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We work as ecotourism guides (as well as biologist and boat captain) often on the BC Coast, but also as far ranging as the Arctic and Antarctic. We have an insatiable curiousity for the planet; all its hidden gems and what makes them tick. That and our love of sailing is what inspired us to sail around the Pacific in Narama, our tough and pretty little sailboat.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Landfall Australia

This breaching Humpback welcomed us into Autralian waters

After the wind swung and the seas built we were effectively booted out of Huon Island.  It was against our will, as we loved it there and I could have happily spent weeks counting and photographing the nesting birds.  Then the wind stayed in the SSW so we could not stop at Chesterfield Reef which was likely to be another amazing wildlife spot.  So we had a week at sea with perfect sailing breezes, but we couldn’t set full sail and carry on because that would have meant making landfall in Australia on a weekend and the officials make it prohibitively expensive when that happens.  So we continued to shorten sail and leisurely make our way west.  Our autopilot motor finally died shortly after the wind died, so we had to tie the tiller and hand steer more than usual.  We could have arrived two days earlier than we did, but managed to slow ourselves down enough to arrive at midnight on a Sunday.

Our arrival into Australian waters was heralded by a wonderful show.  Lots of breaching, pectoral slapping and breeding Humpback Whales!

It is hard to believe that this amazing adventure has come to an end, for now anyways.  We have mixed emotions as we start preparing to leave Narama for a while.  What a magnificent journey it has been!
Lunch at sea
Our sea berth, the lee cloth holds us in bed.














Trip Stats  Luganville, Vanuatu to Bundaberg, Autralia

Days on passage:  10.5
Total distance: 1101 nm
Average 24 hour run: 98 miles
Best day: 143 miles (en route to Huon Island)
Worst day: 77 miles (en route to Bundaberg, when we had to slow down)
Engine Hours:  42.7
Number of Humpback Whales seen en route:  12
Most interesting Bird Species: Southern Giant Petrel

Thank you for following us on Narama's Voyage

3 comments:

David said...

Well done you two. Ive enjoyed reading your posts ever since we met in Marina Taina.(EC31 Sapphire) I arrived in Niue yesterday from Suwarrow, so I am checking all my usual web sites. So no more posts? Will miss you

John Rhodes said...

Dear Heidi and Stephen

I've just been catching up on your blog and love the story of the crossing from NZ to NC. Glad I wasn't aboard though!

Your NZ story & sketches have been published in the FMC Bulletin here. Where can I mail you a copy?

Email me at rhodesja@xtra.co.nz

Very best wishes

John (& Ann) Rhodes (Greytown, NZ)

Backroader said...

Congratulations Heidi and Stephen on a wonderful adventure and blog. I look forward to seeing you back on Rakiura/Stewart Island if you get the chance, Wendy