March 2008 Archives

The scenery and bird life was spectacular during the strong winds with crystal clear blue skies around Flinders, Babel and Cat Island. 

Babel from Sellars Beach

Shearwaters at Babel Island

A massive flock of sea birds was swarming over huge schools of fish in an amazing aerobatic display keeping us entertained for the afternoon. The SW wind abated as forecast early on Good Friday so we reluctantly said goodbye to this beautiful and desolate place.

Cruising photos

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IMG_6647.JPG I just uploaded pictures of both the Easter cruise to Ulladulla taken by te Moana and Amadeus as well as some from the, ahem... lazy alternative (Akuna Bay). Just click on the relevant album in the centre column of this page.

If you have more photos of these (or other cruising events), please send them to marius (if you'd like help sending them, feel free to ring me on (0411) 248 617.

Thanks to Belage and Dame Margot for the Akuna Bay pictures!

Hi All,

We spent a few days in Hobart to catch up with friends and do some necessary boat maintenance (replaced leaking oil seal). February/March usually brings settled weather to Tasmania, but not the year the Daly's do the cruise - that would be too easy!

Anchored Bryans Corner

Anchored at Bryans Corner

I'm experimenting with Google Maps to show the location of those participating in the Ulladulla Cruise. You can either go here to see where the boats are or see a smaller version below. The map will e updated every night.

By the way, Te Moana is hoping to return non-stop from Ulladulla starting either Easter Monday or Tuesday (weather permitting) If anyone is interested in helping crew on board Te Moana for the 24 hour sail, please ring me (Marius) on my mobile (it's in Ann Cruising Contact list).

Blackwattle First Friday

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One of the most popular First Fridays ever was the March meeting featuring Ted and Nancy and the voyage of Blackwattle.

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For a slideshow of the meeting, see below:

Port Davey sunshine

Port Davey sunshine

We were able to leave Fortescue Bay on Sunday 2nd March and headed south around Cape Pillar inside Tasman Island. We decided to head for Recheche Bay, the most southern bay on the SE coast and then work our way up the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, rather than go direct to Hobart. We always had a Plan B in the back of our minds that (a) if we were ahead and (b) if there was a weather window, we would consider sailing around the south coast to Port Davey.

Here are an email and photos from Chris and Suzannne on Reliance about the second stage of their Tasmanian cruise (see also previous post)

View of Lanterns, Hippolyte Rock and wreck from Fortescue Bay
View of Lanterns, Hippolyte Rock and wreck from Fortescue Bay

She's Home

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Blackwattle entered Broken Bay at 0900 hrs today as promised after a five year circumnavigation . They were right on schedule, no doubt cold after a night on the water, but still had enough spirit to proceed at the head of the cruising fleet to give us all a sailing lesson. More pictures below. Welcome home Ted and Nancy... Welcome indeed