The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross

Thu Jun 27 8:03 2019 NZST
Run: 8nm (14.5km)
22 12.674S 166 20.175E
Weather: 15 kts SE, flat water, overcast, 1019 baro

Anchored in Baie Maa. We spent two busy, wet days in Port Moselle Marina, Noumea: checked into New Caledonia, bought fresh food and baguettes, met a number of cruisers, made boat repairs and did laundry. Departed the marina yesterday and after a short sporty sail we arrived in Baie Maa where we hope to have good shelter, from the forecast strong southerly quadrant winds, over the next few days. Anchored near friends on Ganesh, and caught up last night with Fatty and Carolyn when we reminisced about our travels together up the Red Sea and around the world.

Mon Jun 24 12:33 2019 NZST
Run: 23.6nm (42.7km)
Avg: 4.1knts
24hr: 98.5nm
22 16.592S 166 26.392E
Weather: calm, flat water, overcast with rain, 1017 baro

Arrived Port Moselle Marina, Noumea, New Caledonia at 1100 local time. It has rained steadily since our arrival in New Caledonia. Glad to be here. We will be in the marina for a few days.

Howdy guys, congrats, nice to see you are all tied up and all is well, glad you had a safe trip, now enjoy. Rod & Kath, Doublebubble.
Mon Jun 24 6:48 2019 NZST
4.0 kts
Run: 115.5nm (209.1km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.6nm
22 37.000S 166 25.000E
Weather: 6 kts N, one metre sea, overcast with showers, 1017 baro

Six nautical miles to enter the pass into New Caledonia's southern lagoon. We are back in the tropics after 22 months and 5000 nautical miles. A gannet has been perched on the starboard lifelines for the past 12 hours. All well on board and looking forward to arrival.

Sun Jun 23 8:00 2019 NZST
8.2 kts
Run: 157.1nm (284.4km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 154.8nm
24 02.000S 165 27.000E
Weather: 20 kts SSE, jolty one metre sea, overcast with showers, 1015 baro

Scooting along under jib. 105 nm to reach New Caledonia's lagoon. ETA tomorrow (Monday). All is well. Our oldest grandchild turns 14 today. Happy birthday Cooper.

Sat Jun 22 7:39 2019 NZST
4.0 kts
Run: 125.6nm (227.3km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 122.5nm
25 05.000S 163 14.000E
Weather: 4 kts W, gentle one metre swell, 30% cloud cover, 1014 baro

Motoring in calm conditions. We still have plenty of apples and bananas. However, our fresh vegetable supply is dwindling so we will have to be inventive with our menu. Lots of tinned food, so we won't go hungry. We continue to travel south of a direct line to New Caledonia, in case we get head winds prior to arrival. 555 nm from Australia, 235 nm to go to New Caledonia. ETA NC Monday. All is well on board. Thanks Alison and Geoff for your support via the SSB.

Fri Jun 21 7:03 2019 NZST
4.0 kts
Run: 146.2nm (264.6km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.7nm
25 35.000S 161 18.000E
Weather: 8 kts N, one metre seas, overcast, 1018 baro

Experienced squally conditions just east of 160E. For past 24 hours the wind has been from the E to SE. Currently under another squall and the wind has changed, it's coming from a northerly quadrant. 445 nm from Australia, 340 nm to go to New Caledonia. ETA NC Monday. All is well on board.

Thu Jun 20 6:48 2019 NZST
7.0 kts
Run: 255.6nm (462.6km)
Avg: 10.9knts
24hr: 262.2nm
26 45.000S 159 20.000E
Weather: 10 kts S, one metre seas, 50% cloud cover, 1016 baro

A slow and comfortable sail yesterday with light winds from the SW. Around sunset the wind backed to the south and the boat speed has increased. We are sailing south of a direct line to Noumea. 325 nm from Australia, 465 nm to go to New Caledonia. All is well on board.

Wed Jun 19 7:24 2019 NZST
3.5 kts
27 35.000S 155 17.000E
Weather: 10 - 12 kts SSW, one metre seas, 50% cloud cover, 1014 baro

A comfortable ride under reefed main and jib. 220 nm from Australia, 565 nm to go to New Caledonia. All is well on board.

Ganesh ex Wild Card, heard you this morning and want to tell you they are in New Caledonia. It is certainly a while since you last had a get together. GHradio is no longer with YIT so I do not have your email address. Please send when you have a moment. Thanks patricia
Tue Jun 18 7:00 2019 NZST
5.5 kts
Run: 116.8nm (211.4km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.1nm
27 35.000S 155 17.000E
Weather: 12 kts SSW, one metre seas, overcast, 1014 baro

Departed Southport Seaway at 10am yesterday. Smooth sailing initially, then a jolty ride through the area affected by current. Full moon aided nightvision. A comfortable ride at the moment under reefed main and jib. 100 nm from Australia, 750 nm to go to New Caledonia. Just crossed the Queensland seamounts. All is well on board.

