smooth crossing of the Coral Sea for the first legs of our passage across to
Australia enabled us to break the trip and make a couple of stopovers enroute.
First was at Huon reef, just off the northern tip of New Caledonia and the next
was Chesterfield Reef. In both places we were able to observe many varieties of
nesting seabirds at extremely close quarters, and watch large turtles mating.
last two days sail on towards the Australian coast was a race where we tried to
outrun an approaching front. The entrance to the Burnett River was a welcome
sight, and after clearing in with the Australian authorities, we made our way
further upriver to Bundaberg's midtown marina. There we did some restocking and
attended to some maintenance, one task of which was washing down Fallado after
the regular dustings of "Bundy snow"....a fine ash that blew in when the
surrounding fields of sugarcane were set alight before harvesting.