East...

Blogs from our sailing vessel SV Sänna. UK to New Zealand... & circumnavigation.

30 September 2015 | Vancouver, Canada
10 August 2015 | Pruth Bay, Calvert Island, British Columbia (Canada)
30 July 2015 | Vancouver, British Columbia
23 July 2015 | Shearwater, British Columbia
19 July 2015 | Butedale Cove, British Columbia
30 June 2015 | Port Edward
20 June 2015 | Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
07 June 2015 | Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
21 May 2015 | Glacier Bay, Alaska
17 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
14 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
10 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
06 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
04 November 2014 | Hoonah, Alska
26 October 2014 | Hoonah, Alaska
01 September 2014 | Juneau, Alaska
15 July 2014 | Port Edward, British Columbia
23 May 2014 | Ala Wai, Ohau.
25 April 2014 | Oahu, Hawaii.
18 February 2014 | Ala Wai Small Boat Harbour, Honolulu

Wilderness...

10 June 2011 | South Goulbourn Island, Arafura Sea.
Dave
Photo: Heading into South Goulbourn Island Anchorage

We left Darwin behind us by beating into the prevailing easterly and south easterly trade winds. And we were leaving civilisation too. Considering we were now in a first world country it dawned upon us both that this part of Australia was desolate, wild and empty. And huge....

We had nearly 600 nautical miles of nothing ahead of us before we reached our first port of call. We were heading for Gove, a small harbour bay served by no road links to the rest of Australia except for 500 miles of dirt tracks. The harbour served the bauxite mines, existing to load up ore carrying ships and it was our only port of call. But along the way we picked up a couple of remote wilderness anchorages among the islands and mangroves. Valencia Island and South Goulbourn Island gave us some good rest from the relentless tacking into the wind. But the weather was turning foul so we decided to go for it and complete the final 280 miles to Gove in a series of long tacks that took us through the infamous 'Hole in the Wall' and 12kt currents....

Fabulous Gove. A run down 'yacht club' that at first offered not much, a dusty road to the mining town of Nuhulunbuy and its aboriginal settlements. The harbour bay gave us good shelter from the passing storm except that we dragged our anchor. The 'club' served us some good beer and revealed a shady garden area and a fine barbecue. It was a good place to rest and stock up....

And we began to make new friends....
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Vessel Name: Sänna
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean 50 (Bavaria)
Hailing Port: Poole UK
Crew: Dave & Marie Ungless
About:
We have sailed together for over ten years now, leaving the Mediterranean to head eastwards. Our destination was Australia and New Zealand which we achieved in 2012 before attempting a full round-the-world circumnavigation across the pacific and back to the UK. [...]
Extra: Sänna is a hybrid Bavaria Ocean 50, custom built for deep bue water ocean cruising. The build and re-fit specification is high and to date boasts over 56,000 miles of ocean cruising. For more information visit our main website at www.sanna-uk.com.
Home Page: http://www.sanna-uk.com
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