, -077.5917

Sail From: ICW Mile 329.5 - Sage Island, Shallotte River, NC To: ICW Mile 264 - Sloop Point (near Marker G21)

Trip: We travelled 62.4nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 11:46 hours). We have moved 48.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.3m (datum), good grab first time on anchor. Several fishing pot floats around and private marker sticks, but there is a space to anchor just off the side channel. This Side channel is only used by smaller local power boats. Marsh around (so expect bugs).]

General Comments: [Whilst we are well away from the 'Low Country' everything is still very flat (with the occasional mound/hill of no more than 3m altitude it seems). We had another early start (really early), so had some acquaintance with the bugs first off (some Deet solved that problem). Plenty of birds about, and I even spotted a life-size giraffe (sculpture?) in someone's garden. Kyle spent a frustrating 30 minutes on the phone attempting to unlock one of our credit cards, and I got stung by a wasp. We've been fighting a 1kt+ current all day, and there is some miserable weekend weather ahead for us - but for now all is well. On the plus side, At Figure Eight Island swing bridge, we thought we might get stuck with no opening on the expected hour, but we could see the contractors scrambling fast to clear the way to allow the bridge to open once they saw us coming (thanks for that guys!). Whew - ICW days are busy. There is no really good anchorage we can make ahead of us before dark so we've quit early today; I see another early start in our future!!]

At: 17:40(EDT) 6-Apt, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 27.7C (81.86F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 54.084' N78º 22.026' WBegonia
At Anchor: ICW Mile 329.5 - Sage Island, Shallotte River, NC - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:33.9140, -078.3706

Sail From: ICW Mile 406 - Frazier Point, Winyah Bay, SC To: ICW Mile 329.5 - Sage Island, Shallotte River, NC

Trip: We travelled 61.6nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 13:00 hours). We have moved 57.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m (datum), soft mud, near marsh, out of main channel. Bar and Grill on the other side of the river if we wished to step ashore.]

General Comments: [Another early morning had us starting in South Carolina in beautiful calm conditions, so some great reflections, morning mist, and sunrise colours. We spotted terrapins (turtles?) resting on logs, it was all so beautiful. We soon hit the 'civilization' of Myrtle Beach and wow, what a difference. A constant stream of speeding boats, and jet skis, lots of fierce wakes to contend with. There were lots of pro-Trump flags (even a F**k Biden Flag) flying too. An hour before the end of the day we crossed over the border to North Carolina (more pro-Trump flags). Throughout the day LOTs of GIANT luxury properties with docks on the water gave us plenty to ogle at. We're anchored in another quiet spot (at last), with plenty of bird noise. The current was in our favour all day today so we made a few extra miles than originally planned (good news), so this will make for an easier day tomorrow. The ICW (Intracoastal waterway) is so very protected, and it is quite amazing just how closely we parallel the wild Atlantic just a mile (or less) to our SE in this section.]

At: 18:58(EDT) 05-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 24.3C (75.74F)
about 1 year  agoShow

33º 19.02' N79º 16.086' WBegonia
At Anchor: ICW Mile 406 - Frazier Point, Winyah Bay, SC - ICW, USA.

Our position: loc:33.3195, -079.2809

Sail From: Safe Harbor/City Marina, Charleston, South Carolina To: ICW Mile 406 - Frazier Point, Winyah Bay, SC

Trip: We travelled 56.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 12:02 hours). We have moved 46.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.7m (datum),subject to currents, holding a bit soft, but plenty of space.]

General Comments: [An early morning departure, with dew on the decks, from Charleston. A lovely day today, motoring (obviously) but we did manage a sail out for some of the route to add to the motor's efforts. It was a wildlife spotting day today, with alligators and dolphins, and of course, plenty of birds. The bugs (no-see-ums and large flies) attacked a few times and we eventually pulled out the deet. Beautiful ,flat scenery all day, quite remote, the houses we did see were often quite HUGE and with really long jetties from the house to the water - sometimes we couldn't even see the house it was so far back. Traffic remarkably light.]

At: 18:58(EDT) 04-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 21.9C (71.42F)
about 1 year  agoShow

32º 46.056' N79º 56.1' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock in safe Harbor/City Marina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Ginn Sur Mer (abandoned resort project), West End, Grand Bahama Island, Abacos To:safe Harbor/City Marina, Charleston, South Carolina.

Our position: loc:32.7757, -079.9498

Progress: [We've made 352.4nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 47:36 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 25.0nm; we have made 32.0nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 23.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.1kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.6kt, Avg speed for trip:7.4kt. ]

Location Comments: [Safe Harbor/City Marina has lovely wide floating concrete docks, and nice facilities.]

General Comments: [We managed to make it into the lee of the break water wall before the stronger winds arrived, but still had a gusty passage through the harbour to the marina. Thankfully we had an outside dock with the wind blowing us straight on and plenty of hands to assist securing Begonia to the dock. We are awaiting our clearance via the CBP app before proceeding. IN the mean time we've managed to lose our Q flag (thankfully we have a spare, currently flying) and I've lost a huge bag of USA coins (great for the laundry) which I recently pulled out of it's long term storage and now can't remember where I put them... Ugh! Anyway - we are here, and safe and well. Once we are officially cleared in, Kyle will nap while I pick up some chores (like laundry) and then the fun can start later.]

At: 11:44(EDT) 01-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F)
about 1 year  agoShow

32º 31.032' N79º 36.018' WBegonia
Day 3 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Ginn Sur Mer (abandoned resort project), West End, Grand Bahama Island, Abacos To:Charleston, South Carolina.

Our position: loc:32.5214, -079.6027

We have 25.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 320.4nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 41:52 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 205.0nm; we have made 177.5nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 200.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 8.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):7.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We enjoyed the gulf sream but have now departed, and (so far) the strong winds never arrived. ]

General Comments: [Air and water are now much colder since we left the gulf stream, Kyle was extra bundled up when he woke me at 6am (balaclava and everything). Yesterday a paring knife fell from the counter and landed in my foot -there was a lot of blood, but all is fine (a lesson NOT to leave the knife there in a rolly sea!). I pulled out my 'Rough Guide to the USA' so I could read up on things to do in Charleston and found the book I have is now over 20 years old - jeez, time flies! The radio weather reports are a big change since everything is now in feet (rather than meters) again - we much prefer metric.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 01-Apr-2023, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 20.4C (68.72F), Course: 335(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:S)
about 1 year  agoShow

29º 10.08' N79º 49.044' WBegonia
Day 2 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Ginn Sur Mer (abandoned resort project), West End, Grand Bahama Island, Abacos To:Charleston, South Carolina.

Our position: loc:29.1796, -079.8238

We have 230.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 142.9nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 17:52 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 162.0nm; we have made 142.9nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 156.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 8.8kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:8.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):8.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Rough/confused seas, sailing on a beam reach with the occasional wave causing a wet helm seat. Expecting the wind to increase but veer to a more downwind sail. Current reaching up to 2.5kt so far. Forecasts warn of a rather gusty arrival as we reach the shallow 12nm shipping channel (hopefully we arrive before the worst of that).]

General Comments: [We have a blanket on the bed, and wear a jacket while on watch in the cockpit. We've just exited the 'Rocket Impact Area' (off Cape Canaveral), thankfully no NASA launches planned at this time.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 31-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 30.6C (87.08F), Course: 357(degT), Speed Over Ground:10.2kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1024hPa, Swell:2m (from:E)
about 1 year  agoShow

26º 40.062' N78º 58.002' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Ginn Sur Mer (abandoned resort project), West End, Grand Bahama Island, Abacos, Bahamas - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Chub Cay, Berry Islands To:Ginn Sur Mer (abandoned resort project), West End, Grand Bahama Island, Abacos.

Our position: loc:26.6771, -078.9666

Progress: [We've made 124.1nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 26:50 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 18.0nm; we have made 27.4nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 18.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip:4.6kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.9m (datum) in basin in abandoned resort project of Ginn Sur Mer, good holding. Beautifully protected from all directions, no swell, no currents. The resort project made it as far as building the waterways but nothing else has materialized (now bankrupt). Eventually this will be picked up by someone, but for now it makes a great shelter. Easy wide entrance. We have 5 boats anchored here on our arrival, and there is plenty of room. Anchorages outside are reported to have shallow sand over rock and poor holding, so this is a great refuge if strong winds are expected. Plenty to explore with dinghy.]

General Comments: [We are less than 60nm away from West Palm Beach in Florida - so close to the USA. We've heard plenty of USCG radio traffic on the radio overnight. It seems like the wind over the next few days will be from all directions, so we are glad to be so well protected for our last stop in the Bahamas. ]

At: 11:02(EDT) 28-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F)
about 1 year  agoShow

26º 24.054' N78º 48.066' WBegonia
Day 2 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Chub Cay, Berry Islands To:West End, Grand Bahama Island, Abacos.

Our position: loc:26.4088, -078.8105

We have 18.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 96.7nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 21:48 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 75.0nm; we have made 96.7nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 77.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.4kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Light downwind sailing, and fighting against a 1.5kt current. Lots of cruise ships underway, along with a few cargo ships and the odd pleasure boat too. We are very grateful to have the AIS as we can see that these giant boats divert early to keep out of our way.]

General Comments: [We are far enough north now that we can no longer see the whole of the Southern Cross constellation. We had expected to be a lot closer in time for daylight, but the current has pushed us back. We do expect to arrive by noon though.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 28-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 25.4C (77.72F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F), Course: 330(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.8kt, Wind:14Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:S)
about 1 year  agoShow

25º 22.062' N77º 50.088' WBegonia
Day 2 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Allans Cay (East Side), The Exumas To:Chub Cay, Berry Islands.

Our position: loc:25.3769, -077.8481

We have 4.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 70.4nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 19:48 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 69.0nm; we have made 70.4nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 66.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Calm seas, and tail winds - easy sailing. We sailed reefing more and more to keep moving but not too fast, we are currently under bare poles to avoid arriving at the shoals before daylight]

General Comments: [A big hop north, we sailed right by Nassau with its cruise ships and sky scrapers, timing our passage so we'd be over the shoals there before dark. We sailed overnight in the open waters between there and the Berry Islands and are now approaching the SW Tip of the Berrys.]

At: 06:00(EDT) 25-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Course: 296(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.2kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:45%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

24º 44.094' N76º 50.028' WBegonia
At Anchor: Allans Cay (East Side), The Exumas - Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas.

Our position: loc:24.7484, -076.8384

Sail From: Thunderball Grotto Islands, Off Sentinal Cay, Exumas To: Allans Cay (East Side), The Exumas

Trip: We travelled 50.1nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 7:15 hours). We have moved 40.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.4m (datum) between Allans Cay and Leaf Cay. Can expect strong currents and boats to swing with currents (so be sure to set anchor well, and keep clear of other boats). Beautiful waters, and easy access to Leaf Cay and South west Allans Cay where the local native Iguanas are used to being fed by visitors (and can bite and bash you with their tails as they wish). When we arrived there were 20+ sunning themselves on the beach immediately to our west. Good cellphone service (3 bars) from nearby Highborne Resort. No pets ashore (to protect the Iguanas).]

General Comments: [A choppy day sailing beam reach/close hauled and pushing northwards. We waited out at the previous place two extra days to avoid worse conditions, but that was no hardship as we got to snorkel the grotto several times. ]

At: 14:35(EDT) 22-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F)
about 1 year  agoShow

24º 10.062' N76º 26.934' WBegonia
At Anchor: Thunderball Grotto Islands, Off Sentinal Cay - Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas.

Our position: loc:24.1773, -076.4489

Sail From: Pig Beach, Big Majors Spot, Exumas To: Thunderball Grotto Islands, Off Sentinal Cay

Trip: We travelled 1.5nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:50 hours). We have moved 0.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 0.8kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.2m (datum). Great spot to go over and swim at Thunderball Grotto (and surrounds). Easy dinghy access ashore to Staniel Cay, and if you have an outboard a short hop around the corner to Pig beach too.]

General Comments: [After a visit with the pigs, followed by a very rainy/gusty night, the sun popped out so we've moved around to try the Grotto.]

At: 12:58(EDT) 19-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 29.2C (84.56F)
about 1 year  agoShow

24º 11.01' N76º 27.474' WBegonia
At Anchor: Pig Beach, Big Majors Spot, Exumas - Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas.

Our position: loc:24.1852, -076.4579

Sail From: Black Point Settlement, Great Guana Cay, Exumas To: Pig Beach, Big Majors Spot, Exumas

Trip: We travelled 9.8nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:24 hours). We have moved 5.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.5kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.0m (datum) in good sand holding. An anchorage that is always crowded, mega yachts, super yacts, jet skis and plenty of power boat traffic. The draw - the famed pigs on the beach that can swim and love to interact with visitors/ It is common to bring them food. There are warnings that they can be a bit agressive so interact with caution. We have our carrots at the ready! Warnings also suggest be wary of pig poo if swimming in the water, and if you beach your dinghy, expect they will try to board you.]

General Comments: [We had a lovely night (including a bit of fire dancing) with the SSCA GAM. This morning we walked about Black Point town itself and found a restaurant with such beautiful ocean views. We also walked on the outer shores for a bit and found a nice rock arch (and more beautiful scenery). We've sailed the little bit north to try and squeeze in the local sights before the next rain/wind system arrives. Aside form pig beach, around the corner is supposed to be some especially good snorkelling (at Thunderball Cay - named after aJames Bond movie used the location for a scene)]

At: 17:02(EDT) 18-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F)
about 1 year  agoShow

24º 6.012' N76º 24.006' WBegonia
At Anchor: Black Point Settlement, Great Guana Cay, Exumas - Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas.

Our position: loc:24.1019, -076.4008

Sail From: Off Chat 'n Chill (Vollyball beach), Stocking Island (Exumas), The Bahamas To: Black Point Settlement, Great Guana Cay, Exumas

Trip: We travelled 57.1nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 8:28 hours). We have moved 49.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.9kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.1m (datum) in good sand. Plenty of space for a crowd. Laundry/stores/restaurants ashore in this small settlement (but 2nd biggest in Exumas)]

General Comments: [We celebrated our anniversary with snorkelling, a meal at Chat 'n Chill (a bit more casual that we'd expected, but tasty), and some nice hiking. We spent a few days at anchor with some strong winds and a bit of rain and were soon ready to push north as the wind swung. We are here in Great Guana since there is a Seven Seas Cruising Club (SSCC) GAM (boaters get-together). We missed the first day and a half, but hope to at least be here for the next full day. We've been members of SSCA for over a decade and this is the first time we've had chance to get to a GAM.]

At: 15:40(EDT) 17-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)
about 1 year  agoShow

23º 31.008' N75º 45.036' WBegonia
At Anchor: Off Chat 'n Chill (Vollyball beach), Stocking Island (Exumas), The Bahamas - Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas.

Our position: loc:23.5177, -075.7562

Sail From: Kidds Cove, George Town, Great Exuma Island, The Bahamas To: Off Chat 'n Chill (Vollyball beach), Stocking Island (Exumas), The Bahamas

Trip: We travelled 1.0nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:36 hours). We have moved 0.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.35m (datum) of sand. Busy anchorage with the Chat 'n Chill restaurant a popular draw. Also plenty of snorkelling and hiking options, plus vollyball nets. ON the ocean side of the island you can see stromatolites.]

General Comments: [In George Town we took a walk about, visited the tiny museum, had several cold drinks and visited the grocery stores to top up with some fresh supplies (including the luxury of grapes, oranges, etc..). Today is our wedding anniversary (20 years today) so we plan to have a nice meal ashore at Chat 'n Chill. Weather will be changing (rain and general misery) in a few days so we'll aim to do as much as possible today and tomorrow). However the BIG draw for this particular anchorage is that it one of the places Begonia visited when Kyle came to first see/inspect the boat with the intent to purchase - so quite the memory lane around this area. Chat 'n Chill wasn't even here back then (2012) and the beach was much quieter and simply known as vollyball beach (the beach vollyball nets are still here).]

At: 11:04(EDT) 14-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F)
about 1 year  agoShow

23º 30.036' N75º 45.084' WBegonia
At Anchor: Kidds Cove, George Town, Great Exuma Island, The Bahamas - Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas.

Our position: loc:23.5056, -075.7637

Sail From: Man O War Cay, Exuma Sound, The Bahamas To: Kidds Cove, George Town, Great Exuma Island, The Bahamas

Trip: We travelled 4.5nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 1:10 hours). We have moved 3.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.2kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.4m at datum, busy anchorage with many sailboats anchored and lots of dinghy traffic along with traffic from the marinas. Nearby is a dedicated dinghy dock with access to George Town, also nearby grocery shopping and fuel dock.]

General Comments: [A short change had us from an anchorage with just us, to boat in all directions. It's been a long time since we saw so many boats! We plan to take a walk through town and (hopefully) grab some fresh veggies/supplies and maybe even a meal out.]

At: 10:42(EDT) 12-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 30.6C (87.08F)
about 1 year  agoShow

23º 28.098' N75º 41.094' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Man O War Cay, Exuma Sound, The Bahamas, Bahamas - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Man O War Bay, Great Inagua, The Bahamas To:Man O War Cay, Exuma Sound, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:23.4830, -075.6994

Progress: [We've made 265.9nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 53:48 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 39.0nm; we have made 62.9nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 29.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip:4.9kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.1m at datum on large shallow sand bank, some swell, but protected. Close to entrance (East Channel Cut) through the barrier islands. 3bar of cell phone signal.]

General Comments: [OMG, we had winds and currents directly against us all day today, Lots of tacking and very little VMG (velocity made good) it was hit and miss if we'd make it to a safe anchorage before dark (Kyle insisted on NOT using motor to gain way). We are going to rest up, and are expecting near dead calm conditions for the next couple of days. I'm so very glad we made it before dark!]

At: 17:06(EST) 11-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 30.6C (87.08F)
about 1 year  agoShow

23º 35.058' N75º 11.004' WBegonia
Day 3 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Man O War Bay, Great Inagua, The Bahamas To:George Town, Exuma, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:23.5934, -075.1837

We have 39.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 203.0nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 42:42 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 93.0nm; we have made 94.1nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 89.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday afternoon the winds held out for us (unexpectedly) but that gain was soon lost. Overnight very light winds and very slow progress (often between 1-2kt) and with lots of sail changes (spinnaker up and down, gybing, main and jib up and down too). Seas have reduced which helps.]

General Comments: [We are now north of the Tropic of Cancer (no longer in the tropics!). I just realized that the clocks here change tomorrow (Sunday) - so I'll have to factor that in to future appointments. We still expect (hope) to arrive at our anchorage by early evening.]

At: 06:00(EST) 11-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 323(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:7%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

22º 16.044' N74º 25.002' WBegonia
Day 2 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Man O War Bay, Great Inagua, The Bahamas To:George Town, Exuma, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:22.2740, -074.4172

We have 132.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 108.9nm (through the water) on this passage (in a total of 18:42 hours)

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 82.0nm; we have made 108.9nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 84.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We departed Great Inagua and were soon tacking into headwinds (as we expected) - it wasn't until after dark that we could hold a course in the path we wanted without needing to tack. Seas choppy, Close hauled, Ugh… We knew the first day would be like this, we are expecting winds to calm and veer leaving us downwind sailing by dinner tonight.]

General Comments: [Oops - a miscommunication had me believing this was an overnight passage but it turns out to be 2 nights (expecting to arrive on Saturday afternoon/evening). We are hopping further north in one go than we had expected to need during our time in The Bahamas, but the forecasts are not playing along with our grand plan so we have to adjust too, and skip a couple of places we would otherwise have visited.]

At: 06:00(EST) 10-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 337(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.5kt, Wind:9Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

21º 5.046' N73º 36.078' WBegonia
"At Anchor: Man O War Bay, Great Inagua, The Bahamas - Atlantic Ocean, Underway.

Our position: loc:21.0907, -073.6128

Sail From: Government Harbour, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas To: Man O War Bay, Great Inagua, The Bahamas

Trip: We travelled 10.7nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 2:12 hours). We have moved 8.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.0kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of sand (scattered bommies, get thinner the more south around the bay you go). A good spot to overnight before heading north (or south)]

General Comments: [We cleared in without issue and enjoyed a few meals out, and some cycling around (exercise and scenery) along with all the chores of reaching land after a while (laundry, etc). We still have plenty of emails and e-chores to catch up with, but we'll get there over the next week or so - for now the sun is shining and the water is clear and the beer is cold. We motored up to this little bay to the north of the Island, ready for departure from here to islands to north. Additional good news is we found a fellow cruiser willing to sell us their spare Iridium GO battery - so we now have that back up and running, and a SIM from a local cell phone provider so we have full comms aboard again!]

At: 15:22(EST) 08-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F)
about 1 year  agoShow

20º 57.042' N73º 40.074' WBegonia
At Dock: Government Harbour, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas - Atlantic Ocean, Underway.

Our position: loc:20.9573, -073.6787

Sail From: Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas To: Government Harbour, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas

We travelled 0.3nm (through the water) on this trip (in a total of 0:22 hours). We have moved 0.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 0.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):0.7kt.

Location Comments: [Fixed docks, and a concrete wall available (allow for tides). Need to enter to clear customs/immigration on arrival to the Bahamas (if this is your arrival port - note extra fees of $40 each from Immigration and Customs due to 'outpost'). Small daily fee if you chose to stay overnight or longer. Previous visitors have complained about mosquitos, but so far we've seen none. Water available on a separate wall (restricted access).]

General Comments: [We took the short move from the anchorage into the harbour for formalities. We are excited to be on land again and looking forward to some exercise! Warm day with a nice breeze.]

At: 08:18(ADT) 06-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
about 1 year  agoShow

20º 57.03' N73º 40.092' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas, Underway - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 34 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:20.9553, -073.6823

Progress: [We've made 3719.9nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 8.0nm; we have made 11.1nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 5.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip:4.7kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored in sand 5m Datum off harbour. Island is flat and has extensive salt flats (Moreton Bay Salt Company). Great for bird watching (especially the flamingos).]

General Comments: [We made it… We held off for daylight to approach the anchorage. Our GPS mileage for the trip is 4031nm (whew!). Will rest up at anchor today and clear in tomorrow. There were 5 boats anchored off the harbour when we arrived, so we assume there is no space in the small harbour for us to tie up (we'll find out for sure tomorrow). We believe that officials in The Bahamas normally want to visit the boat (not sure how that works here). No need to worry for now - It feels SO good to be stopped and there is a bottle of wine in the fridge to celebrate!]

At: 08:54(ADT) 05-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
about 1 year  agoShow

20º 52.092' N73º 36.084' WBegonia
Day 34 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:20.8823, -073.6142

We have 8.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 3708.8nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 107.0nm; we have made 112.8nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 106.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Much calmer yesterday, with a few hour of dead calm in the evening. Back to a spinnaker again now.]

General Comments: [We are almost there! We are taking it easy until daylight when we plan to anchor for the day (since it is Sunday), get our rest and be good to go and clear in with officialdom on Monday. Yesterday evening we crossed our Nov 29th 2013 track (where Begonia was on route to Panama from the Turks and Caicos) - this means we have now completed a circumnavigation with Begonia. Kyle wasn't comfortable reporting a circumnaviation using two boats, so this one is good for him. The Oceans Cruising Club require a port to port circumnavigation so that goal is still pending. I'm chuffed whatever rules there are. I can't believe it's been over 10 years (which is even crazier when I realized we've sailed the last half of the globe in less than a year).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 05-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F), Course: 283(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:9Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:E)
about 1 year  agoShow

20º 30.006' N71º 45.03' WBegonia
Day 33 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:20.5005, -071.7553

We have 115.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 3595.9nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 160.0nm; we have made 178.7nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 159.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Seas and winds built during the day, and by early evening we brought down the spinnaker, later in the evening we were reefing the jib with regular mid-20kt winds, and gusts of 30kt (thankfully downwind). Seas mixed however with a current against us - so quite bouncy.]

General Comments: [Lots more cruise ships. We spend the day north of the Dominican Republic (soon to reach the border with Haiti). Our first sighting of land (one of the capes of the Dominican Republic). Overnight the VHF channel 16 was a near constant buzz of static that the squelch could not remove (very annoying). We could also smell smoke all night (coming from the Dominican Republic). With a great sailing day yesterday (distance wise) we look good to arrive tomorrow (Sunday) and then anchor off to clear in on Monday.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 04-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 283(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.4kt, Wind:24Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

19º 53.022' N69º 0.036' WBegonia
Day 32 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:19.8872, -069.0059

We have 275.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 3417.2nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 124.0nm; we have made 142.0nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 125.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday's progress felt like 'proper' sailing at last - good solid winds, and reasonably smooth seas. It seems way too long since we averaged over 5kt for the day. We are expecting more of the same today, but with the winds increasing after that. For now we continue to sail with the spinnaker.]

General Comments: [We sailed along/over the Puerto Rico Trench yesterday - the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean at over 8km; scientists believe this feature (a subduction zone) is well overdue to cause a major earthquake/tsunami for the region.. Two tropic birds visited yesterday, heralded by their distinct 'squeaky-toy' call. Kyle had 3 cruise ships pass us - they were each on route to Florida (presumably to switch out for the next batch of passengers).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 03-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 284(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.9kt, Wind:18Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:E)
about 1 year  agoShow

19º 42.018' N66º 47.07' WBegonia
Day 31 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:19.7027, -066.7954

We have 399.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 3275.2nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 103.0nm; we have made 110.9nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 102.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [The trade winds arrived just before midnight , and we broke a 100nm day after too many slow days (finally). Those lovely smooth seas have switched to quite a chop. We continue to sail with the Spinnaker (on a beam reach)]

General Comments: [Slow progress means we've shifted our ETA to Monday… Sigh (we'll possibly arrive Sunday evening). Lots of cargo and tanker ships, and even a giant cruise ship yesterday, and another this morning. Kyle spotted our first sailboat (heading SE). I thought the sargassum was finished (I got it wrong previously, the Sargasso Sea has a week of the genus sargassum); I've had a fishing line out for the last two days (no luck), but yesterday it started to catch weed again. We switched our VHF from International to USA (so we can get channels like 22A again) - not sure if we'll need to keep it that way, or switch back to international for the Bahamas. We've spent much of the last 24 hours traversing Puerto Rico (50nm to the north of the coast).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 02-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 280(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.2kt, Wind:11Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

19º 25.068' N65º 0.042' WBegonia
Day 30 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:19.4279, -065.0072

We have 502.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 3164.4nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 73.0nm; we have made 71.3nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 73.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.1kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [More very calm conditions (where are those trade winds?), but we were able to make some progress (better than yesterday). Winds often only 1 or 2 knots (true). Sailing on a broad reach with the spinnaker when we can. We expect another day of this.]

General Comments: [We have been picking up the US Coast Guard VHF broadcasts from Puerto Rico (boats on fire, people in the water). I had THREE whales visit me just before sunset, they seemed to be going the same direction and hung out for 5 minutes before vanishing (cool), after dark I had more of the same sounds (but couldn't see a thing). We see more variety of seabirds now (including frigate birds), and I spent 10 minutes watching some kind of fish leaping from the water (I wonder what they were being chased by?). Kyle had dolphins join him on his night watch. Life around us seems to be getting busier as we skirt around the Caribbean. We had a noddy (bird) spend the night aboard (first time in a while).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 01-Mar-2023, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 280(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.4kt, Wind:5Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

19º 11.034' N63º 44.004' WBegonia
Day 29 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:19.1893, -063.7340

We have 575.0nm remaining (along expected route).

Progress: [We've made 3093.0nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting: we have reduced the distance to go (along expected route) by 67.0nm; we have made 43.8nm (through water/on-speedwheel). We have moved 66.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Very calm, with light or no winds for much of the last 24 hours. A pretty poor day (distance wise) but not the worst for this trip). We've made the best of the winds and made some progress. Kyle swam on the speed wheel to give it a clean from the outside, later when still becalmed, he swam and cleaned the whole hull of barnacles too. Thankfully there has been a slight current in our favour. We are hoping for some faster times today!]

General Comments: [We've been catching the weather reports on VHF from French St Martin, and notice to mariners from Puerto Rico. We sailed/drifted by an 'Altantic Fleet Weapons Range area' (thankfully not in active use at the time). We've been seeing plenty of cargo and tanker ships, but Kyle spotted a cruise ship last night (huge). Overnight a whale joined us alongside the boat for a few minutes (could only tell from the noise of its breathing and spout - not sure what type).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 28-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 280(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.9kt, Wind:3Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

18º 57.054' N62º 35.082' WBegonia
Day 28 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:18.9592, -062.5967

We have 642.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 3049.2nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 35.9nm (through water). We have moved 90.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.8kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [The seas seem so very calm/smooth - such a shame that the winds are so light and our progress is slow. Still - all is comfortable aboard (Must be great conditions for the rowing team aboard Joshua). The speed wheel is still under reporting (Kyle plans to swim and check from under the boat once daylight arrives). Today is expected to be slower still, and we might be getting swell from a large storm 2000nm to the north.]

General Comments: [The sea is still scattered with patches of sargasso weed. I've wanted to put out a fishing line, but there is no hope with all the weed around. We see several cargo boats/tankers now daily, and planes too. We are currently approaching/passing Anguilla to our SSW - we were there in 2009 - it is feeling like we are back in old haunts.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 27-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 296(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:5Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

18º 38.046' N61º 2.016' WBegonia
Day 27 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:18.6412, -061.0357

We have 731.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 3013.3nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 91.2nm (through water). We have moved 118.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [The trade winds have been AWOL, and we've had several squalls that have decided to just hover over us. We kept expecting to either break out of them or have them move along (with blue skies all around us) but we were stuck several times sailing well off course for hours while expecting more favourable winds any minute... sigh... For now all is settled as it should be and we are flying the spinnaker again sailing on a broad reach. Kyle pulled out the speed wheel again yesterday to clean it, but could find no issue. At lower speeds it seems to really under report (and this isn't all due to current).]

General Comments: [The 'good' antenna on our sat phone snapped off today (ugh) - thankfully we have a spare. I've impressed myself with the stock of spare things we have but we are now running on our last hope - it only needs to last another week (fingers crossed!). We may be able to repair the broken antenna, but I need to dig into our spares and see if we have a coax cable widget thingy of the right size. This morning at 5:42am, Begonia crossed the path of Footprint (on route to Antigua back in November 2008) - this means that Kyle and I have crossed our sailing path and completed a circumnavigation (if you combine the efforts of both Begonia and Footprint) - YAY.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 26-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F), Course: 284(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

18º 10.014' N59º 1.044' WBegonia
Day 26 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:18.1692, -059.0237

We have 850.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2922.1nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 129.3nm (through water). We have moved 146.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.1kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [At last, an easy sailing day. We unreefed, and eventually put up the spinnaker too. Our best progress (distance wise) in over a week. That feels better]

General Comments: [We had another row boat Joshua related email yesterday, this time from the wife of one of the rowers expressing her thanks (it was truly our pleasure, such a wonderfully unexpected distraction on our own long passage). For those who wish to check out how Joshua is doing you can visit their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063656361359). We made a much faster day yesterday than the previous few days, just a few rain showers but otherwise the last 24 hours has been all is quite nice (and easy) aboard Begonia. Overnight we had amazing clear skies and with no moon for much of the night (great for stargazing, the milky way looking especially impressive ); Kyle also easily spotted planes (yes plural), a satellite and a meteor. There remain scraps of sargasso in the ocean. Aboard we find ourselves out of wraps (a staple since they last so well) which means I can start making bread now... Overnight we passed a point directly opposite Broome in Western Australia (we departed there just on 1st August 2022). On my kindle I'm reading Jane Eyre, I honestly thought I'd just be re-reading an old classic but it turns out I've never read it!]

At: 06:00(ADT) 25-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F), Course: 284(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.8kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:1%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

17º 30.078' N56º 33.006' WBegonia
Day 25 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:17.5125, -056.5513

We have 996.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2792.8nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 132.3nm (through water). We have moved 141.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Another frustrating day yesterday. Wind direction changed, and we had plenty of squalls. Spinnaker was up and down, and when sailing with main and jib we were reefing and unreefing regularly. After visiting Joshua, we spent a long time with too little sail up, believing the forecast wind shift would actually happen... Silly us.]

General Comments: [We had several unexpected and lovely emails yesterday. One from the brother of one of the rowers aboard Joshua, thanking us for swinging by (you are all welcome). Several of our family and friends also emailed with enthusiasm and awe for the rowers at sea - Go Joshua!. Another email was from a lovely Australian family that now follow us after reaching out and inviting us to dinner with them in Port Hacking after we happened to sail by their house (in April 2021)!. It is quite a treat to receive emails at sea so THANK YOU to all that reach out to us any time. We now have less than 1000nm to go - that feels like a milestone. When sailing we have 'boat time', a central time to the start and end location that we don't shift until we arrive at our destination. This means that as we sail west, the sun rise and sun set get later each day. At the start of the passage I was awoken (at 6am boat time) to bright sunshine, currently we still have an hour before sunrise. Our clunky (and never loved) autopilot remote has finally failed on us.. no real issue, but Kyle did use it when working on the weather to save getting up and adjusting our course at the cockpit controls.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 24-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F), Course: 286(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.8kt, Wind:15Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

16º 47.052' N54º 12.03' WBegonia
Day 24 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:16.7917, -054.2046

We have 1138.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2660.5nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 134.1nm (through water). We have moved 128.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Squalls through the early hours (and very dark) had Kyle reefing, and changing course. Otherwise yesterday was nice, mostly sailing with the spinnaker (switching to main and jib before sunset).]

General Comments: [Knowing we had a long passage across the Atlantic, I downloaded a bunch of 'new to us' podcasts before leaving South Africa. One of these is very much a hit aboard: 'Oh No with Ross and Carrie'. They sample and explore various claims of religion, alternative medicines, the supernatural, etc... and then report on their experiences - it has been very entertaining for us. We continue to see cargo ships, and I guess that will get more frequent as we approach the Caribbean. Yesterday evening we heard a radio call from a sail boat with 4 crew requesting fuel from a passing cargo boat (but we only heard the cargo boat end of the conversation). The cargo ship reported it was unable to assist them since they would not declare an emergency, and the cargo vessel would not drop fuel for them (citing pollution laws). This morning we spotted a sailboat 'Joshua' on the AIS and they seem to be drifting and we can see no lights, we are not sure if it is the same boat? Most likely all is well, but we've altered course to swing by and check in on them (so far no response from our radio contact, they are currently just 3nm away). ]

At: 06:00(ADT) 23-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F), Course: 359(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

16º 47.052' N54º 12.03' WBegonia
"Day 24 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:16.7917, -054.2046

We have 1138.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2660.5nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 134.1nm (through water). We have moved 128.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Squalls through the early hours (and very dark) had Kyle reefing, and changing course. Otherwise yesterday was nice, mostly sailing with the spinnaker (switching to main and jib before sunset).]

General Comments: [Knowing we had a long passage across the Atlantic, I downloaded a bunch of 'new to us' podcasts before leaving South Africa. One of these is very much a hit aboard: 'Oh No with Ross and Carrie'. They sample and explore various claims of religion, alternative medicines, the supernatural, etc... and then report on their experiences - it has been very entertaining for us. We continue to see cargo ships, and I guess that will get more frequent as we approach the Caribbean. Yesterday evening we heard a radio call from a sail boat with 4 crew requesting fuel from a passing cargo boat (but we only heard the cargo boat end of the conversation). The cargo ship reported it was unable to assist them since they would not declare an emergency, and the cargo vessel would not drop fuel for them (citing pollution laws). This morning we spotted a sailboat 'Joshua' on the AIS and they seem to be drifting and we can see no lights, we are not sure if it is the same boat? Most likely all is well, but we've altered course to swing by and check in on them (so far no response from our radio contact, they are currently just 3nm away). ]

At: 06:00(ADT) 23-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F), Course: 359(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:2m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

16º 4.014' N52º 6.018' WBegonia
Day 23 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:16.0689, -052.1025

We have 1266.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2526.4nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 100.2nm (through water). We have moved 120.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We continue downwind sailing with the spinnaker, yesterday was sunny and pleasant but overnight a bit variable wind and wave wise.]

General Comments: [We are back with a blanket on the bed for the last few nights, but daytime was lovely yesterday. A flying fish landed in the cockpit last night and I managed to scoop it up and return it to the water alive; their scales are giant compared to the size of the fish, and they wriggle a LOT - they also transfer quite a stink once you've touched them. Yesterday Kyle pulled out and cleaned the speed wheel (found 3 barnacles). Tropic birds visited briefly again yesterday (they have a distinctive squeak of a call). We are now at a latitude which is as far south as we ever got in Footprint... Memories...]

At: 06:00(ADT) 22-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F), Course: 291(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:12Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

15º 18.072' N50º 9.084' WBegonia
Day 22 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:15.3120, -050.1640

We have 1387.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2426.2nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 85.9nm (through water). We have moved 110.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Smoother conditions, and we are now flying the spinnaker - following seas and clear skies. Finally we have the current mostly with us too.]

General Comments: [Gooseneck barnacles have suddenly appeared all over the bottom of the boat. Weather mild enough that we could actually open up a few hatches to air the boat out somewhat. The sargasso weed is still around (scattered patches). The white-tailed tropic birds visited the boat again (this time there were 4 of them, they seem to be doubling daily). We heard a couple of bursts of radio chatter (but no sign of any associated boat). In the early hours of this morning Kyle witnessed a large meteor (the largest he has ever seen) streaking orange and green across 45 degrees of the sky over about 5 seconds as it broke up and scattered (coming from the south).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 21-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Course: 292(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.5kt, Wind:12Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

14º 34.026' N48º 24.096' WBegonia
Day 21 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:14.5714, -048.4162

We have 1498.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2340.3nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 120.8nm (through water). We have moved 136.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Winds from two directions battled around for several hours until finally settling yesterday morning causing much frustration in the morning. The afternoon brought more speed and directions changes in the wind - so lots of activity aboard reefing, unreefing, etc. Throw in some heavy rain too... ahhh sailing.]

General Comments: [Kyle and I both spotted tropic birds around the boat yesterday (always a pleasure). Cargo traffic seems reasonably regular (2-3 ships every day). The jib roller furler line has several blocks to help guide its path, but one of those came away yesterday (all that activity!), thankfully we had a spare shackle that fitted in that same spot so that was quickly repaired. Start gazing still fun, Kyle notes that Orion is 'upright' again.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 20-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Course: 295(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.9kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

13º 35.04' N46º 17.1' WBegonia
Day 20 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:13.5903, -046.2994

We have 1614.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2219.5nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 111.1nm (through water). We have moved 128.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [A bit of reefing and unreefing yesterday but generally an easy sailing day (still sailing with main and jib, mostly on a beam reach). Cooler at night, but otherwise mild.]

General Comments: [Clear starry night (always good), good bioluminescence. The morning has started with rain. The sargasso weed is much reduced, but still regular patches (just small patches). We are now north of all south America, and looking good for an early March arrival in the Bahamas.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 19-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Course: 296(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.5kt, Wind:17Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

12º 35.1' N44º 20.07' WBegonia
Day 19 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:12.5998, -044.3454

We have 1763.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2108.4nm (through the water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 123.5nm (through the water). We have moved 133.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [So much more pleasant yesterday, smooth waters and sunshine, sailing with full sail on a beam reach to broad reach. It's a little more boisterous this morning, but the forecast tells us to expect another nice day today; let's hope!]

General Comments: [We had 3 dolphins visit us briefly in the morning (always a pleasure, but I'm amazed they live so far out to sea). We managed to save another flying fish that got trapped on the dinghy cover yesterday (we normally don't find them until its too late, this one was making a lot of noise trying to save itself, poor thing). A clear night provided some great star gazing. We are now just about opposite (on the earth) Gove in Northern Territory (Australia).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 18-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Course: 299(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:16Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

11º 29.016' N42º 22.074' WBegonia
Day 18 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:11.4859, -042.3786

We have 1896.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1984.9nm (through water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 150.0nm (through water). We have moved 148.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Finally we have much improved conditions aboard. I had my first good night's (0ff-watch) sleep in a week, and we have full sail flying again (first time since day 12). Seas are much more normal too. We are back in the cockpit helm seat for our watches - but it is cold in the wind (so back to long pants and a jacket at least for the night watches).]

General Comments: [We have now passed the half way mark (distance wise, and hopefully time wise too). Yesterday Kyle found a flying fish in the folds of the mainsail as he unreefed (poor fish - I had no idea one had flown that high up). He also scooped out 7 from the trampoline and one on from the back step. Both of us were entertained for some time yesterday by a booby(?) catching disturbed flying fish around the boat for several hours. (we've never seen this before this passage). THere is still plenty of sargasso floating around. I am down to my last paperback (will then have to switch to the kindle), and together Kyle and I are reading a Bill Bryson book (The road to Little Dribbling).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 17-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Course: 301(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:14Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

10º 9.054' N40º 14.076' WBegonia
Day 17 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:10.1592, -040.2464

We have 2045.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1834.9nm (through water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 177.9nm (through water). We have moved 159.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [The wind has yet to reduce (ugh!), and we still have 3m seas on the beam with regular waves across the boat (ugh!). Forecast still reports things should be calming and we are hopeful.]

General Comments: [We have a lot of dead flying fish in the trampoline (too rough to clean out). We had some cloud free patches for star gazing, and with no moon for much of the night there was also some impressive bioluminescence. Amazingly for this passage we have yet to see an impressive sunrise or sunset. Yesterday cooking was still not going to be easy so we resorted to boil in the bag Indian meals - they were very buried in our provisions and definitely were (over-)due to be eaten, so not all bad that we got around to them.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 16-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 25.8C (78.44F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 303(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.3kt, Wind:21Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:3m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

8º 37.548' N38º 2.004' WBegonia
Day 16 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:08.6258, -038.0388

We have 2205.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1657.0nm (through water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 182.7nm (through water). We have moved 171.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 7.1kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [More of the same. We continue to sail on a beam reach with 'enhanced' trade winds and bouncy seas. We are hoping for much kinder conditions tomorrow (but more of the same for today). The last 24 hours have been our best (distance wise) for the passage to date, hopefully once the wind starts to reduce we can unreef and maintain a good speed. We've had rain - but that has also brought a rainbow for us to enjoy.]

General Comments: [My cooking aboard has become much simpler as it is barely possible to keep vegetables on a chopping board, etc. For much of yesterday the sargasso really thinned out. The rudders and steering arm (that connects them) have been taking quite a lot of strain and Kyle keeps tightening things up there to stop rattles and reduce wear. The autopilot has been working perfectly all this time (we basically watch on and press a button once in a while) - we are so grateful to have it. Kyle was able to actually save one of the flying fish that landed on the boat (it is rare we find them before they have already died). We had patches of sunshine, and according to the satellite picture we should be cloud free for a week or more once we break out. ]

Nearest Land: [Punta do Presido, Brazil], [699]nm away to our SSW


ETA/Emergency - Estimated Arrival: [05-Mar-2023 0800 timezone:(ADT)]
Sound Alarm if no contact by: [10-Mar-2023 0800 timezone:(ADT)]

Caution: Don't forget this communication relies on our Satellite comms, SSB radio, radio stations, computer and antennas all working, and being available.. i.e. lots can go wrong with the equipment, while we are still safe and well.

If you don't hear from us, equipment or connection issues are the MOST likely reason (unless there is also an EPIRB emergency signal set off by us, in which case you will also be hearing from the Coast Guard). If you don't hear from us before the Emergency call time, then also please contact the emergency services. Refer to floatplan for instructions

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 06:00(ADT) 15-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 306(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.5kt, Wind:24Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:3m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

6º 53.1' N35º 44.076' WBegonia
Day 15 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:06.8995, -035.7459

We have 2376.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1474.3nm (through water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 166.5nm (through water). We have moved 158.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.4kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Rough sailing in bouncy conditions. Strong winds and the main and jib double reefed. The waves and spray keep entering the cockpit (we find flying fish in the cockpit and sargasso weed on the helm seat). We spend most of our watches inside (where we can see outside from the wrap around windows, and have a repeater for the chartplotter), but we can stay dry. We expect another day of this before conditions start to get slowly better to more 'normal' conditions.]

General Comments: [Ugh, it is tough aboard and even walking about the boat we take great care to always be holding on to something unless we are sat down. It has been tough to sleep. The night watch starts off very dark until the moon rises. The wind conditions are such that even at night the wind generator keeps the batteries full. Some of our windows have started to sprout leaks (luckily just dribbles, but annoying none-the-less, giving us something new to fix once we arrive in the Bahamas). We are now into week 3 of our passage and are now west of the eastern most point of South America.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 14-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F), Course: 310(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.5kt, Wind:22Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:3m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

5º 10.044' N33º 43.068' WBegonia
Day 14 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:05.1736, -033.7279

We have 2535.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1307.8nm (through water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 146.7nm (through water). We have moved 148.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.2kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Mixed/Sloppy seas and with waves occasionally entering the cockpit (yuk) make for a miserable and bouncy time aboard. We do seem to be seeing less cloud (good for the solar panel) but wind and waves are increasing. We always expected this 'patch' - which by the 16th should be getting better. Boat is heavily reefed on a beam reach.]

General Comments: [We entered the 'sargasso sea' yesterday and all day the trampoline has been scooping up much of the weed. So far its been lots of tiny patches but just everywhere (the largest patch we saw was about the size of a couple of tennis courts), but there is no course we can set that doesn't go through sargasso at least every 30 seconds. The propellers gather it too, and it certainly slows us down. Seems a bit thinner this morning.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 13-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Course: 312(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:19Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

3º 27.012' N31º 57.018' WBegonia
Day 13 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:03.4520, -031.9525

We have 2682.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1161.1nm (through water) on this passage.

Since last posting we have made 142.2nm (through water). We have moved 150.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [The wind is back (aside from a few periods with nearby squalls) - so our daily progress just shot up. Another couple of days an we'll be out of the ITCZ. Overcast conditions still (that should end once we exit the ITCZ). Seas are bouncy! We are already in the NE trade winds (and they are expected to get stronger in the next couple of days) we are sailing with reefed main and jib.]

General Comments: [Kyle spotted an airplane flying overhead a couple of days ago (a rare event). We had a giant pod of (small) dolphins briefly join us yesterday afternoon, all leaping out of the water. Predictwind support has been really helpful and we now can update our predictwind track via email (since this is a manual effot it will only be once or twice a day, not hourly).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 12-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F), Course: 315(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.7kt, Wind:16Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

1º 39.06' N30º 11.064' WBegonia
Day 12 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:01.6597, -030.1941

We have 2833.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1018.9nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:103nm.

Since last posting we have made 88.3nm (through water). We have moved 102.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Frustrating light winds (from all directions) for most of yesterday. Several patches of rain, and we still see regular lightning (distant). Overnight we have had stead strong winds (sailing close hauled) which helped make our best 24 hour distance in a week (but still quite a slow day). We are still not out of the ITCZ area so no doubt this good patch won't last.]

General Comments: [I used my last good egg (after having to throw out 12) to bake an apple crumb cake (yum). Yesterday we passed the tiny island of St. Peter and St Paul Archipelago; we didn't really trust the charts so gave it a wide berth, but were quite disappointed that we couldn't actually see the island (we assume it must be quite low). Our jury-rig data setup continues to work(good news), it is extra slow, but we are so glad to have it. Predict wind (the company we have our SIM contract with) has assured us that the modem/data calls we are now making will come from our 'unlimited data' plan rather than be charged as call time (that is a HUGE relief).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 11-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 318(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:17Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:NE)
about 1 year  agoShow

0º 22.05' N29º 4.032' WBegonia
Day 11 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:00.3745, -029.0724

We have 2936.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 930.7nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:79nm.

Since last posting we have made 70.7nm (through water). We have moved 79.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Light winds from mixed directions again - ahh. The ITCZ!! (We don't love it). The main swell is coming from the North for the last day or so. Lots of lightning (thankfully distant) puts on a great show at night. Weather HOT.]

General Comments: [So our Iridium Go failed. Thankfully we've been able to switch out the SIM card into our old satellite phone which has a data cable (serial cable!!).. It took me some time, but I eventually got the PC setup and OMG it worked. This means we can send and receive emails (much slower than the Iridium Go even). Unfortunately it also means we can no longer ping our hourly position reports, and I can't work out how to use the predict wind app either (so no satellite pictures, etc). THankfully we can get GRIB file downloads (giving us weather and other sea conditions) via email and put them through our software QtVlm to do route analysis. Anyway - we are hoping that this setup continues to work at least until we get to the Bahamas. Aside from that, we got a great show of a boobie swooping down for several meals of flying fish as they were disturbed by the boat and broke into the air (poor things). Several cargo boats crossed our path yesterday, but the biggest 'news' is that we crossed the equator so we are now in the northern hemisphere again (The last time was in April 2017!!).]

At: 06:00(ADT) 10-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 28.1C (82.58F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 319(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.4kt, Wind:7Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

0º 36.066' S28º 10.086' WBegonia
Day 10 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-00.6112, -028.1813

We have 3015.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 860.0nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:90nm.

Since last posting we have made 74.1nm (through water). We have moved 90.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.8kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We switched back to the spinnaker by noon and slowly started logging some 2 and 3nm hours (much more respectable than the day before). Expecting more of the same for today.]

General Comments: [The sun has been topping up the batteries to 100% aside from that one day (Day 8) so that is a relief. The clear skies over night allowed for a lovely star show overhead. We currently have a juvenile boobie flying about the boat, it seems very curious about us, I wonder if we are the first sailboat it has ever seen?]

At: 06:00(ADT) 09-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 303(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.6kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2m (from:N)
about 1 year  agoShow

1º 31.074' S26º 59.058' WBegonia
Day 9 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-01.5292, -026.9930

We have 3105.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 785.9nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:52nm.

Since last posting we have made 29.1nm (through water). We have moved 52.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Another frustrating ITCZ day - our slowest yet for the passage. Kyle tells me we can expect reliable wind around the 10th. Depending on wind we have the sails up and down (currently sailing with main and jib since we've had some head winds, and are expecting a close reach if the forecast is correct)]

General Comments: [Dolphins visited overnight (twice), AND we had ship traffic (on the AIS). We had a noddie aboard overnight again (but not the squawkers). I also need to post a correction about St Peter and St Paul… It is 'only group of Brazilian oceanic islets in the Northern Hemisphere' but of course Brazil itself (mainland) straddles the equator. After astronomical twilight it was 20 minutes of pitch black dark before the moon rose - REALLY DARK. The moon was full on the 5th and still acts as a giant spotlight in the sky once risen. With our calm seas it is all quite beautiful.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 08-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 318(degT), Speed Over Ground:2kt, Wind:7Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:se)
about 1 year  agoShow

2º 2.01' S26º 16.05' WBegonia
Day 8 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-02.0354, -026.2751

We have 3157.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 756.8nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:76nm.

Since last posting we have made 67.5nm (through water). We have moved 76.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.5kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Ugh - a very frustrating day yesterday. The spinnaker was up and down, gybing a lot when up - yesterday was actual WORK sailing as we navigated squalls and cells and lots of shifting and dying winds. By dark, all was well with the world again and we've been making steady progress and not a hand to the sails at all (much easier).]

General Comments: [Our worst day for the passage to date (distance wise) - not at all surprising given the conditions (wind/rain/etc). The overcast conditions meant the batteries were not charging either so we had to run an engine for a bit. Only to discover a slipping alternator belt so Kyle had to adjust that too. Both of us felt our day watch was filled with chores; normally on a long offshore passage there is little to do. Our path will take is close to St Paul and St Peter Archipelago (still a couple of days away) - the only bit of Brazil that is north of the equator, a remote and isolated outpost which is home to a skeleton 'crew' of 4 navy staff (and according to our offline wikipedia it the only location in the Atlantic where the Abyssal mantle is exposed) - unfortunately we won't be able to stop. This is particularly interesting to us since despite all this (and having 2 lights) it isn't appearing on our chartplotter charts (only on the charts on our phone apps) - thanks Navionics!!. The water temperature has been really warm for several days now (Kyle especially notices this since he pre-washes the dishes in sea water. The noddies continue to visit us at night, the squawking pair were back and really going at it - I tried to intervene without success, and eventually I chased them off in fear of having them wake Kyle on his off watch.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 07-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 28.1C (82.58F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 314(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.5kt, Wind:7Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:45%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:S)
about 1 year  agoShow

2º 58.002' S25º 24.096' WBegonia
Day 7 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-02.9670, -025.4157

We have 3233.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 689.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:97nm.

Since last posting we have made 83.5nm (through water). We have moved 97.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.1kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We had a good day yesterday, but we have occasional squalls where anything goes (mostly no wind, or winds from very much the 'wrong' direction). We had a couple of hours of calm as a system passed us this morning but are now (slowly) moving again. More of the same expected for a few days yet as we transit the ITCZ.]

General Comments: [We had a few extra Noddies join us overnight. Two noddies sat on the back steps just behind the helm seat, but they didn't seem to like each other very much; they would rest in a truce for an hour, but then one would start squawking at the other and eventually that would escalate until they both flew off for 10 minutes - returning for another hour of truce and rest. So far the batteries have been reaching 100% each day (topped up by the solar panels), but they get down into the mid-60s each night as well. The wind generator doesn't have enough wind to help.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 06-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 295(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.3kt, Wind:5Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

3º 55.092' S24º 6.024' WBegonia
Day 6 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-03.9320, -024.1043

We have 3330.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 605.8nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:82nm.

Since last posting we have made 68.3nm (through water). We have moved 82.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Even lighter winds than yesterday, plus a few storm cells to skirt around (which seriously were messing with the wind direction). We spent a lot of time with the sails down and just drifting waiting for wind (especially overnight). Amazingly we had only a couple of patches of light rain. Seas remain pretty flat.]

General Comments: [Weather is warm/hot with inside and outside the boat at 30C (86F). We now have (those same few?) noddies and a gannet hanging around the boat.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 05-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 310(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:6Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

4º 39.042' S22º 55.044' WBegonia
Day 5 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-04.6567, -022.9243

We have 3412.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 537.5nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:104nm.

Since last posting we have made 97.7nm (through water). We have moved 106.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Very light winds for much of yesterday, but we continue with the spinnaker (our worst day so far for this passage distance wise).]

General Comments: [Kyle tells me we had 'our' 3 noddies again last night (I wonder if they are the same ones? And I wonder when they might decide we are too far away from home and ditch us?). Batteries managed to top up yesterday to 100% so our concerns were unfounded there. Nothing much to report.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 04-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:37%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

5º 23.028' S21º 17.088' WBegonia
Day 4 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-05.3877, -021.2978

We have 3516.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 439.8nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:139nm.

Since last posting we have made 145.7nm (through water). We have moved 141.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.2kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Much the same, but more clouds and occasional rain showers (as we approach the ITCZ). We are hoping we have sufficient sun to keep the batteries charged. African monsoon storms to our NE are well out of our way. Overnight Kyle spotted AIS targets and suffered a lot of unnecessary radio chatter on VHF16 between the fishing boat and its support boats (possibly Japanese). This is the furthest north we've been since 2019 (and we have a lot further north to go this year).]

General Comments: [Two noddies (birds) hitch-hiked with us overnight. The temperatures aboard are increasing so we are always seeking out a breeze (or a fan), and Kyle has resumed the regular fizzing of water to keep us refreshed.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 03-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F), Course: 291(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

6º 19.038' S19º 7.038' WBegonia
Day 3 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-06.3227, -019.1226

We have 3655.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 294.2nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:154nm.

Since last posting we have made 162.5nm (through water). We have moved 156.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [No change in sailing conditions. More easy downwind sailing with the spinnaker.]

General Comments: [Our trip log for our time with Begonia broke 80,000nm this morning (around 4am) this is equivalent to just under 4 times around the world (at the equator), of course we have yet to complete a circumnavigation given all our detours and back tracking. A space shuttle would do this distance in 4 hours, we've taken quite a bit longer. Overnight we had 3 noddies (birds) hitching a ride with us, departing just before sunrise. Kyle tells me we are in the area of the mid-Atlantic ridge (depth here is around 5,000m). St Helena and Ascension also sit on this ridge line that stretches from Greenland to Antarctica.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 02-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F), Course: 294(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.9kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

7º 11.082' S16º 38.04' WBegonia
Day 2 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-07.1967, -016.6403

We have 3809.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 131.7nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:136nm.

Since last posting we have made 131.7nm (through water). We have moved 139.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.1kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Downwind, spinnaker sailing. Conditions were calm and easy at the start, and seas have built a little, but still a giving us easy conditions aboard.]

General Comments: [Our departure from Ascension island had us being wary to keep well clear of the jet fuel tanker offloading to the island. It's activities were delayed a day due to the previous cargo boat (Hurst Point) having crane issues. This was all good news for us as it gave us an extra chance to slip ashore on Monday, and I was able to swap 9 books for new-to-me ones at the local book swap (that should help on this long passage). Hurst Point (cargo boat) was especially kind to us - the head chef gifted us some frozen salmon steaks which were very much enjoyed (yum). Sunrise (boat time) is very early right now - around 4am! as as we travel west that will slip to normal and then later in the day. All is well aboard.]

At: 06:00(ADT) 01-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F), Course: 284(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

7º 11.802' S16º 38.004' WBegonia
Day 2 of Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island To:Matthew Town, Great Inagua, The Bahamas.

Our position: loc:-07.1967, -016.6403

We have 3809.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 131.7nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:136nm.

Since last posting we have made 131.7nm (through water). We have moved 139.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.1kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Downwind, spinnaker sailing. Conditions were calm and easy at the start, and seas have built a little, but still a giving us easy conditions aboard.]

General Comments: [Our departure from Ascension island had us being wary to keep well clear of the jet fuel tanker offloading to the island. It's activities were delayed a day due to the previous cargo boat (Hurst Point) having crane issues. This was all good news for us as it gave us an extra chance to slip ashore on Monday, and I was able to swap 9 books for new-to-me ones at the local book swap (that should help on this long passage). Hurst Point (cargo boat) was especially kind to us - the head chef gifted us some frozen salmon steaks which were very much enjoyed (yum). Sunrise (boat time) is very early right now - around 4am! as as we travel west that will slip to normal and then later in the day. All is well aboard.]

Nearest Land: [Ascension Island], [128]nm away to our ESE


ETA/Emergency - Estimated Arrival: [05-Mar-2023 0800 timezone:(ADT)]
Sound Alarm if no contact by: [10-Mar-2023 0800 timezone:(ADT)]

Caution: Don't forget this communication relies on our Satellite comms, SSB radio, radio stations, computer and antennas all working, and being available.. i.e. lots can go wrong with the equipment, while we are still safe and well.

If you don't hear from us, equipment or connection issues are the MOST likely reason (unless there is also an EPIRB emergency signal set off by us, in which case you will also be hearing from the Coast Guard). If you don't hear from us before the Emergency call time, then also please contact the emergency services. Refer to floatplan for instructions

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 06:00(ADT) 01-Feb-2023, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F), Course: 284(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

7º 55.02' S14º 24.072' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island, Underway - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 6 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Jamestown, St Helena To:Clarence Bay, Georgetown, Ascension Island.

Our position: loc:-07.9198, -014.4119

Progress: [We've made 671.2nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:5.2nm.

Since last posting we have made 5.1nm (through water). We have moved 4.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.6kt, Avg speed for trip:5.5kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored between floating fuel pipe and local moored boats in 16m datum. Advised not to go much shallower as other boats have had to cut away their anchor after being fouled. Officialdom is contaced with 'Pier head' on VHF#08 and outside of working hours (after 4pm and on weekends) via 'Ascension Radio' on VHF#16. No beach access (due to turtles nesting) so shore access via pier head only (can be subject to swell).]

General Comments: [Our little noddy departed just before we anchored, hopefully he is actually home and not at some strange new island. Kyle has been up since midnight (on his watch) but we are waiting to get clearance to go ashore to clear in with immigration etc this morning (he'll sleep well tonight). The museum is only open one day a week (today) so I'm keen to get ashore too (fingers crossed). Plenty of evidence of green turtles (swimming about and tracks ashore from the egg laying. Also lots of lovely black fish hanging out with the boat. We are glad to be here. Weather for following few days may make getting ashore difficult (depending on the swell from the north if that actually arrives) and it isn't easy in the first place, so we are very glad to have arrived when the supply ship is here and we will get a ride into shore and be able to check out how it all works.]

At: 07:56(GMT) 28-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F)
about 1 year  agoShow

7º 59.082' S14º 25.032' WBegonia
Day 6 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Jamestown, St Helena To:Georgetown, Ascension Island.

Our position: loc:-07.9967, -014.4217

We have 5.2nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 666.1nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:83.8nm.

Since last posting we have made 61.1nm (through water). We have moved 83.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.5kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We've been 'Sailing' under bare poles since noon yesterday to keep our speed down. We are now awaiting daylight to approach the bay and anchor (less than 6nm away).]

General Comments: [Our little noddy stayed with the boat all day with the occasional excursion. It seems to have a slightly damaged right wing (so we know it is the same bird), although it can clearly fly at least short distances. I'm sure it was grateful to find a taxi to get a ride to shore.]

At: 06:00(GMT) 28-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 31.1C (87.98F), Course: 303(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.5kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

8º 57.054' S13º 24.024' WBegonia
Day 5 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Jamestown, St Helena To:Georgetown, Ascension Island.

Our position: loc:-08.9593, -013.4039

We have 89.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 605.0nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:156nm.

Since last posting we have made 149.2nm (through water). We have moved 155.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We've had good winds (better than expected speed), but it seems that we will arrive after dark tonight - so now we will deliberately slow down to arrive in the morning (Saturday). Seas continue to settle.]

General Comments: [Kyle had a noddy (bird) visit him aboard overnight. Clear skies and warm conditions. All good.]

At: 06:00(GMT) 27-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 30.6C (87.08F), Course: 314(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

10º 44.016' S11º 29.016' WBegonia
Day 4 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Jamestown, St Helena To:Georgetown, Ascension Island.

Our position: loc:-10.7364, -011.4856

We have 245.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 455.8nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:148nm.

