Sailing Around The World

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I am Back to Blogging!

To help us transition back into new blogging post I have posted within a few photos of the past three weeks of my small adventures in Australia. I ended up flying from Darwin to Brisbane, to Sydney, then back to Brisbane to hangout with some new and old friends. I have enjoyed my time in Australia and have a new appreciation for its grand size and realize that there is nothing between coastal cities but rocks and sand mostly. My only real disappointment was how extremely expensive everything cost. For example a 6 pack of domestic beer is average $20 dollars and food if eating out at a average establishment would coast between $15 to $20 which is mostly À la carte. Besides the expense it has a lot of great people and travelers that adventure here everyday and that was fun to meet them.

Sydney Opera house, touched the white tiles that make up the roof. Bucket list checked off!

Sydney Opera house, touched the white tiles that make up the roof. Bucket list checked off!

To me it looks like a rough day, Sydney Museum of European Art. I got lost here for hours looking at art and watching the people wondering what they were thinking.

To me it looks like a rough day, Sydney Museum of European Art. I got lost here for hours looking at art and watching the people wondering what they were thinking.

Modern Art Gallery in Sydney. I think this pretty much sums up the South Pacific.

Modern Art Gallery in Sydney. I think this pretty much sums up the South Pacific.

This Lady caught my eye on the brick wall walking around. She will getcha by the eyes!

This Lady caught my eye on the brick wall walking around. She will getcha by the eyes!

Just a OZ frog

Just a OZ frog

I learned that Kangaroo makes great sandwiches, yum!

I learned that Kangaroo makes great sandwiches, yum!

So cute!

So cute!

Yup Australia has Dinosaurs, I wonder how they taste?

Yup Australia has Dinosaurs, I wonder how they taste?

Carry the pro at work in the Northern Territory national park taking pictures.

Carry the pro at work in the Northern Territory national park taking pictures.

Just s huge python hanging out in the public park Darwin

Just s huge python hanging out in the public park Darwin

Man I hear clocks ticking, tic, toc, tic, toc

Man I hear clocks ticking, tic, toc, tic, toc

Crocodile got some air time.

Crocodile got some air time.

My beloved Kite birds, I love these guys. They are true beauty in the most real form.

My beloved Kite birds, I love these guys. They are true beauty in the most real form.

Absolute beauty, I want to be one. I could watch for hours.

Absolute beauty, I want to be one. I could watch for hours.

Did I mention I am not a snake person but I was told she was cute so why not give her a hand!

Did I mention I am not a snake person but I was told she was cute so why not give her a hand!

My dad loved this thing until it tried to curl up around him.

My dad loved this thing until it tried to curl up around him.

Thank you,

Jacques

The Whole Wide World Slide Show

Please enjoy a slide show to music! I hope you enjoy it, just listen to the music and it will let you know were some of the photos are from.

Thanks, Jacques

Backside of The World ;)

Thank you once again for following my blog. It has been a hard road thus far into the deep blue sea. I know you think I may be mistaken that being unemployed sailing the great blue ocean could be so rough. You may think its cocktails, white sand beaches, and one adventure after another. Well you are right, there are white sand beaches with beautiful sunsets, there are cocktails with gin, rum, and there are dark mysterious adventures. But the white sand beaches are empty and I walk them with my good buddy Cary and dad wishing the whole time for a true love to be with me instead. I drink the cocktails swapping sailing stories and information about far off places not to enjoy them, but to find out how to survive the next ocean passage into an unknown country trying to import a sailboat and her crew without going to jail, or running aground. I do this with idea that I will find myself or my purpose in life, to recreate myself for the better. To give up all worldly possessions and live on the straight and narrow edge with daily cup full’s of near chances to carve up my soul. To try to do what I preach not just say it and stand by as others follow through. Storms, whales, logs, nets, and cargo ship near misses are now piling up in my mind and in my bones. I wonder were this journey will take me now on the brink of the Great Indian Ocean with a short number of days to cross her. As of now I know no more then what I started and each day I redefine my idea of happiness. I am not after the secret to life but just the million dollar question I have asked all my life, what is my purpose on this earth. Should I add to mankind or just survive till the end of my days with happiness in my heart? Should I peel back the layers of my soul to find what makes me tick no matter the cost or repercussion brought on by society? Should I just move forward into the great unknown called life and see what happens. I am not sure but I think family, friends, and rum will help. But right now one thing is for sure I am on a sailboat named Dragopnsbane on the back side of the world looking west into the sunset for that family, friends, and that love my life. My heart swells thinking about you all and that makes me happy. But I am fearful of things to come. I SAY BRING ON THAT BLUE OCEAN HORIZON, I will deliver myself, this Dragonsbane, and my heart to you all soon. LIFE IS WHAT WE MAKE IT, I AM GOING TO MAKE IT GRAND OR DIE TRYING!

