July 7 - Darwin happenings

We've been here a while and a lot has been going on. First off, we joined the Darwin Sailing Club as visiting members ($10/person/per week), allowing us to use their facilities when anchored in front of the Club at Fannie Beach. There are restaurants, bars and a chandlery on site, and there will be Rally meetings there as well. Interestingly, in past years the Club was also host to the Darwin to Ambon Rally, one in which Infini participated in 1996 with her previous owners. We are learning the bus system here, and have visited the Indonesian Consulate as well as Aus Customs and Immigration a few times. We now have our Social Visas for Indonesia, and the Cruising Permit will be handed out to all the Rally participants on departure from Darwin. We've also been to see Colin at Copytime downtown, a well known yachtie facilitator we stumbled upon in our meanderings. July 1st was Territory Day here, and it's like July 4th in the USA. The fireworks display was the most sensational we've ever seen, and went on for hours. We had joined some friends aboard their catamaran after going to the Mindil Beach Market for a look around.
Picture: At anchor outside Cullen Bay. What a way to practice soccer.The sand bar behind us is completely covered at high tide.

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