ADAGIO

ADAGIO

Sat Jan 7 17:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 209nm (378.3km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115.2nm

ADAGIO?s final YIT report for our 6th Bass Strait crossing. At 0800 Saturday morning Adagio entered Marion Narrows from the NE (ocean side). The transit took 55min we were motoring pretty slow to make groundings softer and to give our brains time to process the goofy instrument feedback indicating we have a huge tidal current set -- so the boat has to be pointed 20 to 30 degrees to port of our true track. HW was 0410 so we are way late. But sea conditions and winds are perfect and since this is our first transit east to west we are going to cope with the skinny water in a couple of shallow spots. Even at mid ebb tide we should have 0.6 to 0.8 above datum and the shallowest spot is actually on the west side after exiting Denison Canal. MAST says that is 1.3 so we should have 1.9M by the time we get there around 0900. Heaps of water :-) under our 1.5M keels. We rang up Jeremy Firth at 0730 to get his view on transiting at such an unfavorable tide. Jeremy held our hand with the assurances we needed to just *go for it*. We transited the narrows using the Dec 23 MAST GPS track they kindly uploaded as a Google Earth KML file. Converting that KML to Maxsea?s goofy WPT format was not fun, but I found a way to do it. We grounded only once -- near Green #15 (not on my chart or MAST chartlet). I will do some post mortem on our track and satellite to see if I can figure out why. Anyway, it's all sand in the narrows/Blackman Bay. We asked the Denison Canal manager if we should anchor and wait a few hours for more water and rising tide after 1100 LW. He said "you can transit now with your 1.5M draft". We went for it and he was right. We exited Denison canal at 0855.

 

Cape Sonnerat, Schouten Island, Freycinet
Cape Sonnerat, Schouten Island, Freycinet
Thu Jan 5 22:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1/5/2017 5:42 pm cog 208t 8.1nknts
Run: 91.4nm (165.4km)
Weather: TWS 11.3 TWD 073T seastate 1M from 59M at 6 sec, clouds 20%

Local time i We are motorsailing on reacher along the east coast of Tasmania, 35nm east of Flinders Island. As forecast the wind has been light since 0400 this morning when the wind dropped from 18-21 down to 13kn. We've benefited from a favorable share of a 3.5k cross current that has a bit of slant in our favor, yielding 0.5 to 1.0kn favorable. We still hope to make high tide at Marion Narrows Friday afternoon so we've been spending diesel to keep our speed up. The best combination so far is our 1100 sqFt reacher plus engines at 2500. Much of the day that yielded 8 to 9kn SOG. On reacher only we are seeing about 7kn SOG. If tomorrow we are too late for Marion Narrows we will probably anchor at Wineglass Bay - easily one of the prettiest anchorages anywhere. If anyone has tips on catamaran motorsailing don't be shy, pass them along:-)

Thu Jan 5 22:21 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1/5/2017 6:31 am cog 215t 6.5nknts
Weather: TWS 12.7 TWD 017T seastate, clouds 20%

Local time i Wind speed is down a lot from low 20s to abut 12kn now. We have switched to wing on wing reacher rig with 2dn reef main on port reacher on starboard. Very effective - eliminates blanketing reacher by mainsail footprint. This has elimnated the crash-bang reacher collapsing noises. If we have no more winds in the mid-teens to twenties then will miss our 3pm Friday slot at Marion Narrows.

Thu Jan 5 13:27 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1/5/2017 6:31 am cog 215t 6.5nknts
Weather: TWS 12.7 TWD 017T seastate, clouds 20%

Local time i Wind speed is down a lot from low 20s to abut 12kn now. We have switched to wing on wing reacher rig with 2dn reef main on port reacher on starboard. Very effective - eliminates blanketing reacher by mainsail footprint. This has elimnated the crash-bang reacher collapsing noises. If we have no more winds in the mid-teens to twenties then will miss our 3pm Friday slot at Marion Narrows.

Thu Jan 5 8:54 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1/5/2017 6:31 am cog 215t 6.5nknts
Run: 170.8nm (309.1km)
Avg: 9.4knts
24hr: 225.8nm
Weather: TWS 12.7 TWD 017T seastate, clouds 20%

Local time i Wind speed is down a lot from low 20s to abut 12kn now. We have switched to wing on wing reacher rig with 2dn reef main on port reacher on starboard. Very effective - eliminates blanketing reacher by mainsail footprint. This has elimnated the crash-bang noise If we have no more winds in the mid-teens to twenties then will miss our 3pm Friday slot at Marion Narrows.

Wed Jan 4 14:45 2017 NZDT
Speed: 1/4/2017 12:34 pm cog 171t 8.0nknts
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
Weather: TWS 8.7 TWD 045T seastate SE'ly swell of 1.5m, clouds 40%

Local time i ADAGIO departed Bermagui, NSW for Hobart at 1130 AET. Motorsailing to start with light winds and VERY STRONG Australian East Coast Current (AEC) of 4.0kn setting 175T giving us almost a 3kn boost.This afternoon and tonight we are expecting nice sailing breezes from the part quarter in the 18 to 27kn range. Tomorrow midday the wind should go lighter to 9-13 as the cold front approaches.

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