Since last posting we have made 154.6nm (through water). We have moved 147.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We've had a few (mild and short) squalls. We switched to the jib for much of the night (back on spinnaker now). We passed through a number of rain patches (a novelty). Seas are taming.]

General Comments: [Kyle spotted a rather beautiful (solitary) blue-bottle (about a foot long) just floating by, but we really haven't seen much in the way of life. He did find a squid in the trampoline and tossed it back (maybe even in time). I disturbed a bird overnight (presumably sleeping in the water as we past by) and as it squawked in protest gave me quite a shock too. ]

At: 06:00(GMT) 26-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 313(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.5kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:75%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

12º 25.056' S9º 39.03' WBegonia
Day 3 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Jamestown, St Helena To:Georgetown, Ascension Island.

Our position: loc:-12.4257, -009.6553

We have 393.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 301.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:160nm.

Since last posting we have made 159.6nm (through water). We have moved 160.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [With gusts yesterday afternoon we switched the spinnaker for the Jib (and back again to the spinnaker in the early hours of this morning). We continue sailing downwind. Seas are steady.]

General Comments: [We are well settled into our watch keeping, and all is good aboard. A flying fish was scooped up by the trampoline (found too late to rescue). We are enjoying the warmer temperatures. We are now west of all of mainland Europe (including the UK). Nothing much to report here. ]

At: 06:00(GMT) 25-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 29.7C (85.46F), Course: 313(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.3kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

14º 14.052' S7º 38.04' WBegonia
Day 2 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Jamestown, St Helena To:Georgetown, Ascension Island.

Our position: loc:-14.2417, -007.6399

We have 553.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 141.7nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:147nm.

Since last posting we have made 141.7nm (through water). We have moved 150.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Once clear of the island we've had good tail winds (spinnaker sailing). Seas are getting a bit mixed so we have a bit of both surfing and slewing about. Kyle tells me that we expect that to slowly improve.]

General Comments: [We had a WONDERFUL time in St Helena (could easily have stayed 2 weeks). But on we go. Kyle came across a giant group of noddies yesterday that seemed to use the boat as part of its fishing strategy (snatching up any flying fish that we disturbed in our path). The night sky was clear, and Kyle spotted the FULL big dipper for the first time in many years as we slowly head north again. Another novelty - we have ship in sight (cargo ship heading for Argentina). ]

At: 06:00(GMT) 24-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Course: 313(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.2kt, Wind:22Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
about 1 year  agoShow

15º 55.05' S5º 43.044' WBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball ($) in Jamestown, St Helena, Underway - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 14 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-15.9247, -005.7238

Progress: [We've made 1674.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:70nm.

Since last posting we have made 72.1nm (through water). We have moved 67.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.4kt, Avg speed for trip:5.2kt. ]

Location Comments: [Island mooring balls (yellow for our weight/size of boat) - we had #10 (2GBP/night). There is a water taxi/ferry option to get us between the boat and the harbour. Hundreds of beautiful but noisy red-billed tropic birds swooping around the cliffs beside the mooring field.]

General Comments: [Just around noon we could start to make out the silhouette of the island. The weather was overcast, but slowly more details came into view and the skies started to turn to blue. We were surprised at the amazing geology in the volcanic cliffs that make up the island. We saw a few birds (including a red-billed tropic bird) on the approach. The biggest shock is just how steep the trails and roads seem to be (we'll be getting plenty of exercise). The landmark 'Jacobs Ladder' of 699 steps at 45 degree incline looks way longer and steeper than I expected! For tonight though, we'll rest up aboard Begonia, and then go ashore in the morning to complete all the formalities of arriving in a new country. We managed to keep flying the spinnaker until arriving at the harbour when we switched to motors to pick up a mooring ball. The mooring field wasn't full, but many boats were using fore and aft lines so no balls were free, this meant we waited a while until a kind boat owner untied their stern line to free up a mooring ball for us.]

At: 17:20(CET) 16-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
over 1 year  agoShow

16º 37.044' S4º 48.066' WBegonia
Day 14 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-16.6239, -004.8112

We have 70.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1602.2nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:160nm.

Since last posting we have made 167.6nm (through water). We have moved 161.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We still have good tailwinds and the spinnaker flying. So good that we may even arrive early this evening.]

General Comments: [Wildlife is still rare, but Kyle did spot 3 terns yesterday. Yesterday the battery on our life tag died (the elderly device that will set off an alarm if we fall overboard). Kyle rummaged through our battery tub and could not find a replacement (it takes an unusual CR2). I was devastated since it is my job to be sure we always have a supply of whatever batteries we might need AND I want to know ASAP if Kyle falls overboard and I'm asleep in bed. Thankfully I did manage to find new batteries later (right in the same tub). But mostly we are both very excited at the possibility of arriving and being safely on the mooring by early evening TODAY.]

At: 06:00(CET) 16-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Course: 311(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.8kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:97%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

18º 22.008' S2º 39.084' WBegonia
Day 13 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-18.3677, -002.6643

We have 230.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1434.6nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:173nm.

Since last posting we have made 178.4nm (through water). We have moved 173.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 7.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We continue with good tailwinds (spinnaker sailing). Seas have built a bit, but all is easy aboard.]

General Comments: [It has been overcast and cooler. Accidentally on Friday night the fridge controller was knocked into high so the batteries drained way beyond normal overnight (I could see the battery level going down but could not understand why - next time the fridge will be the first thing I check!). Thankfully despite the mostly overcast conditions we caught up to 100% again yesterday. Yesterday we also made our best day (nautical miles wise) for the passage to date. A few rain showers, mostly missing us. All is well.]

At: 06:00(CET) 15-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Course: 310(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

20º 12.084' S0º 19.008' WBegonia
Day 12 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-20.2139, -000.3183

We have 403.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1256.2nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:154nm.

Since last posting we have made 151.2nm (through water). We have moved 153.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Wind is a good steady tailwind, waves are building (following seas) and we've had a few surf moments overnight. We continue to fly the spinnaker. We have crossed the Greenwich Meridian and our longitude has flipped from East to West (We departed the westerly longitudes back in July 2019). As we head both north towards the equator, and west the sun rises a little later each by Boat Time so my 6am start is now barely with any light.]

General Comments: [We've seen no wildlife for ages except for the odd flying fish, so I was surprised to see a small solitary petrel flitting about the waves yesterday. As we approach St Helena I'm expecting we'll start to see more life, but this still feels too far out. ]

At: 06:00(CET) 14-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 23.1C (73.58F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Course: 310(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

21º 47.034' S1º 51.006' EBegonia
Day 11 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-21.7888, 001.8509

We have 557.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1105.0nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:115nm.

Since last posting we have made 111.2nm (through water). We have moved 115.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.8kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We continue sailing with the spinnaker with just the occasional gybe (our 5th day). Seas remain pretty calm/easy, and we expect good tail winds for the remainder of the passage.]

General Comments: [Mostly clear skies gave some great star gazing overnight. The warmer temperatures in the day mean we are using fans again. We seem to be in a dead zone re ocean critters, no nighttime bioluminescence. For some reason our phones are very slow to get a GPS signal for the last few days. Kyle did manage to rescue a flying fish today, getting it back into the water in time to swim again. Our 'together book' currently is a selection of Jeremy Clarkson columns; I'm not really a fan of the guy, nor do I care much about cars, but boy he has us laughing out loud a LOT. ]

At: 06:00(CET) 13-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 22.3C (72.14F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Course: 308(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

22º 58.074' S3º 29.04' EBegonia
Day 10 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-22.9791, 003.4896

We have 672.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 993.9nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:114nm.

Since last posting we have made 99.8nm (through water). We have moved 113.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Another slow start to yesterday, but by evening we finally managed to start making decent speeds again, Kyle tells me this should be good for the remainder of the trip now.]

General Comments: [Yesterday also brought blue skies again after days of near full cloud, making the cockpit pleasant not just for watches but for bathing too. Also giving us some good stargazing at last. I've determined all my remaining books are either unreadable or to share with Kyle, so dug out a navigation text book (Dutton's) to refresh myself - that should keep me busy for several weeks. And the big news, we crossed the tropic of Capricorn so are now officially in the Tropics again.]

At: 06:00(CET) 12-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 25.3C (77.54F), Course: 308(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:10Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

24º 10.014' S5º 5.022' EBegonia
Day 9 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-24.1686, 005.0874

We have 786.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 894.1nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:69nm.

Since last posting we have made 35.2nm (through water). We have moved 69.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Flat calm conditions, but slow progress. Ugh - so slow that our speed wheel doesn't even register most of the time. We are not in the doldrums but may as well be. Kyle tells me that we can expect winds today and resume normal sailing.]

General Comments: [Despite the overcast conditions the batteries have been keeping charged (for which we are very grateful). We are still not technically in the tropics, but with the calm conditions we are sailing in shorts and t-shirts again. Kyle and I just finished re-reading 'Adrift' by Steven Callahan; its an amazing story of a solo sailor who was 76 days adrift in a liferaft back in the 1980s. Even though we know the story well, we were both very emotional once he was finally rescued. With a bit more pondering we found a mini-SD card for the underwater camera (from an old Navionics chip that we no longer needed), so I'm now looking forward to some snorkelling in St Helena. ]

At: 06:00(CET) 11-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.8kt, Wind:3Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

24º 54.0' S6º 4.002' EBegonia
Day 8 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-24.9000, 006.0670

We have 855.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 858.9nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:62nm.

Since last posting we have made 44.1nm (through water). We have moved 62.8nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Conditions are ridiculously calm (wind and seas), We sail downwind with the spinnaker, with light winds, making very slow but constant progress. Warmer conditions (and the reduced winds) mean that we are enjoying our watches from the helm seat again(for the last couple of day).]

General Comments: [Despite the calm sailing conditions, the sky has been mostly overcast. This is causing problems replenishing the batteries, but we are hopeful for some sunshine today (fingers crossed). Yesterday I pulled our our new underwater camera in the ridiculously to set it up and check out how it works - I discovered it takes mini-SD cards and we don't have any aboard - UGH!!!! I'm very frustrated at myself. We are half way there (distance wise) and have completed our first week at sea for this passage. Overnight, around 9pm, there were 1000's of condom-shaped (10-40cm long) basket-like critters in the water. At first I thought they must be squid or even trash, but they didn't have appendages, and didn't move in the water (just drifted). I tried to catch one for a better look, but the motion of the boat pushed them away from me so they were always just out of reach.. They kept me fascinated for hours. I could not tell if they were soft or hard, but they were EVERYWHERE. By the time Kyle came on watch they had all vanished. I'll make a point to look out again tonight.]

At: 06:00(CET) 10-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 21.8C (71.24F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Course: 311(degT), Speed Over Ground:2kt, Wind:5Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

25º 33.054' S6º 57.09' EBegonia
Day 7 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-25.5593, 006.9650

We have 917.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 814.8nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:128nm.

Since last posting we have made 129.3nm (through water). We have moved 131.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Wind and seas continue to calm, Kyle warns me it will be very frustrating today with especially light winds. We continue to sail with the spinnaker (our colourful light wind sail). We've yet to get any current advantage (its been mostly to the side, or even against us). Astute observers of our track may wonder why we're so left/west of our direct line - this is because we are expecting the wind to shift and Kyle has planned this so we can continue with the current sail even after the shift.]

General Comments: [With the reduced winds we now rely on the solar panels to keep the batteries charged. It's been quite overcast, but so far we've been fully charged by noon each day (fingers crossed this holds and we don't need to resort to any motoring just for the battery). I didn't clarify the other day (and people have asked) - but Kyle's tumble only damaged the table, he is just fine.]

At: 06:00(CET) 09-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 21.3C (70.34F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 23.8C (74.84F), Course: 286(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.2kt, Wind:5Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

26º 21.024' S9º 13.074' EBegonia
Day 6 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-26.3536, 009.2288

We have 1045.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 685.4nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:146nm.

Since last posting we have made 157.4nm (through water). We have moved 144.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Seas and winds continued to calm - we are now sailing downwind with the spinnaker (newly repaired).]

General Comments: [Warmer conditions are helping (long trousers still required). Ship traffic seems to be rarer by the day. Boats from the Cape to St Helena Race (a week ahead of us) have started to arrive at St Helena (winners already announced, but much of the fleet yet to arrive).]

At: 06:00(CET) 08-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Course: 295(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.4kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

28º 5.016' S11º 6.006' EBegonia
Day 5 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-28.0856, 011.1011

We have 1191.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 528.1nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:154nm.

Since last posting we have made 153.6nm (through water). We have moved 154.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We've actually started to unreef again, Kyle assures me that the worst of the weather for this passage is over with. We had expected to be in a good current by now (the Benguela Current), but it mostly seems to be to one side or the other rather than in our favour.]

General Comments: [We are now north of the border between South Africa and Namibia. The chill has started to reduce (yay) as have the waves, but overnight Kyle took a tumble in the cockpit and the cockpit-table broke off. It should be an easy fix, but for now the table is in the guest bedroom. I had an albatross with me for most of my morning watch yesterday. Overnight was a full moon (practically a spotlight). We should not complain about the wind too much as it is keeping our batteries topped up (we haven't dropped below 98% for days!).]

At: 06:00(CET) 07-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Course: 330(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.9kt, Wind:24Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:75%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

29º 50.094' S13º 14.1' EBegonia
Day 4 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-29.8494, 013.2498

We have 1345.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 374.5nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:157nm.

Since last posting we have made 153.1nm (through water). We have moved 156.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Seas grew to 3.5m+ and we expect that to last for another 24 hours. We had a max gust just over 41kt overnight. We're heavily reefed, and sailing on a run with the occasional big slap by a wave. We are getting excellent service from the autopilot.]

General Comments: [There are still regular sightings of passing cargo boats (on the AIS, occasionally visual too). It is COLD with the wind, so we mostly spend our watches keeping a look out from inside the boat.]

At: 06:00(CET) 06-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 19.4C (66.92F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:32Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:3.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

31º 35.064' S15º 30.066' EBegonia
Day 3 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-31.5935, 015.5110

We have 1502.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 221.4nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:124nm.

Since last posting we have made 129.0nm (through water). We have moved 133.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.5kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Seas built (we currently have about 3m), and are rougher. The wind makes for cold watches (brrrr) so we are well wrapped. We had a bit of a lull yesterday morning, but were back to making 'normal' progress by mid-afternoon so overall a pretty good day.]

General Comments: [The water temperature has increased significantly since we left Cape Town. The wildlife viewing is down to the occasional bird now (no more fur seals). We seem well adjusted to our watches.]

At: 06:00(CET) 05-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 18.9C (66.02F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 20.9C (69.62F), Course: 313(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:24Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 8.01' S17º 24.096' EBegonia
Day 2 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-33.1348, 017.4157

We have 1626.0nm to go along estimated route. (Corrected)

Progress: [We've made 92.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:66nm.

Since last posting we have made 90.2nm (through water). We have moved 66.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.8kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Frustrating light headwinds for most of yesterday (hence the poor point to point distance - all that tacking), should all be over and we should make more 'normal' progress from now on. Seas relatively calm and a hint of blue skies at last (yesterday was very gloomy).]

General Comments: [It is very cold (we both do our watches very wrapped up). The fog came and went over the day, but to distract us we had plenty of times when we passed through groups of cape fur seals, and occasionally had a small group of dolphins pass by. Ahead of us is the fleet from the 'Cape to St Helena' sail race (they departed on 29th December), but we received word from the Harbour master at St Helena, that there will still be plenty of moorings available (no need to anchor when we arrive).]

At: 06:00(CET) 04-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 15C (59F), Course: 321(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (from:SW)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 53.046' S18º 22.056' EBegonia
Day 1 of South Atlantic Ocean Passage From:Cape Town, South Africa To:Jamestown, St Helena.

Our position: loc:-33.8909, 018.3763

We have 1898.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 2.1nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:-98nm.

Since last posting we have made 2.14nm (through water). We have moved 2.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):1.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We had an early start, but in heavy fog and very light winds. Kyle can't be persuaded to hoist the spinnaker since winds are expected to pick up mid-morning, and the wind direction expected to change once we are out of the shadow of the point, so our departure is slow and easy.]

General Comments: [Waking to heavy fog we didn't expect to get a departure view of Cape town, but slowly the fog thinned and gave us a great suite of vistas. We have very mixed emotions about our departure, and huge gratitude to some special friends who made every location so memorable and magical a visit. Thanks especially to Shana who hosted us last-minute on Christmas Day and shared her family with us. To help make us feel better (I'm sure), as we depart Cape Town we have a group of 20 fur seals frolicking around as they pass Begonia on their way to their breakfast hunting grounds. Farewell Cape Town.]

At: 06:00(CET) 03-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 19.5C (67.1F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 14.6C (58.28F), Course: 286(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.1kt, Wind:5Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:2%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:NW)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 53.1' S18º 25.014' EBegonia
At Anchor: Granger Bay, Cape Town - Atlantic Ocean, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-33.8998, 018.4188

Sail From: Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) To: Granger Bay, Cape Town

We travelled 2.4nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved 1.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8m near power boat club (plenty of jet ski and power boat activity). A convenient spot to rest for the night and be ready for an early departure the following day.]

General Comments: [All official clearance complete. All set for the sail to St Helena next. But we are all ready here with a great view for the start of the Cape2Rio sail race set to depart at 2pm - so plenty of extra activity to distract us for now]

At: 12:50(SAST) 02-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 13C (55.4F)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 55.014' S18º 26.058' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) - Atlantic Ocean, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-33.9185, 018.4433

Sail From: Yacht Club, Hout Bay, Western Cape To: Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC)

We travelled 19.9nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved 9.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.2kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Free allocation of a dock for up to 6 hours for Immigration Clearance. Contacted YC in advance for Details and to reserve a slip.]

General Comments: [Moved from Hout Bay to Cape Town proper to complete our clearing in formalities. Lovely calm ride, and pengins playing in the water when we arrived.]

At: 08:36(SAST) 02-Jan-2023, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
over 1 year  agoShow

34º 2.1' S18º 20.094' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Marina Dock in Yacht Club, Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Atlantic/Indian Ocean Passage From:Mossel Bay Harbour, Western Cape To:Yacht Club, Hout Bay, Western Cape.

Our position: loc:-34.0499, 018.3487

Progress: [We've made 241.5nm (through water) on this passage and We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:66nm.

Since last posting we have made 53.8nm (through water). We have moved 54.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.8kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip:4.0kt. ]

Location Comments: [Secure at the 'step off' moorings (aka Dock) at Hout Bay YC. Stunning location surrounded by high hills. The harbour is shared with the fishing fleet - all very photogenic (and a bit smelly).]

General Comments: [We rounded Cape of Good Hope in unbelievably calm conditions (thankfully), so were able to enjoy it all. Lots of seals playing about and even a penguin or two. We're so glad we made it before full dark (just after sunset). We had more light winds and some slow hours before finally the wind settled and we could head for the harbour. We were welcomed at the dock by local boater (Andy) and Eliot the overnight security guy - and they helped tie our lines (always a bonus). We'll do all the paperwork in the morning - for now we can crack open a bottle of South African wine and toast another safe arrival. Whew!]

At: 20:18(SAST) 06-Dec-2022, Outside Temp: 19.6C (67.28F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 16.1C (60.98F)
over 1 year  agoShow

34º 40.098' S19º 8.022' EBegonia
Day 3 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Mossel Bay Harbour, Western Cape To:Yacht Club, Hout Bay, Western Cape.

Our position: loc:-34.6826, 019.1374

We have 66.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 187.8nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:83nm.

Since last posting we have made 93.3nm (through water). We have moved 74.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.1kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Calm mornings, choppy afternoons. Yesterday the wind reduced to about 2kt for much of the evening (we've more again now). Nearly all headwinds/close hauled and lots of tacking, but now we've started to turn north we have a slightly better angle.]

General Comments: [We had a large pod of dolphins join us yesterday afternoon, with plenty wanting to leap and play (but while the seas were being especially boisterous tor us so no good pictures). Some more are headed to the boat right now! The coastline has been rugged and with plenty of sand dunes (backed by hills/mountains). We passed by several headlands in the last 24 hours - most notably Cape Agulhas (the southernmost point of Africa) which means two things: We are now in the Atlantic Ocean again, AND we are now heading northwards again (or at least moving with a bit of north in our travel) - back towards the equator and away from the poles (can you tell we've been feeling the cold). To be fair as the winds have dropped the chill factor has also reduce (but I'm still a wimp).]

At: 06:00(SAST) 06-Dec-2022, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 20.9C (69.62F), Course: 295(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.3kt, Wind:4Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (from:SW)
over 1 year  agoShow

34º 39.084' S20º 38.1' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Mossel Bay Harbour, Western Cape To:Yacht Club, Hout Bay, Western Cape.

Our position: loc:-34.6638, 020.6499

We have 149.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 94.5nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:84nm.

Since last posting we have made 94.5nm (through water). We have moved 79.6nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.2kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [With the perfect wind direction/conditions, a small harbour and no other boat traffic, Kyle was very happy to be able to depart the harbour under sail (no motor). A slow and easy day yesterday, sailing mostly close hauled, and as the day progressed we found our progress being slowed further by the waves that we were fighting against. We remain very wrapped-up as the temperature drops and wind adds to the chill.]

General Comments: [Beyond getting a space in the harbour (which everyone predicted was impossible) our stay in Mossel Bay was made even more AMAZING. This was mostly due to the fact that someone I worked with way back, now lives there and was the most fantastic host (Thanks Merinda). We were spoiled with kindnesses: great company, meals, sugary treats, sightseeing, the opportunity to fly in a gyro-plane over the beautiful coastal scenery and so much more. It was difficult to leave, but Kyle was keen to catch this weather window and move on (never knowing when the next might appear). Our 'neighbours', The family of seagulls perched on the boat that we were tied alongside, seemed very happy that they had finally managed to chase us off their territory. We expect to arrive in Hout Bay in the morning (all being well), it seems very strange (pleasant) to be taking such a short sail after the epic passages required to hop across the Indian Ocean. Water and air temperatures continue to drop so we remain well wrapped (even in the day time now)... Brrrr...]

At: 06:00(SAST) 05-Dec-2022, Outside Temp: 18C (64.4F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 20.9C (69.62F), Course: 337(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SW)
over 1 year  agoShow

34º 10.074' S22º 8.088' EBegonia
"Safely arrived: at Alongside in Mossel Bay Harbour, South Africa - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 5 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Zululand YC, Richards Bay To:Mossel Bay Harbour.

Our position: loc:-34.1785, 022.1474

Progress: [We've made 535.6nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:111nm.

Since last posting we have made 114.6nm (through water). We have moved 96.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.8kt, Avg speed for trip:5.6kt. ]

Location Comments: [Port control directed us to enter port and tie alongside a local fishing boat (El Marlyn) - we are very happy to be inside port, it makes getting ashore easier AND we don't have to swap our our dinghy from lifeboat mode. Getting a space inside the harbour is never a given so YAY for us, and thanks to Mossel Bay Port Control :-) - even if it is a little fishy around here!]

General Comments: [Yesterday's sailing was a world apart from the day before, sunny and calm with a gentle swell. We've had the odd seal come and be curious around the boat when underway (and we expect we'll see them in the harbour too). Glad to have arrived, now we can rest up and catch up before Maryanne gets to meet up with friend she hasn't met in decades!]

At: 05:56(SAST) 30-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 19.8C (67.64F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 22.4C (72.32F)
over 1 year  agoShow

34º 36.0' S24º 1.032' EBegonia
Day 4 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Zululand YC, Richards Bay To:Mossel Bay.

Our position: loc:-34.5999, 024.0220

We have 111.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 421.0nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:199nm.

Since last posting we have made 154.9nm (through water). We have moved 203.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 8.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [With an amazing current advantage (often over 5kt) we have made a 2nd 200nm day in a row. Thankfully the boat was going with the conditions. Yesterday (especially overnight) the winds and waves were at their peak, and Kyle and I both agreed to wear life-jackets and tethers whenever outside the cabin (if either of us fell overboard, the boat would not have been able to return against the wind and waves - that would not be good!). Conditions are calming again now so we are over the worst.]

General Comments: [Kyle awoke me today dressed like an Eskimo. Winds have been strong and temperatures have dived (water temperature dropped by 10C since yesterday's log post. The big news from yesterday was that we crossed our furthest east longitude, which means that we have now sailed all the longitudes of the globe. Kyle won't count it as a circumnavigation until we cross our actual path (sometime next year). We've had LOTs of birds swooping around happily in the choppy waves (gannets, albatross and more).]

At: 06:00(SAST) 29-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 20C (68F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 18C (64.4F), Course: 265(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.9kt, Wind:21Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:3m (from:E)
over 1 year  agoShow

33º 24.036' S27º 51.012' EBegonia
Day 3 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Zululand YC, Richards Bay To:Mossel Bay.

Our position: loc:-33.4058, 027.8520

We have 310.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 266.1nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:-123nm (negative since we have now extended our expected route).

Since last posting we have made 129.7nm (through water). We have moved 201.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 8.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.5kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Change of plan - we are now heading for Mossel Bay - a little further south than East London (so extra miles, but the weather window looks like it will work). Another mixed day, but mostly with good progress, we seem to have found a good current (currently 5.2kt in our favour, but mostly around the 2kt+ mark - so that has really helped). We are expecting some stronger winds tonight (for 24 hours) until we round the corner (but all downwind sailing).]

General Comments: [We had a brief dolphin visit yesterday, right at the time we decided we needed to reef and they left as soon as we released the sail and slowed down. Koeksisters are all gone (yummy, but dangerous). We are excited that Mossel Bay is now possible (even if it means an extra couple of days at sea).]

At: 06:00(SAST) 28-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 22.4C (72.32F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Course: 232(degT), Speed Over Ground:9kt, Wind:12Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:3m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

30º 58.08' S30º 36.018' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Zululand YC, Richards Bay To:East London.

Our position: loc:-30.9796, 030.6025

We have 187.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 136.4nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:148nm.

Since last posting we have made 136.4nm (through water). We have moved 152.1nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.6kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [A frustrating 'washing machine'. A slow start through the moored cargo boats, and some fast hours too. Lots of reefing and unreefing, rain squalls and (distant) lightning. The seas are much nicer currently but we can see more rain clouds ahead.]

General Comments: [With the 'good' weather window (good for 'the wild coast'), several boats departed Richards Bay for the push south yesterday (although we never spotted any of them on AIS or visibly). Plenty of cargo and a smattering of commercial fishing boats around, but I was especially surprised to see a small open fishing boat with 4 guys all in their bright yellow slickers (it didn't look fun). Overnight we passed the city of Durban (prominent from its long glow along the horizon). I've slowly been introducing Kyle to all the special food and drink treats of South Africa:Castle beer, bubble gum flavour soft drinks, Amarula (the bailey's like alcohol made from the fruit of the Marula tree, Rooibos (tea), biltong (cured meat snacks - similar to jerky), Peppermint crisp (chocolate bar), etc. Yesterday he had is first taste of Koeksisters (a syrup laden doughnut-like pastry). On his first bit his eyes opened wide 'This is good.... This can't be good for you... hand me another'. Thanks so much to the ladies of Zululand YC who made sure we departed with a supply of Koeksisters - they are a hit!]

At: 06:00(SAST) 27-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 22.8C (73.04F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Course: 220(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2m (from:E)
over 1 year  agoShow

28º 47.058' S32º 4.098' EBegonia
At YC-Dock: Zululand YC, Richards Bay - Indian Ocean, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-28.7926, 032.0828

Sail From: Richards Bay, South Africa To: Zululand YC, Richards Bay

We travelled 1.9nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved 0.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 0.4kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.8kt.

Location Comments: [Local YC, very welcoming to visiting (and international) sailors. Here they call the floating Docks 'Step off Moorings'. The docks are a little narrow and bouncy when you walk on them, but you can't beat the facilities: Laundry, Showers, bar, restaurant, BBQ (Braai) area. Easy taxi ride to huge mall where all the expected facilities are on offer.]

General Comments: [Quick relocate from Q dock to Yacht Club - where we have more facilities and security. And where there are already many boats we've met this season!]

At: 11:26(EAT) 21-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 29C (84.2F), Humidity:52%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)
over 1 year  agoShow

28º 47.07' S32º 4.068' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Richards Bay, South Africa, At Sea - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 12 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-28.7948, 032.0784

Progress: [We've made 1195.4nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:112nm.

Since last posting we have made 89.5nm (through water). We have moved 107.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.7kt. ]

Location Comments: [Richards Bay Quarantine Dock - awaiting immigration in the morning. This area has a lively party bar/restaurant (busy on weekends and evenings) so don't expect much rest. Allow for up to 2m tide range when securing lines. Nearby Concrete jetty is free to visiting boats (for up to 1 month if space available). We were also warned to expect petty theft (so keep valuables inside boat and secure) and the high chance of a boarding by real 'cheeky' monkeys. Until clearing immigration/customs it is not permitted to leave the boat and wander - but it is possible to get the nearby restaurant to bring you food and drink we understand!]

General Comments: [Boy that last stretch was wild. Seas really got steep and choppy and up to 3m (thankfully we were sailing downwind and with the waves and current); we had (distant) but constant lightning (several flashes a second) for hours, current reached 3kts (thankfully in our favour). I was quite concerned about the conditions once we made the turn into the 4nm unprotected channel before we got to the safety of the harbour - but amazingly - everything quit just in time. the waves calmed and the wind died off. So - we made it, just in time for the weather to go as wild as it wishes out there now! We were welcomed on approach with a call from Maia, and once at the dock helped with lines by local boaties 'Norman' and 'Al', and a recent arrival, a solo-sailor 'Ken']

At: 00:14(EAT) 19-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 28.7C (83.66F)
over 1 year  agoShow

27º 36.036' S33º 36.024' EBegonia
Day 11 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-27.6055, 033.6039

We have 112.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1105.9nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:136nm.

Since last posting we have made 104.3nm (through water). We have moved 131.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.5kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [More frustrating sailing in a race to reach Richards Bay before the next storm and way too much motoring in order to ensure that goal. We are expecting to arrive overnight and are pleased to be reassured that a nighttime arrival into port is perfectly safe (not something we normally do, but that is the benefit of being back in 'civilization').]

General Comments: [Just before midnight we crossed into official South African waters - that felt like progress. Otherwise there is little to really tell. I've run out of podcasts to listen to and am now quite enjoying listening to music from my youth, it's been ages since I actually listened to a WHOLE album (Queen, Pink Floyd, Police, etc). On the 'joint reading' front we are squirming through re-reading Mary Roach's 'Bonk' - she's about my favourite writer. Mostly we are ready to be in port.]

At: 06:00(EAT) 18-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 25.4C (77.72F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 30.6C (87.08F), Course: 205(degT), Speed Over Ground:6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

25º 47.028' S34º 58.044' EBegonia
Day 10 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-25.7877, 034.9740

We have 248.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1001.6nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:109nm.

Since last posting we have made 122.3nm (through water). We have moved 111.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Much of yesterday was great for spinnaker sailing (shame we don't have a spinnaker we can use currently!). Over the past few days we've been seeking or avoiding currents. Finally we are 'in' a favourable current (although it's only just over 2kt), and this should take us all the way to Richards Bay. Early morning wind dies and waves remain, so we are motoring again. Weather is clear so plenty of star gazing (another great red moon-rise).]

General Comments: [We were close to the Mozambique coast (7nm) for part of yesterday and in the distant shore we could see giant sand dune cliffs for miles along its coast. Boat traffic is busier, we now seem to always have at least a couple of boats on the AIS, and over a watch get to physically see plenty of them. Overnight we spotted fishing boats too, which start as a glow over the horizon. Kyle is disappointed that we are motoring, but it seems the only way we can get to Richards Bay ahead of a rather nasty weather system, so he's dealing with it ;-) He had some fun with the bioluminescence last night by shining a light into the water and getting bright orange pulses signalled back to him (squid?).]

At: 06:00(EAT) 17-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 30.6C (87.08F), Course: 203(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:3Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

24º 6.054' S35º 51.018' EBegonia
Day 9 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-24.1088, 035.8532

We have 357.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 879.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:99nm.

Since last posting we have made 97.5nm (through water). We have moved 110.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Once we started sailing again yesterday we had the remains of wind against current and some large seas - all which slowly died off. With headwinds, our path was more west than south but eventually things calmed and the wind bent. We are expecting a couple of days of relative calm. Right now we are motoring, which is really rare for Kyle, but we are 'keen' to arrive at Richards Bay before the next system passes through (ETA: 19th Nov).]

General Comments: [Yesterday morning, after reporting we didn't have the swallow land, one hopped on the door sill and hung out for a bit - each of us watching the other with curiosity. We crossed the tropic of Capricorn yesterday and this means we are no longer in the tropics (I even pulled our a blanket overnight, so I guess that's official). Aboard I finished the the last of our fresh fruit (we'd had a good selection: plums, apples, pears and some mini-pineapples).]

At: 06:00(EAT) 16-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Course: 230(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:5Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:2%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

22º 59.022' S37º 27.036' EBegonia
Day 8 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-22.9865, 037.4559

We have 456.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 781.8nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:-4nm.

Since last posting we have made 32.8nm (through water). We have moved 24.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We've spent most of the last 24 hours hove-to. This was primarily to keep us above the stronger winds, etc to the south. Slowly the edge of the storm reached us and we've had a LOT of rain; thankfully only a few times did I see the sky light up from distant lightning . We saw about 27kts of wind at its max (but mostly in the low 20's, often in the low teens), but the swell has definitely grown (so we were happy to basically bob up and down). Kyle assures me that things are dying off now, so we will soon start heading (slowly) south again. ]

General Comments: [We had a swallow (bird) looking like it wanted to rest on Begonia overnight but it never seemed to find a footing, and left before full dark. And DARK it was for my watch, overcast and with the moon yet to rise I could not even see the roller furling at the front of the boat. While we kept watch for the lights of other vessels, I was very glad to have AIS aboard. We seem to have a group of small fish using the boat as shelter, I hope they won't be too upset once we set off again.]

At: 06:00(EAT) 15-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F), Course: 360(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.5kt, Wind:20Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:75%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:3.5m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

22º 47.07' S37º 4.05' EBegonia
Day 7 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-22.7946, 037.0750

We have 452.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 749.0nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:101nm.

Since last posting we have made 67.7nm (through water). We have moved 102.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Yeserday afternoon the wind died. Poor Kyle had one 5 hour period where we didn't even managed 0.25nm (total). Thankfully there was a current in our favor maintaining some progress south. Going so slowly, and with the swell, it's hard to keep wind in the sails. This morning I awoke to us actually going backwards (no wind, current against us). Kyle warns me that we'll have quite the storm later today (and lots of rain too) so it's probably best not to complain about the lack of wind currently.]

General Comments: [We had an unexpected dolphin visit yesterday in calm conditions (no fun for the dolphins and they soon departed). And overnight we had several dragon fly hitch a ride aboard (with beautiful neon blue bodies). My shoulder/arm issue continues to nag but thankfully doesn't stop me winching or doing anything necessary.]

At: 06:00(EAT) 14-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 220(degT), Speed Over Ground:1kt, Wind:4Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

21º 12.03' S37º 43.056' EBegonia
Day 6 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-21.2048, 037.7258

We have 553.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 681.4nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:130nm.

Since last posting we have made 136.0nm (through water). We have moved 129.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.4kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Things did calm yesterday as Kyle predicted. He also tells me that things may be dead calm later today (and then quite a bit rougher tomorrow night). We've had plenty of practice reefing and unreefing over the last couple of days. ]

General Comments: [We are feeling well into the 'at sea' routine. There are regular birds spotted, including frigate birds harassing terns for their catch.]

At: 06:00(EAT) 13-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F), Course: 207(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.7kt, Wind:15Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

19º 16.092' S38º 46.068' EBegonia
Day 5 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-19.2816, 038.7778

We have 683.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 545.4nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:189nm.

Since last posting we have made 152.1nm (through water). We have moved 182.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 7.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.1kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Well things have certainly changed. We had good currents (mostly in our direction, upto 4.5kts). We also had stronger winds, headwinds (sailing close hauled), and waves have increased in size and reduced in period. So... Very bouncy aboard. Kyle tells me this will all practically die off by mid-afternoon. While we've regularly seen cargo ships on this passage we are now also regularly hearing radio traffic.]

General Comments: [We spotted land as we came close to the Mozambique coast yesterday afternoon (it's no longer in sight). I had the night watch and the moon rose a beautiful dark red colour. We had 3 boobies squabbling over wanting a perch on our windward bow last night. They each wanted to be the only one there, but eventually 2 settled so long as some imaginary line wasn't crossed. I'm amazed they perched on such tenuous spots (such a skinny railing) with the bouncy ride and the regular dousing of waves - but eventually, well into Kyle's watch, they gave up on the perch but followed the boat for several hours, perhaps 'just in case' things settled.]

At: 06:00(EAT) 12-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F), Course: 180(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.4kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

16º 32.046' S40º 9.012' EBegonia
Day 4 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-16.5411, 040.1515

We have 872.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 393.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:140nm.

Since last posting we have made 147.5nm (through water). We have moved 142.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.9kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [My daytime watch yesterday was fighting a 5kt current heading SE while we tried to push SW (at least we had some help with the south push); the boat basically moving sideways along while the point of sail was mostly broad reach/run. Kyle had a frustrating night with lots of windshifts in light winds (and with the swell spilling out the wind regularly from the sails). Thankfully though conditions have been quite mild compared to the channel's reputation. We are certainly glad we are not trying to sail north!]

General Comments: [Full moon and clear skies overnight (my favourite nighttime sailing conditions!). We had ANOTHER boobie (bird) fly into our wind generator overnight; we've sailed for so many miles without ever having such an issue (until we hit the Indian Ocean), and we're keen to see an end to it. Our joint reading aboard is now 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins. We've had the book for decades and reread it from time to time, it's amazing how much we don't recall!. My personal reading goal is to read more of Margaret Atwood's books - I just finished 'The Blind Assassin' which I would never have guessed was one of hers if I'd read it without knowing the author in advance. Overnight we came within 15nm of Mozambique, but never spotted any sign of lights.]

At: 06:00(EAT) 11-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Course: 202(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.8kt, Wind:11Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

14º 47.04' S41º 48.066' EBegonia
Day 3 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-14.7900, 041.8107

We have 1012.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 245.8nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:156nm.

Since last posting we have made 144.5nm (through water). We have moved 148.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.2kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday was a GREAT spinnaker day, we've been using our backup/spare/old spinnaker since our newer one had a line of damage where it caught on something recently. Whilst underway our trusty 'spare' spinnaker failed on us, ripped while sailing along with a miserable tearing sound - from top to bottom along one edge - Ugh. So now we are sailing mostly downwind in light winds with main and jib. We do have a current in our favour (about 2.9kt currently). Seas are relatively easy, but with enough swell to spill out the wind from the sails if we turn too much..]

General Comments: [I spent much of the day in pain after slamming my thumb into the bedroom door, thankfully it is much improved this morning. Overnight it was great sailing in clear skies and a full moon, this was disturbed by the clatter of a boobie (bird) crashing into the wind generator and landing on deck beside the helm seat (AGAIN!!!). The poor bird spent most of the night recovering on the back step - and is now back at sea (hopefully OK). The Indian ocean and our wind generator are proving quite a problem for the birds, it's very distressing for us too. We've no idea as yet how the election in the USA has gone (we'll get some basic news once we connect with our email to send this message)]

At: 06:00(EAT) 10-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Course: 221(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:12Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

13º 25.038' S43º 56.082' EBegonia
Day 2 of Mozambique Channel Passage From:Mayotte To:Richards Bay, South Africa.

Our position: loc:-13.4232, 043.9472

We have 1168.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 101.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:104nm.

Since last posting we have made 101.3nm (through water). We have moved 83.0nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 4.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [ As we departed Mayotte in beautifully calm seas, but under sail. The pass was practically glass (that's always nice). By rights we should have been sailing down wind once we turned around the bottom of Mayotte, but the current was so strong (almost 4kt going south) that we basically crabbed west. Overnight Kyle has now switched to the spinnaker, but the swell had him spending hours of tweaking everything, getting it 'just right' (just in time for me to take over). There is regular traffic on the AIS (cargo ships).]

General Comments: [So we are off! Our route heading as we left Mayotte was to avoid a strange eddy/counter-current to the SW of Mayotte. Kyle spotted a few boobies overnight (birds) but not much else to report.]

At: 06:00(EAT) 09-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F), Course: 235(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 50.034' S45º 14.004' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (Free): Ile Pouhou (part of Iles Hajangoua), Mayotte - Mozambique Channel, Mayotte (France).

Our position: loc:-12.8386, 045.2337

Sail From: Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte To: Ile Pouhou (part of Iles Hajangoua), Mayotte

We travelled 4.7nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved 4.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.8kt.

Location Comments: [Return visit to Pouhou and its Free 24 hour Mooring Ball ref HAJA3 (anchoring not permitted). ]

General Comments: [After officially clearing out of Mayotte and doing last minute provisioning (including a GIANT zucchini/courgette that should do at least 4 big meals for us) we've headed off for this mooring ball, giving us an easy exit tomorrow. Almost as soon as we left land, our phone plan data died and the specified top-up text message won't work even though we have sufficient credit (ugh). Oh well, I'll have to get used to no data for a day earlier than expected. ON approaching the Island Kyle spotted what he assumed was a dead seal (as far as I know there are no seals here, so I wondered if it was a dugong); as we got closer it turned out to be a headless goat!]

At: 15:56(EAT) 07-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 32.5C (90.5F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 33.6C (92.48F)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 46.038' S45º 16.02' EBegonia
At Anchor: Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte - Mozambique Channel, Mayotte (France).

Our position: loc:-12.7730, 045.2698

Sail From: Ilot Mbouzi, Mayotte To: Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte

We travelled 6.7nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved 3.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 1.1kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.1kt.

Location Comments: [We're back at the anchorage in Dzaoudzi - pretty much the same spot as before. ]

General Comments: [Our last anchorage gave us yet another completely different snorkel experience (hard to believe 3 islands so close can be so different), and (unfortunately) we spied NO lemurs ashore. We've returned now to the main cruiser anchorage so we can visit the authorities and officially clear out of Mayotte. This was another short trip, and fully without motor (Kyle is enjoying the practice, and given the frequent tacking today he was glad to have me to hand to assist). Passage was with light headwinds, and maneuvering around islands and ferries. Once we arrived at the anchorage, even though there was space much closer in, we anchored at the back of the crowd to keep well away from other boats 'just in case', but the anchoring went smoothly and all is well.]

At: 17:20(EAT) 06-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 29.4C (84.92F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 32.6C (90.68F)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 48.096' S45º 13.092' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (Free): Ilot Mbouzi, Mayotte - Mozambique Channel, Mayotte (France).

Our position: loc:-12.8158, 045.2316

Sail From: Ilot Bandrele, Mayotte To: Ilot Mbouzi, Mayotte

We travelled 8.5nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved 4.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.6kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.6kt.

Location Comments: [Free 24 hour Mooring Ball ref 'BOUZ2' (anchoring not permitted). Snorkelling possible on coral around the island - also a couple of shallow peaks near mooring ball (to south). Depth at mooring around 23.7m at datum! Small uninhabited Island with high peaks (especially steep near this mooring). No known trails ashore (but small beaches are accessible at most tides). The island is a national nature reserve and there are several (introduced) groups of lemur (Lemur are known locally as Maki) - we hope to meet some on the beach. We have cell phone signal at mooring (2
bars). For a list of all the park mooring balls around Mayotte see https://parc-marin-mayotte.fr/documentation/carte-des-mouillages-du-parc]

General Comments: [We had a couple sessions snorkelling at Ilot Bandrele (good, and we were introduced to the pallet surgeonfish which was new to us). We're now area heading back northwards to the main anchorage. For now though - one more night out in the lagoon. Kyle managed a whole trip of sail again (no motor all day, mooring balls make this a little easier) - this time we picked up the mooring on the 2nd try (not bad considering the strong winds roaring down the hills!).]

At: 13:00(EAT) 05-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 31.6C (88.88F)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 53.082' S45º 13.074' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (Free): Ilot Bandrele, Mayotte - Mozambique Channel, Mayotte (France).

Our position: loc:-12.8971, 045.2287

Sail From: Ile Pouhou (part of Iles Hajangoua), Mayotte To: Ilot Bandrele, Mayotte

We travelled 2.9nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved 3.5nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 2.5kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.1kt.

Location Comments: [Free 24 hour Mooring Ball ref 'BAND2'. I'm assuming snorkelling will be OK here, possibly trails ashore too. Depth at mooring around 11.7m at datum. We have cell phone signal at mooring (3bars). Island ashore has some decent foliage and scattered baobab trees. There is a beach and the island is popular for kayakers and occasional groups being dropped off for the day from the mainland via small local power boats. (For a list of all the park mooring balls around Mayotte see https://parc-marin-mayotte.fr/documentation/carte-des-mouillages-du-parc)]

General Comments: [We started our morning with a snorkel on the beautiful coral shelf off Ile Pouhou. Conditions were good that we could sail off the mooring ball, and south to this current location (all under sail)… OK - So it took us 4 tries to pick up a mooring ball - but we did it! THe sun is shining and I suspect we'll enjoy some more snorkelling today and tomorrow. ]

At: 12:48(EAT) 04-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 29.7C (85.46F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 32.1C (89.78F)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 50.034' S45º 14.004' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (Free): Ile Pouhou (part of Iles Hajangoua), Mayotte - Mozambique Channel, Mayotte (France).

Our position: loc:-12.8387, 045.2337

Sail From: Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte To: Ile Pouhou (part of Iles Hajangoua), Mayotte

We travelled 5.0nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved 4.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.2kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Pouhou (means poison) is a small skinny uninhabited island. We have cell phone signal at mooring. Free 24 hour Mooring Ball ref HAJA3. I'm assuming snorkelling will be OK here. Depth at mooring around 11m at datum (For a list of all the park mooring balls around Mayotte see https://parc-marin-mayotte.fr/documentation/carte-des-mouillages-du-parc)]

General Comments: [After officially checking in and then doing some basic exploring of the two main islands (we even rented a car for a couple of days - the traffic is CRAZY!!!), we've now decided to spend a few days exploring the other (uninhabited) Islands of the atoll]

At: 15:06(MEYOTTE) 03-Nov-2022, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 46.044' S45º 16.014' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte, BIOT - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 14 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-12.7736, 045.2693

Progress: [We've made 1772.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:17.7nm.

Since last posting we have made 19.3nm (through water). We have moved 15.2nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.0kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip:5.7kt. ]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m-11m (7m at datum). Expect 4m tides in Springs. There are plenty of wrecks (in water and ashore) to remind us to check you have good holding. There is the possibility of anchoring further south (shorter distance to get ashore) but this area is filled with moorings occupied by local boats, and given the depths we were hesitant to anchor among them. There are also numerous LARGE moorings around, these are used by local ferries and barges - so it is necessary to give them a wide berth (even if they appear empty you can expect a large vessel to arrive and swing around on them). Floating dinghy dock is on Dzaoudzi Island, more specifically to South of Navy dock (south of Ferry docks) - but we were warned it can be a bit rough there and there were reports of at least one dinghy punctured at the dock. ATM inside the Ferry gate, and taxis readily available (at 2Euro/ride/person). Alternatively you can haul out dingy at yacht club ramp - but be aware of large tide ranges and keep the ramp clear. Good news, nobody generally locks their dingies and all is safe.]

General Comments: [How lovely to see HILLS again. Mayotte is a large atoll with several inner island and despite being overcast, it was a pleasure to arrive. We spent some time motoring around attempting to find a nearer/better anchor spot (but given the required depths, we weren't keen). But we've arrived! While motoring around we were able to chat with boats we've met previously: Maia and Coroboree, and a 3rd USA boat (from San Diego). We'll most likely rest up today and then do all the clearing in tomorrow (depending on how enthusiastic Kyle feels - he's been up since midnight). We are looking forward to being able to purchase some fresh veggies and fruit (hopefully even some grapes!).]

At: 11:04(MUT) 27-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 30.1C (86.18F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 32.088' S45º 8.094' EBegonia
Day 14 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-12.5483, 045.1488

We have 17.7nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1752.9nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:78.8nm.

Since last posting we have made 59.6nm (through water). We have moved 79.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 3.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We've spent much of the last 24 hours under bare poles and still heading towards Mayotte, but we have now arrived at the entrance as daylight starts to a break through. Seas are quite calm (down to 1-1.5m).]

General Comments: [We ate our last Chagos coconut yesterday (yum). Overnight Kyle saw an impressive meteorite overnight - a long orange streak ending in a HUGE green flash (I wonder what that was? And thank goodness it didn't land on us!!). We should be anchored by Noon today.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 27-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 26.4C (79.52F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 202(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.5kt, Wind:16Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1m (from:NE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 55.092' S46º 21.012' EBegonia
Day 13 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-11.9314, 046.3520

We have 96.5nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1693.3nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:132.5nm.

Since last posting we have made 142.2nm (through water). We have moved 126.7nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 5.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We had brief hopes we might arrive today, but we spent most of yesterday fighting currents, so now we are deliberately slowing down so as to not arrive at the atoll entrance during the dark. We've had strong winds (mid-20kts) and choppy/swirly seas, but not uncomfortable.]

General Comments: [I attempted to make yogurt for the last couple of days, both times it didn't set, after the first batch failed I opened a 'new' packet of starter just in case. In both cases that Yogurt starter was (ahem) a few years out of date so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was disappointed. Since rounding the northern tip of Madagascar we have yet to see land, and on the VHF we've only heard a few broken crackles, so it is still hard to believe we are almost there.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 26-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 26C (78.8F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 250(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.4kt, Wind:22Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:E)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 49.014' S48º 30.042' EBegonia
Day 12 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-11.8192, 048.5065

We have 229.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1551.1nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:166nm.

Since last posting we have made 157.4nm (through water). We have moved 159.4nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.6kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.0kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [We have past the northern tip of Mozambique (Cap D'ambre) and are now officially within the 'Mozambique Channel' (part of the Western Indian Ocean). We had a couple of (minor) choppy areas (each lasting less than an hour). and at the point were sailing against a 2.5kt current. There are plenty of horror stories for that area, but Des Cason advised us it was the calmest he'd seen it in 6 years - we got very lucky! We are now sailing against a 1.5kt current. Before the turn we switched from Spinnaker to Jib, and we'll likely keep that sail now until we arrive.]

General Comments: [Floating out at sea we passed a large rusty metal oil drum (one more thing 'out there' that we'd not want to hit). Land-Ho! - Yesterday afternoon, 20nm away we spotted Madagascar - a light gray silhouette of hills in the distance. Once night fell we even saw the glow of some town/city over the horizon too. We are still enjoying our coconuts from Chagos. Kyle had an hour of a show last night as a meteor shower entertained him. He also spotted our first airplane since leaving Australia (almost 3 months ago).]

At: 06:00(MUT) 25-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Course: 274(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:20Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (from:E)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 55.05' S50º 58.08' EBegonia
Day 11 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-12.9249, 050.9804

We have 395.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1393.7nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:159nm.

Since last posting we have made 163.8nm (through water). We have moved 160.3nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 6.7kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.9kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Seas have calmed a bit more and we continue to sail with the spinnaker. We've adjusted our route a little after a suggestion by Des Cason (the expert for the waters of the are who aids any interested boaters), so we will now pass much closer to the tip of Madagascar than we had planned.]

General Comments: [Kyle reports NO flying fish on the deck this morning (for the first time in at least a week). Things are feeling chillier aboard, especially at night (where we both are now wearing jackets); we must be getting way too acclimatized to these tropical conditions to feel the need for extra layers at these temperatures! ]

At: 06:00(MUT) 24-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 283(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

13º 1.032' S53º 43.02' EBegonia
Day 10 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-13.0223, 053.7200

We have 554.0nm to go along estimated route.

Progress: [We've made 1229.9nm (through water) on this passage and. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by:168nm.

Since last posting we have made 177.1nm (through water). We have moved 174.9nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of 7.3kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt. ]

Sailing Conditions [Stronger winds and choppy seas early yesterday meant we needed to switch to he Jib, but we were back with the spinnaker by mid-afternoon yesterday. Everything has moderated more since then and we continue at a fast clip in relatively calm seas - we expect today to be the nicest day, we expect things to get much rougher once we approach the tip of Madagascar.]

General Comments: [Shearwaters (birds) glide around happily just above the water. Yesterday was our 2nd fastest day (P2P), but also included our fastest hour under sail for the trip (8.93kt), Kyle reported he had 16kt at one point on the speed wheel (surfing down a wave). We haven't seen any other boats for several days (and we've not a cruising boat since Cocos Keeling on the 3rd September). Yesterday we passed our point of solar noon matches most closely with boat noon. We generally pick the boat time to be a time in between our departure and arrival destinations, so the sunrise, noon, and sunset shift on our boat clock as we sail west.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 23-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 280(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.2kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 51.096' S56º 42.042' EBegonia
Day 9 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-12.8657, 056.7073

Progress: [We've made [1052.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [722]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [165]nm
Since last posting we have made [169.0]nm (through water). We have moved [170.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Seas have built to 2.5m (from our beam), but we expect it to reduce. The increased winds that caused that gave us our 2nd best day of the passage (distance wise), we're sailing on a broad reach (mostly downwind) and continue to fly the spinnaker sail.]

General Comments: [We are now officially past the half way mark (distance wise) for this passage. We also, yesterday, registered that we are half way around the world since our last main harbour in the USA (in Oakland, CA). Begonia's deck is littered with flying fish scales. Yesterday I baked some blueberry muffins using flaxseed as an egg substitute - It wasn't a hit. onwards we press.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 22-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 33.042' S59º 35.094' EBegonia
Day 8 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-12.5569, 059.5989

Progress: [We've made [883.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [887]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [147]nm
Since last posting we have made [148.3]nm (through water). We have moved [150.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [We are still sailing with the spinnaker, the swell from the side is a bit of a pain but winds are consistent in the low teens and (mostly) broad reach conditions.]

General Comments: [Firstly - yesterday's report incorrectly said we'd gone through 'the gap'. We had not, we'd just approached it - but now I can report we HAVE passed 'the gap'. As we approached we saw several large pods of active dolphins. They were not at all interested in Begonia, but it was amazing to watch such a large group of animals as they near-constantly leapt from the water on their passage south. A cargo vessel passed across our path (some distance away) but was strange in that the AIS reported it was flipping between 'Not Under Command' and 'Moored', while ploughing through the water at 9kt+. They were also heading in totally the wrong direction given their reported destination. I attempted to call them on the radio but received no reply. Most likely it is just poor captaining and procedures and all is well - but it makes you wonder! We did have a visit from a Sri-Lankan fishing boat yesterday, they were asking for water and cigarettes. If they really needed water that is very worrying as it is a LONG way back to Sri Lanka. Of course we don't have any cigarettes, but we did give them some water and some cans of fruit. They were very friendly and their boat very colourful.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 21-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 265(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (from:SSE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 7.08' S62º 7.062' EBegonia
Day 7 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-12.1298, 062.1271

Progress: [We've made [735.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1034]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [120]nm
Since last posting we have made [119.5]nm (through water). We have moved [121.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Seas remain calm and winds light and somewhat variable. We are sailing mostly on a broad reach with spinnaker. The water temperature continues to fall as we head further from the equator.]

General Comments: [We are down to our last item of fresh fruit and veg - an onion to be used in a curry for dinner today. We have a batch of sprouts on the go and plenty of canned fruit and veg, and even some dried onions, so we can make mealtime work until we reach Mayotte. Last night was a beautifully clear night - another chance for some great star gazing. There are some major shallow ridges in this part of the Indian ocean and overnight we passed through our first gap in one of these: the Mascarene Plateau. We were warned to look out for unlit fishing boats and gear, but thankfully passed through uneventfully.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 20-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 262(degT), Speed Over Ground:6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 35.058' S64º 7.068' EBegonia
Day 6 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-11.5925, 064.1280

Progress: [We've made [616.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1154]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [153]nm
Since last posting we have made [156.2]nm (through water). We have moved [156.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Winds and seas have eased slightly, but we still made good progress. Sailing mostly close reach and beam reach.]

General Comments: [Yesterday the door of our top loading fridge fell down on my arm as I was returning milk to the fridge - OUCH!! Thankfully 'just' a bruise to show for it. We sailed through a strange cluster of fishing boat AIS targets overnight; there appeared to be Chinese mother ship and various (unlit, but with AIS signal) devices (reported as 33'x20') - the AIS numbers were odd and the names included a percentage value that changed on each individual child device. I've never seen anything like it and will have to do some research once we again have internet (if anyone knows, do share). We were never closer than a mile but it was a bit worrisome when the targets all popped up on our chart plotter. Kyle spotted a shark (great white?) breaching nearby us - possibly fishing for something - thankfully not us!]

At: 06:00(MUT) 19-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Course: 243(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:12Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

10º 10.428' S66º 21.738' EBegonia
Day 5 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-10.1738, 066.3623

Progress: [We've made [459.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1307]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [171]nm
Since last posting we have made [188.4]nm (through water). We have moved [189.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday morning we finally departed the Chagos waters (200nm fisheries limit). This morning we awake to see a cargo boat on AIS (the first we've seen in well over a month), this one headed for Sri Lanka. Winds remain quite consistent, and boat speeds matching that - giving us one of our better 24 hours (distance wise) and we expect that to continue over the next week at least. We even escaped the rain forecast overnight, and there is no rain in the upcoming forecasts - YAY!]

General Comments: [With the good winds, we have had no battery issues (batteries were at 100% well before noon). I've now completed all my books that I'd collected and swapped (but we still have plenty on the Kindle). We have started to see flying fish again, indeed we've had several fly into the boat and clear them as we see them. For my watch overnight the moon was yet to rise and the sky was overcast - it was REALLY dark. If there had been any unlit objects out there, there was no way I could see to avoid them, so we sailed on and hoped all was well - Gulp!]

Nearest Land: [xxx], [xxx]nm away


ETA/Emergency - Estimated Arrival: [30-Oct-2022 1200 timezone:(MUT)]
Sound Alarm if no contact by: [03-Nov-2022 1200 timezone:(MUT)]

Caution: Don't forget this communication relies on our Satellite comms, SSB radio, radio stations, computer and antennas all working, and being available.. i.e. lots can go wrong with the equipment, while we are still safe and well.

If you don't hear from us, equipment or connection issues are the MOST likely reason (unless there is also an EPIRB emergency signal set off by us, in which case you will also be hearing from the Coast Guard). If you don't hear from us before the Emergency call time, then also please contact the emergency services. Refer to floatplan for instructions

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 06:00(MUT) 18-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 235(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.2kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

8º 10.074' S68º 51.012' EBegonia
Day 4 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-08.1792, 068.8520

Progress: [We've made [271.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1478]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [146]nm
Since last posting we have made [145.3]nm (through water). We have moved [148.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday morning winds were fickle (light and from all directions), but by late morning they finally settled on a direction and while not strong, with the flat seas had us making respectable boat speeds at last. During the day the wind grew more and we flit between a reef and no reefs in the sails. The seas have built but all is still quite tolerable aboard.]

General Comments: [Overnight Begonia was a sanctuary for various boobies (up to 5 at one point with 2 more circling and hopeful); thankfully they all hung out in the wet zone of the boat so any poop was being naturally and regularly cleaned off. All is well aboard and we expect the good winds to hold out.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 17-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 28.1C (82.58F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 223(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

6º 26.064' S70º 38.034' EBegonia
Day 3 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-06.4442, 070.6389

Progress: [We've made [126.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1624]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [72]nm
Since last posting we have made [59.2]nm (through water). We have moved [72.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):2.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Light winds continue, with occasional showers. Seas calm with a gentle swell.]

General Comments: [Overcast conditions and light winds mean charging the batteries is an issue. We had a lovely sunny afternoon yesterday - but given the sailing direction and location we found the solar panels in the shade (so no good)… We're hopeful for a sunny day today (not looking likely so far) - otherwise we'll need to use the motor for a few hours today just to charge the batteries. It's all a very slow get-a-way from Chagos, and we are still well within the 200nm military zone. We are both sleeping well though and have quickly settled into our watch schedules (it helps that it is so calm). Overnight the clouds clear, leaving a fantastic night sky - great for star gazing.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 16-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F), Course: 220(degT), Speed Over Ground:4kt, Wind:7Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

5º 43.068' S71º 36.06' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos/BIOT To:Dzaoudzi, Ile Petite-Terre, Mayotte.

Our position: loc:-05.7281, 071.6100

Progress: [We've made [66.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1696]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [54]nm
Since last posting we have made [66.9]nm (through water). We have moved [45.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [We departed Salomon, and have been sailing against light headwinds (so tacking), and threading a passage between the atolls and shallows of Chagos]

General Comments: [We had an amazingly relaxing and lazy 4 weeks in Chagos. Our departure was overcast and drizzly. We had several groups of dolphins join us. Overnight we have acquired a lot of guano on deck, so at least one bird (probably more) enjoyed the safety of Begonia - we'll have to keep a better eye out tonight to avoid the same issue.]

At: 06:00(MUT) 15-Oct-2022, Outside Temp: 30.4C (86.72F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 247(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:6Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

5º 20.004' S72º 15.09' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos, BIOT, BIOT - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 14 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Ile Fouquet, Salomon Atoll, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-05.3336, 072.2648

Progress: [We've made [1600.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [8]nm
Since last posting we have made [10.0]nm (through water). We have moved [5.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.8kt, Avg speed for trip:5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in large sand patch (2.8m at Datum). Inside Atoll between Ile Fouquet and Ile Yakamaka. ]

General Comments: [We made it! We'd normally want to enter an atoll with a noon sun (for best light for viewing the bommies), but we could see rain approaching so we went for it - we took it slowly, had good satellite imagery, and me spotting on the bow to be sure . It always feel so good to be safely at anchor after a long passage - the islands are calling, but we'll rest up today and start exploring as the weather allows (forecast continues to report constant heavy rain, but I'm not sure I trust it any more and suspect it's more likely occasional shower). Arriving through the pass was easy (good coordinates are given in the various guides). No other boats here (not surprising since we have permit #6 for the year).]

