When sailing in new and unknown waters you rely on good pilot books and they never have enough information. This was until I found A Guide to Cruising Northern Australia. Not only did not have enough information, but the information it had was at best useless and at worst wrong. Leslie Richard shouldn’t have given up truck driving and write an useless book and in the process contribute to literature pollution and that is put mildly.
It is like giving a blind person a blind guide dog. Leslie, mate, you should wear a blindfold and do some cruising to understand what I felt when I used your book.
The only thing missing about our wonderful shores is people. Solitude is great but we humans need to meet other humans and the experience of meeting people in remote places arriving by boat is what makes cruising so special. One day I will spend more time to explore the Northern Coast when I learn to slow down and loose the urge to crank the engines and move faster. It is the problem when you cross a sailboat with a powerboat.
I made it to Darwin where I join the Oz –Med Rally and depart for West Timor on the 13th October.