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