At: 09:36(BIOT) 16-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
over 1 year  agoShow

5º 20.01' S72º 21.042' EBegonia
Day 14 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-05.3350, 072.3567

Progress: [We've made [1590.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [8]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [72]nm
Since last posting we have made [63.4]nm (through water). We have moved [71.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [We spent much of yesterday evening under bare poles, and eventually hove-to (just drifting slowly) since we don't want to arrive before full daylight. Conditions yesterday were the best we've had all passage: much calmer, sunny, and pleasant!]

General Comments: [Yesterday was so calm and pleasant that I was able to break out a bucket and take a luxurious bathe (hair wash and all); I felt like Cleopatra (although I definitely acknowledge the difference in facilities!). We were witness to a lovely rainbow late afternoon (thankfully the rain was nowhere near us). But most worryingly, overnight, the birds were again heading for the wind generator. Two hit it before I managed to turn it off completely. They were stunned, possibly injured and landed in the cockpit. I put one in a crate to rest/recover before the other landed beside me. They are large-ish birds (Red footed Boobys - with a 1m wingspan). Overnight one has recovered sufficiently to depart, and the other is hanging out asleep, along with a bunch of others that have arrived at the boat without intercepting the wind generator. We've been sailing this boat on overnight passages for 10 years and this trip is the first time we can recall birds hitting the wind generator, it's very distressing. I hope we won't see this continue as we cross on our next passage.]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 16-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 293(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.2kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

5º 56.034' S73º 23.016' EBegonia
Day 13 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-05.9393, 073.3860

Progress: [We've made [1527.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [80]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [105]nm
Since last posting we have made [111.4]nm (through water). We have moved [104.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Conditions continue to calm. Our nicest day so far. The heavy rain and storms that have been forecast for days (past and future) have not arrived - yay! (we've just had a few light showers and haven't seen lightning for days). We are still sailing downwind and are slowing down for an arrival on the 16th.]

General Comments: [A bird visited us last night and managed to hit the wind generator blades multiple times. Kyle kept shining the light on the blades as it approached (and then it avoided them), but he couldn't be there constantly for the bird. He thinks the bird is OK - just a bid dumb. Our iridium go (satellite device that allows us to get weather and emails at sea) has had a poor signal all passage (taking several attempts and much longer than usual); maybe the Indian Ocean is just poorly serviced? Water temperature is climbing slowly as we head west. And Yesterday we actually had lots of sunshine as the clouds kept away for much of the day (good for the batteries).]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 15-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 27.4C (81.32F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:13Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

6º 45.09' S74º 56.01' EBegonia
Day 12 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-06.7654, 074.9350

Progress: [We've made [1415.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [185]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [108]nm
Since last posting we have made [125.5]nm (through water). We have moved [107.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Things did indeed calm down over yesterday. We continue to have rain showers (some heavy, some just drizzle).. Seas have stabilized and winds are consistently under 20kt. We are sailing downwind still and reef and unreef as required to make our 16th September arrival.]

General Comments: [That gift that looked like a box of tissues turned out to be a new bluetooth speaker (our old one had disintegrated). Yesterday we seemed to cross another shipping lane (we saw 5 cargo ships in the last 24 hours - all on AIS. Kyle was especially amused by one named 'Tou Fu 6'). We have now entered the 200nm 'Military zone' of BIOT and were required to officially report in. I finally finished reading that book, 'Alan Turing: The Enigma', Kyle and I had been reading it together but it was so painfully written we gave up on it, I was determined to finish it though (and it continued to be painfully dull). I'm amazed that Hollywood were able to dig deep into that prose and make a decent movie. Thanks to all for the good wishes on my Birthday, it is lovely to hear from friends and family, especially when we are so far away right now (where we can only receive emails, not Facebook messages, they will have to wait a while).]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 14-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 299(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:16Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

7º 37.08' S76º 31.044' EBegonia
Day 11 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-07.6301, 076.5238

Progress: [We've made [1290.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [293]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [122]nm
Since last posting we have made [140.7]nm (through water). We have moved [122.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yeseterday was rougher than exected, with the occasional BIG wave. Often on ocean passages there is little to do but keep watch once the sails are set, but the last few days of this passage have been constant action (something to do every 20 minutes). Reefing, Unreefing, gybing, holding on while surfing, etc... Along with the drizzle/rain it's ""not my favourite"" passage.]

General Comments: [It's My Birthday!!! I awoke (just a few minutes ago) to find candles on the table and cookies (substitute for cake), along with a wrapped gift (something that Kyle has kept hidden since Darwin (back in May). I've yet to unwrap it, it's possible a box of tissues ???. Yesterday we had strong gusts again, and while sat in the helm seat I was especially grateful that we'd replaced our wind generator blades recently (Kyle found a crack in one of the old ones, and I was imagining what might happen if one broke and flew off towards the cockpit). We seem to cross a busy shipping lane yesterday (3 cargo ships!!!).]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 13-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 298(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

8º 36.03' S78º 19.998' EBegonia
Day 10 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-08.6049, 078.3333

Progress: [We've made [1149.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [415]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [119]nm
Since last posting we have made [128.0]nm (through water). We have moved [119.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Rain didn't arrive (yet) - our forecast suggests we've over a week of heavy rain in our future. We continue to sail downwind in reducing winds, Kyle even flew the spinnaker for a few hours last night. We are managing our speed to be sure we don't arrive too early (our permit begins on the 16th).]

General Comments: [This morning we see a tanker on the AIS (the first boat we've seen in a week). We continue to discover the occasional tiny flying fish on the deck. Humidity aboard is starting to become an issue (I found spots of mold on the ceiling - which is thankfully easily cleaned off). Otherwise all is well.]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 12-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 26.4C (79.52F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 298(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:75%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

9º 31.08' S80º 6.072' EBegonia
Day 9 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-09.5296, 080.1123

Progress: [We've made [1021.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [534]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [133]nm
Since last posting we have made [137.1]nm (through water). We have moved [133.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Clouds come and go, but we have more time with more sky now. We continue downwind (mostly on a run). Overnight there was significant lightning to our NE (we were very grateful not nearer). Occasional rain showers. Kyle tells me to expect more rain in our future - lots more!]

General Comments: [Overnight sailing was great with a full moon (my favourite for night sailing). I've been listening to my usual podcasts but it is clear I won't have sufficient to make it to our next internet download. I have my French lessons to go through (but I can only manage a couple of hours at a time) so last night I sailed with my music on. Its so long since I listened to some of my old favourites and I found myself singing away and laughing and dancing about in the cockpit.]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 11-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:90%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F), Course: 298(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:19Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

10º 33.006' S82º 7.008' EBegonia
Day 8 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-10.5505, 082.1176

Progress: [We've made [884.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [667]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [150]nm
Since last posting we have made [126.9]nm (through water). We have moved [130.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wind and waves eased off a little so things are more comfortable again. We had a few big rain showers, and continue to find the odd flying fish aboard (normally too late to help).]

General Comments: [Aboard nothing much else to report, we were grateful for the rain (which gave the rigging a good clean). We are now the farthest north we've been since June of 2017. We were so sad to hear of the death of Queen Elizabeth II; we're still processing that great loss. ]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 10-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 298(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:25Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 11.1' S84º 13.05' EBegonia
Day 7 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-11.1997, 084.2253

Progress: [We've made [757.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [817]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [141]nm
Since last posting we have made [131.8]nm (through water). We have moved [141.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday was indeed our roughest at sea on the passage so far. Steep sided 3.5m/short period waves from almost side on - Yuck!!! Currently however all seems much smoother. We had a bit of rain yesterday (and are expecting more to come). We are both well settled into our watch routines.]

General Comments: [Yesterday morning our BIOT permit arrived I the email, that was a problem since there were files attached at we needed to see our permit number. It took several hours to download the email - and it was clear some of the attachments had been stripped out by our system; thankfully one of the attachments it did manage to download was the permit we needed - we are number 6 for this year! We had a couple of birds with us last night (possibly an Abbott's Booby). Kyle had to relocate one to a more suitable spot (poop wise) and it seemed to allow Kyle to pick it up and move it with just a minor squawk and soon fell asleep at its new location. We have the autopilot on all the time (either Track or Wind, mostly) - and it continues to work without issue - so we remain very grateful to that.]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 09-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 279(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 34.032' S86º 35.1' EBegonia
Day 6 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-11.5717, 086.5997

Progress: [We've made [625.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [958]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [113]nm
Since last posting we have made [143.5]nm (through water). We have moved [130.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Seas and winds from the beam for much of yesterday (yuck!). Seas getting bigger also. Kyle tells me this will be our worst day (per forecasts).]

General Comments: [Between the winds and the occasional chinks of sky our batteries are holding up. Yesterday the Man Overboard alarm inexplicably went off while I was on watch and Kyle asleep. It's been so long since that happened, that even though I yelled to Kyle all was well he ended up getting up just to switch of the blaring alarm while I was still fumbling through menu options on the chartplotter.]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 08-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Course: 279(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:19Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 53.088' S88º 47.082' EBegonia
Day 5 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-11.8981, 088.7965

Progress: [We've made [482.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1071]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [102]nm
Since last posting we have made [126.2]nm (through water). We have moved [114.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Conditions feel calmer (seas more rolly than choppy), overcast conditions remain. Sailing mostly on a run.]

General Comments: [We've had a couple of different petrel species flying around. In this passage we have reached over 15,000 hours underway aboard Begonia (since our refit after purchase in 2012). Combining all our boats we have sailed over 95,000nm together (and although we've yet to complete a circumnavigation of the globe, that's equivalent to 4 times around the earth at the equator). I still don't feel much like a sailor (more like a traveller with a boat) - thank goodness I have Kyle aboard!]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 07-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 278(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 8.028' S90º 43.056' EBegonia
Day 4 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-12.1376, 090.7263

Progress: [We've made [356.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1173]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [120]nm
Since last posting we have made [123.9]nm (through water). We have moved [118.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Conditions are stablilized, sailing mostly on a run/broad reach with a scrap of sail.]

General Comments: [The rain finally stopped, but the sky is still mostly overcast (however between wind and rain sufficient to keep batteries charged - up to full by 11am yesterday). The good new is that the humidity has reducing at last (we were in the 95%+ for several days prior, now we are down to 76%). Yeserday I could have mentioned that we'd seen no flying fish, but overnight we scooped up a few. Also our bird (or a bird) returned to rest aboard Begonia overnight, this time it was sensible enough to sit at the bow where any poop gets a regular wash off.]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 06-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 274(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 17.052' S92º 44.052' EBegonia
Day 3 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-12.2921, 092.7416

Progress: [We've made [232.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1293]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [145]nm
Since last posting we have made [131.7]nm (through water). We have moved [144.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday was overcast and constant heavy rain (ugh), wind slowly increasing. We are heavily reefed (over reefed) as this makes the boat motion quite comfortable and we have plenty of time. Rain seems to have stopped for now, and the skies have patches of clear.]

General Comments: [We needed to run a motor for a few hours yesterday to keep the batteries topped up (overcast skies and downwind sailing don't help with our renewable energy production systems). Right after sending yesterday's email the Saildocs requests all arrived (that worked out to 6 hours of no response, not 12 as I'd mistakenly reported yesterday). Overnight we had a booby (a seabird) overnight on our solar panel and brought a smile to our face as we each established our territories (until Kyle had to clean up the poop after he left).]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 05-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 274(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:24Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:3m (from:ESE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 26.016' S95º 12.042' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands To:Salomon Island, Chagos, BIOT.

Our position: loc:-12.4361, 095.2069

Progress: [We've made [100.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1438]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [102]nm
Since last posting we have made [100.5]nm (through water). We have moved [100.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [We departed Cocos expecting strong winds (with gusts in the 30kts). Frustratingly the winds never made it that strong and were perfect spinnaker conditions for most of the daytime (but we didn't want to raise the spinnaker expecting those forecast conditions to arrive any minute). Stronger winds did finally arrive overnight, but still not nearly as strongly as we expected. We are on the edge of a trough of low pressure. A LOT of rain showers, and continuously overcast conditions make for a damp passage.]

General Comments: [Despite our early start (Kyle's signature), Maia was up and waved us off farewell (Thanks Laura!). The sailmail service (from which we get our GRIB files) seems to be down all night (thankfully Kyle also uses PredictWind so we had a backup option, he was just not able to compare/verify the results from PredictWind). THey sometimes are down for an hour to two, it's very unusual that they fail to return a file for this long (over 12 hours now). Despite getting the OK to visit Chagos we still don't have a permit Number, but I'm hoping that all resolves itself before we arrive.]

At: 06:00(BIOT) 04-Sep-2022, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:98%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 254(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.4kt, Wind:10Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 5.058' S96º 52.086' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball (free) in Quarantine Mooring, Direction Island, Cocos Keeling) Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Australian Territory. - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 13 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Quarantine Mooring, Direction Island, Cocos Keeling) Island.

Our position: loc:-12.0927, 096.8811

Progress: [We've made [1507.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [10]nm
Since last posting we have made [10.2]nm (through water). We have moved [7.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip:5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Quarantine Mooring Ball (we were directed her by authorities on arrival - Cocos Police act as Australian Border Force here). 6.7m depth at datum. Beautiful clear water and a couple of black-tip reef sharks greeted us by circling our boat on arrival. Direction Island is unpopulated but a popular spot visited by locals and tourists alike from the other islands in the atoll. No cell coverage for the entire atoll, but internet may be available (via paid wifi, reportedly unreliable) from Direction Island shelter or even at anchor. Ferry service from Direction Island available (but possibly not every day). Nearest populated Island (Home Island) has a primarily muslim population (Malay), so conservative dress code applies if going ashore there.]

General Comments: [14 days at sea and once daylight broke we had islands with beaches and palm trees in our sights! We had a little trouble with one the engines being slow to prime (for the cooling water intake), but all was quickly resolved. Once we made it to the mooring we see lush foliage ashore (lots of coconut palms!). We'll now change all our clocks to Cocos Keeling Island time (CCT is UTC+6.5). It really seems that the next few days (week or more) are going to be quite miserable with strong winds and occasional heavy rain too. My plans for snorkelling and exploring with the kayak are on hold (but hopefully not cancelled). The anchorage is not great for the forecast winds, but it is the only permitted anchorage. Any attempt to get ashore may be a wet dinghy ride and a difficult/wild beaching/launching, so we may have to stay aboard and keep alert - but that is much better than being at sea in it all (if there is a gap in the weather I'll take it (once we are all official). For now our Q-flag is up (quarantine) and we're advised to expect all the clearance to be done tomorrow (they come out to our boat - easy). For today we get to rest and wait to see what tomorrow brings.]

At: 08:42(AWST) 14-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 27.6C (81.68F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 3.042' S96º 59.1' EBegonia
Day 13 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-12.0572, 096.9997

Progress: [We've made [1497.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [10]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [133]nm
Since last posting we have made [122.4]nm (through water). We have moved [132.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Lots of sail changes yesterday. Kyle normally helps me change sails before he goes off watch overnight, and so we are 'good' for whatever we expect during the dark of my night watch; we actually setup the spinnaker (a downwind sail). However the expected wind direction shift didn't come and we were slowly getting further off course so eventually I woke him to help switch back to main and jib (poor guy). That wind has still yet to back 7 hours later.]

General Comments: [All yesterday conditions and forecasts seemed to be conspiring against us, and Kyle warned me we may not make it today. Thankfully those conditions didn't arrive and we are just 10 miles off the Island and waiting for daylight to approach/enter. This is a good thing since conditions for the next week or more look quite miserable with strong winds and lots of rain (we may not even want to get off the boat). Overnight, and despite the full moon, Kyle DID spot a single meteor (presumably from the Perseid shower). We see the boat Serengeti on the AIS at anchor inside the Atoll; I think we last saw them in New Zealand!]

At: 06:00(AWST) 14-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 259(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 57.072' S99º 15.078' EBegonia
Day 12 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-11.9623, 099.2628

Progress: [We've made [1375.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [143]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [122]nm
Since last posting we have made [101.4]nm (through water). We have moved [122.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday started pretty fast and over the day everything slowed down (with our worst hour being 1nm through the water). Things are much improved now (boat speed back up, and seas remain mild - perfect). All good for arrival on the 14th; hopefully this time tomorrow we'll be slowing down so we can be sure to arrive in daylight.]

General Comments: [The full moon makes for a lovely night watch (although hindered any possible view of the Perseids Meteor Shower). We haven't seen another boat (even on AIS) for several days, although we have seen odd scraps of plastic trash so we had been expecting to see something out here. Kyle keeps finding additional squid from our visit the other day (poor things). Yesterday Kyle found a tropic bird sitting on the spreaders, and overnight he had a single dolphin spend time with us playing in the bow.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 13-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 266(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 48.078' S101º 20.01' EBegonia
Day 11 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-11.8131, 101.3345

Progress: [We've made [1273.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [265]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [169]nm
Since last posting we have made [167.6]nm (through water). We have moved [169.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Another fast day, winds and seas have slightly reduced (we are now flying the spinnaker again). We expect that trend to continue for the remainder of the trip (if the forecasts are correct).]

General Comments: [Aside from flying fish, we had a whole school (?) of squid fly out the water and onto the boat yesterday. I went and removed 17 finger sized ones from the deck, and when Kyle came on watch he found another 9 that were more hidden from my initial search! Poor things. The batteries have been doing fine for several days now - reaching 100% by midday.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 12-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 266(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:32%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 35.082' S104º 12.06' EBegonia
Day 10 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-11.5966, 104.2099

Progress: [We've made [1106.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [434]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [156]nm
Since last posting we have made [141.7]nm (through water). We have moved [155.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Winds have eased a little and backed slightly (so sailing between a broad reach and a run). Watches remain uneventful.]

General Comments: [We are now the furthest west we've ever been (from the USA) and into new (to us) longitudes. We past about 55nm south of Christmas Island (lots of gannets, no phone signal). Kyle notes we in the 'Agonic Line' area - one of those rare patches where the magnetic compass actually point to True North (because the magnetic pole and true north pole are aligned from our position). It's currently still dark, and the moon is about to set ahead of us - a bright orange beacon right now.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 11-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 265(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:17Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:35%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:3m (from:ESE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 32.028' S106º 51.03' EBegonia
Day 9 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-11.5376, 106.8549

Progress: [We've made [964.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [590]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [171]nm
Since last posting we have made [149.2]nm (through water). We have moved [170.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Good solid winds; Our fastest day despite the waves/swell. ]

General Comments: [ All looking good for arrival on the 14th, which is good - Kyle tells me to expect several days of rain once we arrive. Life is pretty dull as we continue our watches and progress west. We continue to capture flying fish on deck.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 10-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 276(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.1kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

11º 48.09' S109º 44.016' EBegonia
Day 8 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-11.8153, 109.7356

Progress: [We've made [815.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [761]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [152]nm
Since last posting we have made [132.0]nm (through water). We have moved [150.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [With higher winds expected overnight, we stowed the spinnaker and switched to the jib. Waves built along with the wind overnight (yuk, but it helps we are going downwind). Kyle tells me to expect things to get a little bit worse over the next 24 hours before any reduction. We still have a current in our favour too (hence the P2P speed is so much faster than our through the water speed). Yesterday afternoon I spied 'something' on the horizon that I couldn't make out, as we got closer I thought it might be a sinking ship, then perhaps a submarine, but it turned out to be a large barrel. Kyle believe the Indonesian fishing boats use them (with a parachute anchor) to moor to; they have no lights and I'd hate to come across one in the dark.]

General Comments: [We are half way. It seems we'll pass very close to Christmas Island, but I could not persuade Kyle to have us reach out for permission to stop there. Flying fish are a regular sight, sometimes they land on the boat and sometimes we notice in time to return them to the water alive (but not always). Yesterday we needed to run the motor for an hour before dark since they didn't get topped up during the day (although the previous day we were at 100% charge by noon). I think we should be good for the rest of the trip with the wind alone. Kyle and I normally have a book on the go that we read to each other. We just gave up on Alan Turing: The Enigma (we had high hopes for it but it was way too technical and painfully droll), and returned to re-read The Martian which even though we've read it before (and seen the movie) remains a gripping read.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 09-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 275(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.7kt, Wind:24Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:85%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:3m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

12º 13.098' S112º 16.002' EBegonia
Day 7 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-12.2324, 112.2666

Progress: [We've made [683.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [913]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [137]nm
Since last posting we have made [123.9]nm (through water). We have moved [135.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [We remain flying the spinnaker (not touched it for 64 hours) so sailing is easy. We have a current in our favour too (soon to be even better). Things are going well so Kyle has adjusted our ETA to the afternoon of the 14th August.]

General Comments: [Sailing really needs none of our attention for days (aside from keeping watch), so yesterday I even did a bit of laundry. We are now west of western mainland Australia. I normally write these updates on my Mac, but that has been getting slower and slower of late so we officially switched to our PC today (much quicker!). I pulled out a new packet of rice yesterday (purchased in Darwin) and found weevils in it (Ugh - that sucks!!!).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 08-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 294(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:10Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
over 1 year  agoShow

13º 12.078' S114º 21.018' EBegonia
Day 6 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-13.2134, 114.3530

Progress: [We've made [559.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1050]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [98]nm
Since last posting we have made [84.0]nm (through water). We have moved [104.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [We managed to fly the spinnaker only over the last 24 hours, but progress has been slow/mixed. We continue to see regular cargo ships heading between Indonesia and Australia. The light winds meant we had a 4 hour period where we went less than 1nm (through the water) TOTAL; thankfully there was a favourable current. Kyle assures me that today will be a much better day!]

General Comments: [Light winds and overcast morning meant battery issues by nighttime (another couple of hours of motor time last night to keep the batteries good).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 07-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F), Course: 296(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

14º 4.074' S115º 54.096' EBegonia
Day 5 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-14.0793, 115.9162

Progress: [We've made [475.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1148]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [68]nm
Since last posting we have made [117.2]nm (through water). We have moved [106.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [We switched to the spinnaker just before 8am yesterday, but within a few hours switched back to Main and Jib since wind kept going forward. By 7pm we had the spinnaker flying again (and all night). Seas have slowly calmed (and wind). We expect tail winds for the next few days. Overnight we saw a LOT of cago traffic (with up to 5 boats on AIS at any time, all seemingly travelling the same corridor as we headed NW, the were all headed North or South). ]

General Comments: [We can see our course plotted on our Predict Wind route from our last time in this area - and just after 2am we crossed that track - so we are now officially in new-to-us waters. We've had a few Boobies (birds) as we left Australia, and Kyle said terns were chasing the nav lights last night; right now we have frigate birds (we didn't expect that!). As for battery power (ugh!) we had a lot of cloud cover again yesterday, and when the sun did shine the spinnaker basically blocked all the solar panels, so we did run the engine for a couple of hours to keep the batteries at a reasonable level - we are hoping for better luck today.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 06-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F), Course: 346(degT), Speed Over Ground:4kt, Wind:6Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:S)
over 1 year  agoShow

15º 5.01' S117º 25.056' EBegonia
Day 4 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Broome, Western Australia To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-15.0847, 117.4259

Progress: [We've made [358.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1216]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [194]nm
Since last posting we have made [166.6]nm (through water). We have moved [154.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wind and seas built, so we had a fast day with plenty of reefing.. We had expected to be sailing the spinnaker by now, but the wind has been slow to back sufficiently.]

General Comments: [Kyle spotted a LOT of flying fish on his day watch yesterday, but little else is going on. We spotted two cargo ships (on AIS). Sky still very overcast, but the wind helped a little with our power situation (but battery level remains not great). Dull and uneventful (no complaints there).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 05-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F), Course: 299(degT), Speed Over Ground:6kt, Wind:12Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SW)
over 1 year  agoShow

16º 18.084' S119º 46.05' EBegonia
Day 3 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Gantheaume Point, Broome, WA To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-16.3137, 119.7752

Progress: [We've made [191.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1410]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [40]nm
Since last posting we have made [123.6]nm (through water). We have moved [113.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [A mixed day sailing close to the wind much of the last 24 hours but EVENTUALLY in the right direction. We also had currents against us for much of the day (at least on my watches). (Distance travelled in an hour ranged from 1.89nm to 8.31nm). Kyle adjusted the route to go further north to enter a favourable current before we turn west.]

General Comments: [We had dolphins visit - a large pod and a few broke off to play in the bows (until they realized that we were not going nearly fast enough for the fun they were hoping for. With the heavy clouds and light winds the batteries are pretty low so we are hoping for that to rectify itself today. The bigger seas are something we are getting used to after a long time in relatively flat waters.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 04-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 298(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.7kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:87%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:SW)
over 1 year  agoShow

17º 38.004' S121º 10.086' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Gantheaume Point, Broome, WA To:Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our position: loc:-17.6335, 121.1812

Progress: [We've made [68.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1450]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [60]nm
Since last posting we have made [68.0]nm (through water). We have moved [61.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):2.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [We set off knowing we'd have light winds and progress would be slow for a while. The wind has slowly increased overnight and we are happy that the sea remain pretty flat (for an ocean passage). We remain close hauled. We expect bigger winds and seas later in the passage, but it seems we'll have plenty of time to adjust. Kyle says we should have 3 days of downwind spinnaker sailing before then.]

General Comments: [Australian Border Force kindly drove to Gantheaume Point to meet us on the beach and complete the exit paperwork (on Monday). We set off early Tuesday morning. The last time we did a sail of any more than a week was when we left Tasmania back in February this year. By this morning the sky had more cloud than we've seen in months, and the humidity is UP to 80% (we haven't seen that since Darwin). Yesterday we regularly spotted whales - Kyle witnessed one breach twice almost totally out of the water (I was looking in the other direction and only got to see the giant splashes that followed)]

At: 06:00(AWST) 03-Aug-2022, Outside Temp: 25.3C (77.54F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 30C (86F), Course: 343(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.2kt, Wind:9Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.75m (from:W)
over 1 year  agoShow

17º 57.006' S122º 11.088' EBegoniaSafely arrived: at Anchor in Gantheaume Point, Broome, WA, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Crawford Bay, King Sound, The Kimberley, WA To:Gantheaume Point, Broome, WA. Our position: loc:-17.9553, 122.1975

Progress: [We've made [178.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [43]nm Since last posting we have made [51.7]nm (through water). We have moved [42.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.7kt, Avg speed for trip:5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.4m at chart datum. We were advised we could anchor anywhere north of the mooring field (but not within the mooring field). Access ashore via beach with consideration for tide state since tide range is 9m at springs (per guidebook), but then need to find trail from beach to road.. (there are cut throughs - look for the white posts). Vehicle access to Gantheaume Point only gives access to the a 500m stretch of beach (taxis and rental cars all seem OK to drive on to beach. It seems nobody leaves their dinghy/tender unattended (espeically at the vehicle end). Most use it for drop off and pick up only and reports of theft (outboards, etc) are common. We rented a car here, but were very uncomfortable leaving unattended at night as break ins seem to be a regular occurance (we left it unlocked). No facilities nearby (no trash, no water, nothing). Mooring balls also available: via Antony Burton (aka Zorba) of Broome Mooring Hire Ph: 0406 938 540 ]

General Comments: [OK - Yes, we are in Broome (Not Darwin, I keep saying Darwin when I mean Broome, hopefully a few days here will fix that). Today's sail continued to be bouncy and rough but things eventually calmed down by about 11am. We spent much of the day dodging giant turtles (they are pretty good at getting out of the way but I was trying not to scare them too much, so once I spotted one, I'd divert course to go well around them - but then they see you and get freaked out anyway ... So cute). AND Whales - lots and lots of whales. Mostly at a far distance. A few we diverted so as not to get too close, and a couple of times we were visited by a whale that didn't care for such rules and decided to swim to us, under us, and pop back out at the back to say Hi! Thankfully we were sailing with dying winds and at less than 1kt at the time. I would have so loved to jump in and say Hi back (but it isn't permitted). We'll stay at anchor for today and most likely tomorrow (to do all the internet stuff that we need to do) and then switch to a mooring (most likely).]

At: 16:56(AWST) 26-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 32C (89.6F), Humidity:44%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F) ----- At 26/07/2022 08:56 (UTC) our position was 17°57.32'S 122°11.85'E"
over 1 year  agoShow

17º 14.058' S122º 7.074' EBegoniaDay 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Crawford Bay, King Sound, The Kimberley, WA To:Gantheaume Point, Broome, WA. Our position: loc:-17.2431, 122.1287

Progress: [We've made [126.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [43]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [127]nm Since last posting we have made [126.8]nm (through water). We have moved [88.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Ugh - what a strange 24 hours of sailing. We departed with light tail winds (and even used the spinnaker for a while), but the winds flipped and by evening we were tacking into headwinds. During the afternoon we past by lots of mother/calf whale pairs. They weren't active, but just resting on the surface and diving down once in a while. We could hear their songs and replies through the hulls of the boat. Overnight we transitted the narrow and shallow Lacepede Channel and since then we've had plenty of chop making for a miserable ride. It was cold enough for Kyle to be wearing his padded jacket overnight. All looks good to arrive and anchor in Darwin before dark today.]

General Comments: [Our time in Crawford Bay was spent between relaxing, planning ahead for our time in Broome, and (finally) pulling out our new portable water maker and testing it out. It all worked just fine and we had all the 'bits' we needed thankfully - so no extra scrambling required once we reach Broome (at least on that topic). We can last 2 months easily with the water we have and the conservation methods we currently use, but our trip across the Indian ocean this year will require more, and rainfall cannot be relied upon - so we invested in the water maker. Its a small one, using just 12V, but sufficient to top up our supplies once in a while. We are headed to Broome with the intent to depart Australia for Cocos (Keeling), but things are already getting complicated and jeopardizing our visit to Cocos - so we'll make a plan once we can make calls and get good internet, etc. If we can't go to Cocos, we may hang around WA a bit longer (we're also still waiting on news regarding our permit to visit Chargos, for which we applied in April). If we can't go to Cocos or Chagos - we've a lot of thinking to do! *Update* it looks like our visa issue is all OK for Cocos!! (Just received an email from Broome Border Force)]

At: 06:00(AWST) 26-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F), Course: 205(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:2%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (from:S)
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At 25/07/2022 22:00 (UTC) our position was 17°14.58'S 122°07.72'E"
over 1 year  agoShow

16º 29.004' S123º 28.008' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Crawford Bay, King Sound, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-16.4999, 123.4677

Sail From: Silica Bay, Hidden Island, King Sound, The Kimberley, WA To: Crawford Bay, King Sound, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [30.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.8m at chart datum, (4.8-9.8m during our stay). Tide range 8m at spring tides (per guide). No phone signal (Telstra). Land ashore is Military/Defence Reserve on Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country.]

General Comments: [We spent our two days at Silica Bay relaxing, and keeping up-to-date with our pictures and blog writing (ready for when we next have a signal). We spent time exploring the shorelines via dinghy, landing at the various beaches for a walk at low tide. There was a resident pair of ospreys with a nest, and from anchor even we could hear plenty of birdsong. The extensive quartz rocks were sculpted into a host of beautiful shapes, and the tide range covered and exposed plenty of tooth-like dangers Today's passage was in really flat waters, but with current against us for much of it and no usable wind, i.e. motoring... Kyle's frustrated since this didn't match the forecast, again. As we travelled across the open waters between quartz islands with quartz hills it was quite amazing to just be experiencing it all as we watched and felt the swirling patches push us around as we made way. Kyle spotted a distant group of dolphins (all of the dolphins in the Kimberley seem shy, none have bothered to approach nor play in our bows).]

At: 13:56(AWST) 21-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 31.3C (88.34F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
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At 21/07/2022 05:56 (UTC) our position was 16°29.99'S 123°28.06'E"
almost 2 years  agoShow

16º 12.066' S123º 27.006' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Silica Bay, Hidden Island, King Sound, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-16.2105, 123.4550

Sail From: Coppermine Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA To: Silica Bay, Hidden Island, King Sound, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [12.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.9m at chart datum, tide range 8m at spring tides (per guide), at the north end of Hidden Island. Seabed of rubble (best for fair weather conditions). We arrived about 3m above datum and there were plenty of rocks exposed deeper within the little bay so we anchored further out than we had expected to, there are plenty of rocks marked further in the bay in Navionics app we wanted to avoid (matching the line of rocks we spotted). All verified at lower tides. The quartz rocks were sculped into a host of beautiful shapes, and the tide range covered and exposed plenty of toothlike rocks. To anchor overnight closer in is dangerous indeed. But well worth the visit. The bay is full of birdsong. Distinctive white sands ashore from the quartz rocks, not sure why the beaches immediately either side are so much less white. WA Cruising Guide warns to NOT approach/depart between Hidden Island and Byron Island (reported shallow, and lots of unmarked rocks there also added into the Navionics apps), however we witness several large vessels transit without issue at mid-high tides (The Dog Leg creek fuel boats seem to come this way). Strong tidal race approaching bay (can be 5-6kt per guide). Exploring the immeidate bays via dinghy and foot at low tide was very rewarding: Birds, scenery, crocodile, etc. No phone signal (Telstra). Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore beyond HW Line however there are no such approved locations to investigate in this location (per the 2022 Dambimangaria Visitor Location Schedule). ]

General Comments: [We spent our two days at Coppermine Creek exploring the shoreline, mangroves, and inlets by dinghy. Our tide range is starting to decline again as we head south-west, but we still have upto 8m (that is 26 feet) to contend with. The reality of the range continues to amaze us; the same place at high and low tide is so dramatically different. For some time, we have been hoping to spy what we call 'hoppy things' (the smaller marsupials that we believe live in the Kimberley), but we've had very little lucky - just a few sightings of a tail departing in the earlier Kimberley anchorages. But the scenery is still keeping us in awe Even in a small area the geology we see changes so much: large round boulders, layered shale-like cliffs, fractured columns, etc. It's quite inspiring, and I'm ashamed how much of my geology classes I've obviously forgotten. We've regularly spot birds of prey, and kingfishers, and a lot of smaller birds that dart too quickly and hide behind mangrove leaves before I have a hope of capturing them with a camera (especially from the dinghy!). At Coppermine Creek we even spotted a snake and a goanna (Lizard) ashore, from our dinghy. We did spy other boaters in the creek over the time we were there (3 motor boats, and a quick visit of fast tenders from a cruise ship) - but still the place felt very peaceful. Today's plans initially had us going through 'Whirlpool Pass' - an amazing narrow horseshoe shaped passage between Hidden and Chambers Islands, renowned for its unpredictable flow (upto 7kt), but we eventually decided against it (the winds were very light, and we'd have had to get up even earlier to be sure to be there at slack water). However, we still had to motor towards the end to avoid too strong a current against us through our alternative route when what little wind we did have decided to vanish. Oh - and we've just finished the last of the fresh produce (aside from onions, of which I still have plenty). It seems that we have finished with all our 'tourist' stops in the Kimberley and are now just making our way to Broome (slowly, with day sails and rest stops) so we can reprovision with some fresh produce and officially clear out of Australia. Meanwhile... We caught a blip of internet and learned that a large part of Europe is experiencing a record breaking heatwave with temperatures in the high 30Cs and even into the 40C's- we hope everyone there finds shade and keeps safe.]

At: 12:02(AWST) 19-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:48%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
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At 19/07/2022 04:02 (UTC) our position was 16°12.63'S 123°27.30'E"
almost 2 years  agoShow

16º 12.054' S123º 36.006' EBegonia"At Anchor: Coppermine Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-16.2088, 123.6099 Sail From: Dog Leg Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA To: Coppermine Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA We travelled [11.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.9kt. Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.5m at chart datum, mud, tide range 10m at spring tides (per guide). No phone signal (Telstra). No evidence of any of the pearl farm indicated in charts (at entrance). Good info in the WA Cruising guide (with Mud Map) for transitting the creek. Snubfin dolphin are reported to live in the creek but we saw no signs of them. Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore beyond HW Line however there are no such approved locations to investigate in this creek (per the 2022 Dambimangaria Visitor Location Schedule). Plenty of dinghy exploring to be had (especially at high tides).] General Comments: [With our surprise gift of fish from Kevin at the fuel barge in Dog Leg Creek, we enjoyed a delicious fish a curry for dinner last night - Yummy!. Once we set off today we found we had a phone/internet signal again (from Koolan Island), and that signal surprisingly held for much of the passage today so I was able to post some more blog (from last month's fun), and browse a little of the mass of social media posts we have missed from our friends and family. Kyle managed to fly the spinnaker (for a bit) today, but mostly had to motor in the beautifully calm conditions (given the container boat traffic transitting the same waters). We were excited to spot the cruise boat Odyssey again today on the AIS, and managed to wave at the crew aboard their tender Homer as we each headed for different anchorages. When we arrived at the creek it was impossible not to notice a flock of (about 50) cockatoos squawking and flying overhead. We appear to be the only boat here.] At: 09:58(AWST) 17-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:42%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F) ----- At 17/07/2022 01:58 (UTC) our position was 16°12.53'S 123°36.59'E"almost 2 years  agoShow

16º 8.004' S123º 42.066' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Dog Leg Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-16.1449, 123.7114

Sail From: Silver Gull Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA To: Dog Leg Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [6.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.3m at chart datum, tide range 10m+ at spring tides (per guide), good mud, but advised use as fair weather anchorage only. Most people come here for the fuel barge (which primarily services the mining industry and staff at Koolan Island). We were warned not to anchor in the waters beyond the fuel barge as there is a lot of old mooring structures to foul a anchor. Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore beyond HW Line however there are no approved locations (per the 2022 Dambimangaria Visitor Location Schedule). Weak (1bar) phone signal (Telstra). ]

General Comments: [There were 6 boats in all during our time at Silver Gull. All of us seemed surprised to find so many boats coming and going, I think this was chance rather than 'normal'. Luckily it never felt crowded, and when we explored the creek we had it to ourselves, when we visited the pool (at the old squatters camp) to lounge and enjoy a beer under the shade of the jungle we had that to ourselves too. After much discussion we decided to top up our spring-water hose at Silver Gull Creek. There is a rusty old dock structure (posts) and a hose to make it easy, and the locals that work at the nearby Dog Leg Creek fuel dock ASSURED us that they had been drinking it (without boiling or treatment) for years without issue. Just as we were approaching that rusty tie up - the throttle cable from one of our engine controls failed (it was just a split pin that failed, and Kyle fixed it easily once we 'docked'). The boat is CLEAN we are CLEAN and we also got all our laundry done (by hand) during this stop over; It feels so good to see everything clean again! Since upping anchor we filled the boat with water (at Silver Gull Creek, at high tide), and then went to Dog Leg creek to get a couple of fuel jugs filled too (all easier here than in Broome, our next major stop). We spent the last of our Australian cash (with just enough for an ice cream each) - all we have now are laundry coins to spend (we'll not be popular spending it outside the laundry!!! haha). They guys were all very friendly (we'd met them at the water hose in Silver Gull Creek), the took our trash bags and offered us a mooring (but it was a giant rusty thing that would have damaged Begonia so we declined). After we anchored nearby they even took a special trip to deliver us some Red Snapper for our dinner (I'd earlier asked for fishing tips, they knew how terrible we were at fishing!!). We got another blip of a phone signal as we headed in and out of Dog Leg Creek. Oh, and the boat passage speeds reported look really slow, but that is because much of the time we were tied to water or fuel structures and not actually underway.]

At: 14:20(AWST) 16-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:34%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F) ----- At 16/07/2022 06:20 (UTC) our position was 16°08.69'S 123°42.68'E"
almost 2 years  agoShow

16º 9.096' S123º 42.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Silver Gull Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-16.3691, 123.9714

Sail From: Talbot Bay, The Kimberley, WA To: Silver Gull Creek, Yampi Sound, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [17.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [12.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.4m at chart datum, tide range 10m+ at high springs (per guide). Anchored just outside the mouth of Silver Gull creek. Mud bottom. No evidence of the 'Pearl Culture Farms' marked on chart. Silver Gull Creek is famed among Kimberly Cruisers for the now abandoned camp site of 'Phil & Marion', which incorporates an unofficial 'Squatters Arms Boat Club', the site is long fallen into disrepair, but has the attraction of a fresh water tank constantly replensished by stream water which is popular with visiting boaters for relaxing in (a poor man's pool). It's easy to spend the day there just chilling. The freshwater stream has a convenient piping established to enable boaters to top up (at higher water; the stream head dries at low tide even for dinghy access below 3.5m tides at Koonlan Island). No Telstra signal at this location, but a good signal was available (From Koolan Island) further out in this bay. Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country (DAC); The Dambimangaria Visitor schedule indicates that the freshwater access is 'Under DAC Management – access subject to special arrangement. Please contact DAC for further information.' However the WA Cruising guide says 'Being crown land with a registered water lease, any person can take a swim and fill their containers with water' (to verify actual rules).]

General Comments: [Today's passage had us passing Koonan Island and 'The Canal' between the island and the mainland through to Yampi Sound. We were hoping to be able to sail through, but the maze of island kept the wind out of use. Koonan island is the first location for a phone signal and internet that we've had since we left Darwin (there is a big mining operation there). This gave me a chance to check on bank accounts, and grab a bit of a social media fix, and post a few blogs from our travels. The internet still isn't great (as we travel behind hills etc) but it was something! We entered 'the Canal' with the tide in our favour (it's narrow, beautiful and what a ride!). We also spotted the lovely Ketch 'Nutshell' on AIS, well ahead of us (that is cruising boat #18 that we've seen in the 6 weeks or so that we've been in the Kimberley), and we find ourselves sharing the anchorage with them and a with a large modern power boat 'Mineral Water' - Company again!. Kyle says there is yet another sailboat around the corner, but they had no AIS and he didn't catch the name. Note: We could have anchored in the creek itself, but we are arriving as the tide is falling and don't want to risk it (although we are now finally back in waters that are all charted!). Oh - and a small family of dolphins were feeding about in the bay as we arrived.]

At: 15:24(AWST) 14-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Humidity:30%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

16º 17.076' S123º 51.096' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Talbot Bay, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-16.2960, 123.8659

Sail From: Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay, The Kimberley, WA To: Talbot Bay, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [6.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.6m at chart datum, tide range 11m+ at spring tides (per guide). Mud bottom. Beware long rock island chain to West (extending SE from small island to WNW) exposed at low springs. Most islands and bays here are unnamed, but this is about mid-Talbot. Area is unsurveyed so be sure to keep a good lookout when approaching anchorage. Peaceful, few visitors, occassional noise of planes flying in and out of Horizontal Falls area. No phone signal (Telstra) - occasional hints, but nothing functional. Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; there is no permitted shore access (technically, above High water mark).]

General Comments: [WOW - what a great and memorable visit we had at Horizontal Falls. The local tour operator has boat trips that normally enter the falls, but after a recent incident they are not currently permitted to do so. Private boats can go through still, and the cruise ships that visit can take their guests as they have their own licenses that permit it. We didn't think our little dinghy, our portland pudgy with its electric motor, was up to the job, so figured we'd have to miss that experience (Unlucky!). We did manage to get space on a boat tour of the general area (and also lunch and a shark feeding show) along with the 'normal' guests that fly in for the day (or an overnight) to this lovely location. The boat tour took us first into Cyclone Creek which has the most amazing geology on full view (Kimberley upthrust), and then we were taken to nudge up to the outside of the 'falls' during a strong ebb tide, meaning we got to feel the power of being buffeted around in the strong ebb and eddies (definitely not a place for the pudgy!). All day long, seaplanes are landing and taking off, and the helicopter comes and goes too. All this is amazing given this remote place where everything is done from air and sea (no roads, and no access to or from shore at all). With all this sky activity Kyle was pining somewhat for his pilot days. To help with that, we ALSO managed to grab some time for a scenic helicopter tour (it wasn't guaranteed, and we had to wait a day to be sure the helicopter had enough fuel, etc) - but the folks from the floating 'hotel' there managed to squeeze us in (thanks Camile!). The chopper pilot (Mitch) took us back into Cyclone Creek, then through a beautiful valley, and finally around the falls several times, he even did a fly-by of Begonia for us. Kyle still has a big grin on his face. Additionally anchored with us overnight was the sailboat 'The Mrs' with two friendly couples aboard. I got to fully swap out all my read books for new-to-me ones and we enjoyed some lovely company over a beer or two aboard their boat; we are headed in opposite directions so won't see them again. The cruise ship Odyssey was around yesterday but with their schedule and our boat tour plans we unfortunately missed meeting up with any of the crew. This afternoon we've moved the boat much of the way out of the bay (this gives us a change of view, and since morning tides work against us, will put is in a better situation to move on tomorrow).]

At: 14:02(AWST) 13-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Humidity:27%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
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At 13/07/2022 06:02 (UTC) our position was 16°17.76'S 123°51.96'E"
almost 2 years  agoShow

16º 22.014' S123º 58.026' EBegoniaSafely arrived: at Anchor in Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay, The Kimberley, WA, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley, WA To:Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-16.3691, 123.9714

Progress: [We've made [48.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [48]nm Since last posting we have made [48.9]nm (through water). We have moved [29.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.7kt, Avg speed for trip:2.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.1m at chart datum, deeper options available in area, tide range 11m at springs (per guide). Anchored off 'Horizontal Falls' itself. Lalang-garram marine park. Busy area with water and air traffic. Be aware of no anchor zone, sea plane landing area, and other hazards (Re: the Oyster farm area marked on charts, it has been decommisioned since the late 1990s, however, we spotted an old wooden post/stump that would be submerged at high tides within this zone (off slug island), there may be more!). We were surprised to see visiting (smaller) cruise ships anchored in the no-anchoring zone so are uncertain of status (although we were advised this week by Parks and Wildlife about the zone, and given a leaflet dated 2020 that includes/show the no-anchor zone). No phone signal (Telstra), but we did get a brief week signal on entering Talbot Bay. There are a selection of tour options available (helicopter, and fast boats) from the bay - call 'Hotel' on VHF #68 to see if they have any availability. Horizontal Falls (Garaanngaddim) is renowned for its two narrow inlets holding back huge amounts of seawater causing 'falls' as the tide drops leaving a water level difference of up to 5m. Aboriginal stories refer to the Woongudd 'snake' that travels with the rushing falls. A quick look at a satellite photo shows the two narrow gaps readily. If entering the falls yourself (with your tender), be aware that strict rules exist for and procedures for any vessels actually entering the falls: e.g. use VHF Channel (69) to coordinate your entry and be sure no other boat is also in the falls at that time. However crossing the falls can be dangerous (depending on tide state). David Attenborough has called this 'One of the greatest wonders of the natural world' and you can view his BBC episode via Youtube. Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; there is no permitted shore access (above HW Mark).]

General Comments: [We left our anchorage yesterday for a second visit to the 'gutter' as the tide was exiting at Montgomery reef. We then headed off for an overnight trip (SW) to Talbot Bay. We had more time than miles so deliberately went very slowly for much of the night (starting with light headwinds). We especially wanted to be sure we didn't reach the 'uncharted' sections before daylight. There were a few hours of choppy seas overnight, but otherwise an easy passage. Kyle was really excited since on his watch as he spotted a perfect line of meteorites blazing across the night sky over several minutes (kindly waiting until the moon had set for optimum wow factor). Between Montgomery and Horizontal falls we are back in cruise ship/tourist country, and we were very happy to see 'our' friendly cruise ship Odyssey Expeditions at both locations. There has been a recent accident with the only boat tour operator that is based here (requiring a major flying doctor presence and hospital evacuations) so the local tour boat isn't current running into the falls. We had been hoping all that would be resolved and back up running by the time we arrived. Oh well, we will research our options. It's a full moon tomorrow so we are getting close to spring tides and should at least be able to see the effect of the exiting water (hopefully from the anchorage).]

At: 08:22(AWST) 12-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:36%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
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At 12/07/2022 00:22 (UTC) our position was 16°22.14'S 123°58.28'E
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 59.046' S124º 17.01' EBegonia
At Anchor: Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.9914, 124.2949

Sail From: Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley, WA To: Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [5.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1m at chart datum (5m minimum during our stay), deeper options available in area. Tide range 11m+ at springs (per guide). Good spot since protected between a sand island (exposed at lower tides) and the reef (plenty of space), plenty of the smaller cruise ships use this location (for brief stops). We were happy to anchor overnight since forecast was for calm conditions (and not spring tides). This location is very close to the edge of the Marine Sanctuary Zone (permitted to anchor in soft bottoms only) - so be aware of restrictions fishing wise. This reef is quite the special as the water recedes with the tides and causes waterfalls of activity - especially so at Spring tides (best seen around 2 hours before low tide per our guidebook). It is no longer permitted to anchor within the 'gutter' where the viewing is best, but you can wait here for the falling tide, and then take your main boat (or tender/dinghy) into the gutter to enjoy the show (keep someone on the bow to watch for shallowing bottom). It is not permitted to go ashore on the reef, but you can step ashore on the sand bank/island to the east of this anchorage location (a long thin sand island, exposed from half tide, from which we've seen cruise ship guests enjoying swimming and paddling at the edges with pool floats etc - presumably after a quick check for crocs). No phone signal (Telstra).]

General Comments: [We spent some time towards low tide, exploring within the Montgomery Reef 'Gutter' from Begonia and watching the falls and cascades from the water on the higher reef tumbling down the lower water in the 'gutter', along with the birds (mostly egrets) enjoying the feast. A unique site. Other cruise ships were also partaking (Kimberley Pearl, Odyssey Expedition, and Caledonian Sky), so it was quite busy, but didn't feel crowded at all! In the middle of all that the Parks and Wildlife boat arrived to check on paperwork (but just gave us a friendly wave having inspected us yesterday). ]

At: 13:58(AWST) 10-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:39%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
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At 10/07/2022 05:58 (UTC) our position was 15°59.48'S 124°17.70'E
almost 2 years  agoShow

16º 0.054' S124º 18.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-16.0087, 124.3069

Sail From: Hall Point (East), Nr. Deception Bay, The Kimberley, WA To: Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [28.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [21.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.0m at chart datum (6.8m minimum during our stay), tide range 11m+ at springs (per guide). This reef is quite the special as the water recedes with the tides and causes waterfalls of activity - especially so at Spring tides (best seen 2 hours before low tide). It is no longer permitted to anchor within the 'gutter' where the viewing is best, but you can take your main boat (or dinghy) into the gutter to enjoy the show. (keep someone on the bow to watch for shallowing bottom). No phone signal (Telstra)]

General Comments: [Our afternoon and evening at Hall Point was spent mostly in the cockpit watching over the large bay for any whales; we saw none (just a few dolphins in the distance). By early evening we were visited by the Parks & Wildlife along with an Dambi Aboriginal Corporation Ranger to check on all our permits and fish catching prowess (haha). All were friendly and left us with a bag full of useful information booklets for the area. Today was yet another early start (poor Kyle gets up way earlier than I do, and way before we actually depart). the passage was uneventful, but we got to sail and spotted (in the distance) a mother and baby humpback whale. We are looking forward to seeing the display that the reef puts on towards low tide (even though we are a long way from spring tide ranges, we'll at least get a feel for what it can be like at its 'best').]

At: 10:44(AWST) 10-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:41%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
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At 10/07/2022 02:44 (UTC) our position was 16°00.52'S 124°18.41'E
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 39.084' S124º 23.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hall Point (East), Nr. Deception Bay, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.6636, 124.3858

Sail From: Southern Arm, Sampson Inlet (Lower), The Kimberley, WA To: Hall Point (East), Nr. Deception Bay, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [14.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.6m at chart datum (5.7m minimum during our stay), tide range 10m+ at springs (per guide). Anchored in the east side of Hall Point, Parin Peninsula (just outside and to the south of the entrance to Deception bay). Area known to have whales spending their winter season. Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore beyond HWM however there are no approved locations beyond HWM to investigate ashore in this area (per the 2022 Dambimangaria Visitor Location Schedule). No phone signal (Telstra)]

General Comments: [Back at Sampson Inlet we joined with Brad and Rae of SV Ulysses Blue for a second day, this time exploring the south arm (but not finding any sign of the 1990's camp, nor of the rock-art). We also shared another evening together which was greatly appreciated by all of us. They left to head north east, and on our last night we'd expected to be alone in Sampson inlet but MV Epsiritu Santo joined (anchoring in the upper inlet), and then a family travelling with two small cabin cruisers also arrived (just as we were locking ourselves up inside to avoid the bugs), and we chatted on the radio for a bit with them kindly giving us lots of tips for the anchorages ahead of us. Today we hop a little further West (South actually), and we spotted our first Kimberley whale (looked like a solitary humpback, so probably a male). We had light winds, and a slight current against us, but managed a sedate sail. We'll keep a look out from our anchorage today and hope to see more.]
At: 10:32(AWST) 09-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:34%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
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At 09/07/2022 02:32 (UTC) our position was 15°39.82'S 124°23.15'E
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 30.048' S124º 28.032' EBegonia
At Anchor: Southern Arm, Sampson Inlet (Lower), The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.5084, 124.4721

Sail From: Sampson Inlet (Upper), The Kimberley, WA To: Southern Arm, Sampson Inlet (Lower), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [2.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.4m at chart datum (4m during our stay), tide range 10m+ at springs (per guide). Anchored in this southern arm off the inlet, uncomfortably narrow given scope required for high water. Deeper/wider anchorage can be had closer to the entrance of this side inlet, but we were making space for a 2nd boat. At the head of this arm, our guide notes suggest that a young couple once spent a wet season here camped out, and there is reported to be remains of their camp, and even a vegetable plot ashore. Also some rock-art. Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore beyond HWM. No phone signal (Telstra)]

General Comments: [We were so excited when Ulysses Blue came and joined us at the anchorage yesterday AND caught up with us on our exploration of the upper inlet. Brad and Rae are a lovely couple and we were each so pleased to have some company and share stories. Even better they had come from where we are soon heading, so we could swap tips! It seems we'll be hanging out together here for the next couple days, which we all find ourselves very happy about (and yes, I found a book swap).]

At: 11:36(AWST) 07-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:34%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F) ----- At 07/07/2022 03:36 (UTC) our position was 15°30.50'S 124°28.32'E
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 30.0' S124º 29.07' EBegonia
At Anchor: Sampson Inlet (Upper), The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.5034, 124.4953

Sail From: Sheep Island, Camden Harbour, The Kimberley, WA To: Sampson Inlet (Upper), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [16.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.4m at chart datum, tide range 10m+ at springs (per guide). Sampson Inlet is so well protected that it is used as a cyclone hole (and there are permanent private/commercial moorings around this location for that use). There is plenty of space between the moorings for several boats to take anchor. We poked a little deeper into the inlet at the next wide patch, but the water quickly reduced to less than 2m (and we were not at low water) so we backed out and returned to anchor among the moorings. Land ashore is Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore beyond HWM. With the visitor passes it is permitted to go ashore (without a local aboriginal guide) at the freshwater site at the head of the inlet. No phone signal (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Yet another early start today (those tides!!!). The passage was short but with plenty to distract us. There was a flying boat landed at the Kuri Bay pearl farm, and some interesting rock features beautifully lit by the early morning sun as we transitted 'South Entrance' (e.g. Needle Rock). We crossed MV Lithium on its return eastwards, and also saw the sailboat Ulysses Blue on AIS. We past by a passenger boat (Diversity II) that had briefly stopped in Sampson Inlet for some oystering. I'm keen for a book swap (I'm on my last book!) so I'm hoping to share an anchorage with some other private boats soon. Nights have been on the cold side (last night getting down to 16C/61F, and this morning found Kyle with jeans, jacket and hat - not what we'd expected for the tropics!). ]

At: 10:06(AWST) 06-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:38%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F) ----- At 06/07/2022 02:06 (UTC) our position was 15°30.20'S 124°29.72'E
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 29.058' S124º 37.014' EBegonia
At Anchor: Sheep Island, Camden Harbour, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.5459, 125.2049

Sail From: off Python Cliffs, St George Basin, The Kimberley, WA To: Sheep Island, Camden Harbour, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [34.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m at chart datum, tide range 10m+ at springs (per guide). Anchored south of Sheep Island. We arrived at close to high water, and the depths on our route in (from the NE) were very variable, with spots of 9m among a route that otherwise was 20m deep, and one spot of 5m (no charted rocks at any of these spikes). It could have been fish, but it was alarming, so proceed wtih caution. Note the WA Cruising guide calls this area 'among the most impressive scenery in the Kimberley'; I'd disagree, it is fine, but not spectacular, or even 'good' compared to many of the other locations we've visited (maybe comment was added to wrong item?). The KCCYC give this location a 1 out of 5. Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also within Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore. With the visitor passes it is permitted to go ashore (without a local aboriginal guide) at the two nearby sites: Sheep Island (graves), and on the mainland the remains of the failed and abandoned 1860's European settlement of Camden Harbour.]

General Comments: [Another early start today (with a bare hint of light) to make the most of currents and wind. We did get to so some sailing again (yay), but still penty of motoring as is normal for the Kimberley. A strange mix of chops and calms as we navigated our way through various straits and channels (and more lovely scenery). No whales sighted. We have clear blue skies again and are looking forward to a dinghy trip to explore ashore (we can already see plenty of boab trees dotted around).]

At: 12:38(AWST) 04-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 28.3C (82.94F), Humidity:37%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 19.044' S124º 59.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Python Cliffs, St George Basin, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.6130, 125.2980

Sail From: off Camp Creek, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA To: off Python Cliffs, St George Basin, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [24.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.5m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs (per guide, but I suspect significantly less looking at waterlines ashore). Anchored off Python Cliffs (on the mainland), north part of Saint George Basin. Protected by Saint Andrew Island and Saint Patrick Island in the Basin and. I find this all very amusing since Saint Patrick (by legend) was the one to banish snakes from Ireland, yet here Saint Patrick Island forever looks over Python Cliffs. Views of the distinctive Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo to East. Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also within Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [We enjoyed our time exploring Camp Creek (all the inlets from the dinghy, and the waterfalls and rapids from a short hike ashore). We again continued to spot (and avoid) crocodiles, but have still yet to spy a wallaby that won't skitter away without any chance of a photo (and I think to date we've only seen 4 as they run away since we arrived in the Kimberley). I don't know quite why we were surprised (given the name), but when we arrived at the end of the navigable section of Camp Creek we found around twenty people waiting for a boat pickup after spending two nights camping there. We shared our first night at anchor with the two passenger boats previously mentioned, but after that had the anchorage to ourselves. The weather was unusually overcast during our stay (but that was helpful for the dinghy outing). We've now moved out of the river and into the main basin for a couple of nights (for a day of admin and chores). We actually managed to sail out of the river as the wind was directly behind us; since much of the Kimberley requires motoring it was especially nice to cut a few hours of motoring from this journey.]

At: 17:20(AWST) 02-Jul-2022, Outside Temp: 28.3C (82.94F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 32.076' S125º 12.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Camp Creek, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.2440, 124.8752
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 32.076' S125º 12.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Camp Creek, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-15.2440, 124.8752

Sail From: near King Cascade, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA To: off Camp Creek, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [6.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.2m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs. Anchored just outside entrance to Camp Creek on the main river. Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also in Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [Our previous anchorage turned out to be an error (oops!). Depthwise it was fine (yay), but we were on the wrong side of the river (and we should have known that simply by looking at the bend and thinking for a second!). Just across the river is a drying sand/mudbank which means the (south) side of the river (that we selected) gets significant current and ALL the debris channeling through. Along with twigs and leaves, large branches, and even tree trunks move with the tides in both directions and anchoring here will put us in their way with a few bumps in the night. We'll be more alert next time! We did get to visit all the sites up stream we wanted (Kings Cascades and Cathedral falls - both running ) and nudged our way into numerous inlets with the dinghy. We saw only one other set of cruisers (the lovely folks from the MV Espiritu Santo, out in their tenders). We were expecting things to be much busier based on the cruising notes. We spotted plenty of crocodiles, and it seems we each give each other a bit of distance when we come within sight of each other. So far none have seemed threatening, but we did avoid going to a couple of places because we spotted them (and of course NO SWIMMING). We also have seen plenty of bats - roosting on the side of the river at one specific spot (very noisy even in the day time), and at night we had a large group repeatedly swooping in to catch insects from the light of our anchor light (that's a first for us). Today we've moved on to Camp Creek where we actually hope to get some more walking in during our stay, and make use of some of the croc safe swim holes higher up. Things got busy while we were waiting for the tide to turn to depart the previous anchorage - we saw a dolphin, helicopter, and a couple of tenders visiting Kings Cascade Falls from the cruise ship Coral Explorer. There are two additional passenger vessels anchored nearby us here (Kimberley Explorer, and the more up-market Kimberley Quest with its own helicopter).]

At: 15:12(AWST) 30-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32C (89.6F), Humidity:47%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 36.078' S125º 17.088' EBegonia
At Anchor: near King Cascade, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.9690, 124.9137

Sail From: 'Whilrpool Point Inlet', Prince Regent River Approach, The Kimberley, WA To: near King Cascade, Prince Regent River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [25.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.6m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs (probably less). We anchored in hole in an elbow of the river, out of main channel for general traffic, about 0.7nm north of falls. (Beware depth may vary seasonally). Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also in Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [Despite arriving early yesterday, we spent another day aboard. I had wanted to take a bit of a dinghy tour but Kyle spent much of that 'spare' time removing a blockage in our fresh water system that was suddenly leaving a bare trickle of water at the galley tap (all fixed now). To celebrate we finally opened his 'hot sauce challenge' that I'd purchased for his birthday back in December. Eight sauces ranging from 2,500 to 1.7 million Scoville Heat units (spicy/hotness) wasn't too much of a challenge for him (Kyle scored full points, he really loves very hot sauces, sampling them so regularly that his pallet is desensitized/damaged I'm sure); but I don't think he'll be volunteering to do it again in a hurry, and he'll keep those hotter sauces of the set to a few cautious drops in his food. I watched on amazed that anyone would want to feel so much discomfort (at least it isn't my cooking to blame!). A couple of (private) motor vessels arrived in the river yesterday afternoon, and we spotted one other already in the river (all larger motor vessels) so we already know we don't have this place to ourselves (I'm actually looking forward to some company), but no cruise ships so far.

