Sabbatical III sails into Cairns

We arrived at the Marlin Marina in Cairns on Sunday after a short sail from Fitzroy Island.  The marina is part of a large waterfront tourist development with a boardwalk, nice hotels (including a Hilton), restaurants and shops, and a large swimming pool (you do not want to swim in the ocean with all the nasty creatures that inhabit these waters).  More importantly, there is a “Woolies” (Woolworth’s) supermarket just two blocks away. As we left Fitzroy Island, we saw “Wombat of Sydney” just behind us after an overnight sail from Magnetic Island.  We thank them for these beautiful pictures of Sabbatical III underway.


In the marina we have run into lots of boats that we know from last year and even before, plus we have made many new friends.  Most of these boats are heading for Darwin, as we are, and about half will proceed to Indonesia at the same time we will.  The rest are heading for South Africa.  There are five Amel’s heading for Indonesia on the Rally — two French, one Swiss, and one English boat, in addition to Sabbatical III.  In all, 93 boats are now registered for the Sail Indonesia Rally.


Full press of canvas on the way to Cairns
Full press of canvas on the way to Cairns
On the way to Cairns

Video: Catching a small mahi-mahi in the way.


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