Photo Gallery - July 2005
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taste of paradise in the Louisiade Archipelego.
of three little islets at the anchorage at Bobo Eina Island in the Louisiades.
eagle with meal in talons coming in to land in its nest.
dinghy is anchored just off the steep-to beach while Jonah and Kate explore the
Queen Jane anchored off Bobo Eina Island.
showing off his Lego battering ram vehicle.
about paradise - it doesn't get any better then this. Anchored in 15ft of clear
blue water off a deserted, sandy beach, great snorkeling and tons of fish.
South from the anchorage at the Duchateau Islands (the one furthest West - there
are three of them). This anchorage makes a perfect 'jumping off" point for
passage to Australia. It is only 500 miles to Cairns, Australia from this spot.
view of the water between the QJ and the beach. The dark patches visible in the
photo are patches of coral heads or "bommies" as they are known in the
playing in the shallows. This is one of the best swimming beaches in the
Louisiades (based on what we saw) and efinately the nicest we've seen since the
wide expanse of deep, powdery sand is almost too deep to walk in.
on the beach (self-portrait).
HO! After 3 days we finally had Australia in sight. In fact, we had 8 hours to
go to reach the harbor of Cairns.
we approached closer to land we began to see evidence of life, like this ship on
its way to sea.
just at sunset while we were eating dinner in the cockpit (pasta) we spotted
this submarine heading for sea.
the water inside the Great Barrier Reef is between 25-90ft deep, I suspect the
sub cannot submerge till it gets to sea. Only the second time we have seen a
submarine (both times they were leaving port - the other was November, 01
in San Diego).
Cairns from the anchorage. We arrived off the city at about 8pm the night before
and anchored among the other sailing boats.
Pier complex including the hotel. The marina is just in front of the hotel
(sailboat masts can be seen to the left).
small boat anchorage sits just off the marina complex at the mouth of the
to enter the marina, we spotted the mega-super-yacht "White Rabbit"
moored to the outside wall.
of the many tour boats which operate out of Cairns. They leave in the morning at
about 8:30am and spend the day on the Great Barrier Reef returning in the late
afternoon at about 5pm.
of the smaller but faster tour boats. Time to the reef from Cairns could be from
1 to 3 hours depending on how fast the boat goes and where on the reef you are
entrance to the marina basin is through the gap in the cement breakwaters.
for us as we enter the gap is Australian Customs. They were on the dock as we
tied up the lines.
of several sailing cats which operate as tour boats. You can really see how they
pack them in.
at right, and her son Hakon. They are from Norway and are on the S/V "Marialena".
again, at center, the "White Rabbit" though this time tied up on the
inner wall. At right and left are two other slightly-less-super-then-"White
Guro's husband, relaxes in the saloon before dinner. We had speghetti and
demonstrating various computer games to the two kids from "Marialena".
wearing her sweater (or "jumper" as they say here in Australia) on the
way to the boatyard for haulout.
big 160ton lift at Norship Marine. Note the large vessel at the left of the
photo - an Australian Customs ship which was lifted by this monster.
Queen Jane up in the air again.
Customs boat again, from our position on the hardstand for the next few weeks.
English sailing vessel "Cosmic Girl" getting a paint job for her
bottom. Matt is sailing around the world the "wrong" way (ie.
West to East) and is heading for Hawaii via Fiji and Tahiti. Good luck Matt!