Boats Cruising to the Kimberley 2020.

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    • #3181
      Ross
      Keymaster

      If you’re planning a cruise to the Kimberley in 2020, use this topic to post a brief outline of your plans to meet up with other vessels, cruise in company, ask questions, get info etc.

      Hope to see you out there.

      Ross

    • #3198
      Wild Thing
      Participant

      Wild Thing is going back in to the Kimberley .living Darwin in first week of April 2020 going as far as Rothesay water. Hope to see some other boats on the way.   Russell and Vickie

    • #3205
      GST
      Participant

      M.V. Solace is heading to the Kimberlies from Hamilton Island in 2020 via Darwin, looking forward to attending the beach party if it’s happening again in July.

      Graham and Sharon

    • #3206
      Canefire
      Participant

      We are planning to finally complete our 10 year cruise around the outside at Freshwater Bay this year. Heading North from Denham in our latest boat, SC Canefire, after the cyclones disappear late April/May.  Stopping at Exmouth for a quick haulout along the way.  Hopefully we wont get too distracted by the Motebellos, Thevenards, and Rowley sholls along the way.

      Rohan and Debra

    • #3216
      Neringa
      Participant

      Neringa, our RL28 trailer-able yacht will be sailing from Darwin mid April to cruise the Kimberley for 11 weeks ending in Derby. Will be starting with towing a 3.5t boat from Victoria to Darwin, then a long drive to Derby with car and empty trailer and then a 25 hour bus trip back to Darwin to finally get under way. On board will be partner Helen and myself towing a red inflatable. Hope to bump into (people not boats) a few members along the way. Given our time frame we will have to keep moving pretty regularly to make the distance in the time we have. Just hoping for no late season cyclones across blown apart. Intending to sail directly to the Berkley with 2 overnighters.  Does anyone have any feedback on the risks of hitting logs from wet season run off mid April? Cheers Mark

      • #3220
        Ross
        Keymaster

        Hi Mark, Logs depend on how much rain we get this wet season. 2019 was a low rainfall wet season and I didn’t see any logs in mid April. We’ve had 2 “dry” wet seasons in a row in 18 and 19, so if this year gets plenty of rain and perhaps a cyclone or 2, you can expect a lot of logs will be washed out of the rivers. Don’t sail at night and keep a good lookout is the advise for not hitting a log.

        I wonder why you’re leaving from Darwin and not Wyndham as your starting point. Sailing across the Bonaparte Gulf in a 28ft trailer sailor will be very interesting if you get a bit of wind, which is more likely than not.

        Cheers,

        Ross

         

    • #3221
      Neringa
      Participant

      Hi Ross,

      I have chosen Darwin over Wyndham because of the logistics involved. I will be driving up from Vic solo so need somewhere secure I can launch and moor the boat while I drive the car and trailer to Derby our end point. The bus from Derby stops in Darwin within walking distance of the boat ramp and marina. Stocking up the boat will be easier in Darwin than Wyndham and my wife flys into Darwin once I am ready to go. Because of these things Wyndham is a bit problematic. Any suggestions on these things would be welcome.

      I have done a bit of open water sailing in Bass Strait in seas up to 5M  and 25 to 30 knots in a 23ft trailer sailer including a couple of overnighters and Neringa being a bit longer handles better. I am aiming to leave Darwin on or around the 11th of April to avoid the stronger winds but obviously will be looking for a suitable weather window with less chance of strong winds or cyclones. The log issue does worry me a bit though. I was hoping for a continuous passage to the Berkley aiming for an average speed of 4 knots. Closer to the date I will reappraise this idea based on reports from members and how the wet season panned out.  Even if I coastal hopped down to Wadeye it would still need an overnighter across to the Berkley from there. Unfortunately we only have 11 weeks to reach Derby so was hoping to cover this first leg as quickly as possible. Having said all that the last thing I want to do is give my partner Helen a big scare. Cheers Mark

    • #3223
      SHEBEEN
      Participant

      SHEBEEN recently arrived Mandurah working on the mechanics/timing of North along WA Coast to Abrolhos, Rowley Shoals, Kimberley’s for the season, on to Darwin & back to Brisbane by end Nov 2020.
      Oz & Nat

    • #3233
      John Peirce
      Participant

      Hi All,

      ‘Esoterica’ is cruising to the Kimberley from Darwin departing mid-April 2020, planning to sail as far as Cape Leveque before returning to Darwin mid-July.

      Sailing in company with two other yachts, ‘Beau Soleil’ and ‘Umbra Luna’.

      Currently in Tipperary Waters Marina

      Cheers,

      John and Kerryn Peirce

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    • #3235
      David
      Participant

      Hi All,

      I am hoping to get to the Kimberley this year. I would be interested to hear from any one leaving from Adelaide or Perth.I am keen to know what time are you leaving and what places you are visiting on the way?

      Cheers,

      David Johnston

    • #3268
      Glenn maw
      Participant

      Hi all ,

      We have owned Jacqui Mac for a couple of years now and plan to take our maiden voyage to the Kimberley this year hopefully leaving Mandurah mid June through to Darwin.

      Glenn and Gaby

    • #3272
      The Mrs
      Participant

      SV The Mrs is cruising from Southport to Busselton via Darwin and the Kimberleys this year, leaving end of May, through Darwin mid July.

      Look forward to meeting you all out there!!

       

      Trish and Tony

    • #3307
      Clint.Stacey
      Participant

      Le Tigre will be heading to the Kimberley this year from Perth. This is our first trip that far and we will be leaving Perth in early March. Hope to see some of you along the way.

       

      Clint & Ros

    • #3317
      CraignKay
      Participant

      Gday all….  Craig and Kay ex Hobart via the East Coast in Next Chapter..presently laid up in Tipperary Waters. Leaving Darwin for Broome via Wyndham around 14 April. Sure we will catch up with a few intrepid souls along the way. Thanks again Ross for making this website happen. Fair weather to all. 🥂

    • #3318
      Singularity
      Participant

      SV Singularity will be leaving Brisbane early April for Perth via Darwin, planning to be in Darwin last week of June, fix whats broken then continue on to Perth with the aim of being in Exmouth late September / ealy November….

    • #3323
      Wild Thing
      Participant

      WildThing is leaving Darwin around the 15th of April for the Kimberley Is any other boats leaving around about the same time. We are going to the Berkeley and the king George and further south to Palm Island.

      Russell & Vickie

      • #3324
        Ross
        Keymaster

        Hi Russell and Vickie,

        R&R is leaving Darwin about the same time. See you on the water over there.

        Ross and Ros

    • #3325
      HolyMackerel
      Participant

      HI fellow cruisers & sailors  Mark & Dee from MV Arrow has just left Cairns for Darwin, and then on to the Kimberley for our 2nd time! Looking forward to meeting with you over there, hope to reach Darwin for a quick re-stock and on to the Berkeley by mid – April if all goes well. We plan to spend the rest of the year touring the Kimberley Coast. See you there

       

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