Mon Jun 17 10:15 2019 NZST
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
27 58.417S 153 25.461E
Weather: 3 kts S, flat water, 40% cloud cover, 1016 baro

report at 0810 local time Monday. On Quarantine dock at Southport Yacht Club. Just been cleared by Australian Border Force. We will soon be on our way to Noumea.

Hi there. Although I haven’t commented, I’ve been following you along the coast. Now you’re OFF! I can but wish you a very comfortable passage. I recall out passage from Bundaberg to the east part of the Louisiades. It was 5 days, mostly good weather, the Steinhardts (land lubbers) with us. I look fwd to updates if YIT follows you out there. May the last banana make safe landfull with you to meet a bountiful bunch of relations!
Sun Jun 16 20:51 2019 NZST
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
27 57.842S 153 25.162E
Weather: 3 kts NW, flat water, overcast, 1015 baro

report at 1830 local time Sunday. This morning, we moved two nautical miles to an anchorage off Australia Fair Shopping Centre. We are ready to depart Australia tomorrow morning, after refuelling and a last provision today to ensure that we have a week?s worth of bananas. We will meet with the Australian Border Force tomorrow morning before heading off to New Caledonia. Lightning display late this afternoon and then a full rainbow over the Gold Coast. Quiet now.

Safe travels to NC guys, we wish you calm friendly sea's and smooth sailing, can't wait to read of your journey, Double Bubble may 1 day follow that leg, cheers Kath & Rod
Fri Jun 14 13:27 2019 NZST
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
27 55.70S 153 24.544E
Weather: 4 kts NW, flat water, 5% cloud cover, 1016 baro

report at 1115 local time Friday. We returned to Wave Break Island anchorage earlier in the week as there is less wake from passing traffic here. We are monitoring the weather forecasts closely and hope to depart for New Caledonia in the coming week.

Sun Jun 9 17:18 2019 NZST
Run: 1.5nm (2.7km)
27 54.399S 153 24.596E
Weather: 5 kts E, bouncing on wake, 30% cloud cover, 1019 baro

report at 1500 local time Sunday. Moved just over one nautical from Wave Break Island to Crab Island to comply with local regulations. More passing traffic here and vessels going at high speed. Plan to return to Wave Break Island tomorrow.

Mon Jun 3 21:15 2019 NZST
Run: 1.6nm (2.9km)
27 55.725S 153 24.566E
Weather: 7 kts W, flat water, clear sky, 1011 baro

report at 1900 local time Monday. Yesterday, we moved 2nm from Southport to anchorage north Wave Break Island. Fewer jet skis and helicopters.

Sat Jun 1 21:51 2019 NZST
Run: 80.8nm (146.2km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.5nm
27 57.000S 153 25.283E
Weather: 9 kts SE, flat water apart from jetskis, overcast, 1022 baro

report at 1930 local time Saturday. Just anchored in Southport, Gold Coast. Challenging coming through the Seaway in the dark particularly as there were poorly lit vessels anchored in the narrow channel to fish. Fireworks have heralded our arrival.

You made good time to Southport! Good sailing!
Sat Jun 1 7:45 2019 NZST
4.0 knots
Run: 115nm (208.2km)
Avg: 4.9knts
24hr: 117.9nm
29 07.000S 153 30.000E
Weather: 8 kts W, 1 m seas, clear sky, 1021 baro

report at 0545 local time Saturday. In past 24 hours we?ve motored in no wind, and sailed with 4 to 14 knots of winds from the west through to the south. Currently off Evans Head. All is well on board.

we notice you are heading our way. if you call into the GC it would be great to catch up.
Fri May 31 8:21 2019 NZST
4.0 knots
Run: 147.2nm (266.4km)
30 45.000S 153 08.000E
Weather: 13 kts SW, 1 m seas, clear sky, 1008 baro

report at 0600 local time Friday. Departed Port Stephens at 0700 yesterday. Currently off Scotts Head. Experienced strong winds up to 33 knots yesterday with maximum boat speed 16 knots while surfing down waves. Smoke haze and choking smoke 7 miles out to sea. Saw two shooting stars overnight. All is well on board.

Tue May 28 17:48 2019 NZST
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
32 42.957S 152 10.130E
Weather: 18 kts WNW, slightly bouncy sea, clear skies, 1008 baro

report at 1545 local time Tuesday. Moved The Southern Cross to the western side of Shoal Bay yesterday morning to sit out strong winds. Yesterday the wind gusted up to 37 knots, today it is gusting to 25 knots. More strong wind forecast for tomorrow. Today we walked to the top of Tomaree Head Lookout and gained great views over Port Stephens.

Sun May 26 21:48 2019 NZST
Run: 80.9nm (146.4km)
32 42.891S 152 10.357E
Weather: 4 kts NW, flat water, clear skies, 1011 baro

report at 1930 local time Sunday. Departed Pittwater this morning and sailed with winds up to 25 knots from the west. A sporty sail of 75 nautical miles. Weather looked unfavourable to continue so we have made landfall in Shoal Bay, Port Stephens. May be here for a few days.

