Like I mentioned in my last post we had a small issue with our navigation on our trip. We realized about half way across the gulf that we didn't have the chip we needed to access the data when entering into Gove. This meant we had no depths, buoy markers or details about the surrounding waters. It was 11pm when we were approaching so we chose to anchor outside of Bramwell island for the night. This gave us a chance to have a good look at the paper charts, pull out all the books and decide the best route into the harbour. To be honest it was good practice.
When we touched land in Gove we all decided it was in our best interest to check out the pub and grab a beer. The first sip was well deserved. We were tired, salty and extremely thirsty after being out to sea for a few days.
We spent the next few days hitch hiking into Nhulunbuy to explore the town. We were greeted by nothing but friendly locals. Some days we went in for coffee and cake at the Peninsula Bakery. Other days we caught a ride to fill up a canister of gas because I foolishly let the dingy run dry and had to be rescued.
All in all Gove was an friendly, quaint town in the middle of nowhere. Our chip was in the mail bound to arrive any day so we could leave for Darwin and everything was good.
But sailing is never that easy is it? Rarely is it smooth. ...to be continued...