Cruising – Seisia to Darwin
After visiting the Tip of Australia we sailed around to Seisia and anchored in the bay. Seisia is a lovely spot, well worth stopping for a look around.
We took the dinghy down to Loyalty Beach Campground where they have a beach bar. It is a great spot on the beach shaded by a huge tree. We sat there and enjoyed a drink while we chatted on the phone to our boys.
A blue-winged kookaburra joined us for a photo-shoot.
Motoring back to Thorfinn as the sunset, absolutely beautiful… the photo doesn’t do it justice!
The next day we hitched a ride into Bamaga. Dwayne was wondering why nobody would stop for him….. he looked like a bloody yobbo! Anyway we finally got a lift with a young lad, Calum, who works at the servo.
We met Polly and Gerry at the Bamaga Tavern for lunch.
I cannot read this sign! I am usually good at being able to work out how to read this sort of thing, but this has me stumped. Let me know if you work it out.
After some grocery shopping, we got a lift back to Seisia by another Calum. This Calum worked at the Tavern and overheard us fruitlessly trying to get in touch with the one and only taxi in town.
That arvo we had sundowners on Thorfinn. It was time to say seeya to Polly and Gerry. We were heading off across the gulf in the morning and they were off to Thursday Island.
After a bevvy or two we watched an amazing moon rise! This was the night that there was an eclipse of the moon.
We left Seisia at 0200 and began our 58 hour sail to Gove. We had awesome weather and as Dwayne was having a nap, it was my turn to notice we had a fish on our trolling line and pull it in. My first catch! When I got it up to the boat I only had a mackerel head! A shark got it! I couldn’t believe it… it stole my dinner. Anyway that night I made Crayfish Mornay for dinner instead (checkout cooking our catch).
That night we had the company of a Noddy (think its a common (brown) noddy, correct me if I’m wrong). Noddy, that’s what we named him… original I know, left us the following morning at sunrise.
I had first night watch and got to see another beautiful moon-rise.
58 hours after we left Seisia we arrived in Gove. First things first… a visit to the Gove Boat Club. We met Vice Commodore ‘Notch’ and another couple of sailors, Ashley and Veronica.
After a couple of drinks at the boat club we were taken down to the unofficial yacht club. This is a shelter on the beach that the ‘live aboards’ use. We met another group of people who were able to impart some local knowledge about the next leg of our trip, through the ‘hole in the wall’ etc.
The next day Ashley and Veronica visited us on Thorfinn, after which Ashely generously offered to drive Dwayne into town to fill up some fuel tanks. Then it was off to the club again for a couple of drinks. The Gove Boat Club has a great grassed outdoor area and awesome views.
We left Gove the next morning at 0530 and sailed through the ‘Hole in the wall’.
That night we anchored in Guruliya Bay, Ragagala Island. It was a beautiful spot and we got to see a crocodile. He came over to the boat to check us out!
The next night we stopped at Elcho Island for a few hours, waking at 0130 to get underway again.
The sea was covered in this brown stuff. We have seen this before but have no idea what it is. If anyone knows can you let me know. We saw a little hammerhead shark while checking out the gunk.
There was no wind so while we motor-sailed we put up the tarp for shade.
Dwayne caught another mackerel!
A couple of days later we finally arrived in Darwin. We have anchored out from Stokes Hill Wharf where we will wait until we have our Indonesia cruising permit and visas. I’ll tell you all about Darwin in the next blog.
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