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Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012 - Leaving Coral Bay to Popham Bay

As much as we hated to leave this lovely spot, and although sailing prospects are grim as there is no wind forecasted for the next several days we reluctantly decided to move on. We have pushed the envelope with our schedule and now it is crunch time. We still have three days of travel to get to Darwin by July 1. One short leg today and then a 60+ mile day and then a push through to Darwin on Sunday. Because today is a short ride we departed Coral Bay at 9:00 AM.

Water was flat calm. We motored at low RPM's and at around 9:30, tossed out the fishing line. Not 20 minutes later we had a beautiful Yellow Fin Tuna. We will be having sashimi for lunch - finally!

At around noon the sparkling blue water took on a strange yellowish hue. Still absolutely flat calm and yet it appeared as though some bizarre filmy substance was pervading the entire area around us. It felt like a Stephen King or Dean Koontz scene.

We couldn't tell what it was, and after about an hour we passed on through it. We arrived at the Cobourg Peninsula and dropped the hook at Popham Bay. I know this sounds like a broken record, but here again we found our surroundings to be eye-catchingly beautiful. This land we presume is also Aboriginal tribal land. The smoky haze is heavy here. We did find out last night from the resort's manager that the Aboriginals are burning land and this is the cause of the dense haze. It is quite irritating to our eyes and sinuses. If it is this bad out here we can't imagine what it must be like on the land. We sure hope Darwin isn't like this.

That's it for now. Tomorrow we have an early curtain call.

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