A few days ago and exactly 17 months after leaving Norfolk we landed on the Australian shore of Darwin in the Northern Territory. What a relief! We are so happy that we made it – our flightless journey from England to Australia.
Since leaving Kupang in Indonesia we past through our 20th country, Timor-Leste.
It was the roughest part of the trip. Swollen seas. Wind on the nose all the way. Compromised equipment and a few unforeseen events including colliding with an unknown object in the night, a 48 hour round trip back to the Timor-Leste capital. Repairs. Despair. Expense. When we finally entered the Timor Sea things were bouncy to say the least.
On entering Australian waters we had customs fly over to warn us and to greet us. Dolphins at the hull and a stunning Aussie sunset followed before glimpsing the lighthouse at Point Fourcroy.
Thank you so so so much to Keith and Lea for having us on board Tientos for the last month. Thank you also to all the amazing people that have helped us along the way, you know who you are. And by far the biggest thank you of all – thank you Nina for being the most perfect person in the world to travel and adventure with. You are amazing!
Hello Australia we are here. Please give us the best!
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Tagged Australia, Darwin, Dili, Indonesia, Kupang, Overland Travel, Tientos, Timor-Leste, travel, UK to Australia, Yacht
I write from Kupang where we have landed after 9 days at sea with our hosts onboard Tientos, Keith and Lea. We’ve had a mixed bag of calm and lumpy seas, wind on the nose and not too many chances to open the sails out fully.
630 nautical miles. 3 nightwatches. 3 anchorages. Volcanoes, Komodo dragons, new knots, amazing food, occasional sleep, lots of reading, kayaks to shore, boules on the beach, a birthday, deserted islands and coral reef. But no fish for dinner yet!
We will be here in Kupang for a few days whilst we complete paperwork to clear out of Indonesia. Our next stop will be Dili in East Timor before the crossing to Darwin.
Check out Nina’s blog for all the shenanigans onboard…
Meeting our hosts at Lombok
Local fisherman making use of the jetty
Bit of local food before we leave Lombok
Our skipper, Keith
Nina on our first nightwatch. Notice her left foot, tut tut tut!
Plenty of moon vision on our first nightwatch
Morning sunrise with views of the volcano
Queen of the world!
Relief after our first nightwatch
Calm seas cruising…
Hunter gathering begins
Keith makes Durian ice-cream with his Makita
Main sail goes up
Keeping an eye on the horizon
Api from the other side
Keith working the sails
Nina at the helm
Day 3. Our first anchorage at Banta
Checking for bombies out front
Banta bay all to ourselves
Glass o wine
Nina catches up with her jornal
Another uninhabited island
Keith shows Nina the route on the chart
Ye old charts
Day 5 – A local phinisis tour
Lunch at Komodo island
Home of the Komodo Dragons
Day 4 anchorage
The famous Tientos
View of the galley from the saloon
Out on the kayaks
Anchored in a lonely bay
Exploring the island
The beach looked beautiful from the boat!
Nina’s collecting plastic!
Nina and her sculpture
Boules on the beach
Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Now that’s art!
Nina heading back to the boat
Another posh dinner
Setting off once again
View of the cockpit
Keith blends Nina’s Pumpkin 2 speed Makita soup
Day 6 – Savoury muffins
They went down pretty well
Practicing knots. This one’s a bowline
Recording our co-ordinates
Sails up again
Still trying for a fish dinner
Chilling with a book
Another beautiful sunset
Checking some volcano action?
Nina’s Thai purple sweet potato crab cales
A stowm poodle on the radar
A bloody big volcano
Day 8 – Birthday pizza for Lea
Not easy to cook on a rocking boat!
Trying the trawling line
Back on nightwatch
View into our cabin from deck
Day 9 – coming into Kupang
Not much sleep
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We apologise as we are currently unable to respond to your emails. We are onboard the Tientos with Lea and Keith bound for Darwin, Australia via Komodo and Kupang, Indonesia and and Dili, Timor-Lieste.
We are in capable and experienced hands and very much looking forward to the voyage, with our dream of flightless travel from England to Australia intact.
Wish us luck
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