The trip you propose is certainly the scenic route. By sailing to the north of PNG and then south to Oz via the Solomans, you are adding over 5000klms to the shortest route to Darwin. It may be more efficient to sail through the Idonesian archipeligo to the Tanimbar Islands, then cut south to Darwin.
There is quite a lot to hit in those areas, so the Indonesia Pilot and north Australian Pilot books (also Admiralty) are worth their weight in gold.
Keep in mind the DFAT travel advice for these areas. Political and religious tensions continue to flare on occasion.
Hope this is of some help.
Hello Ross and David,
Very recently a number boats made their way from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu (good following winds, some storms), Others from the Philippines to Timor , A couple from Suluwesi to Xmas >>> Cocos Keeling. Spoke to them every day on what was happening, how much wind they had etc ....
So Monty if you need to get to Darwin before the North East winds return in the Northern Hemisphere, Here is another way to go, based on recent experiences of cruising yachts :-
Leave Singapore with the Straits current behind you, in a South West wind - pass Kuching >> make for Miri (new marina) >>> continue NE with the wind behind you >> to Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu. Leave KK and head for Kudat at the Norther tip of Borneo - Kudat has haul out and repair facilities. Take on Diesel and other stores. Leave port - now to make your way south towards the east coast of Sibutu Island, WP = 4d 57.2' N x 119d 31.9 E once south of Sibutu head for Tawau, WP 4d 08.4 N x 118d 01 E (nice place) Of course this is where you will be checking in to Indonesia with your C permit. When you leave Tawau your next WP will be the Equator x 119d 30' E >>>>>> WP 2d 30'S x 118d 00E >>>>
WP 6d 00'S x 119d 00'E >>>> 8d 00's x 121d 30'E Then its using the land/sea breezes along the northern coastlines of Flores and Alor until you get to the eastern end of Alor. From there to the Eastern Cape of Timor then a heading of 130 degrees
to the west coast of Melville Island - phone Darwin to get the Beer on Ice !!
If you want you discuss different legs of the above suggested passage with the relevant skippers send me an email and I will forward to the yachts concerned (one is in Singapore now!)