The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross

Sat Feb 16 13:18 2019 NZDT
Run: 40.8nm (73.8km)
43 21.871S 146 07.831E
Weather: calm, flat water, overcast, 1018 baro

report at 1100 local time. Departed Recherche Bay at 6pm last night. Sailed and motor-sailed overnight with favourable winds, passing Maatsuyker Islands at 0100 as the moon was setting. Arrived in Port Davey at 0800 where we were greated by misty grandure. Spent three hours tooting upstream to Kings Corner in Bathurst Harbour, bedazzled by the scenery including reflections on mirror smooth water.

Thu Feb 14 18:36 2019 NZDT
Run: 36.3nm (65.7km)
43 33.954S 146 53.740E
Weather: 5knts SW, flat water, overcast, 1008 baro

report at 1630 local time. Departed Alexanders Cove, Barnes Bay at 8 o'clock this morning. We sailed and motor-sailed 30 nautical miles down the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Coalbins Bay in Recherche Bay. Maximum gust 28 knots and maximum boat speed 9 knots. We pushed into 23 knot winds to enter the bay. The wind dropped soon after we anchored at 4pm.

Wed Feb 13 18:39 2019 NZDT
Run: 21.3nm (38.6km)
43 08.276S 147 18.762E
Weather: 15 to 20 knts NW, flat water, 75% cloud cover, 1003 baro

report at 1630 local time. Departed Prince of Wales Bay Marina this morning after a pleasant stay in Hobart. After a 20 nautical mile trip, in which we experienced winds from all directions save easterlies, we have anchored in Alexanders Cove, Barnes Bay.

Tue Jan 29 12:57 2019 NZDT
Run: 1.9nm (3.4km)
42 49.792S 147 18.205E
Weather: 4knts SE, flat water, 60% cloud cover, 1005 baro

report at 1000 local time. This morning The Southern Cross motored 3 nm up the Derwent River and is now berthed at Prince of Wales marina. We plan to stay here for two weeks: to sightsee in and around Hobart, catch up with friends, attend the Wooden Boat Festival and buy boat parts.

Mon Jan 28 16:15 2019 NZDT
Run: 13.9nm (25.2km)
42 51.195S 147 19.415E
Weather: 8 to 18knts NW, clear skies, 1004 baro

The Southern Cross was relaunched on Friday 25 January. Pleased with our haulout experience thanks to the expertise of the marina staff in operating their hydraulic trailer.

Currrently in pretty Cornelian Bay, Hobart, on a mooring.

Fri Jan 18 22:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
43 02.977S 147 16.029E
Weather: calm, overcast, 1000 baro

Report at 2000 local time. On the hardstand at Margate Marina after being hauled out on a hydraulic trolley. Staff have been professional and friendly. Hulls are in good condition. Plan to work on engines and apply anti-fouling paint before returning to the water.

Ahoy from Soggy Paws, a SF 44 (Hull #38). Just logged onto YIT for the first time in a long time and noticed your boat in the New Members list. Am trying to get up to date info on who owns what boat, what the current name and location is. Just for fun and to stay in contact with other owners. We are in Indonesia headed for Vanuatu, but won't make it all the way to Tassie (too cold for us). Do you know about the St Francis Owners facebook group?
Thu Jan 17 19:24 2019 NZDT
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
Avg: 31knts
24hr: 744nm
43 02.979S 147 16.197E
Weather: 9kts S, slight sea, 50% cloud cover, 1003 baro

Report at 1715 local time. Arrived Margate Marina this afternoon in preparation for the boat's haulout tomorrow morning.

Thu Jan 17 19:12 2019 NZDT
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
43 07.374S 147 20.361E
Weather: 5kts NE, flat water, 10% cloud cover, 1005 baro

Report at 1345 local time. Moved 1.5 nautical miles in Barnes Bay from the Duck Pont to Quarantine Bay. Visited the Bruny Island Quarantine Station, tying the dinghy up to their pontoon.

Wed Jan 16 13:18 2019 NZDT
Run: 19.5nm (35.3km)
43 08.227S 147 21.300E
Weather: 3kts SE, flat water, overcast, 1010 baro

Report at 1100 local time. Departed Nubeena on the Tasman Peninsula yesterday and motor-sailed 25 nautical miles to the Duck Pond, Barnes Bay, North Bruny Island An electrical storm blew through briefly last night. Plan to remain here, in this quiet pretty spot, today and haul out at nearby Margate Marina on Friday 18 January. Tasmania is recording record high temperatures. We are wearing fleeces, trackpants and ugg boots.

Tue Jan 15 10:21 2019 NZDT
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
43 06.112S 147 44.313E
Weather: 3kts N, flat water, 30% cloud cover, 1008 baro

Report at 0815 local time. Departed Port Arthur at midday yesterday. A rip roaring sail out of the harbour to the Southern Ocean. A slow sail around the stunning cliffs at Cape Raoul where pods of dolphins flocked to play with The Southern Cross. The wind dropped out and we motored into Wedge Bay where a curious seal came up to our stern to say hello. It was a 20 nautical mile journey to Nubeena on the Tasman Peninsula, only 6 nautical miles across land from our previous anchorage. We went ashore last evening and bought provisions from the small grocery store.

Mon Jan 14 8:57 2019 NZDT
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
43 08.265S 147 51.544E
Weather: 3kts N, flat water, clear, 1018 baro

Report at 0645 local time. Moved to another anchorage near the Port Arthur Historic site late yesterday because the overnight forecast was for winds up to 25 knots from the north, and our spot in Carnarvon Bay was unprotected. Motored 1 nautical mile in winds gusting to 15 knots. As soon as we anchored the wind dropped and overnight it was calm.

