24 June 2012
June 7, 2012 Having decided to go to Seisia on the fly so to speak, we had to set new way points and routes. This wasn't a problem and the route was nice as the tip of the penninsula gave us protection from the seas, and we had a nice wind. But, what we forgot to take into account was the tides on entering Seisia. As we approached the sea morker (buoy) off Seisia the depth was reduced rapidly and as we rounded the inner green marker we had 0.8 feet of water under the keel! It would have been smarter to come in at high tide--not low tide as we did. We made it and anchored in fourteen feet of water. Seisia is the small port for an inland aboriginal town called Bamaga. We went ashore at Seisia and visited the small grocery store--everything was very expensive. The cafe' was closed and it was really hot--so we headed back to the boat. The weather looked benign for the next few days as the high had moved from the Great Australian Bight into the Tasman Sea--so we went to bed early for our early morning departure to cross the Gulf of Carpenteria.