The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross

Thu Apr 11 13:00 2019 NZST
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
33 52.367S 151 11.182E
Weather: calm, flat water, 75% cloud cover, 1024 baro

report at 1045 local time Thursday. Enjoyed a week in Manly, although the Store Beach anchorage was very busy on the weekend with up to 30 boats nestled around us. Departed this morning and 7 nautical miles and two hours later we?ve arrived in Blackwattle Bay, near the Fish Markets at Darling Harbour. Iconic sites along the way included the Opera House and sailing beneath the Sydney Harbour and Anzac Bridges. Last anchored here 12 years ago.

Well done guys, I was born in Manly, enjoy, don't think we'll be going in there. Will call soon, cheers Rod & Kath DB
Fri Apr 5 9:48 2019 NZDT
Run: 138.2nm (250.1km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.8nm
33 48.666S 151 17.283E
Weather: calm, slight bounce due to Manly ferry wash, overcast and raining, 1027 baro

report at 0745 local time Friday. Anchored off Store Beach, near Manly, Sydney Harbour. Departed Eden at 2pm Wednesday. An uneventful sail along the NSW coast. Entered Sydney Harbour heads at first light alongside our friends on the sailing vessel Sol. We'd hoped to find some warmth and sunshine, anchored in pouring rain. At least the salt from a bouncy sea in Bass Strait is being washed off.

Thu Apr 4 12:06 2019 NZDT
Run: 101nm (182.8km)
35 39.700S 150 22.000E
Weather: 15kts S, 1.5m seas, overcast, 1029 baro

report at 1000 local time Thursday. Departed Eden at 2pm yesterday. Sailed overnight hugging the NSW coast. Plan to continue on to Sydney Harbour with arrival tomorrow (Friday).

Tue Apr 2 18:12 2019 NZDT
Run: 33.5nm (60.6km)
Avg: 3.8knts
24hr: 90.8nm
37 04.438S 149 54.136E
Weather: 10kts NNE, slight seas, 5% cloud cover, 1023 baro

report at 1600 local time Tuesday. Arrived safely in Eden at 1515 In 54 hours we travelled 325 nautical miles with some sporty sailing and mundane motoring.

Tue Apr 2 9:21 2019 NZDT
5 knots
Run: 128.8nm (233.1km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.8nm
37 33.300S 149 58.200E
Weather: 5kts N, less than one metre swell, 5% cloud cover, 1025 baro

report at 0715 local time Tuesday. Motoring around Gabo Island, Victoria in light conditions. Heading towards Eden, New South Wales. Sun just rising out of cloud on eastern horizon. All is well on board

Mon Apr 1 12:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 183.1nm (331.4km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.7nm
38 51.500S 148 16.500E
Weather: 12kts SW, 1.5m swell, overcast, 1023 baro

report at 0945 local time Monday. Departed Port Sorell, Tasmania 25 hours ago. Had a feisty sail yesterday with winds reaching 33 knots and boat speed 12 knots. White water in the cockpit and plates flying around the galley. Wind has gradually abated from 25 knots at 8pm, to under 20 at 2am. Seas and swell have reduced making a much more comfortable platform on which to live. Barometer has risen from 1003 to 1023 in 25 hours. Have sailed 165 nautical miles.

Sun Mar 31 10:51 2019 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
41 09.780S 146 34.149E
Weather: 6kts SE, flat water, 10% cloud cover, 1003 baro

report at 0845 local time Sunday. After spending over a week anchored off Baker Point, Port Sorell, The Southern Cross?s crew are preparing to cross Bass Strait. Have enjoyed our time in this beautiful spot: walks on beaches, catching up with old friends and making new ones. Easy access to supplies.

Sat Mar 23 11:39 2019 NZDT
Run: 0.1nm (0.2km)
41 09.826S 146 34.229E
Weather: 8 kts E, flat water, 90% cloud cover, 1010 baro

report at 0930 local time Saturday. Thursday around 10pm The Southern Cross refloated on the rising tide. Re-anchored in six metres, 100 metres off Bakers Point.

