Boats Sailing to the Kimberley Coast in 2021.

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    • #3388
      Ross
      Keymaster

      If you’re planning a cruise to the Kimberley in 2021, use this topic to post a brief outline of your sailing plans. You can arrange to meet up with other vessels, cruise in company, ask questions, get info etc.

      Hope to see you out there.

      Ross

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    • #3389
      Ross
      Keymaster

      Ros and I are leaving Perth on R&R mid/late April with plans to meet up with everyone at the KCCYC Beach Party on 4th July. Then on to Darwin for the wet season.

      We sailed through the Kimberley from Darwin to Perth a few months ago and due to Covid 19 restrictions, we literally saw only 2 other private vessels between the Bonaparte Gulf and King Sound. Hopefully 2021 will be open to cruising crews from all over Australia to enjoy and explore the KC.

    • #3401
      Numbat
      Participant

      Dave, Tina and Shazam (red stumpy cattle dog) on “Nomad Davina”, Lightwave 38 catamaran. Leaving Tin Can Bay, Queensland around mid March. Heading north over the top hopefully Darwin  around June, then straight over to the Kimberleys.

    • #3402
      duplicat
      Participant

      We’re starting to think about crossing the bight this summer and heading up the west coast. Boat is ‘Duplicat’, Privilege 435, and likely to be me and whoever I can find to crew (and even better if we find a way to get my wife back into the country from the UK!).

    • #3403
      Sealeaf
      Participant

      Hi Everyone

      Brian Sandra and our dog Tilly are leaving Shoalhaven Heads straight after Christmas.Possibly Townsville by April ,then on to Darwin possibly May/June.Over to the Kimberly’s for our first visit.Looking forward to it heaps.

      Brian and Sandra Dorling

      MV Sealeaf

    • #3405
      Neringa
      Participant

      Hi All,

      My wife Helen and I will be resetting our cancelled trip from this year and departing start of July out of Derby in our RL28 trailer sailer heading east and aiming to reach Darwin by around 17th of September. This will be our second trailer sailer trip to the Kimberley but hoping to see a lot more of the coast this time round. Hopefully we see a few of you along the way and if you see our small boat “Neringa” (you can’t miss the name) be sure to say hello.

      Cheers Mark

    • #3424
      Trevor Gill
      Participant

      Trevor and Fiona on sailing catamaran Exhale. Originally planned to sail down the East coast but we are now heading over the top to the Kimberley. Planning to leave Brisbane around April. Looking forward to meeting other boaties on the way.

      Cheers

      Trevor

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    • #3429
      Liquidity II
      Participant

      Hi All,

      Greg and I will sail to the Kimberley Coast departing Darwin April/May as soon as the weather permits. We own a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2. We are planning a 3 month trip to Broome, to visit family, re-stock and re-fuel, then return to Darwin over the following 3 months to arrive before the cyclone season begins again. 2021 will be our 5th wonderful trip through the Kimberley.

      Hope to see you out there. Fair winds and safe sailing.

      Robyn and Greg

      Liquidity II

    • #3430

      Hi All

      Three little Birds 1 will be departing Se Qld early April hoping to arrive in the Kimberley before the waterfalls stop flowing and the fish stop biting. We plan to spend the season in the region and return September.

      cheers

      Mark

       

    • #3432
      Ross
      Keymaster

      Hi Mark, I just spoke to friends who caretake the Faraway Bay Resort near the King George River over the wet season. They report reasonable rainfall in December and the creeks have started to flow. Hopefully, the La Nina in the Pacific will keep the rain coming over the next few months and you will get to see the falls and creeks in flow.

      Some advice you are likely to get from plenty of other sailors up north and from me, having done the trip several times, is to delay your return back from Darwin to Qld to as late in the dry season as possible. The east to south-easterly trade winds across the top and down the FNQ coast are consistently 20-25 knots most days. The seas are short and steep in this breeze and make for hard sailing, or mostly motoring. The trades start to drop off around mid November and if you’re lucky, you may get a N or NW breeze from December on. I suggest leaving Darwin early November..

      Cheers,

      Ross

    • #3437
      Wild Thing
      Participant

      Hi all

      vickie and myself off the ‘Wild Thing’ 48’ sailing cat,will be planning to leave  from Darwin  for the Kimberley in the first week of April hope to catch up with some other boats on the way. Going as far as Rothesay water them returning to Darwin in August /September

      Cheers

      Russell and Vickie

      WildThing

    • #3440
      SVDefino
      Participant

      SV Defino , Myra and Shane will be leaving the GC heading north slowly early March , hopefully join up with a few other boats to cruise in company by at least TI

       

    • #3446
      John Peirce
      Participant

      SV ‘Esoterica’, Martz 46 mono with John and Kerryn plan to depart from Tipperary Waters marina, Darwin, late April, sailing to the Kimberley Coast, returning back to Darwin mid-July. We are planning to sail to Cape Leveque before turning around and heading to the Beach Party. Hope to see others en-route.

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