Today's shift into the river required us going with the current but against strong winds (20kt+ winds, 25kt gusts) so an unexpected large chop to fight between Gap Island and well into Saint George Basin, but things did eventually calm again in the basin and beyond into the river for real. The Prince Regent river itself is described as 54nm of almost perfectly straight waterway (that's 62miles or 100km) although we can't reach much of it by boat, I'm guessing it can funnel some wind! We were not sure how far up it we'd be able to get and still have a rising tide - but we made it to the Kings Cascade falls (considered the end of navigation for our boat, and with the falls still flowing nicely). There we were greeted by a crocodile at the narrow entrance which gave us a look and then submerged out of sight. We had a good look around within the small cove and then returned to the main river to anchor in a hole that (if all our maths is correct, fingers crossed) is good for the full tide range during our stay (although we may have mud all around beyond our little hole at low tide; tides here are 7m+ (about 30') but maybe a little less this high up the river - we've allowed for worse case scenario!). From here we hope to scramble to the top of the falls (where there are croc-safe swim holes to enjoy), and also dinghy higher up the river to see more of what it has to offer (maybe tomorrow). Today we also clocked through 70,000nm on our boat log (since we outfitted Begonia back in 2012 in Virginia).]

At: 13:08(AWST) 28-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Humidity:42%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 14.064' S124º 52.05' EBegonia
At Anchor: Unnamed cove, Opposite/East of Uwins Island, Prince Regent River Approach, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.7475, 125.1332

Sail From: Northern Bay, Coronation Island, The Kimberley, WA To: Unnamed cove, Opposite/East of Uwins Island, Prince Regent River Approach, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [26.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.3m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs (where this would be too shallow for most, but fine during neaps etc). Sand shelf with much deeper water outside of it. Cove is on mainland, immediately north of Whirlpool Point, and to East of Uwins Island. Land ashore is Prince Regent National park, and is also in Dambimangaria Aboriginal Country; a Dambimangari Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [We had a relatively lazy day yesterday (after our early arrival at anchor at Coronation Island), and didn't venture ashore. Today was another early start (to be sure of good tide on arrival at our new anchorage), and once we turned southwards to start our approach to the Prince Regent area we needed to work hard against headwinds, so that was a bit of fast and fun sailing into chop, with plenty tacking and reefing - proper sailing so Kyle had fun!. Once we rounded Cape Wellington Kyle was still able to sail (still tacking), but the chop disappeared making things much more settled as we approached our anchorage. We have yet to see whales and for the next few days will be within the protected river systems (so we are unlikely to do so until we depart again). We have now crossed over into Dambimangari aboriginal country (we have the required visitor pass), but for the next week we'll mostly be in the Prince Regent National Park lands.]

At: 12:25(AWST) 27-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Humidity:37%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 58.014' S124º 54.084' EBegonia
At Anchor: Northern Bay, Coronation Island, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.5396, 125.4267

Sail From: Augereau Island (East Side), Cape Pond, The Kimberley, WA To: Northern Bay, Coronation Island, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [19.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.3m at chart datum (pick any depth), tide range 8m+ at springs. Others report Rocky bottom (medium holding). Area known for whales (seasonal), and brolgas (large birds) may be seen ashore. Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [We continue to hop west. Yesterday we didn't go ashore at all, enjoying the views from anchor as the tide level changed. There is a well defined line of clouds running from north to south over the island: cloudy to our east (where we've come from) and clear blue skies above and to the west it's quite dramatic. Today's sailing was the most boisterous we've had in a while, with choppy seas and head winds requiring us to reef more and more as we sailed west. We are well protected, and in sheltered waters at anchor. No whales sighted (nor brolgas as yet).]

At: 10:12(AWST) 26-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:40%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 44.088' S125º 7.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Augereau Island (East Side), Cape Pond, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.5211, 125.4832

Sail From: West of unnamed island (immediately NE of Winyalkan Island), South Montague Sound, The Kimberley, WA To: Augereau Island (East Side), Cape Pond, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [25.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [21.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in ??m at chart datum, tide range 8m+ at springs. Attempts to get closer to shore were met with random rocks (visible from boat). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required (along with the WA Aboriginal Land Permit) to go ashore.]

General Comments: [We really enjoyed our time in South Montague Sound. For the last couple of days we did chores aboard and then dinghied about, exploring among the unnamed island. We "discovered" lots of spectacular scenery, including a lovely inlet that at lower tides forms 3 beautiful oval lagoons in a line, framed with cliffs... Sigh.... We are already quite envious of the "locals" that get to visit these waters annually. During our stay the cruise ship True North was also around giving its passengers helicopter tours of the surrounding area. One night they anchored by us and put their passengers ashore at "Sunset Beach" to enjoy cocktails and the sunset. They had a tall beach fire and at some point one of the crew(?) started doing fire dancing on the beach, twirling burning branches in the dark; While not intended for us, we got to enjoy it just as much from our boat at anchor. Today we start a push west again (sailing at last), we transited Scott Strait, and despite having the wrong information about the direction of flood and ebb tides we made it through (thankfully we are in neaps and not springs). We spotted the catamaran Sojourn on AIS going east, and had a brief VHF chat with them as we passed going west approaching the strait (thanks for the tips Sojourn!).]

At: 14:38(AWST) 25-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Humidity:37%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 32.04' S125º 25.062' EBegonia
At Anchor: West of unnamed island (immediately NE of Winyalkan), South Montague Sound, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.6147, 125.4418

Sail From: Woolaston Island (South), Wollaston Bay, South Montague Sound, The Kimberley, WA To: West of unnamed island (immediately NE of Winyalkan), South Montague Sound, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [3.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.3m at chart datum, tide range 7m+ at springs. Hidden cave reported ashore at a small inlet (on unnamed island). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore.]

General Comments: [The forecast winds didn't seem so bad in the protection of our anchorage, but were sufficient to recharge our electric dinghy motor just fine. During our Wollaston Bay stay we spent most of our time catching up with writing, pictures, and general household stuff. We DID get to go ashore while everything was still calm and found the rock art site we were hoping to see (it was quite amazing, with layers of different art painted on the rock face). The tour boat 'Kimberley Pearl' arrived with guests whilst we were up there, they had a small group and all were friendly. Our new location we hope to go ashore tomorrow and explore again; our notes suggest there is an interesting cave we can enter, but it is unlikely to be a busy day of exploring (maybe we'll see a bit more wildlife if I'm lucky). The whole area (islands and mainland shores) report good dinghy exploring to be had. We keep seeing what we now think of as 'the usual' passenger boats, but a new one popped up on our AIS today (True North), we never did meet up with the private catamaran we spotted when we first arrived in the bay and we've seen no sign of them since.]

At: 11:02(AWST) 23-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: C (F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: C (F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 31.026' S125º 28.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Woolaston Island (South), Wollaston Bay, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.5951, 125.4292

Sail From: Cave Beach (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA To: Woolaston Island (South), Wollaston Bay, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [7.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m at chart datum, tide range 7m+. Rock art reported ashore (both on mainland side and on Wollaston Island). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore.]

General Comments: [This morning we anchored off Cave beach. We weren't entirely sure what to expect, but WOW - what a great locations. Beautiful rock formations, arches, columns, and warrens of chambers to explore. All stunningly beautiful. We have moved again, and are anchored here after a tip from Michael aboard Odyssey. We should be well sheltered from any swell from the coming stronger SE winds (but still power the wind turbine) - and just maybe we can find the rock art ashore! (fingers crossed, we have no good GPS locations just very roughly placed markers on our chart apps and visitor guide.).]

At: 12:38(AWST) 21-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 33C (91.4F), Humidity:39%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 36.09' S125º 26.052' EBegonia
At Anchor: Cave Beach (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.2463, 125.5990

Sail From: South of Palm Island (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA To: Cave Beach (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [0.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):0.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.6 Datum, tide range 7m+ (springs). Close to Cave Beach with its spectacular columns and interconnecting chambers to wander around and explore. Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we had a full day visiting the known rock art sites. Quite a stretch for our little dinghy with its electric motor. We finished at one site and were so sad to be departing (it had great scenic views too) but the sun was soon to set and we wanted to be back at the boat well before dark (for all the obvious reasons). We did manage to disturb a croc during the day, AND had a shark 'chasing us' or probably just enjoying our engine wake - Kyle insists it was a hammer head shark (I wasn't exactly focusing on an ID at the time, but didn't notice the head anyway)!.]

At: 07:32(AWST) 21-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 35.07' S125º 25.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: South of Palm Island (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.0288, 126.0219

Sail From: Krait Bay (Admiralty Gulf), The Kimberley, WA To: South of Palm Island (within South Montague Sound), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [23.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.5 LAT, tide range 7m+, Close to entrance to 'Four Man Creek'. There is plenty to do and see in surrounding area and islands (art, shell middens, caves, white beaches, stunning rock formations, etc). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore. Note marine (pearl) farm marked on current Navionics charts was removed in 2008.]

General Comments: [Another beautiful day of sailing (and another early start soon after a good red sunrise since we still have some smoke in the skies). The humidity has started to climb again (we had dew on the deck this morning; the first time in weeks). Light winds and incredibly flat seas made for an easy one. Eventually the winds dropped out entirely and we resorted to an engine for the final leg. On route we passed a couple of anchored Cruise ships, and a couple of sailing vessels (in other bays). On entering this area we spotted another catamaran tucked in way to the west of the sound (nothing on AIS, and several miles from us). We plan to be in this area for several days. I'm assuming we may actually start meeting people again!]

At: 12:10(AWST) 19-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 33.2C (91.76F), Humidity:45%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 14.076' S125º 35.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Krait Bay (Admiralty Gulf), The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.8106, 126.7578

Sail From: SW Arm, Parry Harbour, The Kimberley, WA To: Krait Bay (Admiralty Gulf), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [35.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.4m LAT, tide range 6m+, WWII remnants ashore (which I think is just some barrels left behind, arranged as defence posts). Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country, a Uunguu Visitor Pass is required to go ashore. Geology around the bay forms very rectangular structures that often look like city blocks, South of the Entrance especially I could easily believe I was approaching an ancient desert city.]

General Comments: [A beautiful day sailing. Skies remain smoke tinted. We spotted another sailboat today (SV Magia going west), and the Cruise ship Coral Geographer indeed leap-frogged us overnight, and we passed it again today while it was in the Mitchell River area. You'll deduce from this, that we have skipped a big section of the Kimberley including the Mitchell River (despite it being a favourite of visitors); we simply can't do everything (unfortunately) and there is some poor weather coming this week - so we want to be sure we are somewhere well protected so we've just decided to spend longer at the remaining stops. As for Krait Bay, we'll anchor here just overnight and move on west tomorrow. Today we had the most entertainment from a radio call: someone calling ""Paradise"" and advising that they were soon to land and the passengers were requesting 10 bloody mary's to be at the ready for them once they reach ""Paradise"". Kyle and I couldn't agree if the person calling was likely from a plane or a boat, and we each have no idea where ""Paradise"" is (could be another boat, or a resort of some sort, but there is no such anything we're aware of within VHF radio range).]

At: 13:40(AWST) 18-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Humidity:41%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 1.074' S126º 1.032' EBegonia
At Anchor: SW Arm, Parry Harbour, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.8899, 127.0833

Sail From: Cape Talbot, Napier Broome Bay, The Kimberley, WA To: SW Arm, Parry Harbour, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [51.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [44.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.7m LAT. Tide range 4m+. Land ashore is in Wunambal Gaambera Country however even with the required Uunguu Visitor Pass there are no approved visitor locations near this anchorage.]

General Comments: [The fires ashore at Cape Talbot made for a beautiful red sunset last night. Today has been another day of sailing west (departing well before sunrise). Again, we don't plan to go ashore here, but will use this anchorage to rest and continue west tomorrow. Kyle has done a great job of picking out our routes, and making sure we arrive at all the 'difficult' areas at appropriate tides and currents. At one point today we had a 5.5kt current in our favour (that only lasted 10 minutes before decreasing to 2.5kt, but it was way better than 5.5kt against us!). We saw one cruise ship on AIS today (Coral Geographer), but it was tucked well into Vanisittart Bay as we sailed by well to the north of it (I expect it is likely to leap-frog us overnight while we rest/sleep). And (finally) we also spotted another sailboat today on AIS (Vaminos). It was ahead of us and heading deeper into Parry Harbour than we intend to go, but it felt somewhat comforting to see other cruisers out here; that's the first we've seen since the Berkeley River. The Kimberley Coast Cruising YC have suggested there are less than 30 cruising boats in the whole Kimberley area this season (less than normal); so far we've seen 4 others. We also passed by Troughton Island today. It is a remote and treeless support settlement (with airstrip and helicopter base) for some of the oil rigs further out to sea; It looked like a posting you'd need to be paid a lot of money to make attractive! The seas have had a lot of large patches of different coloured (sediment filled) waters. Normally this is related to a river run off, but we've been unable to solve the puzzle to identify the source(s) for the patches we've found (perhaps due to the crazy currents that run around this area that presumably can isolate patches of water?). Note: We do have our Uungu (Wunambal Gaambera) visitor pass, but don't plan to go ashore for several more days as we push west. ]

At: 14:00(AWST) 17-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32.2C (89.96F), Humidity:33%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 48.066' S126º 45.048' EBegonia
At Anchor: Cape Talbot, Napier Broome Bay, The Kimberley, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9051, 127.0627

Sail From: Glycosmis Bay (Outer), The Kimberley, WA To: Cape Talbot, Napier Broome Bay, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [42.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.0m LAT (3m+ tide range) - you can pick your depth as you approach. Bay tucked into the mainland just 1.5nm south of Cape Talbot (Sometimes called Bruce’s Bay per guides). Well protected from winds from the west. Beautiful white sandy beach ashore with a shallow creek at south end. Reefs extend well out to north and south of bay. Good rest anchorage before or after rounding Cape Londonderry. ]

General Comments: [Yesterday morning (back at Glycosmis Bay) Kyle and I spent a couple of hours ""treasure hunting"" for rock art around the site known as the Lost City; we failed to find anything. Thankfully, the small cruise ship Odyssey arrived and their lovely crew very kindly helped us find plenty of art (It’s everywhere, I've no idea how we missed it all on our own explorations!). Hopefully we now have our eye in for future forays. There seems to be several styles of art in the area, including Bradshaws (Gwion Gwion). I have no way of telling for sure, but some of these may well be tens of thousands of years old, which just ads to the wow factor (google 'Bradshaws' for more info). We also had the 'supermoon' rising just after sunset from our anchorage and looking pretty good silhouetting the trees on the land between us. Today we departed Glycosmis to round Cape Londonderry (commonly known as Cape Laundry due to it mess of seas as different currents converge and cause washing-machine-like chaos); it's a tidal split point, and also WAs most northerly point. Thankfully our passage wasn't so bad. We have now officially left the Timor Sea and are in the Indian Ocean proper. There are fires ashore hare at Cape Talbot (we assume these are controlled burns). We don't plan to go ashore here, but are just using this anchorage as an overnight stop on our passage west. We've seen no other cruisers since the Berkeley River.]

At: 14:48(AWST) 16-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32C (89.6F), Humidity:36%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 53.04' S127º 4.998' EBegonia
At Anchor: Glycosmis Bay (Outer), The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.8899, 127.0833

Sail From: Glycosmis Bay (Inner), The Kimberley, WA To: Glycosmis Bay (Outer), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [1.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.4m LAT. Shore access to the site of ""The Lost City"" and its aboriginal art. Guidebook suggests afternoon winds expected.]

General Comments: [In Glycosmis we managed to climb the cliff face (at a recognized, but frightening trail) and see views from on top. The waterfalls are no longer flowing, but there was a host of pretty wild flowers around a billabong, and large boab tree that we were both enamored with. Aside from one plane flying over, we had the bay to ourselves for the duration of our stay. We also took a walk along the beach at the entrance where we found evidence (fresh dung and hoof prints) of feral buffalo (we are just as worried about the buffalo as the crocs - they are each notorious in Australia regarding danger to life); Thankfully we didn't meet one on our walk. The overnight temperatures are now dropping below 20C (time for blankets - I never expected that here in The Kimberley!). Today we exited the shallow bar at high tide to return to the outer bay where we hope to explore the rock art.]

At: 06:50(AWST) 15-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:41%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 54.03' S127º 3.078' EBegonia
At Anchor: Glycosmis Bay (Inner), The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9051, 127.0627

Sail From: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA To: Glycosmis Bay (Inner), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [19.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m LAT. Attempts to anchor closer to falls we could not get anchor to grab (or had insufficient depth/swing room).]

General Comments: [Jackets overnight. Kyle let me return to bed after lifting anchor, but it was hard to sleep. We arrived just around sunset and poked our way into Glycosmis (inner) bay. A lovely bay, but falls not currently running at this stage of the dry season. Kyle will rest up and we will explore over the coming days.]

At: 07:10(AWST) 13-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:33%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 56.076' S127º 19.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9461, 127.3288

Sail From: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA To: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [8.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m LAT, Gelatinous mud - good holding. ]

General Comments: [Since we planned to depart the river today it was great to spend our last night near Twin Falls, with the scenery and the dusk light all to ourselves and a full day of enjoying the scenery. As we motored down the river and into the bay this morning we were surprised to discover we were the only boat here (and no AIS targets around either). We'll have a day out here in the bay (catch up with general admin etc) and then head off EARLY in the morning to (hopefully) make it into Glycosmis Bay at high tide (depending on conditions, etc). The Koolama Bay isn't as choppy as we'd expected (given several days of solid winds), but is still a little bouncy at anchor. We ate the last of our giant water melon for breakfast today; we just have a few apples left as our remaining fresh fruit - we have plenty of canned fruit (and fresh veggies too) still in our provisions.]

At: 10:34(AWST) 12-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:46%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 2.316' S127º 19.056' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.0386, 127.3260

Sail From: Off East Arm, King George River, The Kimberley, WA To: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [4.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.4m LAT. Close to Twin Falls. Lots of cruise ship tender traffic. Good mud holding, spectacular scenery and the high cliffs channel cooling winds/gusts. A WA Aboriginal Land Permit is required to go ashore beyond HWM. No phone signal (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Humidity and temperature continue to fall making things very comfortable aboard. Yesterday we took the dinghy up to East Arm Falls (which has a small stream still flowing). We met up with the skippers of Odyssey and shared some tips for west Kimberley locations. After we arrived at the falls itself, a croc appeared and hung out on a shelf by our exit path. Hmmm. So we probably spent longer than we intended wondering if we could wait him out (not). Wind is still a bit gusty so we changed our plans to hang out closer to the river mouth tonight and went in totally the opposite direction back to twin falls (enjoying the scenery along the way.]

At: 10:24(AWST) 11-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:33%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
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At 11/06/2022 02:24 (UTC) our position was 14°02.32'S 127°19.56'E
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 59.052' S127º 21.048' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off East Arm, King George River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9923, 127.3576

Sail From: Off BBQ Beach, King George River, The Kimberley, WA To: Off East Arm, King George River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [2.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.4. Dinghy access to East Arm Falls (with rope ladder climb or rock scramble to swim holes/views at top of cliffs). Wide open junction in river (no problem getting a satellite signal).]

General Comments: [The temperatures and humidity have dropped to much more comfortable levels over the last few days. We still seem to be the only cruiser/yacht in the river, but there are plenty of commercial tour boats and their tenders so we see regular traffic. We heard them chatter on the radio that some are planning to skip the Berkeley River due to the miserable conditions outside (the ones we arrived just ahead of). We are completely protected inside the river system. Yesterday we dinghied about and poked into the various inlets and gorges, still stunned by the beauty. We saw a lot of turtles yesterday, but still no sightings of crocs or dolphins in the river since we arrived (I'm sure the crocs are about, just no so visible). We hear plenty of unusual bird chatter, but they keep themselves hidden too so I'm missing my bird photography and identification (but I've not given up yet!). While our current anchorage has a great signal, please don't worry if you don't hear from us at future points in The Kimberley as the most stunning anchorages (among the cliffs) are causing issues for acquiring any satellite signal. Kyle found and fixed a small fuel leak today in the starboard engine (just needed some screws on the fuel pump tightening).]

At: 09:24(AWST) 10-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:42%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 1.044' S127º 20.028' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off BBQ Beach, King George River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.0237, 127.3378

Sail From: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA To: Off BBQ Beach, King George River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.3m LAT, Close to BBQ beach, the steep gorge (Scenery/Swim holes where permits allow), and the Mangrove Inlet (good to dinghy in, may see turtles hanging around here and of course, great scenery - entry blocked by sandbank at low water.). Surrounding Cliffs (74m+) too steep/close for satellite signal with Iridium Go! (message delayed sending until we were out of area)]

General Comments: [We saw no other cruisers during our stay at Twin Fall, but had a constant stream of boats and tenders from visiting cruise ships/tour boats. One privately chartered boat anchored by us, but waved us off as we approached; we were talking with the crew about their plans and how we could keep out of their way, when the captain came out and told us to leave - maybe they had famous guests aboard or something?. All was made well again when a major cruise ship anchored outside the river (La Perouse), and had a greeting tender at Twin falls to 'greet' the constant traffic from its guests as they got to enjoy the views. They called out to us to chat several times. At one point during a lull in visitors, I went to get a bucket of water straight from the falls (for laundry/showers), and they offered to help (I managed on my own, but nice gesture). Once that was complete, they handed me a glass of champagne AND two bottles for the boat to share with Kyle - well that was NICE!!! We've moved further down the river now for another dinghy exploration, not yet sure if we'll stay the night or move on again - either way - its BEAUTIFUL!]

At: 09:46(AWST) 09-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:43%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 2.034' S127º 19.05' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.0387, 127.3254

Sail From: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA To: Off Twin Falls, King George River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [9.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.1m LAT (we had 4.2-5.1m) close to Twin falls, spectacular scenery and the high cliffs channel cooling winds/gusts.]

General Comments: [Overnight the cruise ship left and another (Coral Adventurer) arrived . We tried to hail them on the radio in case a FB frined was currently captaining (but no answer). A flying boat arrived to swap out / deliver passengers/crew to the Dive boat - that was cool. The winds picked up as we up anchored and approached the river entrance making things a little more challenging and choppy, but all was well. We motored (a sightseeing tour) the full navigable length with its stunning high sided cliffs with their weathered, cleaved, and fractured, sandstone rocks that often appear as stacked towers with many giant blocks ready to topple at any moment. We finally found flowing falls at the head: Twin Falls (where we have a few small streams tumbling healthily down the length, I can only imagine how powerful they must be in the wet season). Our guidebook suggests these are the tallest falls in the state of Western Australia, I'm not sure if that is correct (they are about 78m tall per the map). There were a couple of small fisho boats in the river (presumably from the cruise boats), but no other yachties which is amazing in itself as this is reported to be the most popular/busy of all the river systems in the Kimberley.]

At: 11:08(AWST) 08-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32.5C (90.5F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 56.082' S127º 19.08' EBegonia
At Anchor: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-13.9466, 127.3297

Sail From: Reveley Island, Berkeley River Entrance, The Kimberley, WA To: Koolama Bay (SE Corner), The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [40.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [37.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.0kt.

Location Comments: [A good place to wait for tides outside the King George River entrance. The Koolama Bay is named after a the MV Koolama, a passenger vessel/freighter which after being bombed by the Japanese in WWII managed to limp to the NE area of this bay and beach itself to prevent sinking (in an area now known as Calamity Bay) . 140-160 people were removed from the ship and camped ashore awaiting rescue from various sources. Amazingly no-one died in the bombing, and the majority were fit enough were escorted to safety of the Drysdale Mission after a grueling multi-day walk lead by Aboriginal guides.]

General Comments: [When lifting anchor, the anchor hardware caught on the roller, strained everything, and blew the circuit breaker (we don't have a spare). Luckily kyle managed to fix it for now while underway so we don't have to manually raise/lower the anchor chain. All was made up for with a beautiful day of sailing. Winds at 16kt (true) behind us, flat seas, sunshine, and the spinnaker pulling us along easily (mostly sailing at 6kt+). A small group of dolphins shared the bay with us on our arrival. (? They barely surface and are too shy to get an ID, but they were small with no obvious beak, I'll do some research when we next have internet, but for now I think they must be Snubfin Dolphin). There were two commercial boats anchored outside the entrance. One (Silver Explorer) a large cruise ship (large for this area). The other (Brute Force) identified as a diving vessel on AIS (that one that surprised us given the crocs in the area, I'm curious if they are actually diving). We'll relax for the afternoon/evening and go into the King George River on the morning flood tide.]

At: 14:48(AWST) 07-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 33.7C (92.66F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 21.546' S127º 48.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Reveley Island, Berkeley River Entrance, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.3591, 127.8049

Sail From: First Creek Entrance, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA To: Reveley Island, Berkeley River Entrance, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [3.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in Gelatinous mud - good holding - 1.1m Datum (for our stay we had a range of 2.7-5.3m) In the shelter of the island and the mainland (stunning scenery, nice looking beach ashore). A WA Aboriginal Land Permit is required to go ashore beyond HWM. No phone signal (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Entering/Exiting all the river entrances have to be timed to coincide wtih a rising tide and for appropriate depths for a clear passage so we left the river and anchored outside to make for an easy getaway tomorrow as we head north again. Just as we'd lifted the anchor we were visited by the WA fisheries folk. They left their main vessel outisde of the river and arrived by support vessel, boarded and inspected our fridge, checked we had a fishing license. Etc. They were friendly and all smiles. They don't show any AIS signal. With the heat we weren't exactly dressed for visitors and had to scurry for some more 'decent' clothing (that may explain their smiles). ]

At: 10:42(AWST) 06-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 32.7C (90.86F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F)
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At 06/06/2022 02:42 (UTC) our position was 14°21.54'S 127°48.29'E
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 21.03' S127º 46.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: First Creek Entrance, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.3548, 127.7669

Sail From: Casuarina Creek Entrance, Berkely River, The Kimberley, WA To: First Creek Entrance, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [4.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 0.7m LAT (For our stay we had a range of 2-5m), off the entrance to First Creek. Plenty of small boat traffic from the nearby Lodge.]

General Comments: [We motored back more towards the main river entrance, and today we'll explore First Creek in the hope of seeing some better waterfalls (so far not much more than a trickle). We continue to spot crocodiles (but while clearly aware of us, we've heard no reports of boaties being pestered (thankfully). Yesterday there was one hanging about in front of our boat as we returned via dinghy - we gave it a wide berth! The dolphins we spot are shy and don't seek our company at all, they barely surface to breath so not photogenic types. The scenery remains spectacular and the weather is HOT!]

At: 09:20(AWST) 05-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 33.9C (93.02F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 23.04' S127º 43.086' EBegonia
At Anchor: Casuarina Creek Entrance, Berkely River, The Kimberley, WA - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.3902, 127.7308

Sail From: Amphitheatre, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA To: Casuarina Creek Entrance, Berkely River, The Kimberley, WA

We travelled [7.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7.3 LAT (for our stay we need to anchor for a max of 11m depth). Just off the entrance to the creek. We've been told that Casuarina Creek is named after a native tree with especially thin (fir tree like) leaves.]

General Comments: [We moved back towards the river entrance (part way), and arrived to find two boats anchored here (Zula and Promise). From here we plan to dinghy up Casuarina Creek to explore and then make a plan from there. After exploring the length of the river (between Begonia and the dinghy) we are in love with the Berkeley River! I'd love to see what it looks like in the wet season especially.]

At: 12:50(AWST) 04-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 33.1C (91.58F), Humidity:52%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 28.098' S127º 40.026' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Amphitheatre Falls, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Timor Sea Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Amphitheatre Falls, Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-14.4829, 127.6710

Progress: [We've made [255.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [1.5]nm
Since last posting we have made [14.8]nm (through water). We have moved [11.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.0kt, Avg speed for trip:3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 5.4 LAT (for our stay we needed to allow for 12m depth at high tide). Clearly this cove has some impressive waterfalls in the rainy season (dry now). The route along the river is stunning, filled with photo-perfect scenery and plenty of wildlife (crocs, birds, dolphins). Further upstream (beyond the rock ledge) are permanent waterfalls (commonly used for water collection and showers by the visiting boaters).]

General Comments: [WOW - the scenery has had me taking photos every few seconds (oops). We made it in without issue. Two other sailboats are anchored in the river (different places). L'Attitude has already spent 3 weeks in this river since arriving from Darwin (sadly, we'll only be able to spend a few days). We've already seen plenty of crocodiles and the 'white tip' dolphins were an unexpected surprise (we saw two pairs, each pair in a different stretch of the river). We need to rest up and get back to sensible circadian rhythms but I'm keen to get in the dinghy and explore!]

At: 08:56(AWST) 03-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 19.086' S127º 48.012' EBegonia
Day 4 of Timor Sea Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-14.3313, 127.8018

Progress: [We've made [241.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [1.5]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [66.5]nm
Since last posting we have made [55.1]nm (through water). We have moved [52.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [During the day yesterday there were several rain cells that passed over us ( always with some strong gusts ahead of them but always easy to see them coming - blown-apart gulf indeed!). Mostly however the day was mild and easy. Knowing we were ahead of our planned arrival time we deliberately slowed down overnight, but still arrived at the entrance in dark so just bobbed about a couple of miles off waiting for sunrise. We are currently motoring in calm waters towards the entrance (with a rising tide).]

General Comments: [Looking out towards the river entrance, there a sand dunes to the north (right) and cliffs to the south (left). The raised plateau of Mt Casuarina standing proud of the surrounding country is kissed by the sunrise. A small cruise ship (Eco-Abrohlos) is existing as we head for the entrance. Our excitement is growing. We are uncertain how good any satellite signal will be once in the river system. Tides today have a 4m range.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 03-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 33.9C (93.02F), Course: 224(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.3kt, Wind:4Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:NE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

13º 37.014' S128º 19.062' EBegonia
Day 3 of Timor Sea Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-13.6192, 128.3273

Progress: [We've made [185.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [68]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [101]nm
Since last posting we have made [120.8]nm (through water). We have moved [112.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [A mixed 24 hours, mostly light wind sailing (varying between headwinds and a broad reach). As per the forecast, and we are still on schedule to arrive on Friday morning (possibly tonight but we don't want to approach a new place in the dark). While the light winds would normally be frustrating, this stretch of water is called Joseph Bonapart Gulf and has the nickname 'blown-apart gulf' so we remind ourselves that light winds is way better than strong winds with choppy seas. Yesterday we spotted two sailboats travelling East (as we go west); we wonder how many we might see once we reach the Berkeley River. ]

General Comments: [Kyle put the life-tag (the little device that alarms if either of us fall overboard) in his pocket last night and at some point, while deploying the spinnaker, watched it fall out and bounce across the trampoline and into the water - oops. Thankfully we have multiple backups as they no longer make this unit. We've had almost total cloud coverage since we departed Darwin, and this has meant the batteries were getting very low. Last night Kyle had to motor for a few hours to give them a boost and we are hoping that the cloud cover is less of a problem today and we can get back up to 100% battery charge. Whilst in Darwin we went to a lecture by NASA to talk about the upcoming opportunity to get data from Pluto as it passes in front of a distant star (from remote sites between Katherine and Darwin). So many people travelling were so far for this rare event (and with a ton of equipment borrowed from all over the world), I sure hope they didn't have clouds blocking the view last night.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 02-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 34.8C (94.64F), Course: 236(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.3kt, Wind:7Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:N)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 31.068' S129º 52.092' EBegonia
Day 2 of Timor Sea Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Berkeley River, The Kimberley, WA. Our position: loc:-12.5284, 129.8824

Progress: [We've made [65.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [169]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [71]nm
Since last posting we have made [65.1]nm (through water). We have moved [55.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [We departed just after noon (Boat time) and headed out in light winds and calm seas. On Maryanne's night watch she slowed to allow a couple of thunderstorm cells pass ahead of us. After that the wind just toyed with her for the remainder of her watch. We saw every angle overnight, and winds from zero to 24kt. Spinnaker was up and down, main was up and down, tacking and reefing/unreefing kept her occupied. When Kyle took over at midnight the wind was a little more consistent (he managed to return to the spinnaker and only had to gybe 3 times). If the forecast is correct we are in for a much easier day today.]

General Comments: [We're off at last for the Kimberley and very much looking forward to it. We saw a few sailboats underway as we departed Darwin but so far nobody headed our way (although we do expect plenty of boats as 2 were planning departures around the same time as us from the Marina we were using. A handful of boat traffic overnight, including a borderforce boat (that didn't call on us).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 01-Jun-2022, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F), Course: 227(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:10Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:NE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 26.022' S130º 49.014' EBegonia
At Anchor: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-12.4368, 130.8188

Sail From: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT To: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT

We travelled [5.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.1m LAT in good holding. Great for sunset views and plenty of sailing traffic around on sailing nights, and sunset cruises most nights too. Weekends can be active/noisy ashore.]

General Comments: [We delayed our departure from the marina for an extra day due to mail delays (thankfully our two missing packages came today). We scheduled the lock at the marina for 5pm giving us plenty of time to make it to anchor in time for sunset. We won't need our fenders or dock-lines for months now (all being well). We are fully stocked and provisioned through to December and Kyle is keen for some of that weight to start leaving the boat as we eat/burn through it all. We had a fair mix of fun and chores in Darwin, but are now keen to move on. We also met some amazingly friendly folks in Darwin - so quite a memorable visit..]

At: 18:16(ACST) 30-May-2022, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 24.8C (76.64F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 26.046' S130º 51.054' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-12.4412, 130.8591

Sail From: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT

We travelled [5.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Small dock, away from the CBD (5min Uber ride into town), but has laundry/showers, etc for boaters. Its way less expensive than the main marina even if you factor in your uber fares. Nice floating docs behind a lock to keep water level high (max width for lock is 7m, but that would be TIGHT). But beware bugs! https://bayviewmarina.com.au/ marinamanager@bayviewmarina.com.au 0477 661 130]

General Comments: [We are back in this marina - will get our (sail) repairs done and some major provisioning. There was a bit of wind which made Kyle anxious about the skinny lock gates/entrance (reported at 7m and we are 6.4m - all you see are the big concrete posts that you might hit), but all went well. We're here for a week (more if there are any delays) ]

At: 10:12(ACST) 22-May-2022, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 26.022' S130º 49.014' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 5 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: loc:-12.4368, 130.8191

Progress: [We've made [421.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [63]nm
Since last posting we have made [59.0]nm (through water). We have moved [53.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.6kt, Avg speed for trip:4.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [WOW - that was a frustrating and SLOW passage, helped hugely since there was absolutely no swell/waves to hinder us. We are now safely at anchor. We reported our arrival to the Darwin Harbour authorities and need to call into some COVID hotline (in working hours) for the next step (hopefully just a formality).]

General Comments: [We are back, and anchored in a spot we've used before. We didn't see a single other sailboat on this passage (until we arrived at the anchorage in Darwin). Its amazing how little this area of Australia seems to be travelled.]

At: 04:56(ACST) 20-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28C (82.4F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 50.088' S131º 30.03' EBegonia
Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: loc:-11.8479, 131.5047

Progress: [We've made [362.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [63]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [113]nm
Since last posting we have made [124.5]nm (through water). We have moved [101.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [A frustrating day yesterday. The mainsail fell to the boom which gave me quite the scare at the helm wondering what had happened. It turned out that the webbing strap that holds the ring that connects to the halyard broke. So that left us with the halyard stuck at the top of the mast, and only the foresail options to use AND fighting a current most of the day.]

General Comments: [If the currents still toy with us, we may arrive in the morning.. We still hope to arrive today, but if so, it will be after dark (thankfully we've been to Fannie Bay before and know we can head for an area free of any mooring balls - but will have the spotlight out anyway). Getting the mainsail fixed is just one more job for our time in Darwin.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 19-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F), Course: 244(degT), Speed Over Ground:4kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:E)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 51.018' S132º 54.006' EBegonia
Day 3 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: loc:-10.8527, 132.9009

Progress: [We've made [237.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [176]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [139]nm
Since last posting we have made [148.7]nm (through water). We have moved [139.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [The sailing has been wilder (compared to our beautiful calm start) - we are sailing downwind, and for part of the day the current is against us which adds to the chop. We switched from spinnaker to jib once the winds increased. The next section is heavily influenced by strong currents in the channels between islands and the mainland. We are still hoping to arrive by sunset tomorrow.]

General Comments: [Wow - I actually caught a fish (a long-fin Tuna I think) , and within an just one hour of putting out the line. I could see a patch of leaping fish ahead of us and as we passed by, one took the lure. Since I never actually expect to catch anything, dinner had already been planned (left over potato soup) - so the soup became a fish chowder. Apparently that is fish #11 (according to Kyle who managed to keep such stats in his head) - so that's 11 fish in 20 years of living on a boat.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 18-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F), Course: 269(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:E)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 59.082' S135º 16.002' EBegonia
Day 2 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: loc:-10.9968, 135.2669

Progress: [We've made [89.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [315]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [105]nm
Since last posting we have made [89.1]nm (through water). We have moved [86.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [We departed under motor, but soon shut it down (Primarily used to power the windlass, but Kyle likes to be sure it is warmed fully and cooled properly so we got an hour out of it). We were sailing in REALLY light winds with main and jib close hauled, and barely moving for much of the day yesterday, but eventually the wind backed and filled until we were flying the spinnaker and averaging 5Kt/hour much of the night. Seas have been so flat, and temperature so lovely, even Kyle is enjoying the sailing without any complaints re the waves.]

General Comments: [I so love sailing under a full moon, that and flat seas meant I could see anything for miles (if there had been anything to see). It's still up and shining as I type this and as the light of the sun starts to show (still below the horizon). I tried trolling a line yesterday (with the usual result of 0 bites).]

At: 06:00(ACST) 17-May-2022, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F), Course: 273(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.75m (from:SE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 4.056' S136º 44.004' EBegonia
At Anchor: Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-11.0757, 136.7341

Sail From: Gurulia Bay, Raragala Island (The Wessel Islands) To: Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain)

We travelled [47.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [40.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.4m (LAT) on sand. The bay is well protected from all winds except West. Aboriginal lands ashore with no permitted access (last time we were here there was a general permission to explore up to the high water mark, and we understand that this is currently expired but under renegotiation). Ashore of lovely beaches and the classic amazing layered rock features of the Wessels (making cliffs, overhangs, pavements, etc - all stunning).]

General Comments: [Somehow we managed to avoid all the rain patches on this passage, but we could see them in all directions. It was a lovely sail with no waves/swell as the island chain protected us from all that (Kyle being especially happy). We arrived to find a fishing boat (Enterprise) anchored just off the bay - this is the only other boat we've seen at anchor since arriving in the NT. Ashore we spotted a Black-Neck Stork take off and fly about on our arrival (big birds that stand over a meter tall and have a wingspan of 2m/6'). We've been to this bay before and managed to dinghy around last time. If the weather allows we'll do a bit more exploring (via dinghy). Worryingly, I have an ear infection (I think from my earpiece/headset I used on my night watches on the passage here) - thankfully I have some antibiotic drops aboard (over a year out of date, but amazingly they seem to be working). ]

At: 17:12(ACST) 11-May-2022, Outside Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 35.8C (96.44F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 35.088' S136º 18.024' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Gurulia Bay, Raragala Island (The Wessel Islands), Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Cape York, QLD To:Gurulia Bay, Raragala Island (The Wessel Islands). Our position: loc:-11.5977, 136.3038

Progress: [We've made [394.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [8]nm
Since last posting we have made [9.9]nm (through water). We have moved [5.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.1kt, Avg speed for trip:6.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.9m (LAT), well protected from any swells, but still get a good breeze from over the low land. Typical stunning Wessel scenery ashore. No cell phone coverage (Telstra). In the past this aboriginal area has allowed permission to go ashore up to the high water mark (which is great to explore the amazing rock features and grab a healthy stroll at lower tides). As of May 2022, that blanket permission has long expired and the a new one is still under negotiation, so there is currently no option to go ashore on these aboriginal lands (but still very much worth a dinghy trip around to see the rock features from the water).]

General Comments: [Last time we came this way, we transitted a little further north through the Cumberland Strait. This time we were keen to see the Gurgari Rip, the narrower pass to the south between Raragala Island and Guluwuru Island. Based on the tide tables we had, we planned to squeeze in the Rip before the ebb changed to flood and right at sunrise. Well, it turned out the ebb was most certainly not over so we got a significant push along through the Gurgari Rip; we were expecting calm water and at times had a 5.5kt current pushing us along. Thankfully the tides tables were not out in the other direction and we didn't have to fight any currents or abort, but if we'd have understood the tides better, we'd have waited a bit longer for better light to enjoy the transit. We were shocked to see what we assume to be graffiti on the rocks in the middle of the Rip. Anyway - we are finally at anchor. The forecast has a few days of dead calms ahead of us (no good for sailing) - so we'll hang out in the Wessels and enjoy the views, and hopefully catch up with some admin (we have plenty even without internet), etc. No crocs spotted so far, but we won't be taking the inflatable kayak out for a tour from the water!]

At: 08:24(ACST) 09-May-2022, Outside Temp: 30.3C (86.54F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 33.9C (93.02F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 34.092' S136º 23.052' EBegonia
Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Cape York, QLD To:Wessel Islands, NT. Our position: loc:-11.5822, 136.3923

Progress: [We've made [384.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [8]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [127]nm
Since last posting we have made [132.4]nm (through water). We have moved [125.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [We spent most of the last 24 hours slowing down, so as to arrive at the Gap in daylight and before the tide turns. We are almost there, and once through will anchor on the other side.]

General Comments: [Mostly uneventful day at sea, with the odd turtle passing by. I had a very ripe Avocado that I set aside to use a couple of days ago, and since then neither of us can find it. We've checked all over, a complete mystery. I'm sure we'll eventually sniff it out, but I had actually been looking forward to it!]]

At: 06:00(ACST) 09-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F), Course: 320(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.1kt, Wind:11Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1007hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

11º 16.098' S138º 30.0' EBegonia
Day 3 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Cape York, QLD To:Wessel Islands, NT. Our position: loc:-11.2827, 138.5003

Progress: [We've made [252.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [135]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [151]nm
Since last posting we have made [159.4]nm (through water). We have moved [153.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Overnight the wind swung a little more needed some beam reach sailing, and the strength piped up too. We even had a few squalls - we are back on a broad reach now. We are now well over half way across the Gulf of Carpenteria and all set to arrive well in time for the slack at the Gugari Rip (and if so, we'll anchor on the other side).]

General Comments: [Yesterday I finally had a dolphin join us (solitary), and while I was up on the bows watching it play, we went passed another snake (which lifted its head to me as if longing for a bit off a dry patch to pull out on! - no thanks buddy). The Australian Border Force (ABF) flew over in the afternoon and requested our details, so we'll expect them again today. Water temperatures and even air temps overnight are very warm; we're drinking plenty of water and making the most of rationing a giant water melon to snack on (I've cut it up and put portions in different plastic tubs to be sure it lasts).]

At: 06:00(ACST) 08-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 34.8C (94.64F), Course: 262(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:19Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 54.09' S141º 4.05' EBegonia
Day 2 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Cape York, QLD To:Wessel Islands, NT. Our position: loc:-10.9150, 141.0746

Progress: [We've made [92.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [286]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [94]nm
Since last posting we have made [92.6]nm (through water). We have moved [86.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [We've been sailing on a broad reach since we departed the anchorage. The expectation is we reach the Rip for the Monday morning current in our favour (currently we are a bit fast, so if this continues we'll slow down by reefing more). We watched occasional lightning ahead of us (to the SW) yesterday, but managed to miss it all. We are expecting some heavy rain later today (and overnight) per the forecast.]

General Comments: [I loved the flat seas we had for my watch last night, now they are up a bit, but we're still comfortable despite being in the wide expanse of the Gulf of Carpenteria. Kyle loved the impressive bioluminescence he observed last night (the best is always on his watch).]

At: 06:00(ACST) 07-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.3C (82.94F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 34.3C (93.74F), Course: 261(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:2m (from:SE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 41.046' S142º 31.068' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Cape York, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Lizard Island, QLD To:Cape York, QLD. Our position: loc:-10.6912, 142.5274

Progress: [We've made [328.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [12]nm
Since last posting we have made [16.3]nm (through water). We have moved [10.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.6kt, Avg speed for trip:6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Cape York Peninsula, large sand flats at low tide, so timing visits ashore helps prevent hauling the dinghy too far (especially given this is croc territory). Ashore is a short trail to the actual point (northern most point in Mainland Australia), and a couple of camp sites (4WD road to point). Occasional flickers of 1bar 3G Telstra Signal (would probably work fine with a booster).]

General Comments: [We made it! The big turning point from which we leave the Coral Sea and can head west across northern Australia. We'll probably be here a couple of days, the tides are not the best to get ashore, but we're keen to try anyway (it's highly unlikely that we'll ever be this way again).]

At: 08:56(AEST) 04-May-2022, Outside Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

10º 45.078' S142º 41.028' EBegonia
Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Lizard Island, QLD To:Cape York, QLD. Our position: loc:-10.7629, 142.6878

Progress: [We've made [311.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [12]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [155]nm
Since last posting we have made [157.9]nm (through water). We have moved [145.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Another great day of downwind sailing (mostly with the spinnaker) - as he channels wend their way around the various reefs and islands it was sometimes a broad reach. Plenty of cargo ships and the odd fishing boat also.]

General Comments: [We're almost there (just 12nm to go as the sun rises). Plenty of birds swooping about yesterday afternoon. During Kyle's night watch he can see 4 planets at the same time (still very close together), the big dipper gets higher and the southern cross gets lower in the sky. Passage rather uneventful (the way we like it).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 04-May-2022, Outside Temp: 28.2C (82.76F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F), Course: 302(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.1kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

12º 58.008' S143º 43.08' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Lizard Island, QLD To:Cape York, QLD. Our position: loc:-12.9684, 143.7300

Progress: [We've made [153.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [167]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [153]nm
Since last posting we have made [153.8]nm (through water). We have moved [142.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Downwind sailing, we've been using the jib and Kyle is preparing to switch to the spinnaker as the wind reduces. The sailing catamaran Oceaneer departed Lizard Island shortly after us yesterday, and passed us just before noon. They are so much bigger than us, that we'd expected it earlier. They later pulled off to presumably anchor for the night, I wonder if we'll see them again. We've mostly been staying alongside the channels as the passage among the reefs is definitely not a straight line. When there is no shipping traffic we've cut across (or sailed along) the channels when it helps to reduce the distance or get the better wind angle.]

General Comments: [We loved our time at Lizard Island, and spent our day ashore hiking all the trails and visiting the marine research station (squeezing it all into one day!). The passage so far has been nice, with the big dipper now easy to spot in night sky. Yesterday Kyle says he spotted a single dolphin that briefly visited us yesterday (and just surfaced twice before moving on); That is the first we've seen in a very long time. A few birds, and plenty of islands and reefs. We remain on track to arrive Wednesday morning.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 03-May-2022, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 340(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.7kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

14º 39.072' S145º 27.012' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-14.6620, 145.4524

Sail From: Cooktown, QLD To: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD

We travelled [49.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [49.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.6m of sand (LAT). Sat imagery great to be sure to avoid corals and sea grass. Long beach ashore and access to the National Park trails (includes sacred aboriginal ceremonial grounds on Cook Lookout (Hill)). Resort is just to the SW of anchorage (avoid), Marine research station to south of Island on Lagoon side.]

General Comments: [An early departure and a choppy broad reach passage from Cooktown, but we arrived in glorious sunshine. Last time we were here we were not permitted ashore (COVID restrictions). We hope to rectify that this time around. Also this is probably the last decent chance for some snorkelling (before we head too far north into croc territory. Just one other boat in this bay on our arrival, a big sailing catamaran (Oceaneer).]

At: 14:06(AEST) 30-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 31C (87.8F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 33C (91.4F)
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 46.032' S145º 24.012' EBegonia
Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Townsville, QLD To:Cooktown, QLD. Our position: loc:-15.7718, 145.4016

Progress: [We've made [226.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [24.5]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [145.5]nm
Since last posting we have made [130.3]nm (through water). We have moved [144.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [The last 24 hours has been SO MUCH NICER than the first part of the trip. The wind was from behind (we flew the spinnaker most of the time), the rain mostly stopped (with just a few light sprinkles), and the sea are flat now we find ourselves in the shelter of so many of the reefs and islands. We did have frequent lightning ahead for my night watch (thankfully nothing up close), and that brought the occasional flashlight to the otherwise dark night. We are seeing patches of large logs (even in the main shipping channels) so are keeping an especially keen watch of the water immediately ahead of us.]

General Comments: [Well we should indeed arrive today, this morning (Kyle was right).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 27-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 338(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:5Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:SE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

15º 27.534' S145º 14.916' EBegoniaSafely arrived: at Anchor in Cooktown, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE. Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Townsville, QLD To:Cooktown, QLD. Our position: loc:-15.4589, 145.2486 Progress: [We've made [249.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [24.5]nm Since last posting we have made [23.3]nm (through water). We have moved [20.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip:5.5kt. Sailing Conditions [Anchored off main waterfront in 1.4m at LAT (outside of moorings). Strong currents and logs in water from recent rains in main channel (so far nothing where we are anchored).] General Comments: [We arrived, the skies and weather are clearing (looking like a perfect day with even a pleasant breeze to fight the temperature). The place looks so lush and I'm keen to get ashore (but we'll probably rest up today to get our body clocks back in sync). Given the currents, no rowing, we'll get the electric motor out for the short dinghy trip ashore.] At: 09:42(AEST) 27-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 338(degT), Speed Over Ground:kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:m (from:) ----- At 26/04/2022 23:42 (UTC) our position was 15°27.54'S 145°14.91'Ealmost 2 years  agoShow

17º 59.07' S146º 23.022' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Breakwater Marina, Townsville, QLD To:Cooktown, QLD. Our position: loc:-17.9947, 146.3872

Progress: [We've made [95.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [170]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [80]nm
Since last posting we have made [95.9]nm (through water). We have moved [79.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [WOW. We left Townsville with the forecasts all agreeing we could expect some good winds from the south to give us a fast ride north. We started with that (as we needed to head East to get around Magnetic Island), and once we turned north the wind backed to a broad reach, and overnight to a beam reach, and eventually head winds that meant we need to tack. Also those strong winds just kept flipping on and off between 20kt and 4kt, AND we had some great squalls to add to the mix. So far Kyle is still confident we'll arrive at Cooktown tomorrow, but I'd not be surprised if that extends.]

General Comments: [A very wet and frustrating time in the helm for the both of us (even though we darted inside once the rain arrived, the need to keep reefing and unreefing had us both getting soaked (at least it's warm). There was so much rain we could have filled our water tanks several times over (except we'd just filled them at the marina). Forecast check today suggests we should be in ESE/SE winds of around 15kt (lets hope it arrives soon)..Overnight was very dark, with 100% cloud, quite eerie sailing along (thank goodness for our instruments)]

At: 06:00(AEST) 26-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 339(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.3kt, Wind:7Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1007hPa, Swell:1m (from:NE)
almost 2 years  agoShow

19º 14.052' S146º 49.068' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in The Duck Pond, Townsville, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD To:The Duck Pond, Townsville, QLD. Our position: loc:-19.2422, 146.8278

Progress: [We've made [121.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [19.4]nm
Since last posting we have made [18.7]nm (through water). We have moved [19.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.3kt, Avg speed for trip:5.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 1.3m (between mooring balls). Holding reported to be poor with boats dragging regularly in stronger blows/gusts. Good cell phone signal (3bar 4G with Telstra). The Duck Pond is not as it sounds, but just a sheltered area outside the river/harbour but within the breakwaters.]

General Comments: [We made it. More rain showers (with Kyle at the helm). We'll anchor here for the day and head into the marina tomorrow (Monday) for a week before heading north again. ]

At: 10:24(AEST) 17-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
about 2 years  agoShow

19º 10.032' S147º 9.03' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD To:Townsville, QLD. Our position: loc:-19.1717, 147.1548

Progress: [We've made [103.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [19.4]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [105.6]nm
Since last posting we have made [103.2]nm (through water). We have moved [103.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Downwind sailing in easy seas. A few rain showers to keep us on our toes]

General Comments: [We jump north again. I got an early start today with an email and a text from the USA with a tax filing crisis (all resolved now). Thankfully we had a good enough signal, and I could do it all while Kyle was still on watch.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 17-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24.5C (76.1F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 285(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.5kt, Wind:16Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
about 2 years  agoShow

20º 12.018' S148º 37.032' EBegonia
At Anchor: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2026, 148.6218

Sail From: Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD

We travelled [30.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.3m LAT (you can pick your depth), beautiful bay, well protected from most winds, Dryander National Park lands ashore (but I'm not aware of any trail access from the bay). No cellphone service (Telstra). Quiet, feels very remote depiste being on the mainland and within a short sail of various townships.]

General Comments: [We departed under sail, but needed to use the motor to get through Hook Channel (between Hook and Whitsunday Island) which had a section of zero wind. Still no dolphins spotted - I think that’s a month without seeing them (quite unusual/unlucky).]

At: 12:44(AEST) 13-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 30.8C (87.44F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
about 2 years  agoShow

20º 14.028' S149º 1.008' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2375, 149.0182

Sail From: Boat Port, Lindeman Island, QLD To: Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [12.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [One of 14 public moorings (2 hour limit) 4.3m LAT, busy with visiting tour boats. Trail ashore (small hill) to see views to the south of Hill Island Inlet and beyond. 2m+ tide range so plan your trip and where to leave the dinghy. No Phone Signal.]

General Comments: [A fun sail with currents in our favor to transit Soway Passage (between Whitsunday and Hasle Wood Islands). Plenty of plane and helicoptor traffic (giving tours we assume, they'll have great views!).]

At: 11:40(AEST) 11-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
about 2 years  agoShow

20º 25.086' S149º 1.086' EBegonia
At Anchor: Boat Port, Lindeman Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.4312, 149.0307

Sail From: Roylen Bay, Goldsmith Island, QLD To: Boat Port, Lindeman Island, QLD

We travelled [16.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.8m LAT (pick your depth) - off fringing reef. National Park ashore (no fires, dogs, etc). Guide book suggests there is access to trails ashore, but we can't see any evidence of that (from anchor). Guidebook also suggests this as 'tolerable' - so probably best for catamarans or those that don't mind a bit of rolling.]

General Comments: [We left the mooring ball under sail (Kyle is happy), and had a good downwind sail north again (with just a few gybes to keep us on course around the hazards). Still getting the odd rain shower, but hints of blue sky. Plenty of turles around (on route and at anchorage), but once they notice us they dive fast (its fun to watch them realize we are here).]

At: 13:12(AEST) 09-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 29C (84.2F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
about 2 years  agoShow

20º 40.032' S149º 8.094' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball (free) in Goldsmith Island (NW Bay), QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:West Bay, Middle Percy Island, QLD To:Goldsmith Island (NW Bay), QLD. Our position: loc:-20.6719, 149.1493

Progress: [We've made [88.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [88]nm
Since last posting we have made [88.0]nm (through water). We have moved [84.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip:5.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [South Mooring ball (4.0m LAT). There are 2 public mooring balls available. Nice beach ashore. This is an uninhabited, National Park island, the nearby Farrier Island (to the SW of the bay) has privately owned property. No (Telstra) phone signal at mooring, others report signal available if you hoist phone up mast, and northerly mooring ball is likely to have a better signal (clear of nearby islands, the camping area ashore reportedly has a good 3bar signal.)]

General Comments: [Sailing was a bit too downwind, so we needed to gybe a few times as the currents shifted, but otherwise it was easy sailing. By 5:30am the heavy rain started, so were especially grateful for a mooring ball to pick up (way quicker than anchoring, so less time on deck in the rain for me). Given the rain, I suspect/hope we will have time to catch up on some photo organizing and blog writing during our time here (we are very behind). Its overcast, and with our wind generator still out of action we may be struggling with the battery power today. ]

At: 07:54(AEST) 08-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
about 2 years  agoShow

21º 39.012' S150º 14.07' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in West Bay, Middle Percy Island, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Great Sandy Strait To:West Bay, Middle Percy Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-21.6515, 150.2446

Progress: [We've made [306.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [45]nm
Since last posting we have made [49.0]nm (through water). We have moved [41.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.6kt, Avg speed for trip:6.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.2m LAT (3.5m+ tide range), sand bottom. Lovely beach with coconut palms. Ashore is the well visited cruisers' A-frame shack, where since 1962 visiting boats traditionally leave a calling card/momento to mark their visit. No Telstra signal at anchor (can climb the nearby hill ashore to south - Smith Bluff, or at the higher points along the track to the homestead - for a signal). Coconut Palms ashore.]

General Comments: [Arrived safe and well, we were flying the spinnaker until the last turn (at Howard Point). Still no dolphins so far on this passage. We plan to spend two nights here, so will go ashore to hike the trail(s) tomorrow; today we'll rest up and get our sleep cycles in sync. It's been a while since we set foot ashore so exercise is long overdue! There are a couple of other boats anchored here so there may even be a bit of socializing. I'm especially excited since our (Navionics) chart app comments suggests there are coconuts ashore (visually confirmed) and its been a long time since we were able to gather coconuts for boat snacks.]

At: 14:48(AEST) 05-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 31.5C (88.7F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
about 2 years  agoShow

22º 4.032' S150º 49.086' EBegonia
Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Great Sandy Strait To:Middle Percy Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-22.0723, 150.8310

Progress: [We've made [257.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [45]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [152]nm
Since last posting we have made [150.8]nm (through water). We have moved [145.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [More fine sailing, the spinnaker remains up (we just need to gybe once in a while). We've seen no other boats by eye, but we see a few (cargo and sail) on the AIS and the occasional distant glow of fishing boats over the horizon. We crossed the Tropic of Capricorn yesterday so are now officially in the tropics (and yes, I did my overnight watch without a jacket).]

General Comments: [Change of destination - we've decided to stop at Middle Percy Island for a quick explore on our push North. This means we'll be at anchor sometime this afternoon (See changes to ETA). Amazingly we've seen NO dolphins on this trip, Yesterday afternoon however Kyle spotted a large python like snake (8 feet long) apparently looking for land (poor thing). Our night watches have been quite ablaze with the stars, I spotted lots of meteors blazing across the sky. On Kyle's watch he was on deck trying to get a view of a particular constellation (blocked by the spinnaker) and he got slapped with a spinnaker sheet (rope) and lost his glasses overboard (thankfully we carry spares with his current prescription).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 05-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 305(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
about 2 years  agoShow

23º 54.072' S152º 33.018' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Great Sandy Strait To:Whitsunday Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-23.9119, 152.5532

Progress: [We've made [107.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [297]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [93]nm
Since last posting we have made [107.1]nm (through water). We have moved [99.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Winds were so light as we left our anchorage, and then headwinds as we traversed the channels that we had no choice to motor until we were out of the channels and into Hervey Bay. Once sailing the headwinds forecast were kindly beam reach (much nicer), and the seas have been flat enough for a gentle, pleasant sail - YAY! We are currently sailing downwind with the spinnaker, and boobies (birds) are flying past off for breakfast someplace.]

General Comments: [So we are off again, heading North. T-shirt weather in the day (at night a jacket for Maryanne, but Kyle sticks to just T-Shirt and shorts).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 04-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 321(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1m (from:E)
about 2 years  agoShow

25º 32.04' S152º 56.01' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Great Sandy Strait, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Yellow Patch, Moreton Island (North End), QLD To:Great Sandy Strait. Our position: loc:-25.5395, 152.9351

General Comments: [Anchored for the night before pushing north again tomorrow.]

At: 11:04(AEST) 02-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 30.7C (87.26F)
about 2 years  agoShow

25º 46.032' S153º 8.022' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Yellow Patch, Moreton Island (North End), QLD To:Great Sandy Strait. Our position: loc:-25.7718, 153.1370

Progress: [We've made [66.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [20]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [65]nm
Since last posting we have made [66.9]nm (through water). We have moved [77.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [We are just negotiating wide bay bar now (in the magic mile) - conditions are great. We were sailing most of yesterday with spinnaker, but reduced to the jib to avoid arriving at the bar too early. From here we will continue north for as long as the flood allows us to and find a suitable spot to anchor.]

General Comments: [With plenty of space and the wind pushing us away from the shore, Kyle manually lifted the anchor to depart (he loves that!). A rather uneventful overnight sail (always good). There were quite a few cargo ships and fishing boats to keep us occupied through the beautiful starry night (new moon) as we sailed north.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 02-Apr-2022, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 30C (86F), Course: 250(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:25%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
about 2 years  agoShow

27º 1.08' S153º 25.08' EBegonia
At Anchor: Yellow Patch, Moreton Island (North End), QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.0299, 153.4299

Sail From: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD To: Yellow Patch, Moreton Island (North End), QLD

We travelled [52.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [41.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.6m LAT (Pick your depth), area subject to swells and waves, so only suitable in appropriate weather conditions. Ashore for a walk on the beach (plenty of passing 4wd traffic). Phone signal low but functional (Telstra)]

General Comments: [We spent our time just relaxing at anchor in some very heavy rains (in just 3 days the area got the annual rainfall of London). Ashore there was more devastation for some of the inland towns suffering 2nd major flood events for the year in QLD, before the system shifted south and continues to cause loss of property and life in NSW. We've now moved north and are anchored on the North end of Moreton Island with the expectation that by later his afternoon the wind is to shift to the south, and build/be strong for a few days.. The passage today was a lot of work (and with an early start), lots of reefing and unreefing, sailing through meandering channels changing the point of sail, and ferry traffic to keep us alert. I think Kyle had fun. Some of the recent repairs need to be reworked (the windlass works, but backwards, and the wind generator is constantly breaking when it shouldn't). Hopefully we have time to address both these while stopped here..]