Sat Jan 12 9:51 2019 NZDT
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
43 09.278S 147 51.112E
Weather: 2kts W, flat water, 90% cloud cover, 1006 baro

Report at 0745 local time. Maximum wind we saw in Stinking Bay yesterday was 21 knots. At Tasman Island, 8 nautical miles away, the wind gusted to 47 knots. Moved 2 nautical miles this morning to Carnarvon Bay, near the historic Port Arthur site.

Fri Jan 11 10:15 2019 NZDT
Run: 33.3nm (60.3km)
43 07.643S 147 52.980E
Weather: calm, slight swell coming into the anchorage, 90% cloud cover, 1017 baro

Report at 0800 local time. Departed Maria Island before sunset. An uneventful overnight passage around Tasman Island to Stinking Bay, Port Arthur. Despite its name, this is a beautiful cove. We hope it provides good protection from this afternoon's forecast strong NE winds. Plan to explore ashore tomorrow.

Thu Jan 10 19:54 2019 NZDT
Run: 10.8nm (19.5km)
42 39.612S 148 02.616E
Weather: 12knts SE, a bit of bounce in the anchorage, 70% cloud cover, 1014 baro

Report at 1745 local time. Left Orford anchorage this morning and sailed down Mercury Passage. Saw a seal sunning itself in the waters near Lachlan Island. Anchored in Chinamen's Bay, Maria Island. Went for a walk around Point Lesueur peninsula. Saw convict ruins, eucalypts, butterflies, locusts and scats (possibly wombat). A beautiful day.

Wed Jan 9 20:42 2019 NZDT
Run: 93.2nm (168.7km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 75.2nm
42 33.611S 147 52.859E
Weather: 10knts W, slight sea, 15% cloud cover, 1007 baro

Report at 1830 local time. Left Shelly Beach this morning and motored less than a mile to anchor off the town of Orford. Despite small surf running it was easy to land and launch the dinghy off the nearby beach which has firm white sand. It was an easy walk into town where the small grocery store sold all that we needed. The Pop Up Book Stall, held in the local primary school, sold a wide variety of books. Peter bought two on Winston Churchill. We have stunning views of Maria Island to our east and plan to head across to the island tomorrow.

Tue Jan 8 14:57 2019 NZDT
41 15.128S 148 19.124E
Weather: 10knts E, flat water, 90% cloud cover, 1004 baro

Report at 12.45 local time. Sailed overnight southwards down Tasmania's east coast from Skeleton Bay to Shelly Beach near Orford.

Mon Jan 7 8:06 2019 NZDT
Run: 64.6nm (116.9km)
Avg: 3.3knts
24hr: 78.5nm
41 15.128S 148 19.124E
Weather: calm, slight swell, 80% cloud cover, 1015 baro

Report at 0600 local time. Sailed overnight from Tamar River on the northern coast to Skeleton Bay, north of St Helen's on Tasmanian's east coast. We had a fast wild ride yesterday covering 80 miles in 12 hours. The last 12 nautical miles took 8 hours as we drifted waiting for light to enter this anchorage. After today's forecast southerlies we aim to set sail once more.

Sun Jan 6 12:21 2019 NZDT
Run: 32.8nm (59.4km)
40 48.000S 147 14.000E
Weather: 25knts W, 1.5 metre seas from behind, 15% cloud cover, 1014 baro

Report at 1015 local time. Departed Tamar River soon after dawn and now we are a little under halfway from Tamar River to the NE corner of Tasmania. Aim to sail overnight down the east coast of Tasmania, on our way towards Hobart. Maximum wind so far 31 knots. The wind is from behind so it is a comfortable ride.

Thu Jan 3 14:57 2019 NZDT
Run: 97.9nm (177.2km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 114.1nm
41 08.551S 146 47.849E
Weather: 10knts NW, flat water, 15% cloud cover, 1012 baro

Report at 1230 local time. Arrived at the entrance markers to Tamar River, which leads to Launceston, Tasmania, at 0530. With the current we traveled upstream to a delightful anchorage in West Arm. It took us 48 hours to travel 275 nautical miles from Port Fairy to the Tamar River. The westerly quadrant winds, which blew up to 27 knots, kept us sailing happily for three quarters of the trip. Around midnight last night the winds, as forecast, came up from the east and we were hard on the wind on a lumpy sea for the last few hours of this journey. We are now in a haven surrounded by verdant hills and bird song, reminiscent of the Chesapeake in the USA.

Wed Jan 2 18:21 2019 NZDT
Run: 148.6nm (269km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.2nm
40 13.000S 145 23.000E
Weather: 17knts WSW, 1m swell, 10% cloud cover, 1011 baro

Report at 1600 local time. Sailed past the northern tip of King Island under clear starry skies. Currently 30 nautical miles north of the north coast of Tasmania. Apart from ourselves, we haven't seen anyone else this year. A fast rollicking ride at the moment.

Tue Jan 1 18:36 2019 NZDT
Run: 62.1nm (112.4km)
39 00.000S 143 05.000E
Weather: 14knts W, 2m swell, 60% cloud cover, 1011 baro

Report at 1600 local time. Enjoyed a two day stay in Port Fairy: walks on the beach, laundry, hot showers, provisioning, engine maintenance and the Port Fairy New Year's Eve street parade. Departed this morning heading towards Tasmania. Westerly winds are pushing us along nicely. Currently 20 nmiles south of Cape Otway, entering Bass Strait.

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