Arrived safely at Breakwater Marina in Townsville at about 3.30 this afternoon. Had a wonderfully uneventful trip from Airlie, although didn't get any sleep last night - needed to stay on watch for ships of which there were many moving up and down the channel. Winds started off about 24knots south easterlies, easing down to next to nothing just before getting into Townsville which thwarted my intention to sail all the way in. Beautiful sailing out there all morning - cutting through a flat ocean in a well balanced boat doing around 5 knots with sunshine and lovely views. Was followed by a pod of dolphins just to top off the experience.
Have now decided to do another short hop up to Cairns on my way to Darwin, before heading outside the reef and going around Cape York. Does it look like I'm practising avoidance perhaps? Yes I think I am! Maybe its also a part of the world that I'm struggling to tear myself away from just a bit. Plans are to leave here on Thursday morning, arriving Cairns Friday sometime. I will spend a few days going up the coast in the car with Jo and Bella before leaving to sail to Darwin.