At: 15:00(AEST) 30-Mar-2022, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 2 years  agoShow

27º 43.242' S153º 24.162' EBegonia
At Anchor: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.7207, 153.4027

Sail From: The Boat Works (Marina), Coomera, QLD To: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

We travelled [15.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m LAT. Area subject to currents. Pleasant anchorage with dunes ashore, popular at weekends.]

General Comments: [After a last coffee at 'The Galley', we left the dock and motored down the Coomera river. We had great weather, sunshine and a mild breeze, but the forecast is for several days of heavy rain (a perfect place for some enforced rest).]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 11:30(AEST) 26-Mar-2022, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
about 2 years  agoShow

27º 52.032' S153º 20.022' EBegonia
At Anchor: Coomera River (off The Boat Works) - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8717, 153.3365

Sail From: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD To: Coomera River (off The Boat Works)

We travelled [22.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5 (LAT), in good holding. A great place to anchor the night before a haul-out at The Boat Works]

General Comments: [Kyle spent much of the afternoon (it seemed) sailing but making no way against the current - he was perfectly happy about that, I was confused, but busy with admin stuff so I left him to it. His back is still a problem, so he called for help to deploy and roll up the jib a few times. Hopefully he truly can be convinced to rest up now before our haul out next week.]

At: 18:18(AEST) 02-Mar-2022, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
about 2 years  agoShow

27º 43.02' S153º 24.018' EBegonia
At Anchor: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.7204, 153.4027

Sail From: The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD To: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

We travelled [46.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [25.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.7m LAT, the anchorage is well protected by the shore, a long sandbank that parallels the shore, and numerous islands in the bay. Easy shore-access to the National Park (and trails). Subject to currents. 1bar 4G (Telstra)]

General Comments: [Ugh - we really wanted to rest up today (and we have plenty of catch-up jobs outstanding too), but the forecast is for winds from the South which we were not so well protected from. So we have moved further south (closer to Boat Works) and well protected from all sides. Mostly motoring today as we navigate the sinuous channels, with a bit of motor sailing when conditions allowed. Thankfully conditions were very calm so it was easy to spot (and avoid) everything that has been washed down with the recent flooding. Kyle's back is still a problem so I really need to enforce a few rest days now we are secure and safe from most conditions. We are feeling the heat and have already spotted a few March Flies so we may be a little crazy by the time we leave this anchorage, but hopefully we can at least catch up with all our on-line jobs.]

At: 17:18(AEST) 28-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
about 2 years  agoShow

27º 17.076' S153º 23.088' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 8 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-27.2964, 153.3977

Progress: [We've made [1083.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [40]nm
Since last posting we have made [23.5]nm (through water). We have moved [19.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.5kt, Avg speed for trip:6.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4m (LAT), off sand dunes. Popular spot with 4WD and boat visitors for tobogganing/boarding down the dunes. (We show 1 bar 4g Telstra mobile, previous visitors report needing to climb dunes for a signal, so may not be reliable from anchorage)]

General Comments: [We made it - finally at anchor. The rain stopped to allow me to anchor (score!), and the chop is minimal as the dunes protect us here. Weather remains quite miserable and we are absolutely ready for a rest. Will move further south in a couple of days (conditions permitting). News reports are showing incredible flooding events and loss of property (and life) in a huge area of South-East Queensland. We are avoiding any river outlets for now (where trees and other debris are likely), and hopefully these excessive winds will be ending soon (we were still seeing 30kt+gusts as we approached the anchorage). Poor Kyle is a wrinkly prune on hands and feet, and his back needs some serious rest time. I have Netflix at the ready, and potato soup planned, add a beer or a glass of wine and we'll both end up skipping the Netflix!]

At: 12:48(AEST) 27-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 2 years  agoShow

27º 0.006' S153º 14.052' EBegonia
Day 8 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-27.0008, 153.2423

Progress: [We've made [1060.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [40]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [-8]nm
Since last posting we have made [137.1]nm (through water). We have moved [84.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [I thought yesterday was a miserable night - last night certainly topped it with wild seas, heavy rain, and winds regularly gusting in the high 30kts AND all the time second guessing ourselves regarding skipping the Southport Seaway Bar for another night of this. We rounded Moreton Island, but were unabel to take an shortcuts and are still to find ourselves in any shelter - we have 2m waves inside the Bay. The radar suggests we may be almost done with the worst of it all. We are also glad to enter the bay in daylight as we are expecting a ton of debris to be floating about given the recent storms.]

General Comments: [So looking forward to anchoring and being still-ish for a few days. With the expected wind shifts I believe we are headed for Slipping sands (for now) - should be anchored later today. Oh - and to add to the misery, Kyle's back is on its way out again, it keeps twinging and he has to walk in a very peculiar way (not easy given the conditions).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 27-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 150(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:22Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1003hPa, Swell:2m (from:E)
about 2 years  agoShow

30º 33.078' S153º 24.03' EBegonia
Day 6 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Moreton Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-30.5626, 153.4052

Progress: [We've made [764.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [219]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [83]nm
Since last posting we have made [173.9]nm (through water). We have moved [133.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [The wind change we'd expected from the forecasts before departure are now vanished from current forecasts, we've made the call and have changed our destination to Moreton Island (about 50nm North of Southport Bar). This is an open bay which will allow us entry any time, and we can anchor and be protected from wind and swell. From there we will then back-track with day sails. In the meantime, aboard, seas remain boisterous (yuk).]

General Comments: [Plenty of shearwater (Mutton Birds) clearly enjoying the conditions at sea. They look so graceful as we bounce along. Yesterday we had the current against us for much of the time (which explains the reduced distance actually travelled).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 25-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Course: 347(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.1kt, Wind:21Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:E)
about 2 years  agoShow

32º 44.064' S153º 57.09' EBegonia
Day 5 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Southport, QLD. Our position: loc:-32.7437, 153.9647

Progress: [We've made [590.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [302]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [167]nm
Since last posting we have made [149.4]nm (through water). We have moved [166.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [A reasonable morning/day yesterday, with the current mostly in our favor, but another boisterous night when we had a current heading east and 25kt winds from the East both working against each other to make a bouncy sea. Even though the current is changed, the seas remain a mess this morning.]

General Comments: [It seems we should arrive at the Southport entrance by evening on Saturday 26th - however we are not sure we can expect conditions to allow entry, and may still have to sail on further north to enter via the bay (or wait offshore for conditions to improve).. We keep monitoring the forecasts and, once we arrive, we can see the reality of the situation.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 24-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F), Course: 4(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:17Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:NE)
about 2 years  agoShow

35º 29.082' S153º 36.102' EBegonia
Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Southport, QLD. Our position: loc:-35.4970, 153.6165

Progress: [We've made [440.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [469]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [142]nm
Since last posting we have made [137.7]nm (through water). We have moved [139.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [We have entered a back eddy of the East Australia Current so we are getting a bit of assistance (which is why we are so far offshore). Conditions aboard are boisterous (yuk) as we sail about 60 degrees to the wind in choppy conditions. We expect conditions to remain the same until tomorrow morning. It seems entry to Southport is not going to be 'nice' so we may have to sail around and enter further north, we'll keep checking on those forecasts.]

General Comments: [We had a large pod of (small) dolphins join us over dinner yesterday. They were loving the conditions!]

At: 06:00(AEST) 23-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Course: 6(degT), Speed Over Ground:9.6kt, Wind:20Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:NE)
about 2 years  agoShow

37º 36.072' S152º 25.026' EBegonia
Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Southport, QLD. Our position: loc:-37.6117, 152.4207

Progress: [We've made [303.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [611]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [140]nm
Since last posting we have made [157.1]nm (through water). We have moved [139.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [The conditions really did improve yesterday, the swell/waves reduced and the wind backed, by 3pm we were using the spinnaker and have been all night. Nice sailing conditions now]

General Comments: [Kyle had dolphins join him for over an hour during the night (that made him happy). This morning he knocked over a coffee mug (not so happy).. Poor guy.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 22-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 19.7C (67.46F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Course: 3(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.6kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1018hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SE)
about 2 years  agoShow

39º 24.048' S150º 33.018' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eddystone Point, Tasmania To:Southport, QLD. Our position: loc:-39.4083, 150.5526

Progress: [We've made [146.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [751]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [149]nm
Since last posting we have made [146.0]nm (through water). We have moved [139.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:7.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):7.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [The departure started well, although we were the last to leave the anchorage. Based on the forecast we expected the winds to peak around 10pm, but things just continued to grow after that, and have only started to decline since around 5am today. Kyle reported over 40kts sustained, several times overnight. Thankfully we are sailing at about 120 degrees (the wind mostly behind us). This along with some very steep seas meant we didn't need any reminders to be wearing a life jacket and be clipped in for any reefing and unreefing (which requires us to exit the cockpit enclosure). Overnight for my watch we had 4 hours of dramatic, constant lightning all around us (with at least 8 bolts per minute). According to the forecast we'll be expecting to fly the spinnaker later today (although its hard to believe right now).]

General Comments: [With the boisterous conditions and first day/night of the passage, we both expect to sleep well on our next off-watches to make up for the anxiety-ridden conditions so far.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 21-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 19.2C (66.56F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Course: 30(degT), Speed Over Ground:9kt, Wind:28ktKt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1004hPa, Swell:3m (from:SW)
about 2 years  agoShow

40º 59.076' S148º 20.064' EBegonia
At Anchor: Eddystone Point (South Cove) - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-40.9961, 148.3440

Sail From: Binalong Bay To: Eddystone Point (South Cove) - Tasmania

We travelled [33.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in clear water and sand bottom (4m LAT). Great view of the classic Bay of Fires rocks and the beautiful Eddystone Lighthouse. Looks possible to go ashore and visit lighthouse (but we arrived without time to do so).]

General Comments: [A day of strong and gusty headwinds, so lots of tacking. At one point a large pod of leaping dolphins came close (but didn't visit the bows). We are now safely tucked in against the north winds and with a splendid view of the lighthouse and rocks… We are quite sad that the weather forecast has us on the move again first thing in the morning so we can't go ashore.]

At: 18:02(AEDT) 19-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
about 2 years  agoShow

41º 14.088' S148º 18.03' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Cosy Corner, Bingalong Bay - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-41.2484, 148.3048

Sail From: St Helens To: Cosy Corner, Bingalong Bay

We travelled [9.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 MAST moorings (10m depth) in this bay with beautiful white beaches and rocks ashore. Short walk to point to east to pick up Skeleton Bay trail to see the classic Bay of Fires rocks.]

General Comments: [We left St Helens, with a beautifully flat/calm bar and a fond farewell from the VMR duty officer. Motored the short way to Bingalong and are hoping to get ashore in these wonderfully (but rare) favourable conditions.]

At: 11:04(AEDT) 18-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:44%, Water Temp: 17.8C (64.04F)
about 2 years  agoShow

41º 19.056' S148º 24.018' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasmania Passage From:Bryans Corner/Bryans Beach, Freycinet Peninsula To:St Helens. Our position: loc:-41.3262, 148.4029

Progress: [We've made [51.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [11.6]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [50.4]nm
Since last posting we have made [51.2]nm (through water). We have moved [56.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Downwind spinnaker sailing. In order to time the entrance to the bar we needed to sail overnight, but slowwwwwly (departing and arriving in daylight). ]

General Comments: [Kyle saw the faint glow of an aurora last night (once the moon had gone down), AND he had dolphins visit on his watch.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 15-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 337(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.8kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:1m (from:S)
about 2 years  agoShow

41º 19.578' S148º 15.144' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in St Helens, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasmania Passage From:Bryans Corner/Bryans Beach, Freycinet Peninsula To:St Helens. Our position: loc:-41.3263, 148.2524

Progress: [We've made [59.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [11.6]nm
Since last posting we have made [8.6]nm (through water). We have moved [6.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.5kt, Avg speed for trip:3.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3m (LAT), but assume less (1.2m?) for full swing circle (soft mud bottom). Anchored outside moorings. Also nearby, public dock, and small marina.]

General Comments: [We arrived and had an easy entrance over the bar. Unfortunately the public dock (which we were hoping for) was full on our arrival, so we found an anchor spot that will work. Rest day today (especially for Kyle who had the midnight to 6am watch and has yet to sleep since.]

Passage Complete

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 09:30(AEDT) 15-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 21.4C (70.52F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
about 2 years  agoShow

42º 15.036' S148º 16.068' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bryans Corner/Bryans Beach, Freycinet Peninsula - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.2560, 148.2783

Sail From: off Richardsons Beach, Coles Bay To: Bryans Corner/Bryans Beach, Freycinet Peninsula

We travelled [14.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.5m (LAT) of sand (pick your depth). Nice beach ashore and trail access to north (and camp site). Freycinet National Park (No pets ashore). Phone signal marginal/poor.]

General Comments: [We sailed south today (tacking into the winds) to put us in a good place to round Freycinet and head north again. For now we'll hold out here a few days waiting for the north winds to pass before we move on.]

At: 16:22(AEDT) 12-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 24C (75.2F), Humidity:45%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
about 2 years  agoShow

42º 7.074' S148º 17.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Richardsons Beach, Coles Bay - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.1286, 148.2971

Sail From: Darlington Bay, Maria Island To: off Richardsons Beach, Coles Bay

We travelled [25.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [29.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.3m (LAT, but you can pick your depth) - in sand, outside of mooring ball area. Ashore are plenty of trails, and the town of Coles has grocery stores, cafes, and a pub.]

General Comments: [A lovely day sailing (with some motoring) - we had planned to stop off at Ils des Phoques (Seal Island) to take the dinghy into some of the amazing caves there - however the swell was too much so we didn't even bother deploying the dinghy. We did loop all around the island and enjoyed the Fur Seals barking away ashore (although the smell was a bit pungent). On the passage today we shared the water with dolphins, penguins and fur seals. And of course, on arriving we got to see the amazing Hazards mountains. Kyle had a notion he wanted to climb one of them, but the trail guide implies a lot of scrambling on all fours on some very slippery granite so I've passed on that. We are expecting some strong northerly winds tomorrow so we are tucked out of harms way and safe.]

At: 15:32(AEDT) 10-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:48%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
about 2 years  agoShow

42º 34.074' S148º 3.078' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Darlington Bay, Maria Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.5791, 148.0632

Sail From: Whalers Cove, Riedle Bay, Maria Island To: Darlington Bay, Maria Island

We travelled [15.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [One of 3 (shallow draught - 2.0m LAT) MAST moorings, off the main settlement and ferry stop on the island. Plenty of trails ashore, along with museum and bike rental. Good Telstra Signal: 4bar 3G.]

General Comments: [Today we sailed around the East and North of the island to our final anchorage for Maria Island, the trip took us by some more amazing geology (sedimentary) with cliffs and caves galore, including by Fossil Cliffs (which we hope to see up close later). We rounded Ile du Nord at a safe distance and were settled in on our mooring just in time for the ferry to depart. From here we can hit the remaining trails we've missed to date, and hopefully include a trip to the museum too. Of course Kyle is hoping for some more wombat time before we leave Maria Island.]

At: 11:02(AEDT) 08-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)
about 2 years  agoShow

42º 39.87' S148º 7.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: Whalers Cove, Riedle Bay, Maria Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.6645, 148.1167

Sail From: Riedle Bay, Maria Island To: Whalers Cove, Riedle Bay, Maria Island

We travelled [2.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 11m (LAT), surrounded by amazing rock structures (avoid if forecast for changing winds). Really pretty location, no trail access, but plenty of rocks to scramble about upon. (Off Three Caverns Point). Telstra phone reports No Service, intermittent 1 bar 3G (not effective) - however a reasonable signal is available in the main bay area on approach.]

General Comments: [Since we've completed the southern trails, and with calm winds forecast, we've moved to the North side of Riedle bay with plans to take the Kayak for a tour of the rock features.]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 12:34(AEDT) 06-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 23.8C (74.84F), Humidity:47%, Water Temp: 18.8C (65.84F)
about 2 years  agoShow

42º 41.004' S148º 4.038' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Riedle Bay, Maria Island, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasmania Passage From:Jetty Beach, South Bruny Island To:Riedle Bay, Maria Island. Our position: loc:-42.6837, 148.0734

Progress: [We've made [88.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [37.9]nm
Since last posting we have made [35.3]nm (through water). We have moved [35.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.5kt, Avg speed for trip:4.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4.6m (LAT) of sand. Tucked into south corner with protection from swell from S and even SE (it helps that we are a catamaran). Access to shore for Trails especially for South of the Isthmus. Robeys Farm Trail (Moderate/4h/10km Rtn) or Haunted Bay (Moderate/6h/12km Rtn). National Parks rules apply/pass required. Telstra 1bar 3G (no effective signal).]

General Comments: [Wow, what a wonderful sail. Kyle had aurora and dolphins (at the same time) overnight, and all day we have had regular visits from dolphins happy to leap about and perform (although rarely where the camera is pointing). The cliffs of Tasman Island, the Tasman Peninsula, The Forestier Peninsula, and even on the Southern end of Maria Island have been magnificent (with rainbows to top it all off) - we feel so privileged to see it all. We'll rest up today and head ashore tomorrow for the Haunted Bay Trail.]

At: 13:46(AEDT) 03-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 19.7C (67.46F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 17.8C (64.04F)
about 2 years  agoShow

43º 16.026' S147º 57.072' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasmania Passage From:Jetty Beach, South Bruny Island To:Riedle Bay, Maria Island. Our position: loc:-43.2713, 147.9623

Progress: [We've made [53.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [37.9]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [57.1]nm
Since last posting we have made [53.2]nm (through water). We have moved [36.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [We first headed south to round the tip of Bruny Island (and wave at the Cape Bruny Light). Then overnight seas built, but thankfully we are sailing downwind NE to Round the tip of the Tasman Peninsula (amazing geology) just in time for daylight. All a bit chilly so we are well wrapped up and with the enclosure on.]

General Comments: [Some periods of rain, and mixed seas we are just off the amazing columns of the SE corner of Tasman Peninsula (and Tasman Island) as I type - view is stunning. And with dolphins playing at the bow. We love Tassie!]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 03-Feb-2022, Outside Temp: 13.8C (56.84F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Course: 74(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:20Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:W)
about 2 years  agoShow

43º 27.048' S147º 9.036' EBegonia
At Anchor: Jetty Beach, South Bruny Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-43.4575, 147.1555

Sail From: Little Fancy Bay, North Bruny Island To: Jetty Beach, South Bruny Island

We travelled [14.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Campsite and trails ashore. Access to road to Cape Bruny lighthouse (about 4k each way, National park pass required, entry fee for lighthouse tour - can be booked online in advance). Telstra signal - 1bar 4G.]

General Comments: [Back at Little Fancy Bay we managed a 20km hike (to the cheese shop and to Bruny Island Arch). Today we plan to hike the 4km each way to the lighthouse for the tour. Today might be our last day of nice weather for a while. The sailing was a nice downwind sail with current assist, and aided with a nice big bacon and egg buttie for brunch. We arrived in the anchorage to find a small cruise ship here (Coral Discovery).]

At: 12:20(AEDT) 31-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
about 2 years  agoShow

43º 12.096' S147º 20.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Little Fancy Bay, North Bruny Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-43.2158, 147.3488

Sail From: Prince Of Wales Bay Marina, Hobart To: Little Fancy Bay, North Bruny Island

We travelled [46.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.3m (LAT) in sand, off sheltered beach backed with woodland (trails ashore).]

General Comments: [We departed the Marina after a really wonderful week of sightseeing in all directions from Hobart (with a car). The wind was against us, but I think Kyle was ready for some sailing and he relished the tacking among the crowds of local boats out on the water. It made for a long day, but it gave me chance to catch up on the photos from our busy week (now all up to date, geotagged, etc). Weather feeling decidedly chilly (so glad we have heating aboard to take the nip off the air).]

At: 18:36(AEDT) 29-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 19.3C (66.74F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
about 2 years  agoShow

42º 49.08' S147º 18.018' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Prince Of Wales Marina, Hobart - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.8294, 147.3028

Sail From: Mary Ann Bay, Arm End To: Prince Of Wales Marina, Hobart

We travelled [11.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [PoW Marina located in the northern outskirts (industrial area) of Hobart. Docks new (if a bit short), bathrooms new/clean. Car available for 2 hour window ($10 donation). https://www.princeofwalesbaymarina.com.au/, powmarina@gmail.com. No service after hours or on weekends.]

General Comments: [We are here for our COVID boosters, grocery shopping, water top up etc. We would have preferred to stay in Constitution Dock again, but Kyle figured here we would be less likely to mingle with COVID risks (Hmmm).]

At: 10:04(AEDT) 20-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 19.3C (66.74F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 58.032' S147º 23.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mary Ann Bay, Arm End - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.9723, 147.3971

Sail From: Lime Bay (Norfolk Bay), Tasman Peninsula To: Mary Ann Bay, Arm End

We travelled [39.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored way out in 9.7m (LAT) - there is plenty of space much shallower, pick your depth. Ashore there large areas of open land atop the cliffs, and the Arm End Track which goes around the Spit/Gellibrand point, etc with a few great viewpoints.]

General Comments: [Kyle is a happy smug bug today as we departed and anchored under sail. No motor all day. It did mean we anchored in a little deeper water than we would normally (since the wind was blocked closer into shore). He's so happy to have scheduled a stop (for me?!) in Mary Ann Bay. I'm happy that I was able to get mostly caught up with the blog while he was busy tacking all day to get us here.]

At: 16:00(AEDT) 19-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 19.6C (67.28F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 57.018' S147º 42.048' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lime Bay (Norfolk Bay), Tasman Peninsula - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.9527, 147.7080

Sail From: Eaglehawk Neck, Eaglehawk Bay, Tasman Peninsula To: Lime Bay (Norfolk Bay), Tasman Peninsula

We travelled [6.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m (LAT) in sand patch among weedy bottom. Ashore is Lime Bay State Reserve, with campsite, trails, and road access ashore. 1bar 4G (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Firstly - The giant eruption in Tonga of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano yesterday put the all the pacific on alert. While there is still technically a tsunami warning here in Tasmania, it seems clear that the wave has passed. Hobart recorded a 50cm surge, but we didn't feel a thing and all is well/safe. We'll keep an eye on the news for any additional eruptions/issues. We didn't get to sleep until very late last night watching how things progressed. Tonga will be devastated being so close to such a giant eruption and mostly low lying. We see one marina in NZ has been badly impact (but probably due as much to the cyclone they had at the same time). Thankfully all in Australia seem safe/fine. Aside from that, the weather is giving us sunny days and rainy days (today - beautifully sunny), the seals are regularly spotted, and dolphin join us from time to time. ]

At: 12:09(AEDT) 16-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 25.4C (77.72F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 2 years  agoShow

43º 0.102' S147º 55.026' EBegonia
At Anchor: Eaglehawk Neck, Eaglehawk Bay, Tasman Peninsula - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-43.0166, 147.9211

Sail From: Murdunna, King George Sound To: Eaglehawk Neck, Eaglehawk Bay, Tasman Peninsula

We travelled [17.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m (LAT) in narrow sound. Ashore you are right on the narrow isthmus (about 110m wide) between Forestier Peninusula and Tasman Peninsular (across the shallow neck is Pirates Bay, fully open to the east. There are several natural attractions within walking distance - to the south (The quirky 'Doo Town' and natural blowhole (4km), and beyond that the geological features of Tasman Arch/Devil's Kitchen (5.5km)) and to the north (a Historic site complete with Officers' Quarters Museum - the oldest military building in Australia - admission free, and beyond that a site with natural geological feature of Tessellated Pavement (1km)). For dinghy landing, beware the east end is a big mud flat at low tide so time your departure/arrival to avoid having to drag it too far.]

General Comments: [Although we travelled just a short distance there was a lot of tacking and gusty winds involved. Thankfully no waves to worry about. I think Kyle had fun! With all that tacking though we caught a jib line on our mainsail pack and managed to rip that (Ugh - more repairs!).]

At: 13:30(AEDT) 12-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 19.6C (67.28F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 56.07' S147º 51.054' EBegonia
At Anchor: Murdunna, King George Sound - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.9445, 147.8588

Sail From: East Bay, Dunally To: Murdunna, King George Sound

We travelled [7.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.8m (LAT) among mooring balls. Lovely floating dock ashore to leave the dinghy and explore ashore (trails and a small grocery store as part of the nearby fuel station). 3bar 3G on phone.]

General Comments: [Transitted the Denison Canal (where road traffic has to be stopped to open the bridge to let the boats through), and headed a short distance south to explore some of the Forestier Peninsula. Murdunna was severely impacted by the 2013 bush-fires but there are no obvious signs of it from the anchorage with all the trees decked in a full complement of leaves.]

At: 15:50(AEDT) 10-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 19.4C (66.92F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 53.022' S147º 49.02' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): East Bay, Dunally - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.8868, 147.8204

Sail From: Chinamans Bay, Shoal Bay, Maria Island To: East Bay, Dunally

We travelled [14.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [At MAST Mooring ball (OK for overnight if you arrive after 1pm). Depth 1.9m at LAT. Just NE of the Dennison Canal entrance. Quite crowded.]

General Comments: [It was really gusty on our arrival and a struggle to control the boat among the many moorings. Initially we picked up the wrong mooring ball (oops), so we had to face the gusts all over again. The sail south was (ironically) in light winds, and filled with lovely scenery, dolphin visits, and the odd fur-seal spotting. We had hoped to go ashore this afternoon, but NO WAY in this gusty/choppy mess. We can maybe make a new plan in the morning.]

At: 14:20(AEDT) 09-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 22.1C (71.78F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 39.06' S148º 3.018' EBegonia
At Anchor: Chinamans Bay, Shoal Bay, Maria Island - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.6597, 148.0532

Sail From: Mooreys Bay, Schouten Island, To: Chinamans Bay, Shoal Bay, Maria Island

We travelled [32.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.9m (LAT), Trails ashore to explore, 3bar of 3G phone signal.]

General Comments: [An interesting gloomy sail today, wind varied and swung about (a bit of tacking required into the wind and around a fish farm). We eventually arrived at Maria Island in perfect calm (it won't last!). Forecast is for a few days of rain and gusty conditions - and we are perfectly well protected here with some housework in our future I suspect. We may even attempt to catch up with the blog too (but don't bank on that). Anchored in the same bay is 'Love and War' - one of the recent Sydney-Hobart competitors (an older wooden boat with an impressive pedigree with the S2H race).]

At: 16:12(AEDT) 04-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 22.5C (72.5F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 17.094' S148º 16.068' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mooreys Bay, Schouten Island, - Tasmania, Australia. Our position: loc:-42.2985, 148.2782

Sail From: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park To: Mooreys Bay, Schouten Island,

We travelled [17.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in sand pach in 4m (LAT). 2bar 3G phone signal. Freycinet National Park (no dogs, pass required), Rugged cliffs, sandy beach.]

General Comments: [A short hop south again, sailing into light head-winds. Weather is cooler, water getting very cool, but for now the sun is shining and all is well.]

At: 11:08(AEDT) 03-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 16.1C (60.98F)
over 2 years  agoShow

42º 10.05' S148º 18.048' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Winelgass Bay, Tasmania, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Opossum Boat Harbour, Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania To:Winelgass Bay, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-42.1746, 148.3079

Progress: [We've made [126.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [37]nm
Since last posting we have made [35.0]nm (through water). We have moved [36.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip:4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in sand patch in 4.5m of water. Tucked into the south corner/hook gives a calm spot for dinghy landing in most sea states. Tasmanian National Parks Pass at the ready for exploring ashore.]

General Comments: [The wind and seas built throughout the morning and we were uncertain if Wineglass would even offer any protection with the swell - but all is good. Along the way we've seen plenty of giant jellies(? - lions mane-like). We arrived to find a couple of smaller power boats at anchor, and a tour boat popping in to show off the bay before moving along (much busier than we expected given the conditions). Roseanne was well ahead of us and decided to move on to the better shelter of Great Oyster Bay - but we expect we'll meet up again eventually. Happy New Year to all.]

At: 12:32(AEDT) 01-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F)
over 2 years  agoShow

41º 36.054' S148º 37.038' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Opossum Boat Harbour, Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania To:Winelgass Bay, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-41.6086, 148.6226

Progress: [We've made [91.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [37]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [93]nm
Since last posting we have made [91.1]nm (through water). We have moved [85.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [We left Flinders Island (along with another boat: Roseanne) and while there was plenty of wind in the forecast, soon found ourselves in light fickle winds as we rounded Cape Barron Island. Since it was on overnight sail whatever the conditions we milked all we could and managed to keep moving (worst hour 1.6nm), it was a much slower morning than we expected. Eventually the wind returned and we've sailed with the spinnaker since 3pm last night, slow but steady.]

General Comments: [This is the quietest NYE we've had in years, no fireworks in sight - although we did have a pod of 15 or so dolphins hang out with the boat and present their own 'firework show' for us with the bioluminescence for 40 mins or so. They seem to especially love when our headlamp lights a patch of water for them to fish in! The last boat of the S2H (the Army boat: Gun Runner) we expected would likely pass us overnight. Unfortunately we heard them call for advice to access St Mary's harbour, where they were keen to get fuel and water - so we assume they have retired Radio traffic was busy last night with the boat True North also in some sort of difficulty (although we could only hear one side of the conversation). ]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 01-Jan-2022, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F), Course: 175(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.9kt, Wind:14Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:1m (from:N)
over 2 years  agoShow

40º 12.072' S148º 15.048' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Opossum Boat Harbour, Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating) To:Opossum Boat Harbour, Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-40.2120, 148.2584

Progress: [We've made [225.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [128]nm
Since last posting we have made [112.1]nm (through water). We have moved [113.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.4kt, Avg speed for trip:4.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 2.6m (LAT). Patch of bank ashore to park dinghy and climb up to the road for the short walk to town.]

General Comments: [WOW - we made it. Yesterday we had the boat Bowline from the S2H race slowly creeping up on us, and eventually passing us around 6pm at night. The Bass strait remained a calm wonderland with a clear sky giving another amazing display of start for the night watches. As we approached Franklin Sound (between Flinders and Cape Barren Island, the early morning sunlight was great for a few pictures, and a group of penguins popped up to greet us. All that was disturbed when our anchor windlass decided to just start working on its own in an attempt to lower the anchor before we had even arrived at the anchorage. Thankfully we had it all clipped securely in - but gees! It seems we have a cracked wire cable on the controller - so that will require some time to attempt to fix before we can rely on it again (we did get it functioning OK in time to drop the anchor, but it needs to be properly fixed). An Email from border control and biosecurity confirms we are all cleared in and don't need to actually present ourselves to anyone - We need to rest up a bit, and switch the dingy out of liferaft mode before we can go ashore - but I'm so ready to get ashore after almost 2 weeks aboard!]

At: 07:14(AEDT) 30-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 18.9C (66.02F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
over 2 years  agoShow

38º 40.056' S149º 40.08' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating) To:Lady Barron, Flinders Island, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-38.6760, 149.6799

Progress: [We've made [113.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [128]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [112]nm
Since last posting we have made [113.3]nm (through water). We have moved [95.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday we started with light headwinds (tacking until we got to Cape Howe). After sunset the wind had backed sufficiently for us to switch to the spinnaker. A lovely, pretty flat, sea for crossing the Bass Strait. For hours we were keeping a pretty steady 5nm ahead of one of the S2H competitors (Flying Fish/Arctos), but once I switched to spinnaker and checked again, he was going 50% faster than I was and soon passed me (by then it was dark). We've seen a few of the boats (mostly on AIS, although Kyle got some snaps of the boat Luna Blue yesterday afternoon with a smiling/happy crew aboard). We were also passed by Reeve last night and currently have Bowline about 8nm behind us (closing). Clearly we are not the fastest downwind! Looks like we can expect to keep flying the spinnaker until this afternoon. We've lost our phone signal so we can't see how the 'pack' of the race is doing any longer but I assume that there will be finishers this morning way down in Hobart.]

General Comments: [Overnight, and with a clear sky (for a change), the stars were just SPECTACULAR, absolutely AMAZING. So many and so bright, it was a shock to be reminded of this fantastic southern hemisphere sky. Kyle had dolphins frolicking with trails of bioluminescence, and when he used his spotlight there were Squid everywhere in the night waters.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 29-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 16.5C (61.7F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 18.3C (64.94F), Course: 179(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:8Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
over 2 years  agoShow

37º 6.0' S149º 53.01' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating), Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Batehaven, Batemans Bay, NSW To:Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating). Our position: loc:-37.1003, 149.8850

Progress: [We've made [119.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [31]nm
Since last posting we have made [52.3]nm (through water). We have moved [30.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip:4.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.6m (LAT), protected from SE by some nice sand cliffs. We'll remain in isolation but were grateful to an invite for Christmas drinks by Persian Sands anchored nearby (sorry we had to decline).]

General Comments: [We made it, but again had to resort to motoring. The only plus is that the seas were pleasant and flat. But we really tried to sail - the wind swung through all points of the compass and the strength varied between 2 and 7kt (mostly on the low end). Kyle and I both swapped out between spinnaker and main&Jib (sometimes several times) tying to make the most of it all - but - sigh - we also wanted to share together some of Christmas day, so we eventually conceded and motored. Forecast for overnight and the next few days is strong southerly winds, so we'll hunker down here until we can again move south and HOPE the forecasts for our next hop south actually work out. A sailboat passed us today also heading for Tasmania, and they have gone on ahead - maybe they know more about the forecast reality than we do since we certainly haven't had much luck so far this passage, but I'm happy to be tucked up and comfortable for the next few days. Merry Christmas to all.]

At: 14:20(AEDT) 25-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
over 2 years  agoShow

36º 41.082' S150º 16.086' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Batehaven, Batemans Bay, NSW To:Eden, NSW (Tasmania part 2 - isolating). Our position: loc:-36.6973, 150.2810

Progress: [We've made [66.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [31]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [69]nm
Since last posting we have made [66.7]nm (through water). We have moved [58.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [So frustrating, the wind has been fickle and contrary and much lighter than forecast. Thankfully the seas have been pretty flat too. We are currently sailing under spinnaker (after way too many hours of motoring).]

General Comments: [Ugh - we set off yesterday, knowing we'd be sailing on Christmas Day - but because it all made sense to move that extra distance south with some good winds. Its all been much slower than we wanted, and the distance we have gained has been mostly under motor (which Kyle detests), and when we have sailed its been fight-club with the sails up and down. We've amended our ETA now to 4pm today (boat time). Not sure yet if we'll celebrate Christmas once we arrive, or postpone it to tomorrow and celebrate Christmas in USA time zone. In hindsight I'd much rather have just stayed in Batemans and had a PJ day today with us both matched to the same wake-sleep time. Oh well...Progress has been made, the pressies will eventually be found, and the xmas meal will eventually be cooked and enjoyed Merry Christmas all!]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 25-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 19.1C (66.38F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 196(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.5kt, Wind:6Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (from:NE)
over 2 years  agoShow

35º 43.056' S150º 12.03' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Batehaven, Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To:Batehaven, Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: loc:-35.7256, 150.2051

Progress: [We've made [421.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [81]nm
Since last posting we have made [73.5]nm (through water). We have moved [80.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.0kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.8m LAT. With the dramatic Snapper Island just to the East.]

General Comments: [Well we are no longer in the tropical heat, we arrived to low cloud, drizzle and chills (no pleasure traffic out and about). Water and air temperature both dropped (we may even need to use the heating in the morning at this rate. But we are so very glad to have arrived before dark, meaning the watches end early. We'll stop here at anchor (remaining aboard) on route to Tasmania (until forecast offers a passage window south again), we expect to remain here for Christmas day (at least). Today's sailing has been close hauled into a bit of chop, but still with some current in our favor - we made it to the anchorage with plenty of daylight left (although overcast). We are the only boat in the anchorage area (not surprisingly given the conditions, and there are plenty of the bigger jellyfish called 'blubbers' in the water). Tonight we rest and maybe share a glass or two of wine (medicinal).]

At: 18:14(AEST) 22-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 23.2C (73.76F)
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35º 2.046' S151º 36.084' EBegonia
Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To:Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: loc:-35.0413, 151.6138

Progress: [We've made [347.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [81]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [129]nm
Since last posting we have made [110.7]nm (through water). We have moved [130.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [We remain headed for Batemans Bay (NSW) to use as a rest stop at anchor only. Yesterday by evening we were facing headwinds and sailing into the seas (yuk, not great for the offwatch), we did have a slight current in our favour all day which helped. Kyle spent much of his watch reefing and unfreefing sails as the wind changed. Much cooler at night too (long pants and sleeves now, and a blanket on the bed at night). We remain in headwinds and expect to arrive by first light in the morning (possibly we can make it before dark tonight, but we'll make that call by noon).]

General Comments: [This morning Kyle found a by-the-wind sailor on the trampoline (not so easy to remove as a flying fish).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 22-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 22.5C (72.5F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 250(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:10Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:S)
over 2 years  agoShow

33º 30.084' S153º 28.044' EBegonia
Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To:Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: loc:-33.5142, 153.4740

Progress: [We've made [237.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [210]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [440]nm
Since last posting we have made [114.7]nm (through water). We have moved [162.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Change of Plan - We are still heading towards Tasmania BUT given forecast for conditions ahead we will stop in Batemans Bay (NSW) for a few nights (remaining aboard at anchor) - so the plan and ETAs now reference the Batemans Bay destination. Our earlier planning had suggested we may just heave-to for a few hours, but forecasts change and we're glad we can view them regularly; they may even change again! I'm disappointed we won't be sailing direct to Tasmania, but we'll just manage what we have. For the last 24 hours we've been flying the spinnaker in a pretty good sea state (small waves, following seas) - AND we've had a current adding a couple of kt to our speed (even though we had 3 hours in the afternoon all under 2nm actual through the water progress). Expected weather for the next 24 hours: Expecting the winds to switch to light-headwinds from this afternoon.]

General Comments: [At first light Kyle found a flying fish on deck (too late to save it). Passage conditions remain pleasant and comfortable (Shorts and T-Shirts still. Easy sailing). The waters are well populated with shearwaters (sea-birds)]

At: 06:00(AEST) 21-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 30C (86F), Course: 223(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:16Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:2m (from:SW)
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30º 49.056' S153º 48.06' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To:Whitemark, Flinders Island, Tasmania. Our position: loc:-30.8262, 153.8097

Progress: [We've made [122.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [650]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [250]nm
Since last posting we have made [122.3]nm (through water). We have moved [178.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Despite a very slow start (no wind, light winds with spinnaker, then jib) - eventually we had a reefed jib and a 4-5kt current assist which accounts for a whole 1/3rd of our progress in the last 24 hours! For my night-watch I had the full (beautiful red) moon rise as the sunset (I love having the moon with me when I sail), and before I handed over to Kyle at midnight I'd been witnessing hours of red lightning ahead of us, that finally stopped before we needed to be concerned. We have following seas and tail winds (would not be fun trying to go the other way), and each enjoyed our night watch with shorts and t-shirt attire.]

General Comments: [An early start to prepare the boat and reach the seaway at the appropriate state of tide, gave us both a good start to our watch patterns (allowing me to sleep for a bit in the afternoon, rested for my night watch, and Kyle to sleep well from an 'early' bedtime so he would be up and ready again at midnight). We had a lovely sunrise at anchor to reward us. Winds were so light and calm, that even once out into the Tasman Sea, Kyle was able to sit at the back step and husk our last coconut aboard. Tasmania has strict biosecurity rules for visiting boaters and all must be eaten well before we arrive. While we still had internet we were able to submit (and get approval) for our Tas-e-Pass (covid interstate border pass) to enter Tasmania.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 20-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 200(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.2kt, Wind:25Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (from:N)
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27º 52.062' S153º 24.0' EBegonia
At Anchor: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8773, 153.4003

Sail From: Bum's Bay (Marine Stadium), Southport, QLD To: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD

We travelled [6.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.8 LAT, Good shore access (lock your boats), and a little less jet ski traffic than other anchorages. Less likely to get bug problems too as surrounding area is built up (posh suburbs)]

General Comments: [Kyle's sink drain broke this morning so we need a new part (from here we'll dinghy/kayak into Boat works which has a chandlery tomorrow morning). Our new inflatable double kayak was delivered to us this morning (we've been trying to order it all year, but supplies have been a problem, along with connecting with deliveries) - Finally we have one - so we'll test it out and have a play in the canals around here. We also have a few jobs to do to prep the boat for Tasmania (some repairs to the enclosure, etc) - so that will keep us occupied. Good shore access and rumors of a nearby pub should help distract us too.]

At: 12:50(AEST) 10-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 32.3C (90.14F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
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27º 56.07' S153º 25.044' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bum's Bay (Marine Stadium), Southport, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.9445, 153.4234

Sail From: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD To: Bum's Bay (Marine Stadium), Southport, QLD

We travelled [13.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m LAT, a crowded anchorage with numerous house boats and long-timers along with the occasional cruising boat. Close to the Seaway entrance, and for entertainment ashore there is Sea World and a host of other big ticket fun stuff (which we are unlikely to visit).]

General Comments: [WOW - We just motored through the heaviest rain storm I think I've EVER seen. At times with ZERO visibility, wind gusts up to 46kt, and the sea state crazy with whitecaps (despite the surrounding protection), Thank goodness we had the sails all stowed before it arrived. At times we simply pointed into the wind, and tried to hold a position. With current and winds in a narrow channel, we sometimes just ran with it and with the two of us spotting for any possible obstacles at all times: we were dodging boats under tow, and even a giant motorboats rushing through the channel at 20kts.. That was crazy.]

At: 16:16(AEST) 08-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 23.1C (73.58F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
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27º 43.026' S153º 24.018' EBegonia
At Anchor: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.7205, 153.4030

Sail From: The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD To: Slipping Sands, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

We travelled [29.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [25.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m LAT, the anchorage is well protected by the shore and a long sandbank that parallels the shore, and numerous island in the bay. Easy shore access to the National Park (and trails).]

General Comments: [Another early start (4:30am). Light winds meant we spent a lot of the journey motoring today (although there was some real sailing when we reached 7kts, so not all bad). Very little traffic (not surprising given it’s a week-day, the early start, and the poor weather recently).]

At: 11:12(AEST) 07-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 29.6C (85.28F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
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27º 17.076' S153º 23.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD - Moreton Bay, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.2956, 153.3973

Sail From: Deception Bay, Scarborough, QLD To: The Sandhills, Moreton Island, QLD

We travelled [35.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.8m, off sand dunes. Popular spot with 4WD and boat visitors for tobogganing/boarding down the dunes. (1 bar 4g Telstra mobile, previous visitors report needing to climb dunes for a signal, so may not be reliable from anchorage)]

General Comments: [WOW - a very boisterous Moreton Bay today, with winds well above forecast. We had the current against us, and were sailing close hauled, so need a few tacks to get us across the bay and into the protection of Moreton Island (often seeing apparent wind in the high 20kts and sometimes even in the low 30's!, so we we well reefed which reduces our pointing ability somewhat). We watched a couple of boats turn around and abandon their Sunday sailing plans. On the plus side, it means there isn't a crowded anchorage on our arrival (just 2 other boats).]

At: 15:00(AEST) 05-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
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27º 10.068' S153º 5.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Deception Bay, Scarborough, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.1779, 153.0992

Sail From: Newport Marina, Scarborough, QLD To: Deception Bay, Scarborough, QLD

We travelled [1.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.2m (low tide), a good place to spend the night waiting to move on (or to enter into marina)]

General Comments: [Our time in the marina ends. We did a few good chores, spent some time with fellow boaters from Waru (who happen to leave next door to the marina), got all our Christmas cards written and mailed, and took a WHOLE day off to explore the local waterfronts, restaurants, and museum. Despite a rainy start the sunshine did eventually return and seems stable again (This area has just reported it's wettest November EVER recorded).]

At: 12:58(AEST) 04-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 30.6C (87.08F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 33.4C (92.12F)
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27º 12.066' S153º 5.064' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Newport Marina, Scarborough, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.2110, 153.0942

Sail From: Deception Bay, Scarborough, QLD To: Newport Marina, Scarborough, QLD

We travelled [2.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [Newport marina has guest berths available, key access at gates, laundry, showers, BBQ, etc. Very welcoming and helpful staff. info@marinalife.com.au, 0450 698 737, https://www.newportmarina.com.au/]

General Comments: [We planned to move the boat during a lull in the rain (failed) - but are now safely at the dock. Plenty to explore here, and boating friends in the area too, but we'll need our umbrella wherever we go this next few days.]

At: 12:48(AEST) 01-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
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27º 10.08' S153º 5.04' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Deception Bay, Scraborough, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Double Island Point (DIP), Wide Bay, QLD To:Deception Bay, Scraborough, QLD. Our position: loc:-27.1804, 153.0895

Progress: [We've made [96.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [100]nm
Since last posting we have made [96.3]nm (through water). We have moved [74.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.6m (low tide), a good place to wait for daylight/slip before entering the channel to the Newport Marina]

General Comments: [An overnight passage, we had better winds than expected and arrived early (too early for our reserved slip a the marina) so we've anchored off in the bay (for now). Naturally the rain started just as we arrived. Kyle was keen to set the anchor manually (so he didn't have to use the engines) - so he did the work (out in the rain) in place of me today. But the highlight is our little hitchhiker (a green tree frog) that we 'found' hopping about the cabin top at night - we have no idea how long he's been aboard for (presumably since the Mary River?).]

At: 06:42(AEST) 01-Dec-2021, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:90%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
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25º 56.076' S153º 10.026' EBegonia
At Anchor: Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.9464, 153.1713

Sail From: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy Strait, QLD To: Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD

We travelled [35.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in a very shallow 1.1m (low tide) well protected from south winds. If the weather allows we hope to take a walk ashore again to the lighthouse and beyond, maybe even make a walk of the full circuit if we can. (Good cell phone reception with Telstra).]

General Comments: [Another overcast and humid day, but the rain at least held off. The forecast northerly winds failed to arrive, but Kyle was determined to sail anyway so we did a lot of tacking this trip once we exited the Wide Bay Bar. We'll be here a few days waiting for good conditions to continue our push south. I have plenty of aboard jobs to occupy me, but we do hope to get ashore and enjoy this lovely location. ]

At: 17:22(AEST) 27-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
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25º 49.002' S153º 3.06' EBegonia
At Anchor: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy Strait, QLD - Mary River, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.8171, 153.0601

Sail From: Maryborough Marina, Mary River, QLD To: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy Strait, QLD

We travelled [42.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [25.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.0m depth - a nice spot to wait for the tides to exit the Wide Bay Bar (or to pause after entering).]

General Comments: [A very early start to catch the tides we needed in the river and the strait today. I cooked up some cherry pies and apple turnovers to celebrate Thanksgiving, but was delayed somewhat when I left a plastic lid in the oven while it came up to temperature (Ugh!). Eventually we got to cook and eat those cherry pies. The day was drizzly with light winds so not so great, but we did have one dolphin briefly visit.]

At: 15:18(AEST) 26-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
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25º 32.028' S152º 42.042' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball ($) in Maryborough Marina, Mary River, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Mary River Passage From:Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD To:Maryborough Marina, Mary River, QLD. Our position: loc:-25.5383, 152.7073

Progress: [We've made [75.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [75]nm

Since last posting we have made [75.9]nm (through water). We have moved [49.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip:5.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Marina has moorings about 20nm up the tidal Mary River, and a few (rarely available) docks. River has quite a bit of debris in both tide directions after any rain. Town is famed for its historic quaintness and connection to the Mary Poppins author]

General Comments: [An overnight passage had us catching the tides just right as we approached the Great Sandy Strait, and traversed the Mary River to the Marina. We arrived just before the rain made it to us. We hope to be here a few days, unfortunately rain, and lightning are going to be our companions during our visit (so we'll be making the most of the indoor museums, etc).]

At: 10:16(AEST) 22-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
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24º 45.042' S152º 23.076' EBegonia
At Anchor: Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-24.7573, 152.3957

Sail From: Town Reach, Bundaberg, Burnett River, QLD To: Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD

We travelled [7.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.3m (low tide) - good spot for an easy exit from the Burnett River for a trip along the coast]

General Comments: [We left the town, swung by the Marina to collect one last bit of mail that had arrived later, and then anchored in the river for a departure south later tonight. We will rest up, prepare our meal, and do nothing much otherwise.]

At: 11:24(AEST) 21-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
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24º 51.072' S152º 21.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Town Reach, Bundaberg, Burnett River, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-24.8621, 152.3547

Sail From: Rocky Reach, Burnett River, QLD To: Town Reach, Bundaberg, Burnett River, QLD

We travelled [5.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.5m (low tide) between boats at anchor and on moorings. An area famous for fouling anchors (fingers crossed we'll be OK), but great access to town for a few days of ambling about and minor chores, supermarkets and other facilities readily available.]

General Comments: [An early start to catch the tide and high water to make it up the river, we'll spend a few days hanging about in town before getting ready to return to the marina to collect our missing mail and keep the progress south.]

At: 08:32(AEST) 19-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F)
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24º 48.006' S152º 22.062' EBegonia
At Anchor: Rocky Reach, Burnett River, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-24.8007, 152.3772

Sail From: Bundaberg Marina, QLD, Australia To: Rocky Reach, Burnett River, QLD

We travelled [3.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m (low tide) in the Bend between Long reach and Rocky Reach - a quiet place to wait for the high tide to get further up the river to Bundaburg town.]

General Comments: [There has been spectacular torrential rains and thunder/lightning storms during our stay (thankfully we managed to stay dry on our trips ashore). We held out as long as we could at the marina today for mail that was expected to arrive this morning - eventually we had to give up. We missed the chance to go all the way up the river to the town, so anchor part way for the night. We will hopefully collect the missing package on the way back out!]

At: 15:50(AEST) 18-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
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24º 45.042' S152º 23.07' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Middle Island, Pancake Creek, QLD To:Middle Reach, Burnett River, Port Bundaberg, QLD. Our position: loc:-24.7569, 152.3953

Progress: [We've made [61.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [60]nm
Since last posting we have made [61.5]nm (through water). We have moved [56.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.6kt, Avg speed for trip:4.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.4m of water (low tide) to south of channel.]

General Comments: [An overnight sail (with the spinnaker) to Bundaberg (the port at which we first arrived at Australia). Lovely clear night (getting to watch Orion slowly move across the sky). Today we'll just anchor out (rest/sleep), tomorrow we have a reservation at the marina where we have a pile of mail/packages to collect (it feels like Christmas, and I'm sure they will be glad to have some space back once we've picked it all up)]

At: 06:24(AEST) 15-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
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24º 2.022' S151º 43.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: Middle Island, Pancake Creek, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-24.0374, 151.7288

Sail From: Farmers Reef/Rat Island, Gladstone North Channel, QLD To: Middle Island, Pancake Creek, QLD

We travelled [32.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.9m (at low tide) - Cellphone signal:3Bar 3G on Telstra]

General Comments: [The forecast heavy rain has held off (at least over our boat), but the skies are filled with beautiful and dramatic-looking clouds. We arrived to a fresh sprinkle of rain, and now we've anchored blue skies are starting to show in slivers. Today's sail was pleasant (aside from the early start) and we passed through the mass of cargo shipped anchored off Gladstone as the sun rose.]

At: 11:00(AEST) 10-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 29.4C (84.92F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
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23º 46.014' S151º 19.008' EBegonia
At Anchor: Farmers Reef/Rat Island, Gladstone North Channel, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-23.7688, 151.3174

Sail From: Long Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD To: Farmers Reef/Rat Island, Gladstone North Channel, QLD

We travelled [46.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [40.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.7m at low tide. Checking to be sure any swing arc doesn't interfere with channel as there is a regular ferry between Gladstone and Curtis Island (doesn't run every day, we checked the timetable online and noticed it wasn't running the day we arrived anyhow).]

General Comments: [An early start to the day had us lifting the anchor during a (slightly) lighter patch of heavy rain. A quick look at the radar showed us there was no point in waiting for a actual lull in the rain. Light winds at the start meant the spinnaker wouldn't fill so we motored a bit until eventually all things worked out and we were able to sail downwind in relatively calm seas. Eventually even the rain stopped and the sun came out - once of those times you are happy the forecast was incorrect. We made good progress south today though, and are anchored ready for a quick exit from the port area and another jump south tomorrow.]

At: 14:40(AEST) 09-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F)
over 2 years  agoShow

23º 11.052' S150º 57.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Long Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-23.1922, 150.9505

Sail From: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD To: Long Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD

We travelled [60.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [46.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.1m of Sand (low tide), well protected from N winds, Trails ashore and the option of a 2km hike to a pub/cafe/burger-bar in the main resort area. 3bars of 4G signal (Telstra)]

General Comments: [A day of close hauled sailing (and a bit of tacking at the start) - all contrary to the forecast leading us to expect a day of close reaching. Lot of evidence of the recent coral spawning event (dust like particles) on the water still. ]

At: 16:36(AEST) 06-Nov-2021, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
over 2 years  agoShow

22º 26.07' S150º 43.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-22.4446, 150.7331

Sail From: West Side of Marble Island, Duke Islands Group, QLD To: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD

We travelled [39.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [42.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2m of sand, well protected from Southerly winds. The surrounding land is army owned, and we have to be aware to avoid anchoring during military exercises (nothing scheduled). No cell phone signal. Guidebook warns of crocodiles in area.]

General Comments: [A day spent 60% motoring in light winds, but when the wind obliged we sailed (main and jib). Lovely flat seas, very little other traffic (just one power boat at a distance). It would have been great fishing conditions, but we have so much fresh meat to eat after kind gifting from Marble Island that we don't want to go to waste. We were at this anchorage last year waiting out some rough conditions, and it looks like we'll be here a few days this time around also. There is one other boat anchored here on our arrival and so far we are unable to get their attention to give them a steak!]

At: 15:52(AEST) 31-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 30.7C (87.26F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
over 2 years  agoShow

21º 59.034' S150º 9.054' EBegonia
At Anchor: West Side of Marble Island, Duke Islands Group, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-21.9886, 150.1591

Sail From: South Side of Curlew Island (Guardfish Cluster), QLD To: West Side of Marble Island, Duke Islands Group, QLD

We travelled [34.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [30.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.9kt.

Location Comments: [West Side of Marble Island. Private Island so permission is required to go ashore (also sensible to get permission first since there can be active hunting ashore). 2bar+3G Telstra Signal (sometimes 4G)]

General Comments: [Another early start (5am). Good sailing with overcast skies to keep us cool. Changing winds from up-wind with full sail, to downwind with the spinnaker. We hit the tide state right so we could pass through Lola Mantes Pass (which in the wrong state can have overfalls). We were not certain where we'd stop as we were in search of a good anchorage WITH a phone/internet signal - glad to have found one before we had to do an overnight passage.]

At: 12:10(AEST) 24-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 30.1C (86.18F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: 30.5C (86.9F)
over 2 years  agoShow

21º 36.06' S149º 48.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: South Side of Curlew Island (Guardfish Cluster), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-21.6103, 149.8074

Sail From: Victor Bay, Keswick Island, QLD To: South Side of Curlew Island (Guardfish Cluster), QLD

We travelled [44.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [47.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.9kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.5m (low tide), with 4m+ tides. There was an anchor marker much closer in, but we arrived at mid-tide and while there was a small patch of sand it was surrounded by shallow rock/coral so and decided that it must have been and anchor spot for a tinny and soon abandoned any thought of that. The Islands here are part of Northumberland Island National Park (uninhabited). Lovely rock structures all aroud the island, well worth an explore in the dinghy. No obvious trails ashore. No reliable phone signal - flips between No Signal and occassional 1bar of 3G (Telstra).]

General Comments: [A nice beam/downwind sail today and despite the sloppy seas Kyle managed to fly the spinnaker. We were happy for the clouds giving us a more pleasant environment. We shared the exodus from Keswick with many other boats - but they mostly went off to the Percy Islands (while we kept closer to shore in the hopes of maintaining a signal). Another early start, but that suits us currently as we can connect better in the mornings with the USA (in their afternoon).]

At: 14:28(AEST) 22-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 55.014' S149º 24.0' EBegonia
At Anchor: Keswick Island (#2 Reef), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.9187, 149.4001

Sail From: Homestead Bay/Egermont Pass, St Bees Island, QLD To: Keswick Island (#2 Reef), QLD

We travelled [5.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m (low tide) sand with 5m tide range. Well protected from North wind, and out of main currents (better than mooring balls in passage). 1-2Bar 4G on Telstra.]

General Comments: [Kyle first attempted to anchor on the South of St Bees Island, but the depth and proximity to coral deterred us. With a change of plan we motored back to Keswick Island and picked a spot that seemed OK (there were several boats her previously, none today). We still have minimal signal, but better than the mooring ball we had last night.]

At: 14:54(AEST) 16-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.2C (84.56F), Humidity:42%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 55.098' S149º 25.056' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Homestead Bay/Egermont Pass, St Bees Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.9325, 149.4260

Sail From: Dinghy Bay, Brampton Island, Whitsundays, QLD To: Homestead Bay/Egermont Pass, St Bees Island, QLD

We travelled [10.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [24 Hour Mooring ball, (one of 4). 14m (low tide), good to 35kt of wind. 2 catamarans are careened ashore (so must be a good spot), anchoring inside of the line of mooring buoys is not permitted (coral/marine protection zone).]

General Comments: [Another spinnaker day sailing south (a short hop). We remain amazed how few boats seem to be actually out sailing (the crowd of boats that are in the areas must be very well spread out). We are tucked up with a mooring ball for protection against the forecast winds due/expected. The boat behind us is busy hacking open a coconut (so jealous!); we've been looking for a while without luck.]

At: 11:30(AEST) 15-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 49.02' S149º 16.08' EBegonia
At Anchor: Dinghy Bay, Brampton Island, Whitsundays, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.8204, 149.2800

Sail From: Tinsmith Island (Bay across from Solder Island),Whitsundays, QLD To: Dinghy Bay, Brampton Island, Whitsundays, QLD

We travelled [9.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.7m (low tide), with a trip line set (just in case).]

General Comments: [A lovely downwind sail with the spinnaker (shame it was so short a distance). Few boats around, conditions warm and calm. Absolutely nothing for Kyle to complain about.]

At: 11:10(AEST) 13-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 41.088' S149º 12.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Tinsmith Island (Bay across from Solder Island), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.6975, 149.2068

Sail From: Happy Bay, Long Island, Whitsundays, QLD To: Tinsmith Island (Bay across from Solder Island), QLD

We travelled [37.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [29.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9.2m (low tide), between the reef and the current eddies. Spotty Telstra signal (sometimes 1bar of 4G).]

General Comments: [We had planned to anchor on Goldsmith Island, but the AIS targets suggested it was already too crowded, so we move along a little and found a spot alone to anchor on Tinsmith (many of the islands in this area have smith in them!). It was a day of headwinds, and strong currents so Kyle did a lot of tacking (and a bit of swearing), early on wind was much too light so the day started with more motoring than Kyle cares for. Once he could actually sail, he didn't mind the tacking (or at least he'd rather be tacking than motoring). Another nice sunny day in QLD!]

At: 15:28(AEST) 11-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 19.092' S148º 50.076' EBegonia
At Anchor: Happy Bay, Long Island, Whitsundays, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.3320, 148.8463

Sail From: Cid Island (western side), Whitsundays, QLD To: Happy Bay, Long Island, Whitsundays, QLD

We travelled [5.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m (low tide), good holding, Empty resort ashore along with a host of trails]

General Comments: [We keep nudging south, while aiming to maintain internet connection. An easy motor sail today across the Whitsunday Passage. When we depart we'll have to time it with the tides to transit 'the narrows' and Long Island Sound (Australia Version).]

At: 11:20(AEST) 09-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 28C (82.4F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 15.09' S148º 54.048' EBegonia
At Anchor: Cid Island (western side), Whitsundays, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2648, 148.9083

Sail From: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Cid Island (western side), Whitsundays, QLD

We travelled [3.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.8m (low tide), good holding]

General Comments: [After a walk up to Whitsunday Peak on Whitsunday Island, we moved the boat around to Cid Island where we know we can have phone/internet signal. A sunny day helps make all the tree topped islands look stunning, nestled in these beautiful turquoise waters.]

At: 13:32(AEST) 08-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 15.036' S148º 56.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2563, 148.9473

Sail From: Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [9.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.7m (low tide), good holding, trails ashore.]

General Comments: [Sailed downwind with the current to return to Cid Harbor. Last time we came Kyle's back was bad and he couldn't leave the boat - so this time we return to do the hike up to Whitsunday Peak (414m) where the views are reported to be well worth the 3-4 hour return trek!.]

At: 13:30(AEST) 07-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 18.036' S149º 2.046' EBegonia
At Anchor: Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.3056, 149.0407

Sail From: Gulnare Inlet, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [7.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.3m, campsite ashore, popular spot on charter and tourist trail. Behind campsite there is a trail across to Whitehaven beach, with a side trail option to a lookout. With 3m+ tides, it may be best to time your shore access with the tides so you don't have to pull it up (or down) too far. No Telstra Signal]

General Comments: [Motored along the south of the island so we can get ashore and stretch our legs. To the north were views of Hamilton island and some tall and ugly hotel buildings on one of the beaches there (we didn't expect that). Its hot, and humid and cockatoos are screeching from ashore.]

At: 09:12(AEST) 06-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 17.1' S148º 56.088' EBegonia
At Anchor: Gulnare Inlet, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2997, 148.9475

Sail From: West Butterfly Bay, Hook Island, Whitsundays, QLD To: Gulnare Inlet, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [23.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.6m depth, Good Telstra Cellphone signal (from Hamilton Island)]

General Comments: [A nice sail through some narrow channels with great scenery on a sunny day. Not bad at all. ]

At: 13:10(AEST) 04-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 4.062' S148º 55.05' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Butterfly Bay, Hook Island, Whitsundays, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.0766, 148.9252

Sail From: Coral Sea Marina/Resort, Airlie, QLD To: Butterfly Bay, Hook Island, Whitsundays, QLD

We travelled [23.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Picked up a mooring ball so we can go for a snorkel - escape the heat and enjoy the treasures of the reefs around the bay. No (Telstra) Service in Bay ]

General Comments: [Despite it being the school holidays, the bay is not busy, just a handful of boats here. Kyle tacked in light winds and calm seas for much of the journey, while I was able to keep a internet connection almost all the way here.]

