The Southern Cross
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report at 1715 local time. Arrived Margate Marina this afternoon in preparation for the boat's haulout tomorrow morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report at 12.45 local time. Sailed overnight southwards down Tasmania's east coast from Skeleton Bay to Shelly Beach near Orford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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