Thu May 23 16:53 2019 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
33 37.395S 151 17.430E
Weather: calm, flat water, 10% cloud cover, 1023 baro

Anchored in Morning Bay, Pittwater. Hope to catch up with friends over the next few days and then sail northwards when the southerlies or westerlies begin to blow.

Thu May 23 14:48 2019 NZST
Run: 2.3nm (4.2km)
33 35.999S 151 14.473E
Weather: 3 kts SW, flat water, 60% cloud cover, 1025 baro

report at 1230 local time Wednesday. Motored less than 2 nautical miles from Pinto Bay to Halletts Beach, and went for a stroll on the small beach. Beautiful setting. Planning to anchor in Pittwater tonight.

Wed May 22 22:00 2019 NZST
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
33 35.614S 151 12.156E
Weather: calm, flat water, clear sky, 1026 baro

report at 2000 local time Wednesday. This morning we motored 4 nautical miles upstream to Jerusalem Bay. We have picked up a mooring in Pinta Bay, Broken Bay. Some smoke haze due to controlled burns. Went for a 2 hour walk from Jerusalem Bay to the hamlet of Cowan, walking through rainforest in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Mon May 20 13:33 2019 NZST
33 38.7256S 151 12.706E
Weather: calm, flat water, 90% cloud cover, 1024 baro

report at 1130 local time Monday. Motored 4 nautical miles this morning further into Broken Bay. We are up Smith?s Creek with two paddles stowed in the dinghy. Isolated pristine beauty reminiscent of Port Davey.

Mon May 20 13:33 2019 NZST
Run: 3.3nm (6km)
33 38.7256S 151 12.706E
Weather: calm, flat water, 90% cloud cover, 1024 baro

report at 1130 local time Monday. Motored 4 nautical miles this morning further into Broken Bay. We are up Smith?s Creek with two paddles stowed in the dinghy. Isolated pristine beauty reminiscent of Port Davey.

Sat May 18 13:12 2019 NZST
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
33 36.0996S 151 14.196E
Weather: calm, flat water, 60% cloud cover, 1028 baro

report at 1100 local time Saturday. Moved this morning one nautical mile from America Bay to a spot in Cowan Creek, called Cottage Rock, where we have internet coverage which enables us to follow the Australian election. Beautiful spot.

Thu May 16 20:27 2019 NZST
33 35.676S 151 15.394E
Weather: calm, flat water, clear sky, 1023 baro

report at 1730 local time Thursday. After a week in Pittwater, where we caught up with friends and spent money, we've returned to Broken Bay where we are surrounded by Ku-ring-Gai National Park's hills and bush.

Weren’t we there in 42 deg heatwave on Double Bubble Catherine? Bet it’s better now!
Thu May 16 20:27 2019 NZST
Run: 4.4nm (8km)
33 35.676S 151 15.394E
Weather: calm, flat water, clear sky, 1023 baro

report at 1730 local time Thursday. After a week in Pittwater, where we caught up with friends and spent money, we've returned to Broken Bay where we are surrounded by Ku-ring-Gai National Park's hills and bush.

Tue May 7 10:24 2019 NZST
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
33 38.798S 151 18.063E
Weather: calm, flat water, clear sky, 1014 baro

report at 0815 local time Tuesday. Departed Castle Bay, Cowan Creek yesterday. Moved to Salt Pan Point, Pittwater.

Sat May 4 15:39 2019 NZST
Run: 13.7nm (24.8km)
33 36.427S 151 13.460E
Weather: 2 kts SW, flat water, clear sky, 1011 baro

report at 1330 local time Saturday. Departed Manly and Sydney Harbour this morning. An easy sail under jib up to Broken Bay. Then a motor into wind on the nose to Castle Bay, Cowan Creek. On a mooring surrounded by beautiful Ku-ring-Gai National Park.

Fri May 3 8:57 2019 NZST
Run: 4nm (7.2km)
33 47.990S 151 16.889E
Weather: 5 kts N, slight sea thanks to ferry wake, overcast, 1016 baro

report at 0645 local time Friday. Moved from Athol Bay yesterday, where according to our AIS system we had 135 targets. Avoided all vessels out on the water to travel four nautical miles to Manly. Sitting on a mooring just off the Manly Pavillion. Hope to sail northwards to Broken Bay tomorrow.

Tue Apr 30 12:50 2019 NZST
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)
33 50.843S 151 14.580E
Weather: 4 kts NW, slight seas, 40% cloudcover, 1020 baro

Enjoyed our two weeks in Blackwattle Bay. Weather was superb: warm with light winds. Departed this morning, after voting yesterday in the Federal Election. Now on a mooring in Athol Bay adjacent to Taronga Zoo. Beautiful views. Ferry wash creates an onboard jiggle.

view from Athol Bay

Excellent view, enjoy the warmth, sun has finally shown itself here today at Cleeland Bight, cheers Double Bubble
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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