At: 14:02(AEST) 02-Oct-2021, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 15.096' S148º 42.048' EBegonia
At Dock: Coral Sea Marina/Resort, Airlie, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2664, 148.7079

Sail From: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD To: Coral Sea Marina/Resort, Airlie, QLD

We travelled [15.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Way at the end of dock, a LONG walk from the land, This place is swanky and the price reflects it $165/night.]

General Comments: [Kyle raised the anchor manually and we sailed off for a rather leisurely sail to Airlie. I was able to work on the computer much of the time so didn't get to see the views. On arrival we hit the ground running to pick up a rental car for a drive to Mackay.]

At: 11:38(AEST) 30-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 29.4C (84.92F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 12.018' S148º 37.032' EBegonia
At Anchor: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2028, 148.6219

Sail From: Gloucester Island (west coast) To: East Double Bay (Dryander National Park), QLD

We travelled [27.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.3m (pick your depth), beautiful bay, well protected from most winds, Dryander National Park lands ashore. No cellphone service (Telstra)]

General Comments: [Another beat south today, weaving between islands, and eventually made it to a calm and peaceful (and so far empty) anchorage for the evening.]

At: 13:00(AEST) 29-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 0.0' S148º 26.052' EBegonia
At Anchor: Gloucester Island (west coast) - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.0000, 148.4418

Sail From: Grays Bay (Queens Bay), Bowen, QLD To: Gloucester Island (west coast)

We travelled [24.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.3m (pick you depth), Beautiful scenery (rugged mountains), expect bullets/wind gusts because of that. 1bar 4G signal]

General Comments: [We spent 10 days at anchor back in Bowen to be sure we had a decent signal so we can help out with all the work now required, and also stream the memorial service. Now however we need to get to someplace a bit more provided for so we can rent a car and get things mailed to the USA (fedEx) ASAP - so we are making our way back to Airlie.]

At: 16:38(AEST) 28-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 27.4C (81.32F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
over 2 years  agoShow

19º 58.086' S148º 15.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Grays Bay (Queens Bay), Bowen, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-19.9810, 148.2545

Sail From: Shark Bay, Cape Upstart, QLD To: Grays Bay (Queens Bay), Bowen, QLD

We travelled [72.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [32.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.9m. 3bar of 4G (Telstra).]

General Comments: [We had a really early start after receiving some tough family news from the USA. Moved to continue our passage south, and to get a better cellphone/internet signal for the coming days, so we can stay in touch as much as possible with our loved ones. It was a fittingly miserable upwind passage with plenty of tacking to distract us; we made it just in time for sunset.]

At: 17:56(AEST) 18-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
over 2 years  agoShow

19º 43.056' S147º 45.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Shark Bay, Cape Upstart, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-19.7257, 147.7571

Sail From: Cape Bowling Green, QLD To: Shark Bay, Cape Upstart, QLD

We travelled [52.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [32.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.8m protected by the rugged landscape. Ashore are a few isolated (private) holiday homes (serviced by boats),with some bush walking possible. We are told to be wary of estuarine crocodiles if we go near the creeks. 1bar Telstra 4G (weak).]

General Comments: [Well Kyle did it. He was determined to sail here, and despite the wind forecast not matching reality and a lot of ineffective tacking at the start, we MADE IT before sunset and without resorting to motor-sailing. We continue to spot patches of smoke from ashore (presumably agriculture related). Aboard I finished the autobiography of Dawn French (a well-loved British comedienne) and learned a lot about this lovely Cornish lass!]

At: 17:22(AEST) 16-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 26.2C (79.16F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
over 2 years  agoShow

19º 18.036' S147º 23.04' EBegonia
At Anchor: Cape Bowling Green, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-19.3060, 147.3897

Sail From: Lodestone Reef, Great Barrier Reef, QLD To: Cape Bowling Green, QLD

We travelled [43.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [40.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.7m of sand behind sandspit. Weak 1bar 4G telstra signal.]

General Comments: [We begin to sail south again (slowly). We had hoped to sail today (hence the very early start of 3:20am), but wind was so light as to make sailing impossible for much of the trip. We were regularly surrounded with leaping tuna, but none bothered to attach themselves to our trailing line unfortunately. Seas were so calm for most of the morning that we easily spotted a lost snake looking to hitch a ride (we declined).]

At: 15:48(AEST) 14-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 28.2C (82.76F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 2 years  agoShow

18º 41.004' S147º 6.018' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lodestone Reef, Great Barrier Reef, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-18.6842, 147.1033

Sail From: John Brewer Reef (Near Coral Greenhouse), Great Barrier Reef, QLD To: Lodestone Reef, Great Barrier Reef, QLD

We travelled [6.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [4.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10.4m in large sand patch. You can pick your anchor spot along the lee of the reef, most people favor a bit more to the south (where there is also a public mooring ball). No Telstra service at anchor (possibly pick up further south on reef).]

General Comments: [We had a lovely couple of days at John Brewer Reef. Today started with a surprise birthday breakfast for Maryanne (cooked by Kyle), one last snorkel, and then an unexpected and beautiful gift from our friends Mahana before our departure. We motored over the short distance to Lodestone for some more snorkelling (and an earlier departure tomorrow). Beautiful calm conditions, lovely clear waters - boater/birthday heaven.]

At: 11:14(AEST) 13-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 30.2C (86.36F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 2 years  agoShow

18º 36.09' S147º 4.026' EBegonia
At Anchor: John Brewer Reef (Near Coral Greenhouse), Great Barrier Reef, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-18.6149, 147.0708

Sail From: Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD To: John Brewer Reef (Near Coral Greenhouse), Great Barrier Reef, QLD

We travelled [37.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [32.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m on sand patch between coral bommies (tight quarters) - room for one boat only. Nearby is the MOUA installation (The Coral Greenhouse by Jason de Caires Taylor). For access to this anchor location, you enter via a pass to the west of the MOUA art installation, and then travel ESE over the top of it (Its 18m deep on the seabed) so only do with care for any snorkellers/divers (None around when we arrived). It is possible to go a little further in to SE of our position on shallower sand (but would need a stern anchor too due to currents). Best if you have good sat imagery or waypoints (along with good visibility).]

General Comments: [An early start (6:30am) and a bouncy sail. Several other boats left Horseshoe bay for the same destination (mostly beating us with an even earlier start), but they have picked up the free mooring balls 1nm to our west, or moved on to Loadstone Reef. The reef colours are beautiful and tomorrow is expected to be nice and calm so we are hoping for some grand snorkelling, both on the reef, and around the MOUA underwater art exhibit.]

At: 13:06(AEST) 11-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
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19º 6.084' S146º 51.072' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Off Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay, Airlie, QLD To:Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD. Our position: loc:-19.1138, 146.8618

Progress: [We've made [116.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [120]nm
Since last posting we have made [116.3]nm (through water). We have moved [125.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 2.6m among moorings and other anchored boats. Ashore is a host of trails and a regular bus service about the island. Trails have gems such as butterflies and koala, and even some rock wallaby that like to feed from your hands. A great island.]

General Comments: [An easy overnight sail, with the odd gybe as the wind flipped about behind us. Great starry skies to entertain the night watch, but a bit of a lumpy passage with occasional drizzles. We are happy to be back at this Island we loved so much during our last visit (back in May 2020).]

At: 09:22(AEST) 04-Sep-2021, Outside Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 16.008' S148º 42.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay, Airlie, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2676, 148.7053

Sail From: Nara Inlet, Hook Island, Whitsunday Group, QLD To: Off Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay, Airlie, QLD

We travelled [13.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m depth, on edge of busy mooring field, near western most access to Coral Sea marina. Airlie is the 'gate way to the Whitsundays' and very popular with backpacking visitors. Good Phone/internet signal (as you'd expect from a town).]

General Comments: [Kyle persevered and sailed in very light winds to make the passage to Airlie Beach. Here we can top up any provisions and fuel, and we also have appointments to get our #2 Covid Jab (will be glad when that is done). The weather over the weekend doesn't look fantastic, so I see some days aboard in our future! I'm looking forward to exploring the town. It might be our last chance to eat out for a while too. ]

At: 14:48(AEST) 28-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
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20º 7.062' S148º 54.09' EBegonia
At Anchor: Nara Inlet, Hook Island, Whitsunday Group, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.1268, 148.9145

Sail From: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Nara Inlet, Hook Island, Whitsunday Group, QLD

We travelled [8.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.5m of mud, shore access to a couple of short trails, including an Aboriginal cave with artwork. Beautiful Fiord-like inlet. No cell service in the deeper parts of the inlet (where we are).]

General Comments: [Motor-sailed north into the beautiful Nara Inlet. The sun is shining. Kyle continues to remain aboard (while I go off and explore), but I think he's ready for an adventure (we'll see).]

At: 11:06(AEST) 27-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 26.7C (80.06F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 15.036' S148º 56.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitshunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2562, 148.9468

Sail From: Mays Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD To: Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour, Whitshunday Island, QLD

We travelled [2.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m, not far off the beach. Buoys in the water are 'no swimming' warnings (sharks), ashore are two trails, an easy 20min one to dugong beach, and a tougher 4hour return to Whitsunday Peak (434m).]

General Comments: [Moved to have access to the trails. Kyle's back still not up to a tough hike, but he can still enjoy the views. Scenery is very 'Maine-like' lots of rocky shoreline, fringed with fir-trees on slopes aplenty]

At: 11:02(AEST) 26-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 26.6C (79.88F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 13.014' S148º 56.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mays Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-20.2188, 148.9467

Sail From: Burning Point, Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, QLD To: Mays Bay, Whitsunday Island, QLD

We travelled [13.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.1m in this beautiful bay fringed by giant smooth rocks and topped with fir trees.]

General Comments: [A big day, we stopped on route at Hamilton Island Marina for 2 hours ($60), to collect mail, some groceries, and grab a shower and do laundry - busy day, but now we are at this pretty anchorage (finally) on Whitsunday Island, and alongside our good friends aboard Mahana. The 'Ocean Sailing' Podcast is out and we finally managed to listen to ourselves being interviewed today (episode #103), so that was fun as we sailed along the channels and watched whales breaching in the distance - a wonderful day in QLD.]

At: 16:24(AEST) 23-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 27.1C (80.78F)
over 2 years  agoShow

20º 30.006' S149º 3.036' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Burning Point, Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Coral Sea Passage From:Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD To:Burning Point, Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, QLD. Our position: loc:-20.5007, 149.0563

Progress: [We've made [351.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [108]nm
Since last posting we have made [98.8]nm (through water). We have moved [105.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.5m of sand (5m tidal range here), good shelter from southerly winds. Popular spot. Slight signal from Telstra (probably OK if from top of mast)]

General Comments: [Yay - we made it. But, ugh, Kyle's back is out again. We arrived to drizzle and with the nearby hills topped with mist and rain clouds. We'll spend some time resting after the passage and relaxing (which the weather makes for an easy choice). We had a few issues on the passage - notably the bilge alarm, and worse, the new steering setup isn't up to the job - more ugh! Will need to get our thinking caps on and see what we can do. We are hoping that the clouds will clear and between sun and wind we can recharge our boat batteries during the day.]

At: 07:06(AEST) 20-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F)
over 2 years  agoShow

21º 50.022' S150º 17.022' EBegonia
Day 3 of Coral Sea Passage From:Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD To:Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, Whitsundays, QLD. Our position: loc:-21.8365, 150.2867

Progress: [We've made [253.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [108]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [138]nm
Since last posting we have made [136.9]nm (through water). We have moved [137.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [We pulled the spinnaker down for overnight sailing (since wind conditions were predicted to be borderline), so sailing on just the jib. Seas got a bit sloppy, but otherwise all was well. Water temperature warming.]

General Comments: [We crossed the Tropic of Capricorn yesterday (we are now in the tropics for REAL!), however Kyle needed to wear 2 coats overnight. Unfortunately our point of sail keeps the solar panels shaded so we have yet to see the batteries fully charged on this passage.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 19-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 20.9C (69.62F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Course: 321(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.8kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1019hPa, Swell:1m (from:SE)
over 2 years  agoShow

23º 40.062' S151º 45.036' EBegonia
Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD To:Shaw Island, Lindeman Group, Whitsundays, QLD. Our position: loc:-23.6772, 151.7555

Progress: [We've made [116.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [246]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [114]nm
Since last posting we have made [116.2]nm (through water). We have moved [114.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [An unexpectedly fast start (slowed down for Kyle's afternoon watch). We've been flying the spinnaker since about 7pm last night. Clear skies. Overnight we need to be bundled up, but once we are going mostly downwind things were much nicer in the daytime.]

General Comments: [Kyle managed to sail off the anchor (which involves manually winching up all the chain) - he was very happy (I watched on). When I woke Kyle at midnight for his watch he was really disoriented - its been WAY too long since we did any real sailing (haha).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 18-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 18.5C (65.3F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Course: 312(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.2kt, Wind:14Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:1m (from:SW)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 6.084' S153º 7.056' EBegonia
At Anchor: Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.4472, 153.1255

Sail From: Hawk Nest Beach, Moon Point, Fraser Island, QLD To: Arch Cliff, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, QLD

We travelled [8.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [16.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of sand. A bit south of the 4WD campsite, looking forward to sunset light on the sandy cliffs behind us.]

General Comments: [After a lovely walk ashore at Hawk Nest Beach, we've moved a little further North along the coast to the sand cliffs (variety). Conditions should be calm for the next couple of days.]

At: 14:32(AEST) 15-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 24.6C (76.28F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 22.7C (72.86F)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 11.082' S153º 0.06' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hawk Nest Beach, Moon Point, Fraser Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.1971, 153.0097

Sail From: Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island, Great Sandy Strait, QLD To: Hawk Nest Beach, Moon Point, Fraser Island, QLD

We travelled [28.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [26.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of sand. Protected by sand spit to NW at low tide, nice beach ashore, and walking track paralleling beach makes for a nice (short) circuit walk.]

General Comments: [We managed to sail most of this hop north, motoring where the great sandy strait meandered through narrow channels and the wind wasn't cooperating. We are now in Hervey Bay (famed for its whales this time of year).]

At: 16:34(AEST) 14-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 37.086' S152º 58.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island, Great Sandy Strait, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-25.6304, 152.9731

Sail From: Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD To: Garry's Anchorage, Fraser Island, Great Sandy Strait, QLD

We travelled [25.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [21.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.7m. Anchorage renowned for its bugs (hopefully not too bad this time of year). Walks ashore, along with possible dingo (and even a very rare crocodile) sightings.]

General Comments: [Wow - a beautiful light-wind day which had us motoring on calm ocean seas, with an easy (stress free) crossing of the wide-bay bar. We spotted a couple of whales heading south, and a few dolphins both in the ocean and in the bar, but nothing came close to us today. We are crossing our fingers and hoping this anchorage isn't as buggy as reputed.]

At: 13:08(AEST) 13-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 2 years  agoShow

25º 56.064' S153º 10.032' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Sea Passage From:Myora, North Stradbroke Island, QLD To:Double Island Point, Wide Bay, QLD. Our position: loc:-25.9440, 153.1723

Progress: [We've made [106.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [106]nm
Since last posting we have made [106.4]nm (through water). We have moved [92.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.4kt, Avg speed for trip:6.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 1.4m of water between beach and sandspit, well protected from swell in all directions. We still get some wind - so good for wind generator/breeze. In Great Sandy Marine Park. 2 bars 4G Telstra signal. Lighthouse walk ashore to east, and Sand cliffs/Rainbow Beach to north. ]

General Comments: [A rather choppy overnight passage with very mixed seas, waves and two separate swells all mixing up. But we are here and can rest for several days. Finally the water temperature is in the 20s (Celcius) - and that what we were hoping for by moving north.]

At: 08:40(AEST) 10-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 28.014' S153º 25.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: Myora, North Stradbroke Island, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.4689, 153.4166

Sail From: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay To: Myora, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

We travelled [3.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m, plenty of shallows and a few oyster farms to avoid, poor shore access but 2bar of 4G.]

General Comments: [We relocated from our spot in Peel Island due to strong SE winds expected on Sunday (For safety reasons this is permitted under the lock-down rules). It was beautiful and calm today so seemed like an easy time to make the move. Just one other boat here for now. We are still unsure if the lockdown will lift on Sunday, but if it does we hope to depart on Monday for anchorages north (while following mask mandates, etc).]

At: 10:20(AEST) 06-Aug-2021, Outside Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 16.4C (61.52F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 30.03' S153º 21.054' EBegonia
At Anchor: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.5049, 153.3593

Sail From: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD To: Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island, Moreton Bay

We travelled [30.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m, surprised to see it so busy since the Snap lockdown started at 4pm, not sure if everyone here has heard the news.]

General Comments: [We motored in head-winds and meandering channels among sand flats to get here - cracking scenery on route, but a bit chilly at the helm. While underway the South-East of Queensland (where we currently are) declared a snap 3 day lockdown from 4pm today; the Delta Variant is out and spreading and hopefully this will stop/contain it. We are not sure how long we may need to stay here now, but we are hoping the lockdown will end as currently planned (but that may be a bit too hopeful). Luckily we are fully stocked on the food front. While we can't visit aboard other boats, we can go ashore for exercise (a non-inhabited island that is also a national park). We have plenty of things to keep us busy aboard too.]

At: 16:44(AEST) 31-Jul-2021, Outside Temp: 20.5C (68.9F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 17.3C (63.14F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 52.05' S153º 24.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8747, 153.4012

Sail From: The Boat Works, Coomera, QLD To: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD

We travelled [6.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m, a bit crowded today so we'll keep a good watch regarding how everyone swings as the tide changes]

General Comments: [Finally away from the boat yard, after 7 weeks we have everything necessary fixed, all the general maintenance up to date, and are now down to the usual list of nice-to-have and do-when-bored items. We are hoping to sleep in and just hang out without interruptions or chores for a while before moving on North. However we are behind on the blog and a host of other odds, so we'll have to balance all that somehow (at some point, but maybe not today).]

At: 15:14(AEST) 29-Jul-2021, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:36%, Water Temp: 19.8C (67.64F)
over 2 years  agoShow

27º 52.032' S153º 20.022' EBegonia
At Anchor: off Links Hope Island, Coomera River, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8717, 153.3369

Sail From: The Boat Works, Coomera, QLD To: off Links Hope Island, Coomera River, QLD

We travelled [0.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):0.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m, a perfect place to wait for our haul out at The Boat Works (some wakes from passing boaters and jet skis)]

General Comments: [We spent a day of chores (laundry, quotes, etc) with a bit of pampering (shower, restaurant) to get a jump on our imminent haul out and repairs for begonia. Despite the damage we've been assured by two separate businesses that the boat is safe to haul (whew), and once that is done the major work can begin.]

At: 12:50(AEST) 05-Jun-2021, Outside Temp: 35C (95F), Humidity:33%, Water Temp: 20.8C (69.44F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

27º 52.056' S153º 24.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-27.8761, 153.4011

Sail From: Terranora Creek (Tweed River), Tweed Heads, NSW To: Paradise Point/Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast, QLD

We travelled [18.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [20.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of mud among several other boats. From here we can easily get to our haul out scheduled for next week.]

General Comments: [Exiting the Tweed head bar (with steering functional, and in calmer conditions) was a lot simpler. We hopped north and re-entered protected waterways via the Spit/Southport Bar. Anchored well before dark and near boating friends - food for the soul! Expecting rain tomorrow.]

At: 16:16(AEST) 02-Jun-2021, Outside Temp: 22.3C (72.14F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 20.5C (68.9F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

28º 11.016' S153º 32.07' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Terranora Creek (Tweed River), Tweed Heads, NSW - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-28.1859, 153.5448

Sail From: Boyd Park Jetty, Terranora Creek (Tweed River), Tweed Heads South, NSW To: Terranora Creek (Tweed River), Tweed Heads, NSW

We travelled [0.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.5kt.

Location Comments: [On a 24-hour limit courtesy mooring, river traffic can cause a few wakes, otherwise peaceful. Nice scenery.]

General Comments: [After making steering and engine repairs we left the dock and hard tested the systems in the river. All is well, so we will await the next weather window for departure while organizing pending haul-out.]

At: 16:00(AEST) 28-May-2021, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:39%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

28º 11.022' S153º 33.006' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Ukerebagh Island, Tweed River, Tweed Heads, NSW - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-28.1864, 153.5512

Sail From: Richmond River, Ballina, NSW To: Ukerebagh Island, Tweed River, Tweed Heads, NSW

We travelled [44.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [41.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.6kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 24-hour limit free moorings in the river, in a nook just outside the worst of the currents. Depth 3.4m (close to bank, and other sandy shallows). Ashore the island is all part of the Ukerebagh Nature Reserve. Historical snippet: the small island is where Australia’s first Aboriginal politician, Neville Bonner, was born. Within the reserve, on the mainland to the south is the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Center which offers a museum of aboriginal culture curated by aboriginal guides.]

General Comments: [Another early start to make the right tide state for the bars involved. We again had to bring down the spinnaker for frear of arriving too early at Tweed Heads, and still arrived too early anyway. We held off for a while, and entered without issue but before conditions were ideal to be sure.]

At: 13:14(AEST) 23-May-2021, Outside Temp: 23.8C (74.84F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

28º 52.056' S153º 33.078' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Richmond River, Ballina, NSW - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-28.8758, 153.5633

Sail From: Yamba Channel, Yamba, NSW To: Richmond River, Ballina, NSW

We travelled [38.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [35.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.7kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 24-hour limit moorings in river. Depth 3.1m, with wind and currents I would not recommend to row ashore (better to use an outboard).]

General Comments: [We continue our push north, and with another early start (yay Kyle!) in order to have the best of the bars at both ends of this passage. The Ballina Bar web cam was out of action unfortunately (we love checking the webcams on the days leading up to our arrival). Ballina Bar is renowned as one of the most difficult (waves can continue to break far within the narrow channel of the breakwaters, so we were not made any easier when also learning that there was a large log in the channel! Thankfully all was well (we never did see the log). Mostly spinnaker sailing, but cold so we are well wrapped up against the winds, Eventually we had to douse the spinnaker to avoid arriving too early.]

At: 11:50(AEST) 21-May-2021, Outside Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

29º 26.01' S153º 21.012' EBegonia
At Shallow-Anchor: Yamba Channel, Yamba, NSW - Coral Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-29.4348, 153.3521

Sail From: Coffs Harbour, NSW To: Yamba Channel, Yamba, NSW

We travelled [56.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [53.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.0kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.3m among crowded/narrow mooring field (reported to be good holding mud), well protected aside from wake from passing boats.]

General Comments: [We continue to push North. We departed Coffs Harbour before Midnight and Kyle took the graveyard watch as normal (and it rained!). We made great time and arrived just as all the forecasts/routers predicted we would. Since most of the passage was at night there is little to report, but we did get to fly the spinnaker for most of the passage (until the squalls arrived). When we arrived at the bar there was still a smidge of ebb, but all was well. We plan to go ashore and explore Yamba (last time we were in this area, we were on the other side of the Clarence River at Iluka (while the 2019 fires were still raging). ]

At: 10:56(AEST) 18-May-2021, Outside Temp: 20.4C (68.72F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 18C (64.4F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

30º 18.036' S153º 8.058' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Swansea Bridge, Lake Macquarie To:Coffs Harbour, NSW. Our position: loc:-30.3063, 153.1431

Progress: [We've made [189.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [44]nm
Since last posting we have made [45.4]nm (through water). We have moved [43.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.3kt, Avg speed for trip:5.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4.7m, Dinghy dock ashore at Marina.]

General Comments: [We made such unexpected progress yesterday and overnight, so when the when the wind finally just quit on us and we were within 20nm of the the harbour, we caved in and motored so we could be at anchor in daylight and not bobbing around all night at sea. Kyle PC refuses to boot up with some hard disc error - interestingly it was at Coffs harbour we purchased it to replace the previous failed computer!]

At: 16:34(AEST) 15-May-2021, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

31º 2.01' S153º 8.004' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Swansea Bridge, Lake Macquarie To:Coffs Harbour, NSW. Our position: loc:-31.0348, 153.1341

Progress: [We've made [144.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [44]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [156]nm
Since last posting we have made [144.1]nm (through water). We have moved [144.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [We left Lake Macquarie at first light and once we were able to turn to the north we've been on a broad reach / downwind sailing since then; for several hours things were calm enough to allow us to sail wing-on-wing. Despite the forecast for decreasing winds, that has yet to happen, eventually the seas keep building too making for some occasional surfing (i don't like it). This persistent wind does help our progress though. We also had an unexpected current with us for much of the last 24 hours, changing just recently - we now have 1.5kt against us.]

General Comments: [Overnight the sky was clear and the stars & the bioluminescence put on a great show. We've seen only one other sailboat (Polar Star), that was with us for part of our journey yesterday (branching off mid-afternoon), but there is a regular stream of cargo ships (many anchored at sea too). We even had an Australian military ship (HMAS Brisbane) cross our path as it headed to harbour from sea. It looks like we *should* make it earlier than we'd initially estimated, and if we are lucky even in daylight today.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 15-May-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: C (F), Course: 358(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:15Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (from:SW)
almost 3 years  agoShow

33º 5.016' S151º 38.064' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Swansea Bridge, Lake Macquarie - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-33.0858, 151.6436

Sail From: Green Point, Lake Macquarie, NSW To: Swansea Bridge, Lake Macquarie

We travelled [7.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [3.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.3kt.

Location Comments: [One of 3 24-hour limit courtesy moorings (3.8m) - Good for waiting for bridge openings or departure for sea.]

General Comments: [We sailed around the N end of the lake today, and then departed via the 5pm lift of the Swansea Bridge (ready for our departure in the morning). We had a lone dolphin join us for much of the afternoon, with spectacular leaps and even (a first for me) visited us with a fish it had just caught (to show off? as a gift?) as we were waiting on the bridge. So cool!]

At: 17:08(AEST) 13-May-2021, Outside Temp: 22.7C (72.86F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 21.4C (70.52F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

33º 1.038' S151º 37.086' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Greenpoint, Lake Macquarie, NSW - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-33.0230, 151.6307

Sail From: Murrays Beach, Lake Macquarie, NSW To: Greenpoint, Lake Macquarie, NSW

We travelled [10.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.3kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 24 hour limit courtesy moorings (2.4m depth), Green Point Foreshore Reserve parkland ashore and access to a host trails (flat and/or hilly).]

General Comments: [Another motorless day of sailing for fun alone, heading towards the north end of the ""lake"". Kyle is appropriately smug, and in his happy place. He had wanted to go further north but the wind was starting to die and the forecast said to expect no more (we had 1kt gusts as a max overnight). Naturally once safe on the mooring with the sails packed away, the wind picked up again. We had expected to depart tomorrow but based on current forecasts we'll delay that. Rain forecast again for the next couple of days, but today was a gloriously sunny day with blue skies and the odd puffy white cloud to make it look extra nice. Having been overcast and with very light winds since we arrived, we need the sunshine for the battery bank so long may it last today.]

At: 13:23(AEST) 10-May-2021, Outside Temp: 24.7C (76.46F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

33º 6.09' S151º 43.092' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Murrays Beach, Lake Macquarie - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-33.1144, 151.6122

Sail From: Pulbah Island, Lake Macquarie, NSW To: Murrays Beach, Lake Macquarie

We travelled [10.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [0.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.2kt.

Location Comments: [One of 2 24-hour limit courtesy moorings (4.9m depth), close to public dock, BBQ facilities ashore, café nearby.]

General Comments: [A day of sailing JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. No real destination in mind, we just sailed about in the South arms of Lake Macquarie, partook in a sail race course for a while, and eventually moved across back to the mainland peninsula. Kyle is extra happy since we didn't use the motor all day - both dropping and picking up mooring balls in these lovely flat conditions. Sun shining, blue skies, and a low-pressure sailing day - bliss (don't think too hard that we are only 1.5nm from where we started after sailing for almost 5 hours).]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 16:51(AEST) 08-May-2021, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 24C (75.2F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

33º 5.07' S151º 35.064' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Pulbah Island, Lake Macquarie, NSW - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: loc:-33.0949, 151.5935

Sail From: Collins Beach, Spring Cove, Little Manly, NSW To: Pulbah Island, Lake Macquarie, NSW

We travelled [57.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [45.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.3kt.

Location Comments: [We are using one of the 3 24-hour limit courtesy moorings (4.2m depth). Pulbah Island is the largest on lake Macquarie, it is also Nature Reserve (no dogs allowed ashore). ]

General Comments: [An early start to get north and enter the narrow bar and bridge for entry into the giant Lake Macquarie area. Ocean part of passage was ideal (aside from the rain), swapping from spinnaker to reefed jib as we approached Lake Macquarie. We had a lot of rain/drizzle on the passage, but the sun eventually shone once we were waiting for our bridge opening time (1pm). We'll be resting up before exploring the area in between the forecast rain shower days.]

At: 14:32(AEST) 05-May-2021, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 21.5C (70.7F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

33º 48.054' S151º 17.04' EBegonia
At Anchor: Collins Beach, Spring Cove, Little Manly, NSW - Sydney Harbour, Australia. Our position: -33.8087, 151.2896

Sail From: Manly, NSW To: Collins Beach, Spring Cove, Little Manly, NSW

We travelled [0.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.7kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of water - outside the do-not-anchor boundary (boards/markers ashore each side of the cove define boundary line). No dogs permitted (Penguin breeding ground). ]

General Comments: [Relocated after chore day in town, and a walk along (part of) the Manly-Spit trail. Now looking forward to meeting up with Muse and crowd over the weekend.]

At: 16:22(AEST) 30-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 26.4C (79.52F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

33º 47.1' S151º 16.086' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Manly, NSW - Sydney Harbour, Australia. Our position: -33.7998, 151.2814

Sail From: East Anchorage, Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, NSW To: Manly, NSW

We travelled [11.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [One of 5 free 24 hour public moorings, depth 3.9m]

General Comments: [Fun tacking through a much quieter (week-day) Sydney harbour. We've relocated for a bit of basic grocery shopping, and to be closer for a meet-up with the crew from Muse over the weekend.]

At: 15:02(AEST) 29-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 21.5C (70.7F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

33º 52.032' S151º 11.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: East Anchorage, Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, NSW - Sydney Harbour, Australia. Our position: -33.8722, 151.1860

Sail From: Blues Point, Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour, NSW To: East Anchorage, Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, NSW

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [Designated anchorage area, good for about 6 boats, (access under ANZAC Bridge), anchored in 3.9m with dinghy dock, rubbish bins, and small cafe nearby.]

General Comments: [Relocated for better shore access, we'll spend a couple of days aboard catching up with odd projects and have plans to meet up (with someone we met in Tasmania) for dinner one evening. The sun is shining, it's odd to see traffic around us, but we're loving the city skyline. We were last here over a year ago and were quite surprised today to find the anchorage so busy outside of the Xmas/NYE season (thankfully not quite full!).]

At: 14:12(AEST) 26-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 22C (71.6F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

33º 50.094' S151º 12.012' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Blues Point, Sydney Harbour, NSW - Port Hacking, Australia. Our position: -33.8489, 151.2019

Sail From: Jibbon Beach, Port Hacking To: Blues Point, Sydney Harbour, NSW

We travelled [22.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.4kt.

Location Comments: [Free 24 hour mooring (20T max / nearby Emergency mooring swing hazard for boats of 11m+)]

General Comments: [Kyle thoroughly enjoyed a spinnaker sail along the beautiful coastal sea-cliffs, and eventually our turn and sail into Sydney Harbour. And then we realised it was Sunday (therefore race day) and we were suddenly having to worry about sailboats from all directions - YIKES. We headed for Farm Cove (right by the Sydney opera house) but found it cordoned off for the current Handa Opera event (but could find no 'notice to mariners' announcement to explain). We changed our plan and headed for a free public mooring on the other side of the Sydney Bridge which was luckily empty (yay!) so we are set for at least the next 24 hours.]

At: 15:44(AEST) 25-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 20.1C (68.18F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 21C (69.8F)
almost 3 years  agoShow

34º 4.086' S151º 9.09' EBegonia
"At Mooring Ball (free): Jibbon Beach - Port Hacking, Australia. Our position: -34.0807, 151.1645

Sail From: Turriell Pt, Port Hacking To: Jibbon Beach, Port Hacking

We travelled [1.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [Picked up one of the 5 RMYC moorings (this one has 2.2m depth), Close the the bay entrance. Royal National park ashore (with a trail to aboriginal artwork!)]

General Comments: [We are thoroughly enjoying Port Hacking and after some time kayaking about in SW arm and meeting the lovely Story family (locals), we've moved closer to the exit ready to move on to Sydney Harbour tomorrow.]

At: 10:06(AEST) 24-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)
about 3 years  agoShow

34º 5.022' S151º 5.094' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball (free) in South West Arm, Port Hacking, NSW, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Hole in the Wall, Darling Road, Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) To:South West Arm, Port Hacking, NSW. Our position: -34.0872, 151.0984

Progress: [We've made [80.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [4.8]nm
Since last posting we have made [5.5]nm (through water). We have moved [4.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.6kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [One of 5 public mooring balls (this one has 10m depth), well protected and peaceful cove (at least on a weekday - we are the only ones here!). With Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos squawking from the cliffs, and a flock of Silver Gulls hanging around. Surrounded by the Royal National Park. 4kt speed limit so it should remain peaceful. Telstra Signal 1bar (workable).]

General Comments: [We made it, the channel involved some very narrow patches, and took us very close to some rocks (thank goodness for charts and navigation aids to reassure us!), also some very shallow patches (gulp) but we made it. Port Hacking is basically a suburb of Sydney, and we passed by some beautiful cliff-top homes (reminded me of Tiburon in San Francisco Bay), we could easily have stopped near any of the suburbs, but we decided to head for the peace of the National Park instead. We'll rest up and hopefully make a kayak trip up the river to take a trail to see Winifred Falls during our stay. For now we have the place entirely to ourselves (school holidays over, and a weekday certainly helps!). ]

At: 08:06(AEST) 21-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 20C (68F), Humidity:55%, Water Temp: 20C (68F)
about 3 years  agoShow

34º 4.032' S151º 10.062' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Hole in the Wall, Darling Road, Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) To:Port Hacking, NSW. Our position: -34.0715, 151.1773

Progress: [We've made [75.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [4.8]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [65.2]nm
Since last posting we have made [75.1]nm (through water). We have moved [67.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Winds stronger than forecast, so we have made good speed since departing. We've decided to go a little deeper into the inlet (and more into the national park part of the bay, rather than the city part)]

General Comments: [Kyle was well wrapped up against the cold and wind when I woke up this morning; looked like a rough night. The good news is we are here somewhat earlier than expected (currently right outside the entrance, and Kyle has just doused the sails and started the engine to help navigate the narrow channel within the otherwise shallow/sandy estuary).]

At: 06:00(AEST) 21-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 16.6C (61.88F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: C (F), Course: 310(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (from:SW)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 7.092' S150º 44.07' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hole in the Wall, Darling Road, Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) - Jervis Bay, Australia. Our position: -35.1317, 150.7450

Sail From: Long Beach, Jervis Bay, Beecroft Peninsula, NSW To: Hole in the Wall, Darling Road, Jervis Bay, Jervis Bay Territory (JBT)

We travelled [5.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10.45m (there are 5 public 24 hour mooring balls, but they were all occupied as it is the last weekend of the school Easter Holidays). Rules require any anchoring here must be in GREATER than 10m of water (presumably to protect the seagrass). Ashore is the Booderee National Park. ]

General Comments: [After a good lot of exploring and enjoying the cliff scenery ashore on the Beecroft Peninsular side, we returned to the boat and motored south across Jervis Bay, moving from New South Wales (NSW) into the tiny Jervis Bay Territory (JBT), and in good time for sunset. This means we have now visited ALL 9 of Australia's states(6) and internal Territories(3). We discovered the water is not as warm our our temp sensor is telling us - independently checked with a real thermometer and the result changes from 34.8C to just 19C - so still cold! I've no idea how long its been reading incorrectly, it jumped up after we left Tasmania but we were thinking that was 'normal' as we headed north... Oops.]

At: 17:26(AEST) 17-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 19C (66.2F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 2.034' S150º 47.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: Long Beach, Beecroft Peninsula, Jervis Bay, NSW - Tasman Sea, Australia. Our position: -35.0393, 150.7861

Sail From: Batemans Bay, NSW To: Long Beach, Beecroft Peninsula, Jervis Bay, NSW

We travelled [49.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [49.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 1.5-2.5m (shallow), in sand patch. Checked notice board reads [Open to Public] for shore access - as this is peninsula sometimes a live firing range! Phone verification for schedule can be found via Ranger Station: 4448 3411.]

General Comments: [So much for light winds! as the sky hinted at daylight we soon had to take down the spinnaker and were sailing under jib alone were close to needing to reef it too (in the gusts); Good news is we arrived well before we expected (YAY!). The route up here took us past the town of Ulladulla (sounds so Australian), and Jervis Bay (where we are now) is famed for several reasons; it has Australia's highest sea-cliffs, and (the south east part) is in the tiny 'Jervis Bay Territory' giving the ACT access to the sea, and under ACT laws (although not technically part of the ACT, all very confusing!)]

At: 13:36(AEST) 16-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:54%, Water Temp: 35.3C (95.54F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 42.054' S150º 10.098' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball ($) in Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Flagstaff Jetty, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria To:Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: -35.7085, 150.1832

Progress: [We've made [239.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [86]nm
Since last posting we have made [106.9]nm (through water). We have moved [85.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.4kt, Avg speed for trip:5.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Ugh! The last 24 hours have had all sorts, with both calms and strong head-winds frustrating our headway. After such great progress the day before, it was frustrating to take another 24 hours to go the last 80nm (Sailing, Ugh!!!). We had hoped all the debris washed out from the recent floods was long gone, but there were warnings of 6m logs and giant water tanks floating in some of the waters we passed. We were much further offshore than the reports, and really slowed the boat down at night, thinking perhaps the only 'stuff' that gets reported is that closer to shore... it all made for a stressful night watch. Well behind us, we had several hours of continuous lightning strikes (about 1 every 10 seconds), and way back on the west coast of Tasmania the reports were showing regular 11m (36') waves, and even a 16m (52') wave (we had 4m at worst, and only for a couple of hours during the passage). Some places were clearly having a way worse night than us. We have picked up a mooring we reserved with Batemans Bay Marina (although I'm not sure we have the right one, we'll have to double check once they open).]

General Comments: [Another passage complete. During this one we clocked 13,000 hours underway in Begonia. We are both so glad to be in calm waters AND to see that the water temperature has shot up (currently at 31.9C/89.4F).]

At: 06:28(AEST) 11-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 13.9C (57.02F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 7.002' S150º 24.024' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Flagstaff Jetty, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria To:Batemans Bay, NSW. Our position: -37.1173, 150.4035

Progress: [We've made [132.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [86]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [164]nm
Since last posting we have made [132.5]nm (through water). We have moved [124.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [After departure the seas grew, and grew until we had up to 4m waves from our stern quarter (during dinner!), with the occasional side-swipe. Definitely conditions where we won't forget our life jackets. Things have calmed down since then so far we have no current against us.]

General Comments: [We left Gippsland's Lakes Entrance and turned left (East), following off shore along 90-mile-beach. Kyle saw plenty of birds and dolphins on his watch (me, not so much). Cargo ships are also seen regularly. Having turned the SE corner of Australia we have now left Victoria and are officially in NSW!]

At: 06:00(AEST) 10-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 4(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1005hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SW)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 52.092' S147º 59.004' EBegonia
At Dock-Free: Cunninghame Quay, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes - Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia. Our position: -37.8824, 147.9843

Sail From: Resides Jetty, Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria To: Cunninghame Quay, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes

We travelled [8.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [10.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.6kt.

Location Comments: [48-hour Free Public dock (water available - free), power available (Fee), fixed dock so need to allow for tide. Short walk to woolworths, laundromat, and plenty of restaurants, etc.]

General Comments: [We took a leisurely motor back towards the lakes entrance, stopping at Metung village (for brunch from the bakery), and again at the Co-Op fuel dock to top up our diesel (First time since Exmouth, WA!). The sun is finally back out, so we are looking forward to a waterfront stroll.]

At: 12:54(AEST) 07-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 22.6C (72.68F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 54.03' S147º 46.038' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock-Free in Resides Jetty, Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Bass Strait Passage From:Winter Cove, Deal Island, Kent Group, Tasmania To:Resides Jetty, Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria. Our position: -37.9045, 147.7727

Progress: [We've made [102.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [24]nm
Since last posting we have made [16.4]nm (through water). We have moved [11.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:1.4kt, Avg speed for trip:4.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [48-hour free public dock on quiet side of this busy tourist island (famed for its wild koala population). Dock has a LOT of bird guano so we are glad our bedroom is on the other side of the boat! 2bars Telstra cell-phone Signal.]

General Comments: [We made it to Victoria (State)! We arrived well before first light, but then a mismatch between predicted and actual tides/current had us just sitting off the entrance for 12 hours awaiting a safe time to enter. Once we entered the lakes, we motored to a dock deeper into the lakes. It has been overcast and cold all day, but thankfully sea-state was calm while we waited. We'll rest up and be looking forward to a walk ashore for some Koala spotting in the morning.]

At: 17:32(AEST) 05-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 17.9C (64.22F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
about 3 years  agoShow

38º 3.006' S147º 54.096' EBegonia
Day 2 of Bass Strait Passage From:Winter Cove, Deal Island, Kent Group, Tasmania To:Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria. Our position: -38.0505, 147.9163

Progress: [We've made [86.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [24]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [86]nm
Since last posting we have made [86.1]nm (through water). We have moved [89.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [After a windy start and a fast evening, we have finally had to slow down as we have 7 more hours to go before the suitable time to enter the 'bar' at Lakes Entrance (9nm away). We can practically row and still make that distance in that time. Overnight we transitted through one of Australia's Oil/Gas fields and several rigs (at a safe distance). Lots of very bright bioluminescence last night too.]

General Comments: [We have finally departed Tasmania and are soon to arrive in Victoria. ]

At: 06:00(AEST) 05-Apr-2021, Outside Temp: 16.6C (61.88F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 17(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.6kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1021hPa, Swell:1.5m (from:SW)
about 3 years  agoShow

39º 28.032' S147º 20.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Winter Cove, Deal Island, Kent Group, Tasmania - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -39.4715, 147.3485

Sail From: Peacock Bay, Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. To: Winter Cove, Deal Island, Kent Group, Tasmania

We travelled [48.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [40.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of sand. Trail from beach across island to lighthouse (with caretaker, and museum). Note island is part of the Kent Group National Park]

General Comments: [A cold, blustery and rolly passage North, with huge numbers of mutton birds as we were leaving the tip of Flinders Island. We are now half way across the Bass Strait. We'll spend a few days here and then head north again back to mainland Australia (hopefully to Victoria).]

At: 16:14(AEDT) 29-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 16.5C (61.7F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F)
about 3 years  agoShow

40º 4.014' S147º 45.084' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Peacock Bay, Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.0693, 147.7642

Sail From: Fotheringate Bay, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. To: Peacock Bay, Prime Seal Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania.

We travelled [17.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.6kt.

Location Comments: [MAST Mooring ball (there are 2 here), in 8m depth. Telstra Signal: 1bar.]

General Comments: [Over the last few days the pressure has swung from 1036 down to 990 (both unusual towards each extreme of 'normal' weather). Strong winds are expected from the South and West so we've relocated to yet another anchorage during a brief calm, we motor sailed as it was so calm and we wanted to be sure to arrive before dark. We arrived in plenty of time but seeing the MAST mooring already taken we made 4 attempts to set the anchor - each failed when we back down at high revs (our normal test). There was too much weed and we couldn't locate a sandy patch that wasn't too shallow AND it was approaching dark. If anchoring failed our alternative was to stay at sea all night and try again in daylight. Thankfully the other boat here, Pipi, called to say that there was a fishing boat mooring near him; although he didn't know if it was any good, it was worth a try. We went for it with Pipi helping by shining his spotlight in the appropriate direction. When we arrived we were SO HAPPY to see it was an official MAST mooring (local government, meaning it will be well maintained and trust-worthy). Whew - we made it.... Now we expect to be here for a couple of days based on the forecast. ]

At: 20:00(AEDT) 24-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 19.3C (66.74F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
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40º 12.054' S148º 2.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: Fotheringate Bay, Flinders Island - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.2092, 148.0359

Sail From: Trousers Bay, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. To: Fotheringate Bay, Flinders Island

We travelled [2.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.4kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m of sand (you can pick your depth, just select a sandy patch between weed cover). From anchor we have great views of Strzelecki Peaks in the Strzelecki National Park to our E through ENE and plenty of beautiful rock features to scramble over. Two of Tasmania's 60 great walks can be done from this anchorage: Trousers Point Coastal Track is a relatively easy trail and runs between the north and south coves of Trousers Point, and Strzelecki Peaks(756m) trail head is a 3.5km walk along the road (allow 5-6 hours once at the trailhead). Note: Tasmania National Park passes required for trails. Road access is to south end of beach. Telstra signal: 3-Bars of 4G. ]

General Comments: [We have moved around Trousers Point to get a bit more protection from the winds expected later today and all day tomorrow (when we will need to move again). The terrible rains and storms that have hit much of Australia are headed our way and we'll just have to keep moving to remain protected. In the meantime we are dry and safe and have plenty to keep us busy while we remain aboard.]

At: 14:58(AEDT) 23-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
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40º 13.008' S148º 2.016' EBegonia
At Anchor: Trousers Bay, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.2296, 148.0358

Sail From: Spike Cove, Clarke Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania. To: Trousers Bay, Flinders Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania.

We travelled [27.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m of sand (select a sandy patch between weed cover). Trousers Bay Beach looks great for a walk/run (certainly at low tides). From anchor we have great views of Strzelecki Peaks in the Strzelecki National Park to our E through ENE and a selection of trail options from the beach, in addition to plenty of beautiful rock features to scramble over. Trousers Point Coastal Track runs between the north and south coves of Trousers Point. Campground (with road access) to north end of beach. Note: Tasmania National Park passes required for trails. ]

General Comments: [Another blustery day, mostly sailing broad reach, but against currents. Anchored in the bay with (currently) just one other boat (on the mooring). Expected strong winds from tomorrow night from the NE/ENE so we should be snug and protected here before having to move again for later forecasts. we hope to hit some of the trails; thankfully we a have our Tas NP passes from our earlier visit to Cradle Mountain.]

At: 12:30(AEDT) 21-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 21.1C (69.98F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
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40º 32.04' S148º 7.014' EBegonia
At Anchor: Spike Cove, Clarke Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.5403, 148.1187

Sail From: Lemons Beach, Foster Inlet, Cape Portland, Tasmania To: Spike Cove, Clarke Island, Furneaux Group, Tasmania.

We travelled [15.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7.5m of sand. Good sized cove, fringed and spotted with lovely smooth worn bedrock and giant bolders, those around the cove edges are banded with bright orange lichen. All just begging to get the dingy/kayak out and explore from sea and ashore. Very photogenic! Poor 1bar Telstra signal with intermittent 'no service'.]

General Comments: [A choppy passage, close reach, but with a favourable current preventing us from needing to consider any tacking. Chilly and blustery on route. However the views on arriving are spectacular and we are keen to get ashore and scramble over some of these amazing sentinels. There was one other boat here when we arrived, and they are already out exploring (we won't be long behind them).]

At: 09:26(AEDT) 19-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 19.7C (67.46F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
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40º 46.038' S147º 56.1' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lemons Beach, Foster Inlet, Cape Portland, Tasmania - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -40.7730, 147.9497

Sail From: Off Marion's Vinyard, Deviot, Tamar River, Tasmania. To: Lemons Beach, Foster Inlet, Cape Portland, Tasmania

We travelled [72.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [53.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m. Wind generators loom all around this corner of Tasmania (ominous sign). Cape Portland Conservation Area all around. Petal Point campground ashore (described as primative, part of Mt William National Park, no trash cans) to the south end of Lemons Beach.]

General Comments: [We had a very early start to catch the tides AND be sure to arrive before dark - Kyle was up just after midnight! Transitting the last few miles of River Tamar was uneventful until we approached the mouth and the journey became a little wilder with an ebbing current against wind and waves (def. not ideal!). It took a few miles for the seas to dial it down to just miserable, and most of the day was just that before we were back in calmer waters in the anchorage. During the passage we didn't see any other boats, but there was a call on the VHF of the type 'is anybody there, we need help'. Clearly someone not familiar with using a VHF radio. We waited for the excellent Maritime Radio to return the call, but silence so we picked up the call and established that a boat has been attempting to return to their trailer at Blizzard Landing boat ramp, and a wave had washed them off and back out into the water, and left them stuck in a falling tide with two people aboard. We were too far away and no good to help. The signal was weak and I had to ask for information multiple times, but eventually had enough information to call the police from my cell phone and have them make all the appropriate contacts. Shortly after Tas Maritime contacted me (they must have pointed their boosters in my direction) and verified all the information we had. By the time we were pulling into our anchorage we got another call from Tas Maritime confirming the boat and people were now all safe and well - Great news!. We are expecting the winds to shift so we'll be well protected sat here for a few days before heading North.]

At: 16:44(AEDT) 15-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 20.6C (69.08F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
about 3 years  agoShow

41º 14.082' S146º 56.052' EBegonia
At Anchor: Off Marion's Vinyard, Deviot, Tamar River, Tasmania. - Tamar River (Estuary), Australia. Our position: -41.2470, 146.9420

Sail From: Rosevears Pontoon (public), Tamar River, Tasmania To: Off Marion's Vinyard, Deviot, Tamar River, Tasmania.

We travelled [6.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [5.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m. There is a jetty ashore for Marion's Vinyard dingy access, and posts off the end of the jetty to tie to (and then dinghy to jetty). The jetty is too shallow for sailboats. Vinyard cellar door is open every day for tastings 11-5, PH: 0437 540 422.]

General Comments: [A cold and rainy day today, so we used that time to move along the river to our next stop. Tomorrow is expected to be a lovely sunny day so we'll get to go ashore and make the most of it.]

At: 16:04(AEDT) 13-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 19C (66.2F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
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41º 19.026' S147º 0.03' EBegonia
At Dock-Free: Rosevears Pontoon (public), Tamar River, Tasmania - Tamar River (Estuary), Australia. Our position: -41.3210, 147.0050

Sail From: Old Seaport Marina, North Esk River, Launceston To: Rosevears Pontoon (public), Tamar River, Tasmania

We travelled [8.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [8.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [Public Dock, 3 hour mooring limit, but since it is directly outside the Rosevears Hotel/Restaurant it is a perfect place to stop for a meal. Depth at low tide 1.5m. Sign specifies boat mooring has priority over fishing.]

General Comments: [We spent the morning completing chores (laundry & grocery shopping) in Launceston awaiting the ebb tide, and then motored down the river for a dinner date at Rosevears Hotel.]

At: 16:10(AEDT) 12-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:53%, Water Temp: 24.1C (75.38F)
about 3 years  agoShow

41º 26.004' S147º 7.092' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Old Seaport Marina, North Esk River, Launceston - Tamar River (Estuary), Australia. Our position: -41.4340, 147.1315

Sail From: Supply Bay, Tamar River, Tasmania To: Old Seaport Marina, North Esk River, Launceston

We travelled [15.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [13.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [Secure at Old Seaport Marina in Launceston (Doc 13D) @$35/night. Was sure to catch the flood into Launceston along Tamar River (where at low tide there are plenty of mud flats). Depth at dock (low tide) only 0.7m (we are a little concerned we'll be touching bottom at low tide). Water in town is a bit ugly looking.]

General Comments: [An early start to catch the flood tide along the River Tamar. A Cool and foggy morning under motor in no real wind. We were accompanied by two white-bellied sea-eagles as they hopped along the navigation markers ahead of us. Once we arrived at the dock, we were greeted by two black swans (clearly wanting a handout).]

At: 08:54(AEDT) 09-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 17.2C (62.96F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F)
about 3 years  agoShow

41º 14.1' S146º 57.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Supply Bay, Tamar River, Tasmania, Australia. Our position: -41.2499, 146.9566

Sail From: West Arm, Tamar River, Tasmania To: Supply Bay, Tamar River, Tasmania

We travelled [12.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3m of mud (Tidal river), exposed to winds (good for the wind generator), with a bit of chop.]

General Comments: [We are hoping to visit Launceston up the river, but the one marina don't answer calls over the weekend, and the other dock is already occupied with another visiting boat. Since it is a holiday weekend we won't get a call back from the Marina until Tuesday at best. We've moved along the river though (hopeful that we'll find a solution), passing under the Batman bridge and being entertained by the eddies, sea lions, and the masses of jelly blubbers(jellyfish) along the way.]

At: 16:00(AEDT) 06-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F)
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41º 8.052' S146º 47.07' EBegonia
At Anchor: West Arm, Taymar River, Tasmania, Australia. Our position: -41.1418, 146.7953

Sail From: Mersey Yacht Club, Devonport, Tasmania To: West Arm, Taymar River, Tasmania

We travelled [31.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [19.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.8 of mud. Tidal river (3.2m range during our stay). No obvious local shore access. Windy path along river to avoid the many mud flats at low tide.]

General Comments: [A very rough passage with 3.5m seas and 40kt+ winds at times - thankfully we were going with the forces but we still had the occasional wave slam into the side of the boat. We were glad to get into the Taymar and calmer waters. We'll spend a couple of days here just relaxing and catching up with our admin. It was important to Not have the ebb tide against us on arrival so to slow down Kyle kept reducing sail until we were finally on bare poles and STILL going 6kt+ through the water at sea! We will make sure that we don't have such conditions when we exit.]

At: 11:50(AEDT) 04-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
about 3 years  agoShow

41º 11.04' S146º 22.014' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Mersey Yacht Club, Devonport, Tasmania - Bass Strait, Australia. Our position: -41.1902, 146.3692

Sail From: Wynyard Town Docks, Inglis River,Tasmania To: Mersey Yacht Club, Devonport, Tasmania

We travelled [27.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [31.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.0kt.

Location Comments: [At Mersey River Yacht club on the Eastern bank of the Mersey River (and yes, there is a ferry here that crosses the Mersey - a cute little one). The main town of Devonport is on the other bank (so near, yet so far). No worries depth-wise entering the river as the port is the terminal for the giant ferry 'The Spirit of Tasmania' that shuttles between Tassie and the mainland. ]

General Comments: [An early start (to be sure of enough depth to exit the river Inglis at Wynyard) had us departing with light winds and calm seas (downwind, so we were able to use the spinnaker). Arrived into the river, finding the YC was easy enough, but the expected dock space was occupied so we grabbed another space and hope we are OK. You may have noticed the British sounding place names.. I can add that we sailed by Somerset, and Leith on the way here today (never a day sail in the UK).]

At: 12:32(AEDT) 01-Mar-2021, Outside Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F)
about 3 years  agoShow

40º 59.028' S145º 44.01' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Wynyard Town Docks, Inglis River,Tasmania - Southern Ocean, Australia. Our position: -40.9877, 145.7347

Sail From: Freestone Cove, Table Cape, Tasmania To: Wynyard Town Docks, Inglis River,Tasmania

We travelled [2.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):2.7kt.

Location Comments: [At dock. Entrance to river is just 0.2m at low tide (with a 3m range), so you need to time your entrance. Picturesque town famed for its tulips (October time), short walk to grocery store, laundromat, and plenty of restaurants. Nice river walks.]

General Comments: [After a tip via a Facebook group member who reached out (Jan from Women Who Sail Australia) we moved from the anchorage and onto the town docks for a few days. This rural village is picturesque with lovely river frontage. We can explore the surrounds and chill out a bit while here, and be sure to leave with fresh provisions too!]

At: 11:04(AEDT) 26-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
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40º 57.096' S145º 43.008' EBegoniaAt Anchor: Freestone Cove, Table Cape, Tasmania - Southern Ocean, Australia. Our position: -40.9659, 145.7300 Sail From: Stanley, Tasmania To: Freestone Cove, Table Cape, Tasmania We travelled [25.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):6.0kt. Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m of sand, in lee of the tall Table Cape and other bluffs. Ashore is Table Cape Conservation Area. Just north is Cape Table and just to south is Fossil Bluff (with beach). The town of WYNYARD (on the river Inglis) is 1.5km to our South. Anchoring here overnight as we hop west along the N Coast of Tasmania.] General Comments: [We had an early start to beat the rain. Unfortunately the rain didn't adhere to the forecast so it was a rainy and windy downwind sail (gusts up to 32kt, steady at 25kt apparent, seas at 2.5m out of shelter). We have the rest of the day to relax, warm up and cook up a good meal (thank goodness for heating). Tasmanian summers sometimes don't feel very summery.] At: 11:02(AEDT) 25-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F) ----- At 25/02/2021 00:02 (UTC) our position was 40°57.96'S 145°43.80'Eabout 3 years  agoShow

40º 46.014' S145º 17.1' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 6 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -40.7692, 145.2996

Progress: [We've made [600.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [62]nm
Since last posting we have made [65.5]nm (through water). We have moved [51.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3-6m just outside harbour. A bit bouncy tonight, but expecting calmer conditions by morning. Stanley is famed for its 'Nut' a tall volcanic 'table' that stands proud of everything around it. There is a chair lift or a steep walk to the top for the views.]

General Comments: [Once we entered the Bass Strait, we had the tide against us (unlucky on the timing!), but were sailing downwind at least. Eventually we had to hang right and head for port, which gave us 20nm of very windy, cold, rough transit. We made it before dark (thankfully) and have reported our arrival to the Covid/Biosecurity authorities, and we hope to sleep and deal with all that in the morning. Looking forward to a hot meal and a good night of sleep. Around 8:20am we crossed our path and therefore completed our circumnavigation of Australia - so we'll maybe take a glass of wine with that meal tonight to celebrate.]

At: 17:52(AEDT) 22-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:58%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
about 3 years  agoShow

40º 24.078' S144º 16.068' EBegonia
Day 6 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -40.4125, 144.2783

Progress: [We've made [534.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [62]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [133]nm
Since last posting we have made [131.4]nm (through water). We have moved [132.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [After flying the spinnaker for 34 hours, we doused it around 10pm last night (boat time) in anticipation of stronger winds. We are currently sailing downwind with just the jib. ]

General Comments: [We are busy eating through the last of our fresh produce (strict biosecurity rules in Tasmania). The night watches are especially cold, and we've had a few days now of fully overcast skies so charging the batteries is slow but it still happens (hoping for some sunshine to make it through today). Kyle reports quite the light-show of bioluminescence on his watch last night - with large squid flashing and dolphins darting around the boat leaving rocket trails behind.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 22-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 16.5C (61.7F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 88(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:16Kt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SW)
about 3 years  agoShow

39º 56.076' S141º 27.012' EBegonia
Day 5 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -39.9462, 141.4523

Progress: [We've made [403.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [195]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [84]nm
Since last posting we have made [80.8]nm (through water). We have moved [83.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [We had the spinnaker up for the whole day. We were not always going in the direction we wanted… The forecast had the wind backing so we were not concerned, but the backing took a long while to come. The winds calmed, but with the swell, the sails rarely stayed full. Finally we have a reliable/useful wind and are sailing in the right direction (with the spinnaker!)]

General Comments: [Albatross continue to circle around us throughout the day. The overcast skies remove the sky watching. We are now on the edge of the range for occasional VHF radio broadcasts (Tas Radio).]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 21-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Course: 118(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.3kt, Wind:6Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:3m (from:SW)
about 3 years  agoShow

39º 33.084' S139º 43.002' EBegonia
Day 4 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -39.5641, 139.7174

Progress: [We've made [322.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [279]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [108]nm
Since last posting we have made [148.8]nm (through water). We have moved [137.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday's sail started downwind, and we are now close-hauled. The larger seas were confused at first, but now settling from the SW (growing). Since the front passed through we've had cloudy skies (fully overcast). We expect today to be a bit slower sailing wise.]

General Comments: [We've had two albatross circle us for most of the day yesterday (possibly all night too). They look amazingly comfortable despite the seas and winds and sometimes get quite close to the boat. Overnight Kyle enjoyed the bioluminescence. Whilst typically it is a blue green cloud from the microscopic plankton, but lately there have been some big bright flashes which Kyle was able to see came from large squid in a school of the (each about 0.5m long).]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 20-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 144(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:95%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:SW)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 29.034' S138º 27.06' EBegonia
Day 3 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA, North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -37.4894, 138.4596

Progress: [We've made [173.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [387]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [105]nm
Since last posting we have made [116.6]nm (through water). We have moved [114.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Fine sailing yesterday AM, but calms in the afternoon (eventually motored for a few hours). After dark we were expecting to be slammed by high winds (25kt) with strong gusts (40+kt) so we were heavily reefed in expectation - but it never arrived and we struggled to make much speed with our cautious preparation]

General Comments: [We had several dolphin visits yesterday - always such a joy. Kyle had quite the scare at one point while asleep (me on watch) the MOB alarm sounded off. Normally this is an accidental press and I yell at him to stay in bed, all is well, but I wasn't there to yell at him. He rushed out of bed, scanned the boat and couldn't see me. He scanned the sea and couldn't see me. He could hear me yelling and figured he'd just make his way back to the MOB position and hope to find me there. Eventually he spied me - I was lying on the trampoline squealing with the large pod of dolphins that had come to play in the bows. I had no idea the alarms had gone off; and had been quite oblivious to Kyle's stress (still, it was good evidence that he WOULD come and rescue me if I needed it.. haha). Overnight we had a clear sky with a beautiful star show (including a shooting star). Our direction of sail coincided with the orientation of the milky way (at least for my watch) - and it felt like our highway for the night.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 19-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 20.8C (69.44F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 180(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.3kt, Wind:22Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:2.5m (from:NE)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 36.072' S138º 1.098' EBegonia
Day 2 of Southern Ocean Passage From:CYCSA (Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia), North Haven, Adelaide To:Stanley, Tasmania. Our position: -35.6122, 138.0326

Progress: [We've made [57.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [492]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [58]nm
Since last posting we have made [57.2]nm (through water). We have moved [53.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Fine sailing, over a warm clear night. With a crescent moon to illuminate the way. A bit of variability with the wind stengths (sometimes 5kt, sometimes 25kt) so a test of reefing and unreefing especially before midnight, but all is much easier in the calm/warm conditions. ]

General Comments: [Aside from the local sailing club races (just breaking up as we departed) we've seen few boats actually on the move (most of the cargo ships at anchor). We are just rounded Cape Jervis and have the lights of Kangaroo Island on our starboard side with the ferry heading back up to the mainland.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 18-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Course: 153(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:19Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (to:NW)
about 3 years  agoShow

34º 47.064' S138º 29.016' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: CYCSA (Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia), North Haven, Adelaide - Great Australian Bight, Australia. Our position: -34.7936, 138.4858

Sail From: Marina St. Vincent, Wirrina Cove, Yankalilla Bay, SA To: CYCSA (Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia), North Haven, Adelaide

We travelled [47.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [44.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.8kt.