Thu Mar 21 14:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)
41 09.780S 146 34.149E
Weather: Calm, flat water, overcast, Bar 1017

On Thursday we beached The Southern Cross at Baker Point, Port Sorell to remove fish farm line from around port saildrive shaft. Many thanks to our friend Tim, ex Rubicon Star, for his invaluable assistance.

line caught in port saildrive. On left line removed immediately. On right residual line removed from around shaft when boat beached
The Southern Cross on beach at Bakers Point.
Wed Mar 20 20:48 2019 NZDT
Run: 3.2nm (5.8km)
41 09.817S 146 33.685E
Weather: 5 kts W, flat water, 40% cloud cover, 1014 baro

report at 1900 local time Wednesday. This morning moved 5 nautical miles from outer anchorage off Port Sorell into the Rubicon River. Anchored by 10.30am.

Wed Mar 20 10:33 2019 NZDT
Run: 99.3nm (179.7km)
Avg: 2.6knts
24hr: 63.6nm
41 07.854S 146 31.054E
Weather: calm, slight swell, 90% cloud cover, 1014 baro

report at 0700 local time Wednesday. Departed Coulomb Bay, Three Hummock Island at noon yesterday. Motored overnight in light winds, with some soft rain. Unable to see the near full moon due to cloud cover. Have anchored off Port Sorell for a few hours awaiting a favourable tide to move into the Rubicon River. We were accompanied by dolphins into anchorage as the day dawned.

Mon Mar 18 21:03 2019 NZDT
Run: 35.4nm (64.1km)
40 24.878S 144 52.433E
Weather: 12 kts E, slight swell, clear, 1017 baro

report at 1900 local time Monday. Departed Ann Bay, on north west coast of Tasmania this morning and sailed up past Cape Grim and the Doughboy Islands. Zigzagged around Brown Rocks, Bird Island and up through Hunter Passage assisted by engine and sails. And then a rollicking sail northwards to Coulomb Bay, Three Hummock Island. Glorious scenery along the way on a bright sunny day.

Sun Mar 17 12:18 2019 NZDT
Run: 93nm (168.3km)
40 54.222S 144 40.377E
Weather: 10 kts E, slight swell, overcast, 1020 baro

report at 1000 local time Sunday. Departed Strahan yesterday morning after buying the weekend newspaper and bananas. Passed through Hells Gates and out of Macquarie Harbour before noon. Sailed overnight under a waxing gibbous moon, until it set at 0200, and then a galaxy of stars. A comfortable dry decks passage to Ann Bay, just south of Cape Grim. We?ll wait here for a few hours, or perhaps overnight, and then head around Tasmania?s north western cape.

Tue Mar 12 9:18 2019 NZDT
Run: 20.8nm (37.6km)
42 09.321S 145 19.923E
Weather: 10 kts SW, slight seas, overcast, 1002 baro

report at 0910 local time Tuesday. Departed Birch’s Inlet three days ago on light southerly winds and motored to the town of Strahan. A series of cold fronts bringing rain and moderate to strong winds continue to blow through. During dry spells we have stretched our legs ashore, provisioned and purchased fuel. We are enjoying catching up with fellow cruisers while we wait for a good opportunity to head further north.

Thu Mar 7 17:54 2019 NZDT
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
42 26.433S 145 27.757E
Weather: 10-15 kts NW, flat water, 60% cloud cover, 1017 baro

report at 1530 local time. Early this morning, we motored 7 nautical miles across the southern end of Macquarie Harbour to Birch's Inlet. Another beautiful spot where the wind blows and the rain falls.

Wed Mar 6 15:27 2019 NZDT
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
42 22.089S 145 32.777E
Weather: 0-18 knots SW to NW, flat water, 80% cloud cover, 1009 baro

report at 1300 local time Wednesday. The Southern Cross remains in St Leger Point, Kelly Basin while her crew explore more of this area on foot or hide on the boat from inclement weather. Today we have experienced rain and hail. Midday temperature 14°C inside the boat. Fortunately snow is predicted only to fall on the high country and not at sea level.

Mon Mar 4 21:57 2019 NZDT
Run: 5nm (9.1km)
42 23.419S 145 27.171E
Weather: calm, flat water, 1016 baro

Left Kelly Basin at 0700 and the above report was written at 0815 local time Monday while moored at Sarah Island. Walked around a deserted Sarah Island on our own looking at the remains of a convict settlement, and undertook a second lap tagging along on a tour of the island with 40 other people who arrived on a tourist boat. At noon we returned to St Leger Point in Kelly Basin, as per Saturday's position report. In the afternoon we hiked through lush rainforest for 11 kilometres along the Bird River Track.

