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  • Sailing our Paradise

    Exit Sydney, turn left and keep going.
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Preparing for our Journey

In May of 2019 we will be embarking on a 12 month circuit of Australia. We will be travelling in an anti-clockwise direction, I am using the logic that we go out of Sydney turn to port and just keep the land on the port side. If it gets on the starboard side we are going the wrong way. Simple right! Anyway, we had our first haul-out in May 2018 and a lot of preparation was initiated. Electrical systems were upgraded, satellite systems installed, ...

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The Gulf of Carpentaria is the breeding ground for cyclones in the first 3 months of the year, luckily we will be well clear of the Gulf by then. If you love fishing, then this is the place to be. Kim dropped a line in the water and immediately hooked a Spanish Mackerel measuring 1.15m. It's the biggest fish that she's filleted, which kept her busy for the morning. Pete whipped some beer batter and crispy hot chips for dinner, who needs a restaur...

Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – The Torres Strait Islands are in the centre of the windiest trade wind in the world. Tides are fickle and can be unpredictable. The Arafura Sea to the west and the Coral Sea to the east experience different tidal ranges and times. There's also the confluence of tidal streams running around TI to deal with. We caught up with some other boaties who have been waiting for weeks for a weather window to ...

Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – We pushed to the tip of mainland Australia in one long day. Leaving Cape Grenville at 0400hrs and arriving at Shallow Bay just before the top of Cape York before sunset at 1800hrs. It was only the two of us on Paradise, and it was the first time that John had a little sleep during the day, and I was at the helm, it's nice to see him relaxed. We officially became part of a group of seven Cats sailin...

Slowing down the pace of our trip meant that we had time to explore Cape Grenville and relax with our sailing pals. The ocean side of Cape Grenville is very windy, and all the plastic and debris off boats seem to land on Indiana Bay. There are piles of rubbish there and some stuff that is useful that can be salvaged. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from Margaret Bay to Indiana Bay, and the trail is marked by items that are found along the beach...

It was a lovely day sailing up to Portland Roads (Cape Weymouth/Iron Range), I baked a cake for Nathalie's birthday and we sang happy birthday while we were underway. But when furling up the G-Zero, it wrapped and rather than dropping the sail we tried to unfurl it and before you knew it there was a gust of wind and things went pear-shaped and the sail shredded, and part of it landed in the water. It was a massive effort to get it back on board a...

The Flinders Group National Park (CYPAL) is located adjacent to Princess Charlotte Bay and 340km north of Cairns on eastern Cape York. We landed on two of the seven islands in the group. Paradise was the first to arrive there, and it looked pretty lonely and remote but then to our surprise Samantha, Moon Mist and Casuarina arrived later in the day. They showed us the way to Stanley Island, which is accessed via tender through a small gap in the m...

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