Location Comments: [This club/marina has two basins, we are in the west basin, it a lovely new set of docks, and is less than half full so far. We were assigned K12 and sent a plan, and very much had to use the plan since there are yet to be numbers and letters assigned to the docks/jetties (haha). ]

General Comments: [Today's sail was all spinnaker (Kyle is very happy about that), and made good time, so arrived a little earlier than we expected (always a bonus). We had the odd lone dolphin check us out, but otherwise the giant Gulf of St Vincent was quiet as we sailed north and past Adelaide. I'm looking forward to spending some time in the city (it has been a while!), and the surrounding countryside has its own attractions here too! We have been very lucky with a fantastic welcome deal for our visit, and I'm looking forward to meeting up with Traci who (to date) I've only known from Facebook but she is already one of my heros!]

At: 16:20(ACDT) 12-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 23.4C (74.12F), Humidity:56%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 30.006' S138º 14.052' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Marina St. Vincent, Wirrina Cove, Yankalilla Bay, SA - Great Australian Bight, Australia. Our position: -35.5010, 138.2416

Sail From: American River, Kangaroo Island, SA To: Marina St. Vincent, Wirrina Cove, Yankalilla Bay, SA

We travelled [28.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [28.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.7kt.

Location Comments: [At dock in this isolated marina on the Fleurieu Peninsula (and ideal and protected half way point between Kangaroo Island and Adelaide). Currently (Feb 2021) there is some on-going dispute between the government owners and the contracted management team - so docking is currently without charge until dispute is settled and managed by Peter Jackel (0407 470258). Difficult to get anywhere without own transport. Nearby is the New Terry Hotel and Golf Resort (with restaurant). For more facilities you need to get the 13km+ to Normanville and/or Yankalila.]

General Comments: [With light and decreasing winds forecast, Kyle had us set off early to catch what wind there was and get across the renowned 'Backstairs Passage' channel between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. Of course the forecast rarely matches reality, and we were soon rushing reefs in the sails and seeing 30+kt gusts. An hour or so later we had winds of 5kt and still declining. Eventually Kyle gave up and we motored for a couple of hours to make it to the marina where we had been pre-assigned dock space. We had a lone dolphin join us for 20 minutes across the passage, and one in the marina when we arrived :-).]

At: 14:00(ACDT) 09-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 24.6C (76.28F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 47.04' S137º 46.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: American River, Kangaroo Island, SA - Great Australian Bight, Australia. Our position: -35.7904, 137.7733

Sail From: Bay of Shoals/Beatrice Point, Kangaroo Island To: American River, Kangaroo Island, SA

We travelled [19.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [11.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water):4.1kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored between moorings in 3m of mud. Area mostly conservation park and wetlands with lots of shallows, small township (with a slipway & jetty) nearby. OK Phone signal (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Today was a pleasant sail. The forecast however is for some strong winds over the next 4-5 days, some rain too. We've relocated to this especially protected spot to wait out the weather. Time to catch up with internet (bills, taxes, etc) and some indoor boat projects, and to make a plan for the next few weeks of cruising.]

At: 18:12(ACDT) 03-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 25.1C (77.18F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 38.022' S137º 37.05' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bay of Shoals/Beatrice Point, Kangaroo Island - Great Australian Bight, Australia. Our position: -35.6366, 137.6248

Sail From: Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia To: Bay of Shoals/Beatrice Point, Kangaroo Island

We travelled [64.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [32.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of mud/weed. Between other anchored boats. First attempt failed so we had to re-anchor (same spot). Cell phone signal OK (Telastra). Nearby (1km walk) is the Bay of Shoals Winery. Longer walk to town (Kingscote - 3km/40 minutes to Drakes grocery store).]

General Comments: [A long, gusty passage to round the NE corner of Kangaroo Island. Now we have internet we can start making plans for our next big hop, but for now we can relax and enjoy the local winery, and explore the local town.]

At: 18:16(ACDT) 01-Feb-2021, Outside Temp: 22.8C (73.04F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 40.044' S136º 58.026' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 8 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -35.6742, 136.9707

Progress: [We've made [935.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [23]nm
Since last posting we have made [25.2]nm (through water). We have moved [22.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.5kt, Avg speed for trip:5.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 4m of sand centered on sandy bay with dramatic rocks to each side. Crested terns hanging out at the East end, and swallows diving in and out of caves on the West side. No cell phone service (doh!). Our guidebook suggests that 3 boats can anchor here; we think 2 would be a squeeze.]

General Comments: [Once behind the shelter of the Island, we had wind, but barely any waves - sailing was fun again. We are happy to find ourselves in a sunny anchorage (all to ourselves) with plenty of bird chatter. We'll spend the rest of the day tidying up the boat after the passage and resting, and hope to explore ashore (take a walk up the hill) tomorrow.]

At: 11:34(ACDT) 30-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 23.1C (73.58F)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 45.0' S136º 31.074' EBegonia
Day 8 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Western River Cove, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -35.7503, 136.5293

Progress: [We've made [910.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [23]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [145]nm
Since last posting we have made [154.2]nm (through water). We have moved [145.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [Most of yesterday was so very much nicer than the prior few days, we had relatively smooth following seas (broad reach) and fast speed. So much nicer!]

General Comments: [Its been overcast and cold for most of the trip, Kyle greets me in the morning with a coffee and a pre-warmed hat to wear (I love him so). Yesterday was a day of losses: I lost a fishing lure (the fish win again) and we also lost one of our treasured sailing blocks which we move around the boat for 101 uses. Yesterday we crossed back onto continental shelf, with the sea depth changing from over 4km to just over 100m in a couple of hours travel (the chart looking especially dramatic with numerous gullies). The book Kyle and I are currently reading together is 'Three Men in a Raft' a well written story of 3 guys traversing the full length of the Amazon River (from source to sea) - they traverse really dangerous rapids, get shot at, kidnapped, run out of water hiking in desert and basically come close to death way too many times - making our adventures seem very mundane (which I'm grateful for). Both of us are keen to be at anchor, and as the light fills the sky I can see land and a the light from Cape Borda lighthouse from the cabin window as we round the NW tip of Kangaroo Island - we should be at anchor by noon - YAY!]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 30-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 17.4C (63.32F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Course: 45(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.6kt, Wind:11Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 16.008' S134º 10.062' EBegonia
Day 7 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -37.2677, 134.1767

Progress: [We've made [756.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [168]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [154]nm
Since last posting we have made [138.9]nm (through water). We have moved [130.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [By afternoon yesterday the wind slowly started to calm, and we are currently sailing at 12kt apparent on smooth seas.]

General Comments: [After days of wild jerky conditions aboard, things are finally calm again and sailing might even feel fun (although it feels terribly damp and cold still). Yesterday we had a blue-bottle (jelly fish) washed onto the trampoline, I considered removing it (with gloves) but conditions were just too wild to volunteer to go forward without good reason, and a few hours later the seas had washed it off the boat themselves. Kyle tells us we should expect to arrive and be at anchor by tomorrow night.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 29-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 16.6C (61.88F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Course: 72(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.9kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:3m (to:NW)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 59.064' S131º 35.076' EBegonia
Day 6 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -37.9940, 131.5961

Progress: [We've made [617.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [322]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [47]nm
Since last posting we have made [132.4]nm (through water). We have moved [76.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Really frustrating wind speed swings. Every time we think a new speed has finally established itself and reef or unreef to match the 'new' speed, it goes and jumps 10kt or more and we have to undo everything. We are each glad to hand over to the next. Seas are rough (forecast expects this will be our worst day), choppy and variable. Kyle had to make my morning coffee 3 times this morning after the motion of the boat complicated matters.]

General Comments: [This is likely to be the worst of our remaining passages around Australia (although Bass strait can always throw a curve ball). We are both ready for a nice quiet anchorage as this passage has been rough (mostly since we are in the wrong month after all our earlier delays). Kyle tells me we can expect rain today. We had an albatross follow us for hours yesterday, mostly at 100-200m away, but often swooping close by the boat too; a nice highlight in the otherwise difficult day. The weather has been cold and overcast. We've been getting some basic news and see that Covid19 is remains rampant in the USA.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 28-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 15.8C (60.44F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 20.2C (68.36F), Course: 54(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:3m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 21.054' S130º 12.072' EBegonia
Day 5 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -37.3588, 130.2123

Progress: [We've made [484.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [369]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [89]nm
Since last posting we have made [145.7]nm (through water). We have moved [89.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Tacking into the wind (and a bit of current) with plenty of reefs in the sails mean we don't make the best progress towards the goal (but every bit counts).]

General Comments: [Yesterday was Australia Day (where the celebrate more than NYE, and much like 4th July). We had to cut free our 3rd propane tank overnight as the two in our locker both emptied yesterday. Kyle has been continuing his French studies and has recently learned the word 'Yaourter' which translates literally to 'yogurt-ing' but means the kind of singing you do when you don't actually know the words to a song, but sing along anyway - it is already getting a LOT of use aboard Begonia.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 27-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 16.1C (60.98F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 139(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:17Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:W)
about 3 years  agoShow

37º 31.014' S128º 20.058' EBegonia
Day 4 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -37.5186, 128.3426

Progress: [We've made [339.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [458]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [117]nm
Since last posting we have made [149.9]nm (through water). We have moved [139.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [Life is getting bouncier aboard as the seas climb and get choppier generally. We reef and unreef as the wind allows, but otherwise we sail close hauled and our change in direction is due only to the backing wind.]

General Comments: [We are well into our passage routines and feeling rested. I lost another fish yesterday (this time before eveing getting to haul it aboard), so will try again today. We've seen several ships (both on AIS and within visible range) which helps give some focus to the watch-keeping.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 26-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 15.4C (59.72F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 20.7C (69.26F), Course: 89(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:18Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:80%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
about 3 years  agoShow

36º 32.07' S125º 42.036' EBegonia
Day 3 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -36.5450, 125.7062

Progress: [We've made [189.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [575]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [79]nm
Since last posting we have made [104.8]nm (through water). We have moved [117.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [The relative calm winds of yesterday are slowly increasing and backing. We are deliberately sailing south of the line we would ideally sail since as the wind moves to the south, it will give us a better angle if we are already a bit more south of the line. ]

General Comments: [We are feeling the cold, Kyle is in full foul weather gear for his night-watch (not so bad during the days). Yesterday I actually caught a fish! Unfortunately I caught it at a bad time as I also needed to be recording the log and Kyle was asleep off-watch. I pulled it aboard and went to do the log during which time it managed to work itself off the hook and jump off the boat and back into the sea. Maybe I'll have better luck today (or that could have been my one catch for the year!). By afternoon we had an hour of thunder and lightning, followed by some sweet heavy rain. It's been so very long since we had 'proper' rain aboard Begonia, we were both pleased for it (a free fresh-water shower for the rigging and deck was much appreciated since we haven't been in a marina to properly hose off since Christmas.). Yesterday the speed wheel incorrectly suddenly showed 0kt for a few hours (on my watch) and I waited for Kyle to come on watch so we could track the problem and fix it -turned out to be tiny barnacles in the wheel and soon fixed. This accounts for the low milage through he water - and average speed - recorded yesterday). Despite that we broke 60,000nm of sailing aboard Begonia yesterday (which is over 2.5 around the world at the equator); we are still a long way from our first circumnavigation but it is always a buzz to see the milestones check by.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 25-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 18.2C (64.76F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Course: 151(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.9kt, Wind:17Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1003hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
about 3 years  agoShow

35º 1.032' S124º 11.022' EBegonia
Day 2 of Great Australian Bight Passage From:Arid Bay, Cape Arid, Western Australia To:Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Our position: -35.0216, 124.1866

Progress: [We've made [84.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [654]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [76]nm
Since last posting we have made [84.4]nm (through water). We have moved [79.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.4]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Despite backing winds making for constant trimming, reeefing and unreefing yesterday and overnight, the sailing has been nice. Seas are small/smooth enough. Most of yesterday was spent finding a route between the islands, rocks, shallows, and more uncharted waters but we are finally in clear deep water of the Great Australian Bight]

General Comments: [Our mainsail traveller car keeps jamming or squealing when moved. Kyle managed to remove an escaped bearing (which helped) but can't do much more until we bring down the main - for now we can keep it centered (not move it) and sail effectively. The enclosure is keeping us warm and dry during our watches in the cockpit. We are ready for another week at sea.]

At: 06:00(ACDT) 24-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 18.9C (66.02F), Humidity:95%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Course: 134(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.9kt, Wind:9Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1001hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
about 3 years  agoShow

33º 59.04' S123º 10.026' EBegonia
At Anchor: Arid Bay, Cape Arid - Recherche Archipelago, Australia. Our position: -33.9896, 123.1708

Sail From: Victory Boat Harbour (Hammer Head), WA To: Arid Bay, Cape Arid

We travelled [49.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [29.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.5m of sand. Ashore is Cape Arid National Park (renowned for its 160+ bird species). This area is remote but there are 4WD trails to this SW section of the park. Scenery is smooth granite rolling hills with patchy vegetation, long narrow white sandy beach with thin strip of sand dunes. No cell phone service (Telstra).]

General Comments: [Again with the early start (4:58am this time) to avoid the stronger afternoon winds. Wind throughout the trip was quite variable, clocking from NNE to SSE, but it was the wind speed changes that were especially frustrating… With no obvious explanation, the wind would be 5kt, then 25kt. There was a lot of tacking, reefing, and unfreefing with this passage. Aside from sailing to the whims of the wind, we also had to navigate the numerous islands, rocks, shallows, occasional fishing pot AND avoid the unsurveyed areas too. Good news is that Kyle's back seems normal again (finally), and our temporary autopilot fix is holding well (will fix properly once we get to civilization and can find the right resources).]

At: 14:22(AWST) 20-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 22.7C (72.86F)
over 3 years  agoShow

33º 56.088' S122º 34.044' EBegonia
At Anchor: Victory Boat Harbour (Hammer Head), WA - Recherche Archipelago, Australia. Our position: -33.9482, 122.5742

Sail From: Lucky Bay (West end), (near Esperance), WA To: Victory Boat Harbour (Hammer Head), WA

We travelled [48.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.3kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5m depth, in large sand patch, with winds from the SE this is a very welcome shelter (winds over 30kt from SE outside, at anchor we have 11kt and barely any wave or swell). 4WD tracks to the beach. No phone signal (Telstra). Scenery is smooth granite rolling hills with large boulders randomly sitting on top amid patchy vegetation.]

General Comments: [Another early start (5am) as we knew the winds would increase through the morning. Sailing into headwinds, our tacking angle wasn't great as we were heavily reefed and appeared to have a current against us. We started with wind in around 17kt, and by the time we arrived winds were regularly in the mid-30kts; the waves and spray making the short sail tacking into headwinds quite miserable really. Thankfully Kyle had installed the enclosure in anticipation of this passage. We are VERY glad to be in this lovely anchorage and so well protected from the waves and swell. ]

At: 14:16(AWST) 18-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 22.7C (72.86F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 22.1C (71.78F)
over 3 years  agoShow

33º 59.052' S122º 13.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lucky Bay (West end), (near Esperance), WA - Recherche Archipelago, Australia. Our position: -33.9922, 122.2229

Sail From: Lucky Bay (East end), (near Esperance), WA To: Lucky Bay (West end), (near Esperance), WA

We travelled [1.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [1.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):1.6kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5m depth in a small sand patch (weed all around) on the west end of the bay (nearest caravan park). Lucky Beach is voted(?) the 'whitest beach in Australia' (referring to the sand colour), and is also well known for its Western Grey kangaroos that like to hang on the beach. We relocated to this end since the surf was a bit too wild for landing on the eastern end. Here we found a protected hook where landing the dinghy looks calm (but weedy). We were sure to test the anchor was set well as there is little room to drag. No cell phone service. There is a Coffee Van ashore, something to look forward to after a walk. Ashore is Cape Le Grand National Park and access to Le Grand Coastal Track.]

General Comments: [Kyle's back is still dodgy, but he's getting stir crazy. He knows I want to go ashore (and would go without him now I can see a clear safe landing), but he doesn't want to miss out on anything himself, so he's trying to convince himself that he is OK. We've already spotted a few kangaroos bounding along the beach and posing for pictures, and I'm overdue for a nice walk. It's still a bit chilly here, but we can get by with shorts if we keep moving.]

At: 08:07(AWST) 14-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 18.4C (65.12F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 22.2C (71.96F)
over 3 years  agoShow

33º 59.094' S122º 14.07' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Lucky Bay, (near Esperance), WA, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Southern Ocean Passage From:Hamelin Bay, WA To:Lucky Bay, (near Esperance), WA. Our position: -33.9985, 122.2451

Progress: [We've made [475.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [94]nm
Since last posting we have made [126.7]nm (through water). We have moved [86.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip:6.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 7-8m sand (weed patches), tucked in to the east end of the bay in anticipation of the 'normal' summer winds. No cell phone service. Bay is in Le Grand National Park. The bay has road access (west end), along with a caravan and camping site, but also access to a coastal walking trail which might be fun.]

General Comments: [We made good enough time that we could have arrived around 10pm last night, but we always avoid anchoring in an new place in the dark. So, instead we spent the cold night over-reefed and slowly tacking between the islands of the Recherche Archipelago (in 1627 described as 'an extensive mass of dangers'). You can imagine why one of the early explorers on discovering a sandy, sheltered bay gave Lucky Bay its name. We were very glad of our electronic charts and GPS position fixes to keep us safe. In the early light we pulled into Lucky Bay (now famed for its white sand beach and turquoise waters) and were escorted by a pod of dolphins; a nice welcome. No other boats here (not surprising given the recent winds). Kyle's back is improving and he's keen to get ashore. We'll rest-up today and by the time we are ready to explore, this area should have re-set to its normal wind conditions. ]

At: 05:28(AWST) 12-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 16C (60.8F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 2.004' S121º 1.068' EBegonia
Day 3 of Southern Ocean Passage From:Hamelin Bay, WA To:Esperance, WA. Our position: -35.0337, 121.0278

Progress: [We've made [348.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [94]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [169]nm
Since last posting we have made [194.2]nm (through water). We have moved [183.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [7.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:8.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):6.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [For most of the past 24 hours we were sailing at about 120 degrees (wind mostly behind us). We had imagined that for much of this passage (based on the forecast) that we'd have the spinnaker out, but this hasn't been possible with the winds we've had (reefed main and jib). Waves come from behind and we spend times surfing, slewing, and sliding on the wave faces. ]

General Comments: [While we averaged over 8kts for the last 24 hours (Kyle being disappointed we didn't make the 200nm for the period), we had speeds of 17.7kt through the water (more over the ground) - its been a wild ride and I'm certainly glad not to be going in the other direction. I'd planned to write how the auto-pilot has been our hero of the trip, it is really windy and cold outside (and we hadn't installed our enclosure, so its nice let the autopilot do the work while we watch from the wind free cabin - Duh!). However when I was hurriedly woken for my watch, and to post this, and without my usual cup of coffee, I learned that the bracket that connects the autopilot to the steering rod has broken so Kyle is currently hand steering. He assumes that once I can take over steering, he can actually fix it (at least temporarily, and then hopefully properly once we are at anchor). I sure hope so.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 11-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 16.9C (62.42F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 21.2C (70.16F), Course: 48(degT), Speed Over Ground:20kt, Wind:20Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1020hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

35º 40.062' S117º 21.042' EBegonia
Day 2 of Southern Ocean Passage From:Hamelin Bay, WA To:Esperance, WA. Our position: -35.6768, 117.3565

Progress: [We've made [154.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [263]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [122]nm
Since last posting we have made [137.7]nm (through water). We have moved [139.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [A wonderful sail yesterday, winds backing to give us tail winds. Fast sailing (for us) since around 8pm last night (regularly at 7-8kt) with a reef in the jib (and now main too). We've skirted a few shipping channels and seen regular cargo boats sailing in both directions.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we rounded Cape Leeuwin (switching from the Indian Ocean to the Southern Ocean). When we visited there ten years ago, we never expected to see it again, we were positively glowing, feeling so lucky. Despite a few patches of light rain yesterday, the boat is still covered in grime we seemed to have mysteriously accumulated at Busselton. The favorable winds we wanted (and have) are also part of a cold front (brrrr), and we are hoping that lasts only long enough to get us where we are headed.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 10-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 19.5C (67.1F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Course: 120(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:21Kt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 3 years  agoShow

34º 23.004' S114º 59.04' EBegonia
Day 1 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Esperance, WA To:Esperance, WA. Our position: -34.3841, 114.9896

Progress: [We've made [17.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [385]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [11]nm
Since last posting we have made [16.99]nm (through water). We have moved [10.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.8]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):3.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Nice sailing, warm with light winds and smooth seas]

General Comments: [An early start with views of the cape Leeuwin light scanning the cape. Kyle has even managed a bit of reefing and unreefing (although I'm asking him not to because of his back).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 09-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 22.7C (72.86F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Course: 96(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.9kt, Wind:6Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1009hPa, Swell:1m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

34º 13.008' S115º 1.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: Hamelin Bay, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: -34.2182, 115.0286

Sail From: Canal Rocks, Nr. Yallingup , WA To: Hamelin Bay, WA

We travelled [34.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.2kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored off Campsite, 4 other boats already here (some on moorings), but we are anchored in 5m on a sandy patch. ]

General Comments: [A pleasant downwind sail with mild seas (yay), Kyle's back is still problematic but he is doing more each day. Temperatures are heating up again, so I predict some swimming in my near future. To our west and south are a bunch of small islets (maybe a fun kayak), and behind us is a beach fringed with dunes, quite lovely. We had internet for much of the passage (but not now at anchor - go figure) - and were horrified to hear the crazy news at the Capitol in DC and the latest Covid numbers in the UK. I'm kind-a glad we won't be able to check in on all that over the next few days.]

At: 12:18(AWST) 07-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 28.7C (83.66F), Humidity:49%, Water Temp: 25C (77F)
over 3 years  agoShow

33º 40.008' S114º 59.094' EBegonia
At Anchor: Canal Rocks, Nr. Yallingup , WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: -33.6678, 114.9992

Sail From: Busselton, Geographe Bay, WA To: Canal Rocks, Nr. Yallingup , WA

We travelled [28.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.5kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 8.5m in a sandy patch (another boat already here had the prime location)]

General Comments: [After a lovely time at Busselton and exploring the Margaret River area by car, we finally moved on. Kyle's back is not cooperating (again), but aside from an early start It was a relatively easy downwind(ish) sail. We move on tomorrow for Hamlin Bay.]

At: 09:56(AWST) 06-Jan-2021, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:50%, Water Temp: 25.1C (77.18F)
over 3 years  agoShow

33º 38.064' S115º 20.034' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Busselton, Geographe Bay, WA, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Parakeet Bay, Rottnest Island, WA To:Busselton, Geographe Bay, WA. Our position: -33.6444, 115.3392

Progress: [We've made [111.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [49]nm
Since last posting we have made [51.2]nm (through water). We have moved [48.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.8kt, Avg speed for trip:5.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wind turned and calmed, and the seas followed, making for day of easy sailing (just a bit slower, but much nicer)]

General Comments: [Anchored off the town beach, with the long pier to our East, we'll spend the remainder of the day with the boat and hopefully get to explore the town and facilities in the morning.]

At: 16:44(AWST) 28-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 30.7C (87.26F), Humidity:41%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
over 3 years  agoShow

32º 49.08' S115º 20.058' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Parakeet Bay, Rottnest Island, WA To:Bussleton, WA. Our position: -32.8295, 115.3433

Progress: [We've made [60.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [49]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [51]nm
Since last posting we have made [60.0]nm (through water). We have moved [51.2]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.5]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds (max about 33kt), and sailing into waves with a short chop. Yuk. Also the weather window we had for the next leg (to round the cape) has vanished. Ugh!]

General Comments: [After a lovely time at Rottnest, and certainly wishing we could have spent longer, we departed before the winds made the anchorage unsafe. While we expected crayfish pots around the island, we continued to experience them well into the night (at 50m depth) - not sure if these were adrift or placed deliberately. Full foul weather gear in place: for the wind, occassional wave and cooler night.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 28-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 16.7C (62.06F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Course: 181(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:21Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

31º 59.028' S115º 30.09' EBegonia
At Anchor: Parakeet Bay, Rottnest Island, WA - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: -31.9884, 115.5147

Sail From: Fremantle Sailing Club, WA To: Parakeet Bay, Rottnest Island, WA

We travelled [13.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [12.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.7]kt, Avg speed (through the water):3.8kt.

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m in one of the sandy patches in this pretty little anchorage. A back drop of sand dunes and low exposed sandstone cliffs, thankfully not too busy (as yet).]

General Comments: [An easy Christmas Morning sail across from Perth to Perth's playground: Rottnest Island. The sun is shining, and we had enough wind to sail over, so a lovely start to the festive day.]

At: 11:26(AWST) 25-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
over 3 years  agoShow

32º 4.02' S115º 44.094' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 8 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -32.0696, 115.7485

Progress: [We've made [891.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [115]nm
Since last posting we have made [112.3]nm (through water). We have moved [115.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [6.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.2kt, Avg speed for trip:5.5kt.

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds and waves against us continued throughout the day, but we made it. We have been assigned a space at the 'Collector Jetty' at the Fremantle Sailing Club.]

General Comments: [We arrived at marina in the early hours of Monday morning and managed to find our space. Aside from the wind things are amazingly quiet here (despite being filled to what seems like capacity). Arriving in a new city at night means we'll have the pleasure of discovery at some point tomorrow (after a nice long rest).]

At: 00:10(AWST) 14-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 18.6C (65.48F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
over 3 years  agoShow

30º 37.098' S114º 15.06' EBegonia
Day 7 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -30.6325, 114.2597

Progress: [We've made [779.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [115]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [126]nm
Since last posting we have made [131.4]nm (through water). We have moved [127.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.3]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [More practice reefing and unreefing (especially for poor Kyle in the midnight to 6am watch). We did have the benefit of a good current in our favour, we *think* it was the Leeuwin current, but according to the charts that is seasonal and not during December ?!]

General Comments: [Temperature crashing and, along with the wind, it means we keep ourselves well wrapped up, but are very much feeling the cold on our watches. We even had drizzle/rain overnight to contend with.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 13-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 18.8C (65.84F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Course: 159(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.4kt, Wind:18Kt(from:WSE), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1004hPa, Swell:NEm (to:2.5)
over 3 years  agoShow

28º 37.014' S113º 29.016' EBegonia
Day 6 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -28.6190, 113.4861

Progress: [We've made [648.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [241]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [122]nm
Since last posting we have made [152.3]nm (through water). We have moved [111.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:6.3kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [We spent the day and night slowly unreefing to meet the conditions. By late evening we were finally able to stop tacking and actually could make a direct line along our planned route. Our speed is pretty good too! However we see more tacking in our future for this passage.]

General Comments: [Life feels damp and cold. We have the quilt back out for the bed. Our weather station shows 97% humidity and certainly my wet gloves are not drying even though they are pegged out in a good wind. We are distracted by the occasional shearwater and more occasional passing cargo vessel. All feels rather dull. We are currently passing west of the Abrolhos islands (although they are just too low/far for us to actually see them).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 12-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 21.9C (71.42F), Humidity:97%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 135(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.6kt, Wind:15Kt(from:SW), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1002hPa, Swell:Nm (to:2.5)
over 3 years  agoShow

27º 4.026' S112º 19.086' EBegonia
Day 5 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -27.0708, 112.3306

Progress: [We've made [495.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [363]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [88]nm
Since last posting we have made [128.7]nm (through water). We have moved [74.7]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.1]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Headwinds slowly decreased throughout the last 24 hours (seas have yet to do so). Various other cargo and fishing traffic seen.]

General Comments: [We are *FINALLY* south of the cyclone zone (whew!). As we head south, the temperature continues to decrease. We see plenty of shearwaters flying around, and the occasional flying fish. We found ourselves drinking too much water so can now adjust that too.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 11-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 22.1C (71.78F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Course: 133(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:15Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:55%, Pressure: 1005hPa, Swell:Nm (to:3.5)
over 3 years  agoShow

25º 52.044' S111º 57.012' EBegonia
Day 4 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -25.8736, 111.9523

Progress: [We've made [367.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [451]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [83]nm
Since last posting we have made [131.0]nm (through water). We have moved [93.8]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.9]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:5.5kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):5.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds (as forecast) along with increasing waves is never the best sailing conditions. Very wet! According to the forecasts we are now over the worst of it. We headed out offshore in order to fin a favourable current, but for much of the night we had a current against us. Temperature continues to cool.]

General Comments: [We passed close by two separate ships yesterday: a crayfish boat and a cargo ship. We are amazed that the commercial fishing boats don't use AIS. Kyle decided that wearing a watch *IS* preferred and is wearing one again. While progress is slow, we are still on track according to the plan.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 10-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 21C (69.8F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 206(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:90%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:Nm (to:3.5)
over 3 years  agoShow

24º 42.096' S113º 6.09' EBegonia
Day 3 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -24.7157, 113.1152

Progress: [We've made [236.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [534]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [48]nm
Since last posting we have made [117.9]nm (through water). We have moved [61.4]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [2.6]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Strong headwinds so lots of tacking and little actual progress. We are over reefed for caution so could be going faster, but everything is quite bouncy so erring on slightly more comfortable ride (!)]

General Comments: [The boat is working well, and we are back in the rhythm of things. A few days ago Kyle lost his watch overboard when the clasp broke as he was over the trampoline so he's managing without for now (he does have backups/alternative watches, but he's just seeing how things work without a watch for now). With the headwinds watches are chilly (Kyle is currently wearing full foul weather gear). As we tack back and forth along the coast we see more sand dunes (WA residents are 'affectionately' known as sandgropers) and more mine activity, even the occasional cell phone signal.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 09-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 22.9C (73.22F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 248(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.8kt, Wind:15Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:NEm (to:2)
over 3 years  agoShow

23º 41.088' S112º 59.07' EBegonia
Day 2 of Indian Ocean Passage From:Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park (WA) To:Fremantle, Western Australia. Our position: -23.6984, 112.9945

Progress: [We've made [118.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [582]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [109]nm
Since last posting we have made [118.2]nm (through water). We have moved [120.1]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [5.0]kt, Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [A whole host of wind and directions. We've flown spinnaker and reefed main/jib, tacking up wind and sailing downwind! A great test of us and the new rig. Seas a little choppy]

General Comments: [Warm weather sailing, overnight there was a show of distant ligtning over the cost to our south and west. ]

At: 06:00(AWST) 08-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 25.5C (77.9F), Humidity:86%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F), Course: 227(degT), Speed Over Ground:3kt, Wind:5Kt(from:WNW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1008hPa, Swell:Nm (to:2)
over 3 years  agoShow

21º 54.054' S113º 58.02' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball (free): Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park - Indian Ocean, Australia. Our position: -21.9092, 113.9699

Sail From: Exmouth (WA) Marina - work dock To: Tantabiddi Reef, Ningaloo Marine Park

We travelled [44.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [9.9]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [1.2]kt, Avg speed (through the water):5.1kt.

Location Comments: [A lovely sail to round the northern tip of Cape Range, starting downwind, and after the turn we were upwind and tacking as the southerly winds decreased. We are on a state mooring ball #TA05P (Blue) - free once reserved through DBCA.]

General Comments: [Still no whale sightings (they've mostly headed south by now we assume), but so good to be sailing today. Kyle suffered a frustrating 20 minutes as the wind decided to play with us by switching direction back and forth; he only relaxed once I handed him a nice chilled watermelon. Once the wind settled again, Kyle went back to being joyful that we are finally heading south again (we are glad to be missing out on the strong winds here within a few days). Tantabiddi is one of the reefs within the Ningaloo Marine Park (UNESCO world heritage marine park) and we've arrived in time for a snorkel today. It is also unusually cloudy again today so we are expecting a nice sunset tonight.]

At: 14:34(AWST) 06-Dec-2020, Outside Temp: 28.8C (83.84F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 3 years  agoShow

21º 57.036' S114º 8.04' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Dock in Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 22 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -21.9562, 114.1401

Progress: [We've made [2100.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [71.7]nm
Since last posting we have made [70.8]nm (through water). We have moved [55.0]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.8]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:4.9kt, Avg speed for trip:4.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [After a slow start fighting wind and waves, eventually conditions allowed us to hoist the (reefed) main and triple our speed. Once we entered the north of Cape Range sea conditions eased, and once we rounded it, we found really calm seas. Although some stronger SE winds are forecast for overnight.]

General Comments: [Great news - our originally rejected G2G permits have been reissued with a two-week on-board self-isolation requirement. We arrived at Exmouth after dark and rather than anchor off, were encouraged to enter the harbour itself where we've been assigned an end dock (nicely taped off from the general public). We had clear instructions regarding how to enter, and have current charts and sat imagery. We expect police and heath visitors tomorrow, at which point we'll know more about our status, and when the self-isolation officially begins/began. ]

At: 20:24(AWST) 12-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 3 years  agoShow

21º 48.0' S113º 9.096' EBegonia
Day 22 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -21.8003, 113.1662

Progress: [We've made [2029.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [71.7]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [83.3]nm
Since last posting we have made [74.1]nm (through water). We have moved [75.6]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.1]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.0kt.

Sailing Conditions [Most of yesterday progress was very slow as sloppy seas & 22kt head winds kept the boat from keeping any speed. In the early hours of this morning, the wind backed enough for Kyle to determine we could use the fully reefed main - this increased our speed from 1.5kt over ground to more like 5.5kt and helped dampen some of the rolling AND in much more like a straight line!]

General Comments: [We expect to arrive after dark and anchor off, outside the harbour tonight. Since we've both slept so poorly recently we are so looking forward to some stress free rest. Yesterday just after 6pm we must have been at the far reaches of VHF contact and had a short call from the local VMR (Volunteer Marine Rescue) to check in on us. We feel close.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 12-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 66(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:14Kt(from:S), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

21º 26.058' S111º 52.002' EBegonia
Day 21 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -21.4433, 111.8670

Progress: [We've made [1955.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [155]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [101]nm
Since last posting we have made [82.6]nm (through water). We have moved [101.5]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.2]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday sees were mixed and choppy again. From around noon onwards we had a 1.5kt current in our favor which helped (1kt of which may last until noon). Forecast for today indicates conditions will be our worst since the incident, and then things should calm down slightly once again.]

General Comments: [We lost an email yesterday - it downloaded and then was swallowed up by a bug in our Airmail software. If anyone sent us an email and has yet to receive a reply - please, please resend.

Neither of us have yet to sleep well since the incident. Despite feeling much more confident of our safe arrival, sea conditions are not good for our peace of mind; but we are a day nearer Exmouth and sanctuary once again, so that is good. We are soon to start easing up to the continental shelf so seas will shallow (but we expect will still be 1km deep this time tomorrow.

We have changed our ETA to sometime after dark on Monday (between 8 and 10pm). We won't enter the harbour after dark, and are assuming we can anchor off outside and await instructions on how to proceed from there.

Kyle continues to stop and check on the engine twice a day (stop it and generally inspect, take temperature, etc).

We still have no official word regarding our entry into Exmouth, but indications from our police contact at Exmouth at least lead us to think we will be allowed in to the harbour (conditions tbd).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 11-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 22.4C (72.32F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 111(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.5kt, Wind:13Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:65%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:3m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

20º 45.084' S110º 12.036' EBegonia
Day 20 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -20.7637, 110.2058

Progress: [We've made [1872.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [256]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [88]nm
Since last posting we have made [91.2]nm (through water). We have moved [96.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [4.0]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday was an amazingly calm day, which you will see from our other notes we made the most of. Today we are in choppy seas again]

General Comments: [Yesterday things started to look much better, the seas were exceptionally calm (certainly compared to recent conditions) - all the chop had gone and we were left with gentle swells. This really improved our speed too. Things looked so good we decided we could lower the roller fuller and jib to the deck. Up until then with the forestay wire broken, it was held only by the jib halyard and swinging a bit (we'd done our best to secure it, but it was not ideal). Lowering took a while, we had a bit of a tangle with the SSB antenna, and the job certainly needed the two of us (I've no idea how solo sailors cope!). While the fuller (with the jib still rolled up on it) 'just' fits on the deck, the benefit was that the jib halyard was now free to be put so some much more useful task. We used it to better secure the mast. With both the Jib and the spinnaker halyard we were able to bring the mast up to its proper angle, which had the added benefit of tightening the slack shrouds too. The mast no longer rocks back and forth on its base, we were really happy with this and felt comfortable enough to step out into the cockpit and using the helm seat on watches. Thank goodness for a calm day at sea.

But the good news wasn't over! Later that day we received an email from the Australian JRCC (Joint rescue coordination center), telling us that there was a boat diverted to intercept us and deliver fuel to us. Within an hour we had the fuel aboard, and the tank filled (we were still around 275nm from the nearest land at that time). The transfer was smooth and the Captain of the cargo ship Jazan was kind, jocular, and professional, giving clear instructions to us and keeping us safe (we are but a mosquito compared to his 306m long cargo ship). They lowered fuel jugs into the water and let them drift back for us to collect some distance from the Jazan. We are so grateful to all involved in organizing and performing this unexpected delivery.

Our average speed yesterday was already improved (mainly due to the calmer conditions), but now were are also able to increase our engine rpm to normal, which also improves our speed (and ETA).

So - now this leaves us totally confident of our safe arrival in Exmouth. The mast is more secure than before (although still needs a better fix), and we will definitely not run out of fuel. We are still waiting to hear if we have permission to enter WA/Exmouth.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 10-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 22C (71.6F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 107(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.9kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 3 years  agoShow

20º 4.056' S108º 39.054' EBegonia
Day 19 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -20.0764, 108.6588

Progress: [We've made [1781.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [344]nm (along route) to go. We have reduced distance-to-go along expected route by: [74]nm
Since last posting we have made [62.5]nm (through water). We have moved [74.3]nm from prior posting position - giving a P2P average of [3.1]kt Avg speed (through the water) since last post:2.6kt, Avg speed for trip to date (through the water):4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [We had just a 4 hours of 'easy' motoring yesterday, the rest was choppy which does not help our progress. Overnight things started to get easier, and by morning we have relative calm (the waves having a long period, and the wind is currently calm so we are not fighting the two). For now we are making fair progress (similar conditions are forecast for the rest of the day) - tomorrow the forecast is starting to complicate things again so this may be our best day.]

General Comments: [Life aboard for Kyle is a constant checking of all the forecasts (wind, waves, currents) to see if we can make our fuel get us all the way to Exmouth. He keeps tweaking the plans and remains confident that we can do it. We will still need extra fuel at least on standby for us, and the need for that will be clarified as we get closer to land. At 0400 we had 116L of fuel remaining (subtract 10 for pickup, gives 106L of usable fuel, at 1.1L/hour that gives us 4 more days of motoring). Kyle expects our fuel can get us 70 miles from the harbour. His plan now is to have us stop motoring before that. If we set our course a bit south of Cape Range, this should have us a place we can use the main (reefed) to get around Cape Range, and then we can motor south towards Exmouth once we've rounded the cape. Of course the plan will most likely change with every forecast! The fact that the mast is still standing is helping us feel more confident it will last until Exmouth, but we still have some large waves ahead of us in the forecast (3.5m+) - these will be fine if they are not choppy, time will tell.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 09-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 21.6C (70.88F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 122(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.6kt, Wind:5Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

19º 26.064' S107º 31.062' EBegonia
Day 18 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Exmouth (WA) - Diverting after rigging failure. Our position: -19.4438, 107.5274

Progress: [We've made [1718.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [418]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [73.0]nm (through water). We have moved [66.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:3.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date:4.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [Despite having a great middle of the day speed wise, by afternoon the waves and wind began to fight against our progress and slowed us down below our goal. We continue to monitor things.]

General Comments: [We continue on towards Exmouth (no word as yet regarding permission to enter). Our progress has been slower than we want, but we hope things will improve in the remaining days. Kyle estimates we currently have 38 US gallons ( 144L) of fuel. We set off with about 192L, but had to motor a bit earlier on the passage so had used some of that, and of course we motored all day yesterday. We also expect the last 10L in the tank to be difficult to pick up so we believe we have 134L of available fuel. We appear to be motoring using about 1L/hour. We plan to keep heading towards Exmouth, and where possible quit the engine to drift with the currents, and as we get closer arrange for a fuel delivery somehow (if necessary). Given this we have adjusted our ETA to the Wednesday (we will repeat the calculation daily). Neither of us is sleeping well on our off watches, while we know the boat and have spent years readily sleeping through all the slaps of the waves and general groans and squeaks, now every noise puts us on alert. We start our off watch exhausted and fall asleep readily, but once disturbed we find 'monkey' brain kicks in and we are full of anxiety regarding our passage to Exmouth, and the huge unknown beyond that. While we generally spend our watches at the helm, we are being more cautious (just in case the mast falls) and continue to spend most of our time within the cabin keeping watch via the instruments and windows - just stepping out intermittently to check on things generally. Star gazing is no longer fun since we just see the mast and get anxious all over again.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 08-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F), Course: 121(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.2kt, Wind:12Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:98%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

18º 53.004' S106º 30.042' EBegonia
Day 17 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Diverting to Exmouth (WA). Our position: -18.8842, 106.5067

Progress: [We've made [1645.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [486]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [96.6]nm (through water). We have moved [58.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:4.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date:4.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Seas continue to calm, but we are motoring into wind and waves.]

General Comments: [After several days of rough conditions we were finally seeing things calm down and conditions aboard were easing with the promise of some fine sailing days ahead of us.

Around 14:15 WAST (UTC+8) near -18.65,105.85 on Tuesday October 6th, the forestay snapped (the forestay is one of the wires that holds up the mast - it runs from the mast to the front of the boat - it had broken at the top). This left us over 500nm from the nearest land and with the mast unsupported - stopped from falling backwards only by the halyard from the jib/roller-furling (both Jib and main - reefed - were up at the time, and we were sailing at about 55 degrees off wind at 18kt apparent, and in rolly seas). Kyle was on watch at the helm when he heard the bang (as the wire broke), and saw the preventer and shrouds slacken (as the mast fell back a little); he yelled to me to help (I was in bed) and we quickly lowered the sails and moved around a spare halyard to help support the mast. This obviously leaves us unable to sail on.

So what next?

We have secured the mast for now with additional lines, and we *hope* it will remain secure for the long passage ahead. Everything is slacker than we’d like. The main temporary support is the spinnaker halyard (spinnaker halyard moved forward to the middle of the forward beam and cranked down on the winch at the mast. The rolled up jib still attached to roller furling with halyard at the top holding up the fuller and preventing it falling ). We will inspect it regularly to check for chafe/issues, but will probably spend most of our watches within the safety of the cabin just-in-case the rig fails and the mast falls (the helm seat is probably the worst location in such an event). Any ideas welcome!

We have numerous spares aboard (including a spare forestay, and various rigging fittings) and may even be able to replace the broken shroud (wire) ourselves - but certainly not at sea - and most likely we’ll need some additional facilities (probably even take the mast down). Even if we could fix everything ourselves we’d want a thorough rig inspection before proceeding out on any significant passage (i.e. we need the experts).

So we must change our plans. We have limited fuel supplies and cannot continue the passage all the way to South Australia (nor would we trust our rig situation that far), so we must head for the nearest mainland - Western Australia (WA). This causes issues since we are not permitted to enter WA due to Covid19 restrictions, however we really can see no alternative so will have to deal with the regulations and hope they are kind to us.

Our current goal is to motor to Exmouth (the nearest port to us, some 500nm+ distant from the incident). Between us and Exmouth we have headwinds and waves against us (not ideal for fuel consumption, nor mast security) - alternative destinations are too far, so not an option, and if we sit and wait we will simply drift further away from land.

We have been in touch with the authorities in Exmouth and they are working out what they can do with us - currently we do *not* have permission to enter the harbour. There are no Covid19 rules for our situation I suspect. We do not know yet if we will be allowed to stay with the boat, or be forced into quarantine for 2 weeks in a nearby hotel. We are hoping (but not confident) that they will allow for the time we’ve been at sea in this unusual situation).

We believe we have sufficient fuel aboard for this passage and require no additional assistance to get to port (as things currently stand). However our fuel is a concern given the conditions and we will need to monitor it closely. At the time of the incident we had full tank and jugs (about 190L). Motoring at 2,200 rpm (below normal) on one motor should use about 1.2L/hour of fuel and get us a speed of about 3kt (in good conditions that would have been 4kt, but we need to err on the side of caution here) being slow and cautious should give us our best chance - we should *just* make it.

Exmouth would not be the harbour of choice from which to fix such problems, it is a small and isolated town/harbour off on a peninsula a long way from any other towns. It is also within the cyclone region that we have been traveling south to escape from (although we are not yet in cyclone season). We do not know what facilities the harbour and local sailing club might have, nor even if there is a rigger within 500miles of the place. If we were to chose a place on this coast for facilities and repairs it would have been Freemantle (near Perth) - but that is way to far for us to reach with our fuel aboard, and with the state of the mast we need to limit travel until we can make things more properly secure.

Thankfully we have boat insurance; earlier this year I found in the small print that rigging is only insured if inspected/surveyed annually - so we *did* get a rigging report/inspection performed back during our haul out in Bundaberg. We should be covered. So at least we know (hope) there is a cap on the expenses in our immediate future. As for everything else, we’ll have to wait and see.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 07-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 23C (73.4F), Humidity:60%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 98(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.8kt, Wind:9Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

17º 55.038' S106º 20.004' EBegonia
Day 16 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -17.9232, 106.3344

Progress: [We've made [1549.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2388]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [184.4]nm (through water). We have moved [167.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:7.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date:4.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wind has crept down, but mostly the period of the waves has greatly increased, so even if a big one comes along we gently roll over it (most of the time). OK, so things are still bouncy, but not washing-machine bouncy any more so relatively we are way more comfortable. We have about 100nm more on this course before we start to turn towards the SW corner of Oz. Kyle assures me that by late afternoon sailing will be 'nice' again. I hope so.]

General Comments: [Daytime and nighttime temperatures continue to fall (26C in day, 23 at night) - it feels colder than those numbers imply given the wind chill/exposure. In bed I've even pulled out a blanket (although Kyle doesn't need it). Aboard we are re-reading Bill Bryson's book 'Down Under' and chuckling along; enjoying his stories both of the places we've been, and the ones we hope to see.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 06-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 23.3C (73.94F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 229(degT), Speed Over Ground:8.1kt, Wind:22Kt(from:ESE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1017hPa, Swell:3.5m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

16º 28.008' S108º 49.002' EBegonia
Day 15 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -16.4682, 108.8173

Progress: [We've made [1364.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2609]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [192.4]nm (through water). We have moved [182.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:8.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date:4.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wow - miserable conditions. While the wind is high (at max generally 30kt - gusts 35kt, but mostly mid-high 20s), it is the seas that make everything miserable. Yesterday felt much like we were living in a washing machine. Kyle assures me that while things will slowly calm, we are definitely over the very worst of the conditions.]

General Comments: [If you happen to be comparing our miles travelled and miles to go - you may have noticed that the total has swung dramatically each day. This happens since Kyle adjusts the expected course based on the forecast. We have already gone way more west than we had expected, and while we've been in some miserable conditions, it would have been way worse if we'd taken a more direct route. Our average speed for the day was over 8kt - that is up there for Begonia, especially since we are over reefed and heaving to for meals, etc. So we have started our 3rd week, and have travelled about 1/3rd of the distance. That first week was SLOW though, so we hope to be in South Australia in LESS than 4 weeks from now. Yesterday's conditions were really miserable aboard. We were slapped with a wave from the side regularly (and big ones at least every hour) - but one wave really sent the boat into chaos throwing things off shelves across the cabins and cockpit - it even managed to lift the sliding door from one of the bathrooms and toss it outside into the hallway. Yes, quite miserable. While we are still not in the gentle rolling hills type of sailing, but I'm very glad to hear we are over the worst of things. We really look after our boat when it comes to safety (it has much to be desired aesthetically), and additionally conduct rig inspections twice a day while under passage. The boat is doing fine, it seems as happy as the birds that swoop around the peaks of the waves. Me, not so much!]

At: 06:00(AWST) 05-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F), Course: 254(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:25Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:4m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

15º 34.032' S111º 50.058' EBegonia
Day 14 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -15.5719, 111.8434

Progress: [We've made [1172.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3085]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [100.4]nm (through water). We have moved [110.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:4.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Wind increased, waves got higher and steeper and choppier. By dinner time, we decided to hove to (basically stall the boat with the sails up) so we could eat without the chaos, eventually we left it that way for 11 hours waiting for things to calm somewhat for an easier life on the rigging and the passengers. We are back moving again. Forecast is for things to sloooowly calm over the next 3 days.]

General Comments: [We continue with a bouncy ride, yesterday was frightening (or at least high anxiety) at times, now we are back to just uncomfortable. A couple of days ago Kyle put the pressure cooker on the corner of our counter and then backed into it - which promptly went flying down some stairs. A handle broke off from the lid (not repairable) but since I use it so much Kyle assures me it is still usable. As for our progress, we are now west of the entire continent of Australia. Kyle (based on forecasts) again has adjusted our route to send us further west so we don't have to tack into headwinds and large seas.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 04-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 253(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.7kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:3.5m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

15º 1.056' S113º 40.002' EBegonia
Day 13 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -15.0255, 113.6668

Progress: [We've made [1072.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2736]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [164.1]nm (through water). We have moved [154.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:6.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Well, we have wind! Despite Kyle sending us off away from the worst of things, we need both sails double reefed and are having a somewhat boisterous time aboard in very mixed/choppy seas. Kyle predicts it won't calm until around the 7th October for us. He has tweaked the course a little more, so while we had a great day sailing wise, it did little to subtract much from our extended miles-to-go.]

General Comments: [When Kyle woke me this morning he had COLD HANDS!!! Oh no, I'm not sure I like this. We spent yesterday crossing traffic lanes of several more cargo vessels (at good distance), but the distance we can see ships on the AIS continues to amaze us (over 250nm). It seems it is not any special atmospheric conditions but a deliberate effort on the part of the Australians to identify and re-broadcast signals in this area; they must have a very high antenna (?!). On my watch last night I witnessed a ball of fire crash into the ocean (several miles off) and that was a first for me. Our nautical notifications have warned of space debris in parts of the Indian Ocean (but not near us). While Kyle was hit by a flying fish while at the helm on his watch - I knew since there were fish scales on his shoulder that he hadn't noticed Life is getting interesting; I think I prefer boring.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 03-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 25.8C (78.44F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Course: 252(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.7kt, Wind:21Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1014hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
over 3 years  agoShow

14º 13.068' S116º 11.094' EBegonia
Day 12 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -14.2281, 116.1985

Progress: [We've made [908.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2793]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [125.2]nm (through water). We have moved [122.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.4kt.

Sailing Conditions [Yesterday (for the most part) remained frustratingly slow, but by late afternoon things picked up again to assist with a healthy average. We fly main and jib and are sailing on average about 55 degrees into the (apparent) wind.]

General Comments: [We spent the last 24 hours crossing some major shipping lane; while boats were well spaced (often 50nm apart) - compared to what we've been used to in Australia the mass of ships on the AIS, and mostly travelling to and from in a line between Port Hedland and Indonesia, it felt like we were playing frogger. Most of the cargo ships kept well out of our way, which can't have been easy for them as our speed varied so much with the wind, but we were regularly closely monitoring up to 3 ships at any time just in case. We are currently due south of Bali (about 320nm), and Hong Kong and even Wuhan. Bali stings since we would have been visiting earlier this year if Covid hadn't hit. We are also passing (260nm to our SE) the Rawley Shoals - one of the stunning reef areas that would have been on our Western Australia agenda (If they had let us in). Rather we still have weeks of ocean sailing before we'll next step foot on land. Kyle tells me that (longitude wise) we have now managed to cover 3/4 of the globe between Footprint and Begonia. Other tidbits - we had a full moon yesterday (which I love), and saildocs is responding normally again. Kyle is warning me that the conditions are going to get more exhilarating in the coming days as the wind and waves increase and we find ourselves nose on.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 02-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 27C (80.6F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 252(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.7kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2m (to:NE)
over 3 years  agoShow

13º 31.032' S118º 10.002' EBegonia
Day 11 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -13.5215, 118.1667

Progress: [We've made [782.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3007]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [68.0]nm (through water). We have moved [63.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:2.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.2kt.

Sailing Conditions [The wind (direction and speed) in reality has not matched our forecast and we've had another frustratingly slow day. Also the saildocs server (from which we get some of our weather forecasts) seems to be down, thankfully we can use our predictwind account as a backup, but Kyle much prefers the ability to see the raw data which saildocs (normally, reliably) allows.]

General Comments: [Another calm day (despite the swell), life feels a little dull aboard. I am getting through our favourite podcasts and are now starting on my 2nd tier of chosen podcasts entertainment (of which I have plenty) on our watches. I suspect eventually I'll be resorting to my French and Spanish lessons on my watches (no bad thing).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 01-Oct-2020, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 274(degT), Speed Over Ground:1.5kt, Wind:4Kt(from:SSW), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

13º 14.07' S119º 13.032' EBegonia
Day 10 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -13.2454, 119.2218

Progress: [We've made [714.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2808]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [125.0]nm (through water). We have moved [120.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:5.2kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.3kt.

Sailing Conditions [Upwind, in light-ish but steady winds (our fastest day of average speed to date). We are expecting a couple of days more of this and then for the wind to start increasing (along with the waves).]

General Comments: [Our AIS generally can identify other boats up to about 25nm away, but for the last 12 hours we are seeing boats up to 450nm away (some strange atmospheric conditions?). We currently are in water over 5km deep (The North Australian Basin), and are being circled by a handful of storm petrels (they are probably more used to fishing boats out here).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 30-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 27.6C (81.68F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 248(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.1kt, Wind:6Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 33.096' S121º 9.072' EBegonia
Day 9 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -12.5661, 121.1621

Progress: [We've made [589.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2884]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [120.0]nm (through water). We have moved [122.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:5.0kt, Avg speed for trip to date:3.1kt.

Sailing Conditions [We have good wind (we are moving 'properly' at last). You may have noticed that the miles to go has jumped - this is because the forecast is predicting a storm ahead of us, so we are diverting somewhat (adding significant time and miles, but safer and more comfortable). Kyle gets the weather forecasts and maps twice a day, so all could change again.]

General Comments: [It feels great to be moving. Seas are a little more bouncy, but moving around the boat is still easy. We are really in international waters, and Kyle has seen a few Indonesian fishing boats - these are dodgy-looking factories on the water- a raggamuffin of lines and hardware - large, with no obvious safety codes (nor life rafts). Thankfully they do all seem to have AIS so we are always aware of them even if they are too far away to see. We had a really large pod of 'dolphins' pass us - there must have been over 100; we are not sure if they were pigmy-killer whales, or melon headed whales, or maybe even a false killer whales (I'll have to do some research once we have internet again) but the passing was a highlight for us (despite the mass of them, id-helpful photographs were near impossible, its like playing camera whack-a-mole!).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 29-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 29.4C (84.92F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 33.8C (92.84F), Course: 256(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:10Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:2%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:N)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 37.038' S123º 0.06' EBegonia
Day 8 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.6227, 123.0096

Progress: [We've made [469.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2776]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [92.3]nm (through water). We have moved [104.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:3.8kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.8kt.

Sailing Conditions [Finally we have constant winds and progress, not always fast, but always moving (our hourly logs ranging between 1.66nm and 6.08nm) in another all spinnaker day, although Kyle expects it will be our last Spinnaker day for some time.]

General Comments: [With both wind and a little cloud things seem cooler which helps aboard (although max temperature still reached 34.2C/94F). We have come some distance from the mainland to avoid a large dead patch of air, and we are currently off the continental shelf (we are about 230nm offshore)]

At: 06:00(AWST) 28-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 33.3C (91.94F), Course: 241(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:7Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 2.07' S124º 41.016' EBegonia
Day 7 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.0448, 124.6858

Progress: [We've made [377.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2883]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [50.5]nm (through water). We have moved [66.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:2.1kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.6kt.

Sailing Conditions [We've had wind (not strong, but consistent) since around 6pm yesterday so sailing feels easier, we are sailing with the spinnaker. Forecast is for more consistent winds for the foreseeable future, and are hoping to reach a more typical 100nm day in a few days(!)]

General Comments: [We've not had a visit from the ABF plane for a couple of days (I kind-a miss it). Kyle said he heard a small fishing boat cross our path overnight (no lights). I've been yearning for some bread, but it is way too hot to consider baking for now. While sleeping during the day is a bit fitful, we both seem to be comfortably into our watch routine. ]

At: 06:00(AWST) 27-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 29.8C (85.64F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 33.3C (91.94F), Course: 245(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.1kt, Wind:4Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:20%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 0.0' S125º 48.09' EBegonia
Day 6 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.0001, 125.8148

Progress: [We've made [327.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [2966]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [40.9]nm (through water). We have moved [54.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:1.7kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.7kt.

Sailing Conditions [Much of yesterday was spent drifting with the current, 6 whole continuous hours we recorded 0nm! When wind was available we were sailing with main and jib. We are moving for now, and almost through the windless patch - and by later today we should be in continuous wind.]

General Comments: [The frustration of no winds has been balanced with some amazingly beautiful mercury flat seas, with passing dolphins and generally mesmerizing scenes. The gas rigs of BAYU-UNDAN are now finally behind us and out of view. To occupy ourselves (aside from keeping watch) we've been reading the book 'Batavia' about a Dutch East India Company Ship that in 1629 wrecked on Abrohlos islands on the Western Australia Coast on its way to the spice islands. Some of the survivors formed a brutal group that terrified and slaughtered the others. Its a fascinating story, and we will pass by the islands on our way around WA, so it seems so much more than 'just history' right now. Every once in a while we see what appears to be trash in the water, but as we pass, it turns out to be a cuttlefish bone - strange how I've seen them so often washed up on a beach, but I've never seen them before floating in the water (probably more likely now due the unusual flat seas). It is still hot (yesterday's high being 34C/93F, and barely below that for most of the day) - we are especially appreciating our cold home-fizzed water.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 26-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 32.2C (89.96F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 33.3C (91.94F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.5kt, Wind:6Kt(from:NNE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:S)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 9.012' S126º 43.026' EBegonia
Day 5 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.1514, 126.7207

Progress: [We've made [286.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3020]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [34.2]nm (through water). We have moved [34.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:1.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Sailing mostly with the spinnaker, occasional jib (when upwind sailing possible) but much of the time, no wind at all!]

General Comments: [Yesterday (our warmest day so far) we had the regular ABF plane visit us, but this time they already knew our answers and just asked us to verify nothing had changed. Our focus for the what seems like AGES has been getting around the BAYU-UNDAN gas rigs and terminal. We had expected to sail to the north (outside the no-go area) - but the wind and currents had alternative ideas, so at some point we gave up trying and headed to skirt around the south. Hours later we determined we simply had to use the motor to get around the SE point of the no-go zone. We have been avoiding using the motor to save fuel for any real emergencies. When I awoke this morning the oil rigs are still in our clear view, there is no wind at all, and we bob here some distance from the no-go zone. Conditions are so calm that between the sea and the sky it is barely possible to determine the horizon. We even have a sea-snake swimming around. The lack of progress is frustrating (but predicted). I can only hope that we've moved on by the time of our next report.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 25-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.03kt, Wind:1Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:1%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 9.012' S126º 43.026' EBegonia
Day 5 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.1514, 26.7207

Progress: [We've made [286.1]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3020]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [34.2]nm (through water). We have moved [34.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting] Avg speed since last post:1.4kt, Avg speed for trip to date:2.9kt.

Sailing Conditions [Sailing mostly with the spinnaker, occasional jib (when upwind sailing possible) but much of the time, no wind at all!]

General Comments: [Yesterday (our warmest day so far) we had the regular ABF plane visit us, but this time they already knew our answers and just asked us to verify nothing had changed. Our focus for the what seems like AGES has been getting around the BAYU-UNDAN gas rigs and terminal. We had expected to sail to the north (outside the no-go area) - but the wind and currents had alternative ideas, so at some point we gave up trying and headed to skirt around the south. Hours later we determined we simply had to use the motor to get around the SE point of the no-go zone. We have been avoiding using the motor to save fuel for any real emergencies. When I awoke this morning the oil rigs are still in our clear view, there is no wind at all, and we bob here some distance from the no-go zone. Conditions are so calm that between the sea and the sky it is barely possible to determine the horizon. We even have a sea-snake swimming around. The lack of progress is frustrating (but predicted). I can only hope that we've moved on by the time of our next report.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 25-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 31.6C (88.88F), Humidity:72%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 300(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.03kt, Wind:1Kt(from:N), Cloud Cover:1%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:1m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

10º 58.002' S127º 16.056' EBegonia
Day 4 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -10.9671, 127.2764

Progress: [We've made [251.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3052]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [64.5]nm (through water). We have moved [64.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [For the last 24 hours we've only flown the spinnaker, and at times we've had no wind and even had to bag that. Progress remains slow (as expected), and will remain so for a few more days. Our average speed since over the last 24 hours is just under 2.7kt]

General Comments: [It remains HOT aboard, and we put up shade during the day to protect us from the worst of the sun's cooking effect. Yesterday we again had the Australian Border Force plane fly over and call in on us (asking the standard 3 questions: last port, next port, home port). We had a few more dolphin visits, all brief (we've been going way too slowly for them to enjoy any swimming at the bows). We expect more of the same for the next few days.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 24-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.1kt, Wind:9Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:45%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 0.018' S128º 22.026' EBegonia
Day 3 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -11.0028, 128.3707

Progress: [We've made [187.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3116]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [104.7]nm (through water). We have moved [94.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [More mixed sailing, but still with generally flat seas. Overnight (midnight to 6am) we were back on the spinnaker and made just 14nm. We've headed so far north to avoid a giant windless patch, and expect to be making poor progress for several days to come based on forecasts.]

