We left Broome just after 10am and decided to sail overnight so we could make up time and still get to Cape Leveque the next morning. It was a great sail up – except for the lack of wind – with a gentle SE turning into an even gentler SW. We tried to put the spinnaker up but that lasted all of 5 minutes as the wind dropped away to nothing – so it was back to motor sailing. At least the batteries got a charge, the engine heated the hot water and we made a lot of fresh water with the desal.
We were treated to more whales – sometimes less than 100m away as they cruised up the coast at the same time.
And THEN WE CAUGHT A FISH. AND IT WASN’T A RAMORA (KATE!).
It was a big Spanish Mack and we decided we had enough fish to call it a day and Dale started to bring the other line in. Much to his surprise there was another fish on it – I tried to tell him it was a Ramora – but he didn’t buy that. It was a small Mack – just the right size for the BBQ.
After a Mackerel feast, it was time to settle into the night watches. I did the first then we teamed up Dale with Michael and Karen with Elaine – they will get to a watch together by themselves later on. It was a perfect night for your first ever night watch and everyone really enjoyed it. We each got to see quite a few shooting stars.
We got to Cape Leveque at about 11.30am, pushed along by a strong current, which is a quid pro quo for the times we were barely doing 4kts battling the tides.
Cape Leveque is very picturesque and hopefully the photos do it justice. After lunch we hopped in the dingy and headed for shore. Its safe to swim and the beach is beautiful so we all (well, nearly all) jumped in to cool off. Then we had a wander around the beachside campground and headed up the path, past the lighthouse to the main campground. We were all blown away by how extensive it was and how well run it seemed to be. The restaurant overlooked the west and had a great view. We wandered down to the beach with its iconic red cliffs and clicked off some more photos and video.
Then back for another swim and back to the boat for a few beers before dinner – ready for an early morning start across to Silica Beach on Hidden Island and then into Crocodile Creek at high tide.
That’s it for the blog for a while. I don’t think we’ll get any more phone reception until we get to Darwin. I have the sat phone, which people can email short messages (160 chars) for free if they need to contact us.