Day 98, Saturday, 25.04.2009

Report from Chris Cunningham: Shortly after 7:00 am Australian time, Freya called me by satellite phone. Swell last night, her first on the Gulf of Carpentaria, was bigger than she expected, but not too bad. Wind Beaufort 4 or 5.  She got some rest and drifted 10km overnight, fortunately in the right direction. Wind is […]
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Day 97, Friday, 24.04.2009 (2.)

Message from Freya via satellite phone: 11.42 141.29 First night out. Feeling good just a bit tired. Boat engine last night was noisy. I’ll keep on paddling a bit! (Note from Chris Cunningham: I previously had this entry as Saturday, but I think this message from Freya came on Friday evening. The messages she sends […]
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Day 97, Friday, 24.04.2009

Getting ready for the long paddle on a calm quiet morning. Quite a comfortable start off the “Tropic Paradise” ! Picture by Greg Bethune.   The forecast was allright as far as it could be forecasted,some stronger winds on Monday, but not too bad… My rest on the boat could have been better, as I was not used […]
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Day 96, Thursday, 23.04.2009

11.39 142.01 Jackson River. 50km,  6:30 am to 4:00 pm. I was hosted on a fishing cruise mothership to get ready to cross [the Gulf of Carpenteria] tomorrow over the millpond: 575km,  258 degrees. Arriving in Jackson River, pictures by www.seafaris.com For the next day I knew I would be running sooner or later into […]
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Day 95, Wednesday, 22.04.2009

11.14 142.07 Vrilya Point. 65km, 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. Bloody bitch of a south easterly wind! 🙂 croc free day… I tried to update the website a bit before I was eventually launching this morning, but internet was patchy again and simply annoying. I had few sleep last night, internet can be a chore! […]
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Day 94, Tuesday, 21.04.2009

sorry, guys…the internet here is very patchy and uploading stuff is just annoying…you may have to wait until I’ll cross to Nhulunbuy to read about the other days and to see more pics! I’ll paddle 3-4 days down the coast now (starting Wednesday) to Jantz’s Point off Weipa, and then cut across the Gulf of […]
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Day 93, Monday, 20.04.2009

10.50 142.22 Seisia 40km 7to12.5 will have 1 day off on the campsite here. Crossing looks quiet. Will decide from where I’ll cross the Gulf tomorrow Rounding Cape York today, I was still having the tide with me. It was streaming quite a bit between the Cape and York Island! The Cape itself was, like Capes […]
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Day 92, Sunday, 19.04.2009

10.44 142.35 Somerset Bay 65km 6.5to18.5 great to eventually paddle into the pass! Camp at two thumbstones with noisy frogs, not crocs (yet…) It took me a while to realize that since some days the tide was going the other way round…ebbing to the south, flooding to the north…it was quite strong all days. But […]
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Day 91, Saturday, 18.04.2009

11.10 143.01 Milman Island 65km 7to18 a baby croc rushed into the water when I checked around the corner. Hope he is not picking his dad! Camp blocked to the water with my kayak and some logs   I was planning to reach (S… Island, forgot the name), 65 km away from Saunders Island, but […]
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Day 88, Wednesday, 15.04.2009

Restoration Island – farewell days – thanks for your hospitality, Dave!  Dave’s mermaid, or “Girl Friday”?     Pascale from France leaving Restoration Island after 8 days   Dave’s friend giving Pascale a lift to Lockhard river   And the dog is going home…   Thursday morning Dave is waving me goodbye! See you, and thanks!
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