General Comments: [Yesterday we had a passing pod of 3 dolphins (they swung by but didn't stop to play). Kyle was on watch as the Australian Border Force (ABF) flew over and checked in on us; yesterday was also the day (the equinox) that Kyle shaved his head and he's feeling much happier with the extra breeze during this heat. Overnight I saw a couple of shooting stars which brought a smile to my face. Neither of us have seen any ships in the last 24 hours (except in the far distance on AIS returns). We had another bird visit us, this time to roost overnight, but it didn't pick the best place to stop and was jolted around even with our mild rolling (poor thing).]

At: 06:00(AWST) 23-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 30C (86F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F), Course: 270(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.3kt, Wind:8Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:1m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 1.026' S129º 35.094' EBegonia
Day 2 of Timor Sea/Indian Ocean Passage From:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To:Ceduna, South Australia (SA). Our position: -12.0205, 129.5988

Progress: [We've made [82.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [3168]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [82.6]nm (through water). We have moved [75.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mixed sailing - we've had the spinnaker up and down a few times, and the sails reefed and unreefed (all while still in the Beagle Gulf). We've even gone backwards when the current against us was stronger than our forward progress. Kyle expects our first week to be much like this, before we'll find ourselves in more reliable winds.]

General Comments: [Our last night in Darwin had the skies filled with thunder and lightening. Our first full day at sea has been with mixed sailing conditions, but (amazingly) with very flat seas. Coincidentally the good progress hours (7.6nm in one hour) have been on my watches, and the really slow hours (0.06nm in one hour) on Kyle's - so its been fun to tease him about my superior sailing skills. We had a bird, a brown noddy, hang out on the deck for a while (even while we raised and lowered the spinnaker twice!). Kyle managed to trip over his own foot early on yesterday, and has a very bruised toe, but it isn't impacting his sailing ability.]

At: 06:00(AWST) 22-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F), Course: 341(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:6Kt(from:NE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:S)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 25.05' S130º 49.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: -12.4252, 130.8228

Sail From: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT To: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT

We travelled [6.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in Fannie Bay - a bit far out (to cater for all tide ranges).]

General Comments: [We exited the lock at Bayview in the morning calms, and had an easy motor back to the anchorage.]

At: 09:24(ACST) 07-Sep-2020, Outside Temp: 29.6C (85.28F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 26.046' S130º 51.054' EBegonia
At Marina Dock: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT - Timor Sea, Australia. Our position: -12.4406, 130.8589

Sail From: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT To: Bayview Marina, Bayview (Suburb of Darwin), NT

We travelled [4.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [2.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At Bayview Marina in a double dock: $59/night + $25/night live-aboard fee.]

General Comments: [We made it up in the mangroves to Bayview Marina, where we'll be tied up for just over a week. Thankfully Kyle installed the spare prop just in time to navigate the narrow lock, and a gusty arrival at the dock (whew). We have groceries being delivered this afternoon, so laundry and chore day - hopefully that means we can start exploring Darwin over the weekend.]

At: 10:40(ACST) 28-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 30.8C (87.44F), Humidity:34%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 26.016' S130º 49.014' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Timor Sea Passage From:Alcaro Bay (near Cape Don), Cobourg Penninsula, NT To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: -12.4360, 130.8192

Progress: [We've made [104.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [48.8]nm (through water). We have moved [28.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3m with 4.7m range. We have an appointment for our biosecurity inspection/treatment tomorrow afternoon (required before we are allowed in the marina locks).]

General Comments: [The remainder of today's sail was FAST, but the currents were strong and the wind was on the head so it took a while. We were distracted when we found a bat appeared and was 'hanging out' under the trampoline appearing while we were underway. It seems to be a fruit bat (also called a flying fox), he has the perfectly pointy ear, is on the smaller side - body is about 16cm long? - and has brown fur? We were convinced he'd leave once we headed into the wind and he certainly got wet (although he did shift himself around to the driest of the wet options under the trampoline). Amazingly 'Count Blah' is still with us now we are at anchor, but he did give me a dirty look when I was lowering the chain right beside him - he eventually moved a little out of the way and went back to his napping. He has been with us for hours, so is no doubt along way away from his colony, I'll assume he'll head off at dusk. In the meantime we are avoiding getting too close to Count Blah as we know bats here carry a rabies-like disease that is pretty deadly to us humans. We can see the skyline of Darwin ahead of us - time to enjoy a beer and the view while we wait for Count Blah to fly off and find new friends and a more appropriate roost.]

At: 16:26(ACST) 25-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 31C (87.8F), Humidity:46%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 5.04' S131º 8.07' EBegonia
Day 2 of Timor Sea Passage From:Alcaro Bay (near Cape Don), Cobourg Penninsula, NT To:Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT. Our position: -12.0896, 131.1450

Progress: [We've made [56.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [41]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [56.0]nm (through water). We have moved [61.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Mostly downwind sailing, but with Jib and Main (switching between around 120 and wing-on-wing) - shifting to a beam reach. The biggest help though has been the current; here, timing is everything, Kyle nailed it and we've had it with us all the way. We are currently in the narrowest gap (between Melville Island and the mainland). There has been other traffic, a few cargo ships and we even passed a tug and barge (which presumably is happy to go slowly for some reason)]

General Comments: [As soon as we rounded Cape Don we find ourselves departing the Arafura Sea and entering the Timor. Fires were still burning on the Cobourg peninsula (lots of heavy smoke). We look set to be anchored around noon. The night have been clear, and great for star-gazing.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 25-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F), Course: 253(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.7kt, Wind:8Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:0%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 17.064' S131º 48.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Alcaro Bay (near Cape Don), Cobourg Penninsula, NT - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: -11.2935, 131.8006

Sail From: Seven Spirit Bay, Coral Bay, Cobourg Penninsula, NT To: Alcaro Bay (near Cape Don), Cobourg Penninsula, NT

We travelled [27.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [15.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m off river.]

General Comments: [Another very light-wind day, we managed to fly the spinnaker and main for most of it (although the spinnaker was only occasionally wind-filled). I think we made more progress due to a favourable current than because of the wind! We discovered today that Western Australia continues to push back any opening of the borders (which poses some issues for us!). We've pulled out our spare propeller so we can install that once we purchase a few minor spacers and washers (hopefully readily available in Darwin). Finding a proper replacement will take a bit longer. We expect this anchorage to be the last one before Darwin. Here there are fires ashore (not sure if wild or controlled, all we can see is smoke in the distance), but if it looks safe (and if we feel we can tolerate the heat) we hope to go ashore to visit the Cape Don Lighthouse - but it is VERY hot, so we are currently undecided.]

At: 16:24(ACST) 21-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 31.9C (89.42F), Humidity:63%, Water Temp: 32.4C (90.32F)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 11.094' S132º 2.1' EBegonia
At Anchor: Seven Spirit Bay, Coral Bay, Cobourg Penninsula, NT - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: -11.1987, 132.0497

Sail From: Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT To: Seven Spirit Bay, Coral Bay, Cobourg Penninsula, NT

We travelled [27.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [26.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.1m (lowest tide)]

General Comments: [A frustrating day, the forecast winds didn't arrive as expected so Kyle was compelled to motor for an hour before we could finally fly the spinnaker again and be sure of arriving before dark. When we eventually approached the anchorage under sail, Kyle stowed the sail and started an engine, but soon discovered we had no propeller - it must have fallen off sometime during our sail, and it is a very expensive bit of equipment - ugh! Thankfully we have two engines and the propeller on the other one is still attached so we were not in danger. So we are at anchor, the peninsula is a nature reserve, and this particular bay belongs to the high-end Seven Spirit Resort (currently closed due to Covid19) and there is a fancy motor boat also in the anchorage 'Summer Wind'. No cell phone signal, but not as remote as we've been used to. At some point we'll have to find internet and make a plan to replace our propeller. We have spare propellers aboard (thankfully) but the one we lost is feathering (which means it collapses to reduce drag when we aren't using it) and we don't have a spare for that, and we'll have to find a place to careen (probably Darwin) even to install the spare propeller so we'll be running on one for a while.]

At: 16:34(ACST) 17-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 29.3C (84.74F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 32.9C (91.22F)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 8.058' S132º 29.034' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT, Australia - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT. Our position: -11.1425, 132.4891

Progress: [We've made [227.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [23.6]nm (through water). We have moved [16.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 1.6m at low tide - in a gently shallowing sandy bay]

General Comments: [As we rounded Croker Island, we had light headwinds (2kt) and a 2kt current against us - so we conceded and eventually started up an engine. Kyle is wishing it wasn't so. The island is aboriginal and while the main township is on the other side, it has roads and we can see a few distant buildings from the anchorage. We can't go beyond the high-tide line but do hope to go ashore at some point during our stay here (after we've caught up with arrival chores, sleep, and the host of internet jobs I've got on my list.]

At: 13:02(ACST) 14-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 31.4C (88.52F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 31.4C (88.52F)
over 3 years  agoShow

10º 52.056' S132º 34.038' EBegonia
"Day 4 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT. Our position: -10.8754, 132.5733

Progress: [We've made [203.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [19]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [49.8]nm (through water). We have moved [62.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Winds remain light/borderline for the spinnaker. Overnight Kyle resorted to the motor for a couple of hours (since we are again maneuvering around islands and shoals) but we are flying again. We hope to be at anchor around noon today.]

General Comments: [For the last few days there has been a LOT of pollen(?) on the water surface, especially at night, making for some mesmerising water watching. An Australian Border Force Plane checked in on us again last night (2nd time this passage). A highlight for Kyle overnight was a long visit from a pod of dolphins, causing the bioluminescence to sparkle as they frolic around the boat and bows.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 14-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 25.5C (77.9F), Humidity:81%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F), Course: 251(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.3kt, Wind:4Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:SW)
over 3 years  agoShow

10º 53.058' S133º 38.016' EBegonia
Day 3 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT. Our position: -10.8934, 133.6363

Progress: [We've made [153.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [83]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [76.9]nm (through water). We have moved [92.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We continue to fly (nurse) the spinnaker, but the wind has been barely more than a whisper for much of the night. Its frustrating, but peaceful. We've had many hours with less than 2nm progress, and even a few less than 1nm, but somehow we made a 3.2kt average over the last 24 hours.]

General Comments: [Nothing much to report, the night skies continue to display as the cloud cover has been light; we continue on. Our ETA (Friday by 10am) seems appropriate.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 13-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F), Course: 277(degT), Speed Over Ground:2kt, Wind:3Kt(from:ENE), Cloud Cover:15%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

10º 59.01' S135º 12.042' EBegonia
Day 2 of Arafura Sea Passage From:Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To:Palm Bay, Croker Island, NT. Our position: -10.9845, 135.2073

Progress: [We've made [77.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [175]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [77.0]nm (through water). We have moved [90.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [An easy downwind sail with the spinnaker, we are plodding along with slow speeds but calm seas and we are headed in the right direction]

General Comments: [Kyle again departed under sail (it isn't easy as even the manual windlass is quite a bit of work) - but with a large bay all to ourselves it is risk free, and fun to be a true sailboat. We had a visit around sunset from the Australian Border Force Plane ( all they ask is our prior and next port, our name being clear from our boat and our AIS signal). On my watch overnight we had clear skies and the moon didn't rise until well after midnight - so a beautiful display of stars was my company - I especially love the Milky Way, but it feels that the sky is full of a million stars and a billion stories.]

At: 06:00(ACST) 12-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 273(degT), Speed Over Ground:2.9kt, Wind:5Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:0.5m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 4.05' S136º 43.092' EBegonia
At Anchor: Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) - Arafura Sea, Australia. Our position: -11.0747, 136.7324

Sail From: Lagoon Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) To: Two Island Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain)

We travelled [19.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 5.2-7.2m of sand]

General Comments: [Kyle was especially keen to go motor free today. We left with 1.2kt of wind and it took us 18 minutes just to exit from our anchor alarm circle. He persevered and the wind came, and at times we were happily sailing north in relatively flat seas at 7kt. Arriving in Two Island Bay we needed to tack between the two islands to our anchorage spot - proper sailing at last! To our surprise we spied another pleasure boat today (a motor boat, headed in the opposite direction), and a fishing boat - so we are not as isolated as it generally feels. The islands here have beautiful long/wide sandy beaches, backed by dunes, and with amazing sedimentary rocky outcrops which erode into mushrooms, pancakes, rubble and overhangs. Wildlife includes eagles and some kind of Rock-Wallaby - we are really enjoying the (apparent) isolation. We also have definitely needed the sunscreen despite it being winter time here, and on our trips ashore get through litres of water/drink as we push our exploratory roving.]

At: 12:15(ACST) 08-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 19.056' S136º 34.056' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lagoon Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain) (Arafura Sea). Our position: -11.3264, 136.5757

Sail From: Guluwuru Island To: Lagoon Bay, Marchinbar Island (Wessel Island Chain)

We travelled [12.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [12.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 3.5-6m of sand (could pick any depth really in this lovely sandy bay with a very gentle slope)]

General Comments: [The winds have finally calmed to pleasant numbers, making for flat seas and an easy sail as we hop north up the Wessel chain. Conditions were so ideal that Kyle was easily persuaded to anchor under sail at this lovely wide bay (all to ourselves). We have a few bits of maintenance that require Kyle to go up the mast so the continuing calm forecast is perfect.]

At: 12:00(ACST) 05-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 28.9C (84.02F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 29.058' S136º 26.046' EBegonia
At Anchor: Guluwuru Island (unnamed bay N end, west side), Wessel Island Chain (Arafura Sea). Our position: -11.4927, 136.4407

Sail From: Truant Island, NT To: Guluwuru Island (unnamed bay N end, west side), Wessel Island Chain

We travelled [27.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [24.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5-6m over sand on lovely flat sandy shelf, well protected. Aboriginal Lands ashore]

General Comments: [A sunny passage swapping between spinnaker and jib to make the slack water/ start of ebb at the Cumberland Strait and avoid the tide rips. The strait is wide (certainly compared to the alternative 'Gugari Rip') but in mid channel depths change from 115m to 6m and cause some impressive eddies. A host of birds as we approached the strait between Guluwuru and Marchinbar islands, but no ships/boats seen at all. We remain quite remote, so no cell phone service still]

At: 13:02(ACST) 02-Aug-2020, Outside Temp: 28.4C (83.12F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 39.048' S136º 49.062' EBegonia
At Anchor: Truant Island, NT (Arafura Sea). Our position: -11.6577, 136.8270

Sail From: Inverell Bay, Gove Harbour, NT To: Truant Island, NT

We travelled [36.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7-9m, a bit of swell (which we expect to drop as the forecast is for wind to move more from the south later)]

General Comments: [A sunny passage starting really calmly, and slowly getting a bit choppy. The Island gives OK protection though so we can now enjoy the sunshine. On passage we tried a plum-look-a-like fruit purchased at the Nahulumby store (a dark red tamarillo) and both of us spit it out in disgust. There are plenty of areas of South America where this is considered a favourite fruit, NZ exports thousands of tonnes of it to the USA, and we were perplexed! I've since learned we are not supposed to eat the skin, so will try our remaining specimen some other time (but I'm not holding out much hope). On arrival we spotted some strange activity in the water, and on closer inspection found a mating pair of turtles with a buddy keeping close and hoping for next dibs!]

At: 12:14(ACST) 31-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 28.6C (83.48F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 11.088' S136º 42.03' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Inverell Bay, Gove Harbour, NT - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Arafura Sea/Gulf of Carpenteria Passage From:Horn Island Anchorage, Torres Strait, QLD To:Inverell Bay, Gove Harbour, NT. Our position: -12.1984, 136.7047

Progress: [We've made [350.4]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [10.1]nm (through water). We have moved [2.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in sufficient space among mooring field (4-6m depth)]

General Comments: [We have arrived in NT. We have been cleared with 'no appointment required' for Biosecurity - so now we are just to meet with the local police and be vetted for our Covid19 application before being officially cleared in. We are hoping they accept our boat tracks/logs as the proof required that we haven't been in any Covid19 hotspot recently (its pretty hard to prove a negative, but we can certainly prove where we have been, and it would be next to impossible to have left the boat to get to any hotspot). It's my first time in Australia's Northern Territory, but Kyle's third!!! Gove/Nhulunby seems to exist primarily as a bauxite mine and processing plant (Aluminium), but there is enough of a workers community to have a welcoming yacht club (with showers and washing machines!!!). The original aboriginal Yolngu people of course, are also here, they own the entire Arnhem lands and to leave the main drag a permit is required to enter aboriginal lands (easily acquited online).]

At: 08:28(AEST) 28-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 9.036' S136º 41.07' EBegonia
Day 4 of Arafura Sea/Gulf of Carpenteria Passage From:Horn Island Anchorage To:Inverell Bay, Gove/Nhulunby. Our position: -12.1558, 136.6948

Progress: [We've made [340.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [6.4]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [86.5]nm (through water). We have moved [91.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We hove to much of yesterday afternoon/evening (to be certain to arrive in daylight), but once we finally proceeded and found the shelter of land - wow - calm, and lovely - great star gazing conditions. Kyle decided to alter our route and take the short-cut south of Breamer Island, and we'll soon be entering Gove Harbour proper!]

General Comments: [It seemed we have the whole Gulf to ourselves, but now we are again close to land, the boat traffic is back on the AIS. We have all our approvals for arrival into Northern Territory and back to the mainland (Covid19, and Biosecurity). Once we are at anchor we also need to adjust our time zone once again (UTC+9.5 hours here)]

At: 06:00(AEST) 28-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 263(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.2kt, Wind:11Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:0.25m (to:W)
over 3 years  agoShow

12º 4.098' S138º 15.036' EBegonia
Day 3 of Arafura Sea/Gulf of Carpenteria Passage From:Horn Island Anchorage To:Inverell Bay, Gove/Nhulunby. Our position: -12.0824, 138.2558

Progress: [We've made [253.8]nm (through water) on this passage and have [103]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [158.8]nm (through water). We have moved [156.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [While the depth of the water increased, so did the wind and waves, and we continue to have a rather bouncy ride (Kyle doesn't like waves). We get side-swiped from time to time which keeps us on our toes! We are already over reefed, and we will need to slow down further to be sure of a daylight landfall.]

General Comments: [Amazingly 0 ships in the last 24 hours, no dolphins, nothing but an occasional curious bird. ]

At: 06:00(AEST) 27-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 273(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.1kt, Wind:24Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1011hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

11º 12.09' S140º 46.05' EBegonia
Day 2 of Arafura Sea/Gulf of Carpenteria Passage From:Horn Island Anchorage To:Inverell Bay, Gove/Nhulunby. Our position: -11.2146, 140.7753

Progress: [We've made [95.0]nm (through water) on this passage and have [256]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [95.0]nm (through water). We have moved [94.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [We started in flat water with a following current, but once we left the strait we found shallow, open water and a nasty chop soon set in. We ARE making good speed, it is just a bumpy ride.]

General Comments: [As we were preparing to depart after a nice couple of days exploring Thursday and Horn Island, we were amazed to see another sailboat arrive, it was Danish and had a large group of young friends. Within an hour a second sailboat arrived - also Danish - also with a large group of younger sailors. We feel like we were the only tourists here during our stay - and now the Danes have arrived. I suspect the parties are already underway! While small populations, there was a constant stream of boat and air traffic during our time in the Straits - and once we departed there were more cargo ships than we've seen in over a month (still not a huge amount, but for us - seeing 12+ cargo ships underway in a day is significantly more than we are used to). In the strait we were just 100nm south of Paupa New Guinea - now as we head west the lands to the north of us slips away again.]

At: 06:00(AEST) 26-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 25.7C (78.26F), Humidity:85%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F), Course: 238(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.8kt, Wind:20Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NW)
over 3 years  agoShow

10º 35.07' S142º 14.052' EBegonia
At Anchor: Horn Island Anchorage (Torres Strait). Our position: -10.5947, 142.2419

Sail From: Blackwood Bay, Mount Adolphus Island To: Horn Island Anchorage

We travelled [22.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [24.1]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10-12.5m 'hard sand']

General Comments: [A sunny day, we sailed with the current towards Thursday Island. As we approached things got busy (for us) as there were multiple planes, several helicopters, and lots of commercial boat traffic.. A busy place. Nearest anchorage is at Horn Island, which seemed pretty empty aside from a few commercial vessels and one long term sailboat. To wish to visit Thursday Island we take a ferry from Horn Island. The anchorage is renowned for its currents so we'll spend the rest of the day aboard to watch and see how Begonia acts before going ashore. As soon as we were anchored we could hear bird-song from the nearby mangroves. And wow - our first 'good' phone signal for a long while; no more hoisting the phone up the mast just to make intermittent 1bar into intermittent 2bars!]

At: 12:34(AEST) 22-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

10º 38.046' S142º 38.082' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mount Adolphus Island (Torres Strait). Our position: -10.6411, 142.6472

Sail From: Bushy Islet To: Mount Adolphus Island

We travelled [36.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [38.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4-7m of good sand/mud]

General Comments: [After a special time back in Bushy Islet with an amazing visit from a young sea-eagle, we headed north (with the wind and current) making good time to Mount Adolphus. From here we turn left (west), and from anchor we can see Cape York (the NE tip of Australia). We have brief blips of 1bar phone signal - fingers crossed.]

At: 14:12(AEST) 19-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

11º 14.088' S142º 52.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bushy Islet (Great Barrier Reef Coast). Our position: -11.2483, 142.8667

Sail From: Bird Islands/Reef, Saunders Islands NP To: Bushy Islet

We travelled [30.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [33.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4.8-7.6m in sand]

General Comments: [Dolphins again came and joined us - one group of over 20, each pushing to be in front of the bow stayed with us for 20 minutes of fun.]

At: 13:00(AEST) 17-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 26.9C (80.42F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

11º 45.09' S143º 4.08' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bird Islands/Reef, Saunders Islands NP (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -11.7653, 143.0803

Sail From: Wuthara Island, Forbes Islands Group To: Bird Islands/Reef, Saunders Islands NP

We travelled [37.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [36.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7-9m behind islands, guidebook suggests this area is an 'anchor eater' so we are hoping we've sighted our anchor drop appropriately]

General Comments: [More 'good' winds (mid-20s), and some choppy seas (1.5m) mean we are happy to be sailing with the weather and not against it. Today was overcast and with occasional drizzle, but we had a couple of pods of dolphins visit which brightens any day. Not surprising ling as we arrive at Bird Islets we found lots of birds flying around (nearly all noddys). At low tide there are plenty of exposed reef bommies around the islands, quite dramatic. Our guidebook also describes this area with the text 'crocodiles are common, so be vigilant' - we will.]

At: 13:50(AEST) 15-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:82%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

12º 17.016' S143º 24.036' EBegonia
At Anchor: Forbes Islands (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -12.2857, 143.4061

Sail From: Portland Road (mainland), QLD To: Forbes Islands

We travelled [27.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [18.5]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10m behind reef - hopefully in sand. North of the cluster/group known as Forbes Islands (Conservation Park).]

General Comments: [Somewhat flatter seas today (finally); this helped as the last 7nm after rounding the north end of Gallon Reef was sailing (motoring) back into the wind/waves. Once arriving at Forbes Islands (which are beautiful), we were surprised to see several commercial fishing boats here (it is a Conservation Park, so maybe they are just resting overnight?). On route we were joined twice by small pods of dolphins (always a pleasure). The island here are high (with tallest peak at 81m, which is high for this area) and (per our guidebook) croc free - so we hope to at least get ashore while here. An aside: some of our recent Marine alerts have included warnings to be aware of potential space debris falling over the coming days - we are very glad to be nowhere near that area!]

At: 13:36(AEST) 12-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.9C (82.22F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

12º 35.064' S143º 24.036' EBegonia
At Anchor: Portland Road (mainland), QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -12.5937, 143.4063

Sail From: Night Island (originally of the Kawadji people) To: Portland Road (mainland), QLD

We travelled [36.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [36.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m along with two local boats.]

General Comments: [A strong wind day, and some choppy seas; we are now nicely protected by Cape Weymouth. Nearby is Restoration Island, one of the few places Captian Bligh stopped in his small boat after the mutiny on the bounty. Despite a small community ashore (houses nestled into the hills) the hope for phone signal doesn't exist. We grabbed a few frustrating moments with 1 bar as we sailed by Lockhart River, but it looks like we have at least another week before we can expect even that again. We never made it ashore at Night Island (unfortunately), the current and choppiness were too miserable to counter (with regular 30kt gusts).]

At: 13:10(AEST) 10-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.4C (81.32F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

13º 10.05' S143º 34.044' EBegonia
At Anchor: Night Island (originally of the Kawadji people), (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -13.1747, 143.5735

Sail From: Blanchard Reef To: Night Island (of the Kawadji people),

We travelled [17.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [17.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4-6m depth off beach. ]

General Comments: [A short distance jib only mostly downwind sail today, good winds around 20-24kt. A couple of dolphins joined us along the way. No phone signal, although we did have a brief 1bar just as we rounded the N tip of the island (We are hoping for a signal at our next anchorage in a few days). ]

At: 11:32(AEST) 08-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

13º 24.042' S143º 44.076' EBegonia
At Anchor: Blanchard Reef (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -13.4067, 143.7456

Sail From: Fife Island, Claremont Isles National Park, QLD To: Blanchard Reef

We travelled [16.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [14.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6.8m of sand (?) in lee of reef]

General Comments: [Choppy day, downwind sailing, spotted one other sailboat to our west, also heading north today. During our stay at Fife we were buzzed by Australian Border Force (and reported details), and finally spotted our first wild crocodile!]

At: 11:40(AEST) 06-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

13º 39.018' S143º 42.09' EBegonia"At Anchor: Fife Island, Claremont Isles National Park, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -13.6527, 143.7148

Sail From: Stokes Bay, Stanley Island, QLD To: Fife Island, Claremont Isles National Park, QLD

We travelled [44.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [42.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2m of sand (But with big drop of downwind)]

General Comments: [A very mixed day of sailing, with sail changes, reefing and unreefing. No other ships seen visually or via the AIS at all (even cargo ships). We had two milestones for the day - we are now at the furthers west we've ever been (at E144 and descending, our furthest east is about 27E so we still have a gap to fill someday), and we also broke 55,000nm on the GPS log for Begonia (we installed new instruments shortly after purchase so all the miles are ours, we arrived in Australia with 50,258nm on the log). Ashore the small uninhabited island has a giant sand-spit at low tide so if weather/conditions permit we hope to go ashore during our stay to stretch our legs and get a bit of exercise while resting up before the next leg as we hop north.]

At: 15:10(AEST) 03-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 27.7C (81.86F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

14º 9.036' S144º 13.044' EBegonia
At Anchor: Stokes Bay, Stanley Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -14.1560, 144.2242

Sail From: Ingram Island, QLD To: Stokes Bay, Stanley Island, QLD

We travelled [42.5]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [41.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m of mud/shell (per guidebook)]

General Comments: [A lovely sunny day, sailing with the spinnaker, and with calm seas - our best sailing conditions for a while. It was HOT, and we are finally feeling the Oz heat (which may get old fast, especially since we can't/won't go for a dip given the croc warnings). We sailed by some beautiful scenery as we weaved our way through islands and along the coast of this remote part of Australia. There was a lot of smoke on the mainland, and we were uncertain if this was from a controlled or wild fires, luckily we are well away from any smoke here at anchor. We are well protected, with a forecast for some strong winds. Ashore, this island has some accessible caves with 'exceptional' aboriginal paintings - but, unfortunately, they are on the other side, and no trails to get to them from here.]

At: 14:40(AEST) 01-Jul-2020, Outside Temp: 29.1C (84.38F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

14º 25.008' S144º 52.05' EBegonia
At Anchor: Ingram Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -14.4182, 144.8753

Sail From: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD To: Ingram Island, QLD

We travelled [34.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [36.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.2m of sand.]

General Comments: [A pleasant sail, passing through channels around various reefs and islands. Nice day, sunshine, breeze and little cloud cover. We are looking forward to going ashore to walk around the small (.5mile long) island. We can already see a few pelicans ashore. Aside: Lizard Island was much busier than we expected, and while we anchored at the back and didn't go ashore (it is a remote community and strict Covid19 rules apply), we saw that most other boaters did go ashore at some point. Our transit permit does not allow us ashore at Lizard Island; another beautiful place to visit another time...]

At: 13:43(AEST) 28-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

14º 39.054' S145º 27.006' EBegonia
At Anchor: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -14.6592, 145.4511

Sail From: Ribbon Reef #5 To: Mrs Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, QLD

We travelled [48.6]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [46.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in the Bay, in 5m of sand.]

General Comments: [An overcast, drizzly and boysterous sail downwind with jib alone was uneventful until noon. The afternoon was full of distractions from both dolphins and humpback whales. The dolphins were leaping about happily, and the whale kept approaching us from behind and then passing along side us (quite close) while showing its white belly. We arrived at Lizard Island to see 6 other boats at anchor here. The island has one of the world top (exclusive) resorts, obviously closed currently. We understand that we won't be able to go ashore as this area is classed as a 'remote community', but we had hoped/expected to have a cell phone signal at the boat - unfortunately not really - we get an intermittent 1bar of 3G if we lift Kyle's (telstra) phone as high as we can get it.]

At: 15:08(AEST) 25-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:88%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

15º 22.08' S145º 45.06' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Ribbon Reef #5 (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -15.3803, 145.7598

Sail From: Ribbon Reef #3 To: Ribbon Reef #5

We travelled [8.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Public mooring in depth of 14m, no cell phone signals.]

General Comments: [After days/hours of snorkelling around Ribbon Reef #3 (and a host of bird visitors, guano included!), we've moved a little further north to Ribbon Reef #5. We crossed paths on this passage with 'Spoil Sport' the only other boat we've seen since Low Island, and we are out of sight of each other and with a reef of our own to explore.]

At: 10:52(AEST) 22-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

15º 30.03' S145º 47.094' EBegonia
Destination: Darwin
At Mooring Ball: Ribbon Reef 3 (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -15.5046, 145.7990

Sail From: Little Hope Island, QLD To: Ribbon Reef 3

We travelled [24.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [23.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Public mooring on outer reef - in depth of 14m, plenty of bommies around.]

General Comments: [(Little) Hope Island had a sign up saying closed for Covid19, so we didn't go ashore the 1st day. By the 2nd day we verified all the NP and forest closures for Covid19 are now open (so presumably they just haven't brought down all the signs), however by then the sea was just a little to boisterous for a dinghy trip so another day aboard. Today's trip was in strong winds, and with some upwind sailing as we maneuvered around the south of Cairns Reef. Currently we are well protected, but we'll see what conditions are like a high tide tonight.]

At: 11:54(AEST) 18-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

15º 43.074' S145º 27.036' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Little Hope Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -15.7288, 145.4564

Sail From: Low Islands, QLD To: Little Hope Island, QLD

We travelled [36.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [39.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Public Mooring ball in 6m depth, weak Telstra phone signal.]

General Comments: [A drizzly start, downwind sailing with the jib alone, made good time. No sailboats seen since the Low Isles.]

At: 14:18(AEST) 16-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 27.5C (81.5F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 22.086' S145º 33.06' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Low Islands, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -16.3812, 145.5596

Sail From: Marlin Marina, Cairns, QLD To: Low Islands, QLD

We travelled [34.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [34.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Moored ball in depth of 12m, off the beautiful Low Island with its beach and lighthouse]

General Comments: [An easy downwind spinnaker sail again. Departing Cairns during yet another shower (so much for the dry season!) - but it came with a rainbow so a plus!]

At: 15:00(AEST) 13-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 26.5C (79.7F), Humidity:84%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

16º 55.008' S145º 46.086' EBegonia
At Dock: Marlin Marina, Cairns, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -16.9176, 145.7813

Sail From: Kent Island, QLD To: Marlin Marina, Cairns, QLD

We travelled [59.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [50.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [At one of the Catamaran Docks, floating docs, nice showers, laundry, etc all available. Grocery delivery expected in the morning (First time!)]

General Comments: [Another very rainy passage, lots of strong winds (occasional 29kt apparent/ 38kt true ahead of some of the squalls), a fast sail highest speed we made was 13.6kt through the water (14.8kt over the ground), averaging 8 knots until we arrived in the entrance channel for Trinity Inlet. We managed to arrive between rain showers so we didn't have to dock in a downpour. We'll need a bit of a rest today, but look forward to exploring Cairns - between rain showers (We were last here in August 2009, but this is the first time with our own boat.)]

At: 13:18(AEST) 09-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 25C (77F), Humidity:73%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

17º 40.038' S146º 10.068' EBegonia
At Anchor: Kent Island, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -17.6726, 146.1775

Sail From: Walker Reef, QLD To: Kent Island, QLD

We travelled [47.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [50.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 7m of small islands North Barnard Island Group]

General Comments: [A cold and drizzly sailing day today, mostly downwind under jib alone.]

At: 16:00(AEST) 06-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 23.6C (74.48F), Humidity:80%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

18º 18.036' S146º 45.084' EBegonia
Destination: Cairns
At Anchor: Walker Reef, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -18.3060, 146.7637

Sail From: Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD To: Walker Reef, QLD

We travelled [51.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [48.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2.5m of sand, small reef with a small sand cay. Need good visibility to weave way in around reefs and bommies]

General Comments: [An early start, mostly downwind sailing, wind and seas increasing during passage. ]

At: 13:30(AEST) 03-Jun-2020, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

19º 6.084' S146º 51.054' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 2 of Coral Coast Passage From:Bait Reef, QLD To:Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD. Our position: -19.1138, 146.8591

Progress: [We've made [134.3]nm (through water) on this passage. We have moved [131.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Anchored in 3.5m among other boats - very pretty. Good cell phone signal.]

General Comments: [A long overnight, but easy, sail (mostly with the spinnaker flying gallantly). We've arrived to a beautiful crisp, clear day, in an picturesque anchorage, fringed with beautiful rocks formations and undulating hills covered with trees where we understand Koalas may be seen. There are plenty of other boats here (presumably mostly locals). Finally we have internet/cell phone signal again.]

At: 12:40(AEST) 28-May-2020, Outside Temp: 25.4C (77.72F), Humidity:64%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

19º 48.072' S149º 3.096' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Bait Reef, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -19.8121, 149.0657

Sail From: Scawfell Island, QLD To: Bait Reef, QLD

We travelled [73.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [69.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Moored on Inner reef edge in 9.5m depth. Arrived at low tide, no visible coral, no other boats]

General Comments: [Our stay at Scawfell was cold, wet and dreary; thankfully we got ashore on the day we arrived and were able to explore the beach at low tide. No obvious trails within the vegetation unfortunately. The passage to Bait overnight was cold and rainy also (full foul weather gear AND handwarmers!), but the forecast is for better weather from this afternoon. No cell phone signal.]

At: 06:54(AEST) 24-May-2020, Outside Temp: 18.2C (64.76F), Humidity:62%, Water Temp: 18.2C (64.76F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

20º 51.084' S149º 36.0' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Scawfell Island, QLD (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -20.8636, 149.6000

Sail From: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD To: Scawfell Island, QLD

We travelled [114.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [113.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Moored in 5m sand (+3.5m range). No cell signal. ]

General Comments: [An overnight sail with some rather big seas (thankfully we were sailing mostly downwind). Rather uneventful, a bit bouncy given the sea state. Our time in Pearl Bay was mostly rain and strong gusty wind. We are hoping to actually get ashore here in Scawfell Island. Not surprisingly there is nobody here given the sea state over the last few days.]

At: 07:16(AEST) 20-May-2020, Outside Temp: 24.4C (75.92F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

22º 26.058' S150º 43.074' EBegonia
At Anchor: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD (Capricornia Coast). Our position: -22.4429, 150.7287

Sail From: Svendson's Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD To: Pearl Bay (military exercise area), QLD

We travelled [48.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [44.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 2m of sand, well protected from Southerly winds. The surrounding land is army owned, and we have to be aware to avoid anchoring during military exercises (nothing scheduled). No cell phone signal.]

General Comments: [Downwind sail to a beautiful anchorage . Protected from the winds by wooded cliffs, and dotted with pretty islands. We have entered the land of the dugong so we will keep an eye out for those lovelies. We are not allowed to go ashore (military land), we also now need to start keeping an eye out for crocodiles when anchored along the mainland - so no swimming. Thankfully the view from the boat is worth anchoring here!]

At: 13:16(AEST) 16-May-2020, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:68%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

23º 9.054' S150º 57.042' EBegonia
At Anchor: Svendson's Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -23.1592, 150.9571

Sail From: Pancake Creek To: Svendson's Beach, Great Keppel Island, QLD

We travelled [70.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [67.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 4m of sand]

General Comments: [After a wonderfully relaxing time at Pancake Creek (with butterflies, kangaroos, and a walk to the lighthouse), we set off North and are finally within the tropics again. We arrived in this anchorage to find 17 other cruising boats - over half of which are catamarans - our biggest crowd in some time! Luckily there is plenty of space. We are hoping for some fine weather to get ashore for some long walks.]

At: 13:34(AEST) 13-May-2020, Outside Temp: 24.9C (76.82F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 27.5C (81.5F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

24º 1.08' S151º 44.058' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Pancake Creek (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.0301, 151.7431

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Pancake Creek

We travelled [64.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [56.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Picked up mooring ball (two pickup lines) at high tide(ish).]

General Comments: [An overnight sail, mostly with spinnaker. Too cloudy for any meteor shower viewing unfortunately. Just two other boats here on arrival.]

At: 11:04(AEST) 09-May-2020, Outside Temp: 25.5C (77.9F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

24º 45.054' S152º 23.034' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7588, 152.3887

Sail From: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [7.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 6m of water off Marina]

General Comments: [We are STILL waiting on one last mail item from the USA - so back at the Marina to check (fingers crossed). Thankfully sun is shining and we had a productive few days anchored in downtown (where Kyle even found a chain Mexican restaurant to celebrate 5-May with a takeout).]

At: 11:34(AEST) 08-May-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

24º 51.078' S152º 20.088' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.8634, 152.3479

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD

We travelled [7.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 9m of water by town bridge(s)]

General Comments: [We are STILL waiting on one last mail item from the USA, and rather than hang out so far out of town, we've moved into the center of things for a few days (or longer?). Hoping our mail arrives eventually and before our visas expire (in January). :-) From this anchorage it is easy to get ashore (public dinghy dock) and there are plenty of nearby shopping options from hardware, chandlery, grocery and specialist stores. We'll probably stay mostly aboard though and wait the mail out.]

At: 15:08(AEST) 03-May-2020, Outside Temp: 25.7C (78.26F), Humidity:34%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

24º 45.072' S152º 22.002' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7614, 152.3673

Sail From: Lady Musgrave Island - Bunker Group To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [50.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [51.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A long day with light seas, flying the spinnaker. Anchored in 10m of good mud off channel in river.]

General Comments: [An uneventful sail, with another stunning sunset underway. We are back in Bundaberg to (hopefully) unite with our missing mail before we can finally head North longer-term.]

At: 21:48(AEST) 30-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 24.3C (75.74F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

23º 54.03' S152º 24.006' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Lady Musgrave Island - Bunker Group (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -23.9048, 152.4006

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Lady Musgrave Island - Bunker Group

We travelled [58.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [51.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A nice broad reach sail with good winds. Picked up public mooring ball (3 other boats in reef)]

General Comments: [A 2am start to be sure to arrive at the reef in good light, and we arrived ahead of schedule too. A lazy day (for the remainder of) today and then we hope to hang out for a few days here and enjoy the island and the reef. A small pod of dolphins joined us briefly just before the entrance to the reef.]

At: 11:50(AEST) 25-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 26.6C (79.88F), Humidity:59%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
almost 4 years  agoShow

24º 45.066' S152º 22.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7608, 152.3827

Sail From: Fitzroy Reef - Capricorn Group To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [81.0]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [69.8]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Returning after dark we were glad to find our previous spot vacant. Anchored in 6-9m of good mud off channel]

General Comments: [A rare North wind made it an ideal day to head back towards Bundaberg where we hope to meet up with our various delayed packages. We had a great downwind sail (mostly under spinnaker), a short visit from a family of dolphins, and a rather dramatic and extensive thunderstorm skirt us. We are glad to be at anchor a little ahead of our expected time. Here we are back to 'normal' civilization with access to internet, stores, laundry, etc - but the water isn't the type I'd want to swim in, and the mosquitoes seem to like hanging around (we are already missing the reef!).]

At: 21:20(AEST) 18-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 24.1C (75.38F), Humidity:83%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 36.09' S152º 9.06' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Fitzroy Reef - Capricorn Group (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -23.6146, 152.1597

Sail From: Lady Musgrave Island - Bunker Group To: Fitzroy Reef - Capricorn Group

We travelled [23.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [22.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Easy, well marked entrance (whew!). Secure to public mooring; there is one other boat within the reef on our arrival (Cat Nap). ]

General Comments: [After checking the forecast and finding it indicated a beautifully calm day tomorrow, we departed Lady Musgrave a day early to make use of the wind, and had a lovely downwind sail to Fitzroy Reef (not to be confused with Fitzroy Island much further north in QLD). We hope that tomorrow we can enjoy some snorkelling and exploring during tomorrow's promised (hopefully) calm.]

At: 15:20(AEST) 15-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
about 4 years  agoShow

23º 53.004' S152º 24.078' EBegonia
At Anchor: Lady Musgrave Island (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -23.8998, 152.4126

Sail From: Lady Elliot Island To: Lady Musgrave Island

We travelled [20.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [20.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in large sand patch near reported good snorkelling. 6-8m depth]

General Comments: [We had a wonderful time at Lady Elliot (although the first day was a bit choppy). Some Easter chocolate found its way to the island in our provisions too. While we were not allowed to go ashore (the resort is closed, but around 20 people remain and there continues to be two flights a week to provision and to swap out staff), we did get to do a lot of snorkelling. Coral was OK, but we were so happy to get our exercise snorkelling with manta rays, and turtles, and lots of very large fish, along with big groups of small fish that seemed fearless of us. The staff did swing by a few times to say hi, and even offered us a ride to the different snorkel areas (which we declined). Apparently turtles are still hatching on the beaches, but (of course) we were not able to see this with the restrictions in place. Once we finally left Lady Elliot, Kyle was extra happy that we could sail off our mooring ball and avoid using the motor. Today was a nice downwind sail with occasional dolphins passing our path. While we were the only visiting boat at Lady Elliot, there are 4 others here in Lady Musgrave - all social distancing.]

At: 10:58(AEST) 13-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 26.8C (80.24F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 6.012' S152º 42.054' EBegonia
At Mooring Ball: Lady Elliot Island (Great Barrier Reef). Our position: -24.1150, 152.7089

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Lady Elliot Island

We travelled [50.2]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [42.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [No other visiting boats today, we picked up one of the visitor moorings. A bit rolly, 8-10m]

General Comments: [We made it today with good winds (mostly head winds, and with a 3am start), we were very grateful to see the mooring balls empty and are looking forward to our snorkel (exercise) in such beautiful clear waters. Plenty of birds flying around too.]

At: 12:58(AEST) 11-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 27.1C (80.78F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 45.624' S152º 22.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7604, 152.3828

Sail From: Anchorage Area (off Bundaberg Port Marina), QLD To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [18.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off the Marina again, we will hang out here until the wind forecast looks better]

General Comments: [We headed out today for a change of scenery - but the wind really didn't perform as forecast. Now is not the time to be wasting fuel, and we didn't want to arrive after dark, so we returned to the Burnett River to chill. A frustrating day, but we did get to test out the sails after their recent spa treatment so not a total loss.]

All is well

Thanks for following along with us

Kyle & Maryanne

At: 12:28(AEST) 10-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 24.8C (76.64F), Humidity:76%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 45.054' S152º 23.034' EBegonia
At Anchor: Anchorage Area (off Bundaberg Port Marina), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7591, 152.3889

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Anchorage Area (off Bundaberg Port Marina), QLD

We travelled [1.7]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [0.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off the Marina with easy shore access (beach) in 3-6m of mud]

General Comments: [Since our last post we were hauled out on 27th March for routine maintenance (At Bundaberg Port Marina in QLD). This was scheduled several months ago, with the initial intent being to leave the boat on the hard and go visit family and friends in Europe and the USA. The Covid19 pandemic has made all travel heavily restricted and difficult so we canceled the visiting family plans, and just went ahead with the usual boat maintenance. We were put back into the water on 3rd April and spent a few days at the marina slip - now we anchor out and monitor rules and regulations as they change, and the status of our visa change request (our current visa expires tomorrow!). We hope to start heading north while social distancing, and in anticipation of keeping our original planned departure from Australia - but all plans are written in the sand at low tide right now, for us and so many others.]

At: 12:10(AEST) 07-Apr-2020, Outside Temp: 27.8C (82.04F), Humidity:57%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 45.066' S152º 22.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7609, 152.3828

Sail From: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [7.1]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off the Marina again, ready to go into dock in the morning.]

General Comments: [We spent a few days struggling to get provisions in Bundaberg (it is a gret location normally, but the CoronaVirus scare has everyone panic buying; the stores have very tight limits on what you can purchase and most of those limited items are not available anyway (empty shelves). Some stores are limiting purchases to 1 toilet roll (not even a packet, but a single roll). Mostly we can only buy 2 cans of vegetables (which includes tomatoes) on any trip. Each store has different limits though so it is a little easier if you have a car (but not good in the sense of preventing the spread of any virus). To help solve our problems (and protect ourselves somewhat) we've decided to rent a car, so I drove to the marina while Kyle took the boat.]

At: 12:20(AEST) 25-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 27.3C (81.14F), Humidity:51%, Water Temp: 30.4C (86.72F)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 51.072' S152º 21.03' EBegonia
At Anchor: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.8618, 152.3548

Sail From: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD To: Bundaberg Town Reach, QLD

We travelled [7.4]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [6.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored in 10.3m, picking out a spot where we can have sufficient swing room for other moored and anchored boats. Dinghy dock nearby to get us ashore.]

General Comments: [An early start today due to the tides. We'll probably be doing chores today aboard, and then go ashore tomorrow for some basics and long overdue optician appointments.]

At: 08:16(AEST) 22-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 25.9C (78.62F), Humidity:89%, Water Temp: 29.9C (85.82F)
about 4 years  agoShow

24º 45.066' S152º 22.098' EBegonia
At Anchor: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -24.7606, 152.3827

Sail From: Shoulder Point, Great Sandy Strait, QLD To: Inner Reach, Burnett River (Bundaberg), QLD

We travelled [55.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [52.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Anchored off Port Bundaberg Marina in 8m of mud.]

General Comments: [A long day (over 14 hours). Calm waters and light winds. Occasional distant solitary dolphin and shy turtle on our passage. We've anchored for the night and will move upstream (towards town) in the morning. There be mosquitos here so once Kyle has finished a killing spree (of those inside the boat) we can relax and rest.]

At: 22:04(AEST) 21-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 25.1C (77.18F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 29.5C (85.1F)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 27.042' S152º 57.054' EBegonia
At Anchor: Shoulder Point, Great Sandy Strait, QLD (Coral Coast). Our position: -25.4570, 152.9589

Sail From: Tin Can Bay, QLD To: Shoulder Point, Great Sandy Strait, QLD

We travelled [32.9]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [27.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [We managed to sail much of the narrow windy channel today, a mix of spinnaker and jib, numerous jibes to match the various bends. Occasional motoring when wind didn't comply and sand banks were close.]

General Comments: [After a morning visit to Barnacles dolphins, we set off to push north as much with the current as possible. Today's sailing was challenging fun, the weather is great (sunny with a breeze) and nothing is too busy. We even had a visit from a pair of Australian humpback dolphins while underway - Go Figure! ]

At: 17:36(AEST) 20-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 26.3C (79.34F), Humidity:67%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 54.018' S153º 1.038' EBegonia
At Anchor: Tin Can Bay (Coral Coast). Our position: -25.9026, 153.0234

Sail From: Wide Bay / Double Island Point To: Tin Can Bay

We travelled [17.3]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [7.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [Finally the strong winds and big swells had died down (but not off) - the commercial fishermen all were exiting and we made the call to go into the bar. It wasn't nearly as pleasant as our exit back in November, but all is well. Anchored in 1.5 of good holding. ]

General Comments: [We made it a little closer to land today. From here we start our passage north within the more sheltered waters of Tin Can Bay. We are anchored among multiple boats in dead calm - just in time for sunset. We're hoping to go ashore in the morning to Barnacle Dolphins to help feed the wild dolphins - (and if it checks out and looks safe and not over crowded we may well have breakfast there too).]

At: 17:42(AEST) 19-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 27.2C (80.96F), Humidity:61%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F)
about 4 years  agoShow

25º 56.472' S153º 9.768' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Anchor in Wide Bay / Double Island Point - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Lord Howe Island, NSW To:Wide Bay / Double Island Point. Our position: -25.9412, 153.1628

Progress: [We've made [490.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [55.4]nm (through water). We have moved [48.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Drizzly, gusty, with hints of blue sky]

General Comments: [Having missed the ideal times (and even the borderline times) for the Bar entrance, we were grateful to find a protected anchorage (just 10nm from the entrance) to hang out until tomorrow when we will enter dreaded bar (the sandy kind, not the beer providing type). It is much nicer to know we can sleep and relax, rather than just bob about in the ocean for 18 hours. Another passage complete.]

At: 14:52(AEDT) 13-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 23.9C (75.02F), Humidity:70%, Water Temp: 30C (86F)
about 4 years  agoShow

26º 0.018' S154º 3.102' EBegonia
Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Lord Howe Island, NSW To:Wide Bay Bar / Tin Can Inlet. Our position: -26.0034, 154.0666

Progress: [We've made [435.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [64]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [158.2]nm (through water). We have moved [159.6]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Big, sloppy seas make for a messy ride, sailing downwind with jib alone (reefed)]

General Comments: [Distance wise we should arrive today. However we can only safely enter at high tide and the very start of flood - so it is a rush/unlikely that we'll make it. If we don't make it we'll need to bob around for most of a day to wait for the next ideal tide in daylight tomorrow.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 13-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 24.2C (75.56F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 30.9C (87.62F), Course: 284(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.5kt, Wind:23Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:30%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:3m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

27º 50.094' S156º 12.012' EBegonia
Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Lord Howe Island, NSW To:Wide Bay Bar / Tin Can Inlet. Our position: -27.8484, 156.2150

Progress: [We've made [277.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [236]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [152.0]nm (through water). We have moved [155.9]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Seas and wind increased, and occasional rain showers. We continue to sail mostly downwind, with only occassional reefing/unreefing of jib.]

General Comments: [Bird numbers reducing around us, and we are now north of the NSW-QLD border. Nothing of any note-worthy nature to report.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 12-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 23.5C (74.3F), Humidity:74%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 324(degT), Speed Over Ground:6.1kt, Wind:23Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:3m (to:NW)
about 4 years  agoShow

30º 2.028' S157º 48.072' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Lord Howe Island, NSW To:Wide Bay Bar / Tin Can Inlet. Our position: -30.0379, 157.8122

Progress: [We've made [125.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [401]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [125.3]nm (through water). We have moved [109.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Perfect downwind sailing, smooth and comfortable - warm, clear, full moon at night - Love IT!]

General Comments: [Departed Lord Howe and we could still see the island (at least the large hills) 50nm away. Overnight we had the full moon and (it seemed) the ocean to ourselves. A lovely start to the passage. Shearwaters flying around much of the time. We did have a flying fish land in the boat overnight and unfortunately didn't notice in time to save the poor thing.]

At: 06:00(AEDT) 11-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 22.2C (71.96F), Humidity:65%, Water Temp: 28.5C (83.3F), Course: 321(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.6kt, Wind:16Kt(from:SSE), Cloud Cover:40%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

31º 31.044' S159º 3.012' EBegonia
Safely arrived: at Mooring Ball in Lord Howe Island, NSW - PASSAGE COMPLETE.

Day 8 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -31.5236, 159.0522

Progress: [We've made [918.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [0]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [19.3]nm (through water). We have moved [18.4]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Safe inside the reef, with excellent guidance from the local police officer monitoring port channels (despite recent loss of the main entry marker).]

General Comments: [Bell's Pyramid was well worth the detour to visit and when seen from one end appeared like a sword from the ocean (really steep!). Rain clouds drape over the mountains on the main island today and we plan to go ashore regardless of the fatigue (we'll sleep very well tonight!).]

At: 11:28(LHDT) 04-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 25.2C (77.36F), Humidity:75%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F)
about 4 years  agoShow

31º 46.074' S159º 15.0' EBegonia
Day 8 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -31.7790, 159.2503

Progress: [We've made [898.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [21]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [80.9]nm (through water). We have moved [90.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Much choppier seas, but downwind sailing. Cloudy.]

General Comments: [We slowed ourselves down so we could arrive at Balls Pyramid in daylight. We are there right now and it is very dramatic. Despite being over a mile away it rises from the ocean so dramatically I'm sure any photos will look like we must have been just 100m away. We should be arriving today by noon - very excited to switch modes.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 04-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 23.2C (73.76F), Humidity:79%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 350(degT), Speed Over Ground:0.4kt, Wind:14Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:60%, Pressure: 1016hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:N)
about 4 years  agoShow

33º 14.01' S158º 48.084' EBegonia
Day 7 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -33.2446, 158.8140

Progress: [We've made [817.9]nm (through water) on this passage and have [110]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [129.2]nm (through water). We have moved [143.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Lighter winds, continue to calm and shift - stress free sailing]

General Comments: [Kyle sat his night watch in shorts and t-shirt - the weather is definitely improving as we head north. Unfortunately forecast is still for some heavy rain for most of the time once we actually arrive. Luckily It looks like we will arrive a day early and get at least that one nice day.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 03-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 23.7C (74.66F), Humidity:87%, Water Temp: 28C (82.4F), Course: 14(degT), Speed Over Ground:4.4kt, Wind:10Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:100%, Pressure: 1012hPa, Swell:1.5m (to:NE)
about 4 years  agoShow

34º 50.064' S156º 40.038' EBegonia
Day 6 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -34.8440, 156.6726

Progress: [We've made [688.7]nm (through water) on this passage and have [243]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [127.4]nm (through water). We have moved [103.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Wind finally backed enough that we are (almost) heading directly to the island now. We are sailing upwind and expecting the wind to back further as we proceed. Amazingly we find ourselves in a current over 4kt (in our favour)!. ]

General Comments: [While writing this I was distracted by dolphins! A large pod of well over 100 was leaping all over the place and in every direction. We're amazed to see them out here (we've never seen so many dolphins so far from land) but what a great start to the day! At the same time the sun was rising and since the waves are big enough Kyle spotted the green flash multiple times as we rose and fell. Overnight there was a giant flash of light from behind me on my watch. I never identified the cause (a far off single bolt of lightning? A meteor entering the atmosphere?). It was so bright it was like a helicopter was shining a spotlight on us. For now it looks likely that we will arrive a day early, unfortunately the forecast is suggesting rain for much of our stay in Lord Howe.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 02-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 22.3C (72.14F), Humidity:77%, Water Temp: 27C (80.6F), Course: 54(degT), Speed Over Ground:5kt, Wind:10Kt(from:NNW), Cloud Cover:5%, Pressure: 1010hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:SW)
about 4 years  agoShow

35º 26.022' S154º 41.094' EBegonia
Day 5 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -35.4367, 154.6991

Progress: [We've made [561.3]nm (through water) on this passage and have [334]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [102.7]nm (through water). We have moved [88.3]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [A frustrating morning yesterday when the motor was put to intermittent use (we kept getting wind and stopping the motor, only for the wind to quit again). Eventually the wind was reliable, but pretty much exactly from where we are trying to head (but at least we're sailing). Now the wind keeps toying with us, leaving us thinking it is safe to un-reef and once we've done so, letting us know 'not yet!'.]

General Comments: [Aside from the wind conditions frustrating us, we had two other issues yesterday. The first was with our AIS (which tells other ships where we are) when it decided it no longer knew itself where we are - its GPS unit seeming to fail. Kyle fiddled with that for some time, found a lose wire to 'fix' and it briefly worked again (but for less than a minute). We use the same GPS for our chartplotter so were using our phones as our guidance system for a while (we eventually switched to the chartplotter's internal GPS). So for now our chartplotter is fine, but our AIS isn't sending out our signal to other ships (Since there are no other ships that isn't an issue right now, but we'll have to fix it ASAP). Later in the day as Kyle was busy inspecting stuff, he found a tiny bolt on the deck (oh-oh!) and after some time with binoculars discovered it had once been the set screw in one of our upper sail cars (the bits that hold the sail into the track that slides up the mast. He was concerned that if we lowered the sail to reinstall it, then the 'bit' it was holding in would simply drop out (and overboard) once the tension was off it. Thankfully he kept the tension on until the sail was mostly down and that perilous part did fall, but kyle managed to chase it across the deck until it was safely in his hands. All reinstalled with extra loc-tite and minimum swearing. Our speed has dropped significantly but everything is warming up and we feel like we're fully used to the watch schedule now.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 01-Mar-2020, Outside Temp: 22.3C (72.14F), Humidity:78%, Water Temp: 29C (84.2F), Course: 20(degT), Speed Over Ground:5.4kt, Wind:12Kt(from:E), Cloud Cover:50%, Pressure: 1013hPa, Swell:2m (to:W)
about 4 years  agoShow

36º 49.044' S154º 5.022' EBegonia
Day 4 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -36.8235, 154.0870

Progress: [We've made [458.6]nm (through water) on this passage and have [414]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [130.5]nm (through water). We have moved [128.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [From strong winds most of yesterday we now have practically calm, along with some rather sloppy seas causing the sails to slap and spill their fill. Yesterday we had a significant current with us for the most part, right now it seems to be against us adding to frustrations - Kyle just started one of the engines to keep us moving.]

General Comments: [We are over half way distance-wise, but forecast conditions mean that is not the case duration-wise. Aside from the frustration with the wind all is well aboard, and the calmer conditions should make cooking & living aboard a little easier.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 29-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 19.3C (66.74F), Humidity:69%, Water Temp: 26.1C (78.98F), Course: 10(degT), Speed Over Ground:3.4kt, Wind:4Kt(from:SE), Cloud Cover:10%, Pressure: 1015hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:NE)
about 4 years  agoShow

37º 54.066' S151º 46.062' EBegonia
Day 3 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -37.9106, 151.7764

Progress: [We've made [328.2]nm (through water) on this passage and have [538]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [192.7]nm (through water). We have moved [180.7]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Strong winds with both sails fully reefed, big waves with occasional one finding its way into the cockpit. Kyle describes it as a 24 hour earthquake… Things finally seem to be calming down (or at least heading in the right direction).]

General Comments: [Sea and air is getting warmer and we have found ourselves in the east Australia current (a back eddy giving us a nudge). Another beautiful night sky full of stars to ponder. A few birds, but otherwise no wildlife. Until now we've been very wrapped up - getting dressed takes 20 minutes and we do all possible to avoid needing a pee with so many layers and the safety gear to remove (this issue should be resolved as the weather gets warmer the more north we reach). Our goal:Lord Howe island, has the worlds most southerly coral reefs and (we are hoping that when we arrive) the weather to match that..]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 28-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 19.1C (66.38F), Humidity:71%, Water Temp: 25.6C (78.08F), Course: 61(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:29Kt(from:W), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1006hPa, Swell:3m (to:E)
about 4 years  agoShow

40º 20.004' S149º 28.002' EBegonia
Day 2 of Tasman Sea Passage From:Wineglass Bay, Tasmania To:Lord Howe Island, NSW. Our position: -40.3340, 149.4695

Progress: [We've made [135.5]nm (through water) on this passage and have [717]nm (along route) to go.
Since last posting we have made [135.5]nm (through water). We have moved [122.2]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Sailing Conditions [Very mixed wind conditions. We started off with strong gusts, had 6 hours of calm (2kt winds, variable direction), and have returned to strong winds again. There were a lot of reefing and unreefing going on yesterday. Outside it is cold and we are well bundled, inside warm but it is a bit of a wild ride.]

General Comments: [We left Wineglass bay at first light, and with a beautifully streaked sunrise. By the time we felt we were 'at sea' we spotted 5 of the other boats also departing. During the calm we had birds sat in the water barely concerned about us, just paddling around.]

At: 06:00(LHDT) 27-Feb-2020, Outside Temp: 15.3C (59.54F), Humidity:66%, Water Temp: 21.7C (71.06F), Course: 45(degT), Speed Over Ground:7.9kt, Wind:24Kt(from:WNW), Cloud Cover:70%, Pressure: 1005hPa, Swell:2.5m (to:E)
about 4 years  agoShow

42º 10.392' S148º 18.492' EBegonia
At Anchor: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park (Tasmania, Australia). Our position: -42.1732, 148.3081

Sail From: Fortescue Bay, Tasman National Park To: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

We travelled [64.8]nm (through water) on this trip. We have moved [60.0]nm point-to-point from prior posting]

Location Comments: [A downwind day with a mix of spinnakers and jib as the wind varies (lots of sail changes). Seas were quite big so we were glad to be going downwind, we foun