Sea Child: Big Cat Sailing Around the World

Tales of our journey around the world aboard our 56' Catamaran, Sea Child.

29 March 2015 | 10 13'N:95 05'E, Bay of Bengal
27 May 2014 | Pangkor Marina, Malaysia
26 September 2013 | 07 20'S:114 29'E, Enroute from Bali to Kumai, Kelimantan
30 August 2013 | 08 22'S:120 0'E, Gili Bodo, Komodo, Nusa Tengarra, Indonesia
14 August 2013 | 08 30'S:123 13'E, Kawula Island
14 August 2013 | 10 52'S:122 49'E, Nemberala Village, SE Rote
14 August 2013 | 10 09'S:123 34'E, Teddy's Bar, Kupang, East Nusa Tengarra, Indonesia
28 July 2013 | 11 06'S:125 40'E, Sahul Banks
27 July 2013 | 12 15'S:130 23'E, Offshore Darwin, Australia
26 June 2013 | 12 25'S:130 49'E, Fannie Bay, Darwin Sailing Club, Darwin, NT
26 June 2013 | 11 12'S:131 48'E, Alcaro Bay, Cape Don, NT
26 June 2013 | 11 01'S:132 33'E, Croker Island, Arnhem Land, NT, AUS
26 June 2013 | 11 33'S:133 23'E, North Goulburn Island, Arnhem Land, NT
26 June 2013 | 11 56'S:134 44'E, Cape Stewart, Arnhem Land, NT, AUS
26 June 2013 | 11 56'S:135 40'E, Elcho Island
14 June 2013 | 11 33'S:136 20'E, Gugari Rip, (Hole in the Wall), Wessel Islands, Northern Territory, AUS
14 June 2013 | 10 40'S:142 31'E, Cape York, Queensland
08 June 2013 | 11 57'S:143 12'E, Margaret Bay, Far North Queensland
03 June 2013 | 14 39'S:145 27'E, Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
30 May 2013 | 15 27'S:145 14'E, Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

Pearl Bay to Curlew Island

26 April 2013 | 22 09'S:150 27'E, Queensland, Eastern Australia
We spent the night at a lovely anchorage called Pearl Bay, north of Port Clinton. This bay is surrounded by high hills, covered in trees, and a beautiful sand beach. The strong SE trades howled over the hills all night, and at dawn this morning, we pulled anchor to continue our journey north. The sailing has been consistent with winds SE 15-20, seas 2-3 meters, 8-10 knots boat speed with the main alone. The forecast calls for more of these steady SE trades, which is good for us as we make our way north to Hamilton Island. We have sailed 459 NM since our departure from Brisbane, 2 weeks ago, and have reunited with several friends at Mooloolaba and Great Keppel Island along the way. A highlight of this sail north was a visit to the Capricornia Islands, with stops at Lady Elliott, Lady Musgrave, and Fitzroy Reef. Lady Elliott is the southern most island of the Great Barrier Reef, and there we saw giant manta rays just below the surface, within giant schools of trevally and grouper. At Lady Musgrave, we took a dive at the outer reef, where colorful fan & hard corals cover every inch of rock, and again, giant schools of reef fish, damsels and parrot fish and turtles and sharks. We were thrilled at this first dive and hope to find more reefs like Lady Musgrave throughout this journey north. At Fitzroy Reef, the winds were calm and the waters a brilliant blue green. We took a SUP around the reef, and were amazed at the magnificent reef appearing under our feet. The sunset colors of orange, red and purple highlighted a brilliant surf session, and we were very thankful to visit this coral reef, not a speck of land in sight. The winds came up during the night, so we pulled anchor early and set sail for Great Keppel Island, 50 NM to our NW. Provisioning at Rosslyn Bay's Keppel Bay Marina was a treat, as the marina loaned us their courtesy car for 2 hours, just long enough to hit the markets in nearby Yeppoon. A quick 2-day visit to Keppel Bay Marina was just long enough to stretch our sea legs on land and visit some tourist sights such as the Capricorn Caves and the Heritage Village of Rockhampton. Central Queensland Coast has been interesting, and now as we sail north along military areas, our cell service long gone, we continue to enjoy the main-alone sail at 10 knots towards Curlew Island. At this rate we will make Hamilton Island by sunset tomorrow. Hello, tropics, nice to see you again!
Vessel Name: Sea Child
Vessel Make/Model: 56' Aikane
Hailing Port: Lahaina, Hawaii
Crew: Eric & Tamara Barto
Eric & Tamara Barto hail from Maui, Hawaii. They currently own & operate a successful catamaran snorkel/sail company, Paragon Sailing Charters. Their circumnavigation is broken into legs, usually 2-3 months at sea, 2-3 months in Maui. [...]
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