Originally Posted by Scare_Rab
A *very good* Mate of mine has said I can use his 10metre Yacht for 2 weeks.
Moored at Thursday Island (Cape York). Would need to leave from and then return there.
November 1 - 14th 2012.
I have no sailing experience north of Cairns.
What do the forum members think of 2 weeks near T.I. ?
look interesting : a trip to Moa and Mabuiag an Badu?
Winds ? Heat ? Believe a little early for a cyclone?
Suggestions / comments welcomed
Well I did live in this area for two years (Bamaga) and even though it was a while back, I guess the weather
and local conditions haven't changed much.
Lets look at the negatives first.
Weatherwise November is the worst time (except perhaps February) as it is the start of the build up - hot humid and not that much wind
, usually from the NW in fits and starts. The SE trades may linger into November and that is a good thing although they are often 20+ kts. If not, then thunderstorms will build up over land and occasionally over water
. It is a bit like Cairns but more extreme.
Tides in the area are extremely interesting! It can vary from one tide a day to five a day and ranges from many metres to almost zero and can flow over 7 kts at times. I understand the tides are all over the shop due to the differences between the Indian Ocean
and Pacific Ocean
tidal systems meeting across a narrow and shallow (~50 Ft) strait. Without local knowledge, they can be very had to predict what will happen in say 6 hours time.
The western islands tend to be low sandy cays while the eastern ones are more mountainous.
I guess how you like it or not will depend your attitude to adventure. There are interesting places near the mainland coast (both sides) as well as Prince of Wales Island with anchorages
suitable for either weather
systems. Both west and east rivers (Jardine and Escape) offer interesting exploring but be aware of the crocs and mossies. Further afield to the north offer reefs
and many islands. The Qld border extends to a couple of miles the PNG coast.
Can't think of anymore right now but if you have other questions I will try to answer as best as memory allows!!!