Darwin in the dry

We've been in Darwin for a few days now, anchored in Fannie Bay with a hundred other boats, most of which will be leaving en masse on 24 July. Today is Finn's 5th birthday! We had a great day with our friend Lynette who took us the the wave pool and were then reunited with the Hardman clan who arrived in the top end for a holiday.

There are lots of jobs to be done here. Our reacher is at the sail-makers being repaired, we've had to run around everywhere getting spares and bits and pieces; we are getting a technician in to look at the HF radio. Every other boat here seems to be doing much the same thing - there are dinghies whizzing around from dawn til dusk and the provisioning hasn't even started yet. We are working out ways of storing as much food as possible, including nets for fruit under the cockpit roof. The markets in Darwin are fantastic with amazing Asian vegetables and food stalls. We can walk for miles in any direction.

From what we've been told by our friends here, Darwin is a city that comes alive at this time of year, 'the dry' and hibernates during the wet. Currently it is wonderfully warm with cooling sea breezes - wouldn't want to be here in summer.

Still watching out for crocodiles. Around 200 'nuisance' crocs are removed from Darwin waterways each years!

We've met quite a few of the other families sailing to Indonesia with us and the kids have started to hang out together a little. There are plenty of boys around both Seth and Finn's ages so they are both happy about that. More soon!


  1. hi there Captain Cranky, this is your old first mate. Looks like the sail up the top and around the corner was good. Hi Sarah, Seth & Finn. Keep an eye on the boys with all those girls around. You know they have the Armstrong curse too. Safe sailing,
    Ross & Narelle


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