Category Archives: Australia Logs

The Darwin to Kupang Rally

July 23, 2005 Sometimes the most difficult aspect of cruising can be saying farewell to friends we’ve met and places we’ve visited and come to enjoy along the way. This was certainly the case with Darwin. We had spent … Continue reading

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Australia: Cruising “Over the Top”

      George next to a “rather small” ant hill at Port Essington. After two months of sailing mostly in a northwesterly direction up the Queensland coast, we had reached “the Tip” or Cape York, the northernmost point … Continue reading

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Queensland, Australia: The Whitsundays to Cape York

      Merima with cockatoo, Hamilton Island I realize that I haven’t tapped out a “Sailor’s Log” for quite some time now, about six months to be exact, but for good reason. I’ve enjoyed the Queensland coast of … Continue reading

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The “Hams and Hogs” Regattas: Spring Break for Adults

      New kite. The travel brochures describe the weather in Queensland as “beautiful one day, perfect the next.” The thing is, it’s really true. In the three months I’ve been here, I can count the less-than-perfect days … Continue reading

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Queensland: Brisbane to the Whitsunday Islands

Arriving in Australia from Noumea, Scarborough Marina (just north of Brisbane) was a convenient place to check in. In an otherwise nice marina, we ended up parked next to the very ripe-smelling local fishing boats that attracted flocks of … Continue reading

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Brisbane to the Whitsunday Islands

Arriving in Australia from Noumea, Scarborough Marina, just north of Brisbane was a very convenient place to check in. In an otherwise nice marina, we ended up parked next to the very ripe smelling local fishing boats that attracted flocks … Continue reading

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Passage Logs: Noumea to Brisbane

June 30 My sailing mates Ellen McArthur and Neil Spencer flew up from Auckland to Noumea Sunday to join me on the 800-mile trip across the Coral Sea to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. A nasty tropical disturbance delayed the start … Continue reading

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A Week on Lord Howe Island

A Visit to Lord Howe Island Well off the beaten “Coconut Milk Run” track, I think that Lord Howe Island may well be one of the best-kept secrets in the South Pacific. Located 225 nm Northeast of Sydney and 675 … Continue reading

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Departing Lord Howe for Noumea

We departed Lord Howe Island, bound for Noumea, New Caledonia, at first light this morning. At this writing, our position was 30 degrees 58 minutes South by 159 degrees 37 minutes West, or about 45 miles northeast of Lord Howe, … Continue reading

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Lord Howe Island

The sun rising behind Lord Howe Island’s dramatic peaks was quite a sight this morning. I spotted Mts. Lidgbird and Gower from more than 40 miles off at about 0500. These two dramatic 2000+ foot peaks are as impressive as … Continue reading

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