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Old 05-11-2013, 05:52 AM   #15
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Hello again,

At the minute I am in the Southern Highlands of NSW making last preparations for my sojourn. Looks like I'll be sailing over to Groote Eylandt and cycling through Arnhem Land to Darwin arriving late June, then onwards to Indonesia (which is the part I need help with). It would be wonderful to sail the Kimberlys with you Lexx, if it worked out that way? However linking up with Drew's on the East coast doesn't sound like a bad option either?

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:21 AM   #16
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Hello Lex

My name is Michelle, I am fit and active, have done blue water cruising (albeit a number of years ago now) - would love to explore the remote Kimberley Coast - has always been a dream - not yet fulfilled. Currently live on North Stradbroke Island - could be ready to join you in Darwin as from 22 June if that ties in with your plans - I am a happy, easy going person who loves life!!!
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:25 AM   #17
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Hi Michelle,

You can email me at lexx (underscore) aa at yahoo dot com dot au

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Hey Lex will be lifting anchor on the 30th if you are still at Echo should pass by in around 5 days
If you need anything from Darwin let me know
hope you are getting your gearbox together Ok
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:34 AM   #19
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Hi Drew,

The parts I need to fix the gearbox were Australia Post Air Express posted last Thursday so hopefully we will have them in a few days... it will only take a few hours to reassemble the gearbox and reinstall it then we will be on our way. Who knows what date we will actually leave here but hopefully in the next week to 10 days then we are going to spend about 10 to 12 days coast hopping to Darwin. We would like to arrive on or before the 15th of June.

Might even see you on the way somewhere ... I can't think of anything we need from Darwin at this stage but really appreciate your offer.

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Old 05-18-2013, 02:53 AM   #20
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Hi lex
well sing out if you do
by the sounds of it i figure we may see each other around port Ess I do tend to hang out there for a few days while i work out what way I will jump
I am really considering this year to maybe jump off from the top of Croker straight for Thrusday Is looking at the weather patterns and the trades and get my bashing over with
Ialso have heaps of time so i am also considering the chicken run around but have ever done it I know it can be rather choppy down in the gulf but can find very few that have done it so info a little scarce as i would not mind seeing it down there ever done that way?
Like being a bit differant rather then just go to grove and jump some times good to mix it up
Had a chat with a few guys i know from border protection who headed out yesterday they are expecting a bit of bad weather in about a week there having fun with arrivals one even made it to Port Ess the other day they jumped from the ship and swam and then went thru the mangroves to the airstrip and waited lol
anyway hope you are enjoying echo
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:21 PM   #21
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Hi Lex
Hope you have a working gearbox by now and are enjoying the bay hopping I here the sea state is a little rough
Weighing anchor shortly
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:31 PM   #22
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Hey Drew,

We are still at Elcho island but the good news is we got the gearbox back in yesterday and it has tested out working as it should. We are getting some fuel in the morning and some groceries and intend to up anchor first thing saturday morning.

The sea state isn't too bad, at least here a bouts, this really is a good anchorage. We are going to day hop around the coast and should take about 10 days to get to Darwin. Should be in the Port Ess about the 7th or 8th. We arnt in a real hurry and don't mind not getting to Darwin till about the 15th or so.

Might see you on the way somewhere.

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Old 05-30-2013, 05:02 PM   #23
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for sure we will cross plan on leaving here 7-10th at latest on the low so i can use the tides thu the verons and cape don and ride the current to PE exiting Darwin is all about the timing and execution of the departure you can make it real easy if you do it right I usually make PE in 24hrs if i time it right
I usually spend 3 days there black point then down to Vic settlement and finish with a meal and a swim at seven spirits and scoot off so a very safe bet we will cross each other
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:19 AM   #24
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Let me see if i got this straight ...the tidal flow is west to east on a flooding tide past the Vernons ???

Never having sailed round the top before some local knowledge is always handy.

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:45 PM   #25
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Like sayings this is the fastest and quick way if you do it right its a 12hr trip

Round the Don at the low and fast you will go
Aim for the hoff you have 128 to go
At the high a shoal you will pass and if no blow a anchor must go or backwards you will go!
You will sight the hoff at the low and in you go....
Kiss the light at the V and deep and fast you will go
look for the sister light and be drawn towards her but be true to lyne and over you go
Take Sight of the point and home you will go

The shoal is the only anchor point (30mtr)
Hoff is cape hoffman if you are out of sync wait there good anchorage
the lights are the two vernon lighthouse lights on the islands they are small wooden white ones go close to the first one when passed it aim for the second but saty a distance nice reef there and turn to Lyne reef
lyne is lyne reef you can pass over and when you do aim sight then to black point

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WATER RUNS through the vernons thru the gulf and out past cape don and flows past PE on a high to low time your departure from PE to be at the don on the low
if traveling close to shore 6 nm or under watch out for the unmarked bommies 1/2 way to the don or they will ruin your day

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Old 06-12-2013, 12:51 PM   #26
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Arrived in Darwin a couple of hours ago so your advice is a bit late Drew but I will put it away for the next time I am going that way. We got here okay... had a bastard of a run for the first part after rounding Cape Don... 35 to 40 knot winds and a really crappy sea state make for an interesting time to say the least ... will kick back for a day or three getting my feet on the ground and then see what happens next.

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Hey stranger, hope it's still fun out there.
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Hi Rob, Yeah loved most of the trip and especially the last 12 days from Elcho Island after we sorted out our gearbox problems... was a really cruisie trip with just the one day of crap out of 12 so we had loads of fun and met some interesting people including guy who is paddling a sea kayak around Australia at our anchorage just before Cape Don. Shared a couple of beers with him. He should be in Darwin on saturday so hopefully will catch up again... He is doing well, started out in Sydney so more power to him, I know I wouldn't or couldn't do it. More power to him ...

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