|So happy to see the Darwin skyline!|
The chart makes it look impossible to get into the marina.
You must enter when the tide is at least 4 meters to get across
the mudflats and reefs and into the marina. Challenging!
Upon arrival in Darwin, we refueled in Cullen Bay Marina. I almost ran aground as I got confused with the marks in the water that were not on the chart. All is well. We were able to go directly to our slip in Tipperary Waters Marina since we arrived at high tide. That was an experience! When you look at the chart, there is no passage from the channel across the reef or mud flats to the entrance to the marina. It is all land!
|Google Earth view of Tipperary Waters Marina at high tide.|
|The aft gate is closing before the water level can be raised.|
|Inside the lock with both gates closed. Up we go!|
Jeff, the lockmaster and marina manager, is
giving us instructions. I felt so nervous.
We were raised up to the level of the water
in the marina; then the forward gate opened
so I could drive us out and to the slip.
|Forward gate closed; Dennis checking things.|
The World ARC always has a number of social events including a Welcome Party. This was a good time to meet everyone again and connect names and faces. We were also invited to the Dinah Beach Yacht Club for an evening of cocktails and dinner. This is a very old establishment in Darwin. Actually, it is one of the few remaining buildings that survived the big cyclone that wiped out the entire city in 1974.
|Sherry and Dennis with Hugh, our WARC leader.|
We also attended a wine tasting event on the dock where we could order duty free wine to be delivered to the boat on our day of departure. It saved about 30% on taxes. Our next wine tasting with be in South Africa.