11’17.049S – 131’47.483E
|Army barge pssing|
Ok, the good book, John Knight’s Northern Territory Coast Cruising Guide, say that we have to leave Port Essington at 4 ½ hrs before high water at Darwin to catch the first of the westerly flood tide through to Alcaro Bay Cape Don, our anchorage for this night. We had planned to catch the last of the outgoing tide in Port Essington to hook up with the westerly flooding tide.
|Cape Don lighthouse|
Heading out of the Port was a good run, sailing in hot humid condition with light winds and we seemed to hook up with the west flooding tide as planned. AR was doing up to 8 ½ kts at times and we only need to start one engine in the last quarter of our passage, anchoring in Alcaro Bay before 1600hrs. You guessed it the first thing was to drop the covers and open the hatches.