sailing vessel Sänna

Blogs from our sailing vessel Sänna. Eastwards from England to New Zealand... & sailing circumnavigation.

30 April 2021 | Lockdown in England
14 April 2021 | Lockdown - Nottingham, England
31 March 2021 | Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk, England
09 March 2021 | Vista Mar, Panama
17 February 2021 | Sherwood, Nottingham, England
07 February 2021 | Sherwood, England
28 January 2021 | In national lockdown, Nottingham, England
28 December 2020 | Nottingham, England
20 October 2020 | Vista Mar, Panama
23 April 2020 | Vista Mar, Panama
08 March 2020 | Boca Chica, Panama
25 February 2020 | Curu Wildlife Refuge, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
17 February 2020 | Bahiá Ballena, Costa Rica
17 January 2020 | Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica
16 December 2019 | Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica
11 December 2019 | San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
28 November 2019 | Puesta Del Sol, Nicaragua
08 November 2019 | Amapala, Honduras
28 October 2019 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador

Dunk Island Devastation

18 September 2011 | Cairns to Mackay, Queensland.
Dave
Photo: Wrecked beach houses

So my brother and I pitched in to the Dunk Island anchorage, showing off our sailing prowess by entering under sail ready to drop our hook close by the pier. We knew the bar at the foot of the pier was a homing place for Aussie yachties and we were sure to impress them with our English skills whilst they sunned themselves drinking their stubby beers. We dropped anchor without any problems and congratulated ourselves as much as we could, looking forward to the stinging banter we were sure to receive ashore. Next, we showered and donned our best shore gear before lowering the dinghy to head for a nice cool beer. My brother Gary had even decided his steak dinner for the evening....

We neared the pier and it didn't look quite right. I tied the dinghy and climbed the twisted steel steps to face utter devastation. The whole concrete structure was a mess and didn't even reach the shore. And the 'Shack', the very same establishment where we were sure of our esteemed boozy welcome, was a deserted wreck. We beached the dinghy and climbed ashore from the bay to face a total disaster and warning signs stating 'Danger, Do Not Land'....

The whole island and resort had been battered and destroyed by Cyclone Yasi earlier in the year. I for one had not realised the power of these storms and the extent of the damage Hurricanes can cause. We walked around the island quietly and humbly, trying to understand how these people who had survived were coping and trying to rebuild. There was no one around to witness our sailing skills and no one there to laugh at us in our stupid pride. And we would move on southwards whilst these Aussies sat around waiting for the next storm to torment them.

We anchored for the night and cooked onboard. It was an undisturbed night and we were grateful for the sleep. The following day we pulled up our anchor and headed for the Hinchinbrook Channel and scenes of more devastation around Cardwell and the smashed up Hinchinbrook Marina.

Another lesson learned...
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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 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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