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THE ADVENTURES OF S/V SERENITY AND HER CREW
Seisia
06/24/2012

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.

Seisia
06/24/2012

This fishing boat wreck was on the sand bar not far behind Serenity-- a reminder of the perils of this wild area.

Seisia
06/24/2012

Serenity at anchor in Seisia behind our friends Chris and Liz on Rum Runner II. Seisia got it's name from six brothers who homesteaded here-- their names were Saguakaz, Elu, Isua, Suni, Ibuai, and Aken.

Seisia
06/24/2012

A memorial to a pearl farmer who was eaten by a croc--nice--it makes us want to go for a swim.

To Horn or not?
06/24/2012

June 7, 2012 Our plan was to travel from Shallow Bay up to Horn Island in the Torres Straight. From Horn we could take a ferry over to Thursday Island which has quite an interesting history. But, as we talked with many other cruisers (most heading to Darwin to join the Indonesia rally like us), we were concerned about the strict quarantine rules at the TS Islands. The Torres Straight Islands are a 'special quarantine area' for Australia. If you visit the TS Islands you must have a quarantine inspection when you return to the mainland. Your dairy, eggs, meat, chicken, fuits, veggies, and grains may be confiscated--even if you had bought them on the mainland! It is at the discretion of the Q officer what gets taken and what doesn't get taken. So, even though we had set course for Horn Island--we changed heading and sailed to the small village of Seisia on the mainland.

Cape York
06/24/2012

This is Cape York--the top right corner of OZ.

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