This blog is about my wife and I sailing our 13m sailing catamaran around Australia during 2012 2013 and 2014. We will sail from Brisbane at the end of April 2012 and slowly head north anticipating that we will arrive in Darwin for the cyclone season and head west when safe to do so and complete the circumnavigation.
We weighed anchor (manually) at first light to catch the
last of the outgoing tide and hopefully get to Buccaneer Archipelagoat the change of the tide to turn south
towards Hidden Island and then onto Edeline Island.
What beautiful islands around this area when you think you
have seen the best you find more surprises. I wonder what Tasman and Dampier
thought when they saw these places, we have sailed half way around the world
and seen some beautiful places but I think we have the best in Australia. It is
the different rock formations that stand out. One thing I found interesting
that all the early visitors to this country no matter where they approached
land they were scared off by Aborigines, our early governments have a lot to
answer for by rounding them up and putting them in missions and alike.
(Dorothy Island near
(Island or rock, one chart plotter indicates and island the other a rock)
(Islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago)
(Passage through the islands)
(Many places have water turbulence)
When you think of it the Europeans killed off a lot of
natives in the southern hemisphere when visiting islands just in spreading
diseases like the common cold that natives had never experienced and had no
immune system against it, literally thousands we killed this way in the
Most of the islands here are rocky but that is what makes
them attractive is the different rugged shapes and colours of the rocks. Today
the seas made it more attractive as there were no wind waves and the seas were
flat and shining, the tides around the islands cause eddies which makes it hard
for George (the auto pilot0 to steer a straight course so I had to hand steer
in some places the eddies would send us screaming to port and next to starboard
which is not good in narrow waterways when there are hidden rocks below the
Entering the bay to anchor at Edeline Island is quite
straight forward but stay in the centre with plenty depth of water, on the
chart plotters it shows a darker blue area of 5m depth don't try to anchor
there as it is a rock bottom, we found out the hard way especially when I had
to bring the anchor up manually for the second time today. Where we anchored
finally is very good holding.
Care should also be taken if passing the island as the reef
extends a way out and sometimes only shows at low tides.
Thursday - 11/07/2013
this one above has a piece of rock fallen and looks like it is supporting the
(Nancy walking by one
of the sculptures indicates the size)
Edeline Island has some graves from the early days of Mother
of Pearl divers many lost their lives whilst diving as the early days they skin
dived with no equipment just holding their breathes as they went metres to the
seabed. The first diver were Aborigines many lugger skippers forced Aborigines
men, women and young children to dive for payment of little to eat, they said
they would not know what to do with money at times if they fell sick they would
be dropped off at the nearest shore and left to fend for themselves. The Japanese
and Koreans that came to dive who were paid also lost lives and buried ashore.
I n the 1890's the pearling attracted boats fromThursday Island, Torres Strait and further
places like Japanese, Chinese, Malays, Koepangers, and Filipinos, the Japanese
becoming the dominant divers and crews on luggers their heavy suits and helmets
improved the industry.
(Nancy putting flowers
on the graves as a sign of respect, I believe if we visit such sites we should
show some respect. When you think these graves may never have been seen by
their families and the families may not know they exist)
This morning we went ashore to visit the graves, there were
five or six it was hard to tell as over the years they have been affected with
the weather and the slate stone that was used has broken up with age. One grave
had some engravingon the headstone A....a Julio 1889 we placed a couple of
wild flowers on each grave as a sign of respect.
(Julio's grave, the flowers right we put on each grave)
The slate type sandstone along the beach has been made a
work of art by the weather and seas as though some have been sculptured. The
area is very attractive looking out from the island across the waters there is
plenty of beauty especially today as the seas is flat and like glass.
There are many other small islands around but they are
rather rocky but it adds to the picturesque views of the archipelago.
As we sat down for dinner one of the tourist catamarans
pulled in an anchored a short distance away. It was one we had not seen before,
it is quite surprising how many charter boats operate in the Kimberley's today.