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September 23, 2006 09:10 PM

So Close, Yet So Far Away

oceaniaDARWIN, AUSTRALIA - From where I sit, here in Darwin, I'm actually closer to the capitals of three other countries than to the capital of Australia. The closest being Dili (East Timor); a mere 400 miles from here. Can you guess the other two?

Despite it's proximity, Indonesia, Timor and the rest of Southeast Asia might not be as easy to get to as I had imagined. There hasn't been a ferry service linking the two regions for more than 20 years; Cargo ships stopped taking on passengers a couple years ago and most of this seasons international yachts have already sailed away in one big armada on July 22nd (115 boats in all).

It seems all my eggs are left in one basket. I'm banking on finding success with the Bluewater Rally; a late season sailing rally that expects to sail out of here in the first half of October. I've heard rumors that up to 40 boats will participate.

If I miss this rally, I'll be stuck in Australia until next year. A prospect I simply don't have the time or money to consider. I'm doing everything I can to find a boat. It's all I do everyday.

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