Sat Mar 2 20:54 2019 NZDT
Run: 15.7nm (28.4km)
42 22.089S 145 32.777E
Weather: 10 knots SW, flat water, 5% cloud cover, 1013 baro

report at 1730 local time Saturday. Enjoyed three days 20 miles up the Gordon River. Mirror smooth waters with wonderful reflections, including the stars at night. Reached the first rapids in the Franklin River via dinghy. Walked through dense rainforest where we spotted a Boobook owl who posed for us. Now anchored off beautiful St Leger Point in Kelly Basin, Macquarie Harbour. Peter has made arancini balls for tonight's meal. It doesn't get any better than this.

Peter and Catherine, Franklin River
Boobook Owl, Gordon River
Sat Mar 2 13:54 2019 NZDT
Run: 33.9nm (61.4km)
42 34.115S 145 41.438E
Weather: calm, flat water, clear, 1015 baro

report at 1930 local time Thursday. Departed Strahan this morning and travelled 18 nm up the Gordon River to Warners Landing where we are rafted up to SV Sengo. You can feel the serenity. (Tried to send Thursday evening but not able to connect)

Gordon River
Gordon River
Tue Feb 26 22:18 2019 NZDT
Run: 89.7nm (162.4km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.1nm
42 09.321S 145 19.913E
Weather: 5kts S, slight seas, clear, 1022 baro

report at 1930 local time Tuesday. Departed Port Davey at 1900 last evening in misty conditions. Southerly winds built overnight and we had an easy sail with up to one metre following seas for 100 nautical miles to Macquarie Harbour. Came through Hells Gates at noon with up to three knots of negative current. Bananas have been sourced from the IGA at Strahan.

Mon Feb 25 18:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
43 22.005S 145 58.007E
Weather: calm, slight swell, raining, 1019 baro

report at 1600 local time Monday. Motored four nautical miles from Schooner Cove, Bathurst Channel, to Spain Bay, Port Davey. Enjoyed a three hour return walk across the headland to Stephens Bay which faces the Southern Ocean. The weather cooperated, and the rain started as we returned to the dinghy. Currently, sharing the anchorage with seven boats including Crusader (met in Ikuka NSW, 2007), Pampero (met Indonesia, 2008), Kosa (met Turkey, 2010) and Jigsaw (met Bundaberg, QLD, 2017). Ran out of bananas yesterday. Hope to use the forecast southerlies to push us northwards to Macquarie Harbour.

Sun Feb 24 18:27 2019 NZDT
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
43 20.501S 146 00.201E
Weather: 10knts NE, flat water, clear, 1023 baro

report at 1600 local time Sunday. This morning we moved The Southern Cross two nautical from Bramble Cove, Port Davey, to Schooner Cove, Bathurst Channel. Went dinghy exploring for four hours, peaking into bays and coves, admiring the views.

Sat Feb 23 21:27 2019 NZDT
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
43 19.309S 145 59.909E
Weather: 8-16knts E, flat water, 2% cloud cover, 1026 baro

report at 1800 local time Saturday. A beautiful sunny day, spent sailing around Bathurst Harbour admiring the views and then motoring westwards down Bathurst Channel to Bramble Cove, where we climbed Mt Milner.

Fri Feb 22 21:09 2019 NZDT
43 21.871S 146 07.831E
Weather: 0-15knts W, flat water, 75% cloud cover, 1022 baro

report at 1900 local time Friday. After three boat bound days the wind settled and the rain became showers. Thursday afternoon we dinghied 5 nautical miles up to Meleluca Lagoon. From bird hides we saw the critically endangered Orange-bellied parrot. Meeting two hikers, who had walked for 10 days through hail and rain, helped us realise that sitting on our boat for a few wet days wasn't so bad after all. Earlier today we hiked up Mount Beattie to gain views across Bathurst Harbour, Mount Rugby, along Bathurst Channel and towards the distant ocean.

Wed Feb 20 16:36 2019 NZDT
43 21.871S 146 07.831E
Weather: 0-35knts NW, flat water, overcast, 1006 baro

report at 1430 local time. Went ashore and explored Claytons Corner on the weekend before the wet and windy weather started Monday. Have been boat bound for two days. Hoping that the weather will fine up and enable us to climb a hill or two.

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.

Heading into Bathurst Harbour, Tasmania
Bathurst Harbour, Tasmania
Bathurst Harbour II, Tasmania
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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