Sincerely

Jacques Henry

We Made it!

Well we made it to Darwin! Now Sleep !

Day 15 Passage to Darwin

90 nautical miles to go and they are turning out to be some very difficult miles to go. We have a 3.5 knot opposing current slowing us down to 3 kts and the wind is becoming less and less. We still have to sail through a narrow channel called Howard channel which unfortunately will be at night once again . We are also 5 nautical miles right of course trying to inch our way back to our course line without having to tack the boat. If we have to tack we will being going the wrong way and any chance of making it to Darwin by mid morning will be lost. I sure hope that we can pull our current route off and maintain 6kts of speed so we can clear in tomorrow with customs. I sure would like to have a beer on land tomorrow. I miss land, its just so stable and refreshing to walk more then 20 feet in the same direction don’t you think?

Big Smile,

Thanks,

Jacques

Current Position: 11deg 35.2min SOuth, 131deg 34.5min East, COG 186degM, SOG 6.2KTS, WS 12.5 ktss ESE, Clear Skies, Swell less then 1 meter

Day 14 Passage to Darwin “Holy SNAKES!”

Ok, so we are cruising along the coastal waters of north Australia anywhere from 100 to 4 nautical miles out. Today was the third time that we saw a sea snake on top of the water. It was a large snake about 3 or 4 feet long with black diamonds on it back and a tan/white under belly. At first I thought it was a small log but when it swam quickly away from the boat I was shocked to see a snake. Cary and I have our minds running wild about snakes on boats now. We have slowed down to 4 knots to time our passage through the Dundas Straight and then onto the Clearance Straight as the current can run up 6 knots. Sense we are going so slow all I think of is a snake crawling up on our sugar scope which is only a few inches off the water and has direct access to my buttocks. So now we have to deal with sea snakes and soon salt water crocodiles in Darwin Bay, I am starting to wonder why I am sailing into Australia. I am not even on land and there’s so much that can kill me.

Current Position: UTC05:50, 10deg 48.4min South, 132deg 49.5min East, COG 260degM, SOG 4.2kts, Wind 12kts ESE, CLear SKies

Thank you,

Jacques

Day 13 Pasage to Darwin “Seagull”

Well to add to the list of hitting thing on this voyage we had another little incident. As we were eating our dinner in the cockpit we noticed like most evening night seagull’s trying to land on Dragonsbane but they always fall off when the boat rolls or jumps or whatever. But this seagull thought it would be a good idea to try and land on the back of the wind generator. I had shut the wind gen down a few times as I notice the seagull trying to commit suicide flying into the blades of the wind gen. But the odds finally ran out on this seagull and as he cleverly flew up to the wind gen all I heard was a loud bonk and the seagull was down floating dead on the ocean. I sure do feel bad for the bird that was just trying to take rest way out here in the middle of the ocean. Unfortunately I didn’t notice in time to save that birds life. As for the rest of us we are doing well and looking forward to the rip currents and channels that await us in the last 340 nautical miles to go. I sure hope that we catch the tide/currents in our favor as we come into Darwin. I was told by our cruising friends off Calico Jack that there is a 20 foot tide in Darwin which makes things a bit difficult.

Current Postion: UTC02:44 10deg 45min South, 135deg 17min East, COG 261deg, SOG 6.8kts, WS 12kts SES, CLear SKies

Thanks,

Jacques

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