After a brisk passage from Vanuatu across the Coral Sea, WIDAGO safely arrived in Queensland, Australia last night. Upon entering the Great Barrier Reef, we had a hundred mile motor into light winds, guided by pods of migrating humpbacks, sea snakes, and bottlenose dolphins – an absolutely spectacular finish to a difficult, less than favorite, passage.
As with many things in our lives, and especially as sailors (can I really call myself that? yikes! salty!), we constantly evaluate, negotiate, and restructure our plans….even the MoFAP is a fluid document. So once again, our plans are shifting somewhat. WIDAGO will be “Put to bed”, “Strapped down on the hard”, “Taking a sabbatical” down under in Australia for the next year, while her crew heads back to the States for a time out, see family, and throw snowballs out west.
Our plan is return to the water next summer (June/July 2017) to continue our exploration through the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, and beyond.