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Mooloolaba, QLD to Sydney, NSW to meet Jessica & Ella's Pink Lady.

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New Plymouth to Mooloolaba, Solo Trans-Tasman Challenge 2010

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Monday, May 4, 2009

R & R Day Bermagui NSW

Mt Freycinet TAS
Bermagui NSW
1st May 2009

Spent the day catching up on sleep, shopping and washing after our Bass Strait Crossing.
Caught up with Reg & Judy Le Compte “Judy Lyn” - Chamberlin 13.5 Cruiser). A great day, 25 degrees blue skies – shorts and tee shirt weather.

Bass Strait Crossing

Iron Pot, Entrance to Derwent River TAS
The Hazards, Freycinet Peninsula TAS
Wineglass Bay TASDaggerboard Vibration

28th April 2009

POS S -36 25.537’
E +150 04.361’

Departed Chinaman’s Bay @ 0730, wind SW 20 kts. Heading outside Schouten Island with double reefed main and jib – wing & wing. Diverted to Wineglass Bay with a huge vibration in the port rudder, wind was now blowing 30 knots and we dropped the jib.
Dropped the anchor in Wineglass Bay @ 1315 for a late lunch and checked out the rudder problem. A quick alignment check for the rudders, all OK. Found lots of weed around the dagger boards instead which caused the vibration.

Departed Wineglass Bay @ 1550 after final checks for the strait crossing. Wind SW 20 knots changing to S which peaked at 35 knots during the night. Triple Reefed Main only for the rest of the night, very rough with a large swell and breaking crests. Wind gradually easing during the day, 15-20 knots for rest of the trip across. Arrived at Bermagui on Thursday 30th April @ 1200 after a crossing of 44 hours, covering 416 nm’s.

Farewell Hobart

Fuel Jetty RYCT Hobart
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Snow Mt Wellington TAS Mt Wellington TAS

27th April 2009

POS S -42 39.0780’
E +148 02.368’

Departed RYCT Marina @ 0830 heading for the mainland and some warmth.
Awoke to snow on Mt Wellington, it was only 8 degrees inside the boat. The wind SW 12-15 kts, with a large swell. Glad we are heading through the Denison Canal, its blowing 45 knots at Tasman Island. Sailed with a double reefed main and jib. Dropped anchor in Chinaman’s Bay on the inside of Maria Island @ 1510, after covering 57.1 nm in 6 hrs 51 mins @ AVE 8.3 kts (MAX 15.1 Kts).

Hobart or BUST

Whale Head TAS
Recherche Bay TAS
Coalbins Bay TAS
Heavy Rain, Kettering TAS
14th March 2009

POS S -42 53.909’
E +147 20.086’

Departed the Bins, Recherche Bay @ 0845 and motored into a thick sea mist. Played dodgem’s with the extensive kelp beds out off Actaeon Island and Black Reef. The mist cleared and the wind was from NNE, still very light. Put up the sails for brief periods of time, still not much wind. Looks like we will be motoring all the way back to Hobart. It’s either too much wind or not enough wind. At 1430 hit by heavy rain and very low visibility, it’s blowing 40+ knots from the South. Just off Kettering dodging the ferry that’s heading back from Bruny Island plus a couple other boats, radar on and eyes peeled. Started sailing @ 1540 with main, reacher and staysail now heading up the Derwent River with Hobart in sight. Arrived back @ 1720 to the RYCT Marina, covering 58.1 nm in 8 hrs 47 mins @ AVE 6.6 kts.