Military exercises in the Shoal Bay (Qld) area are a bit of a challenge for those heading South after their Whitsundays cruise this year. The area is closed from 2 October to 26 November 2015 with no anchoring anywhere in the area.
UPDATE 14/10: It look like the authorities have relented and access to popular anchorages is now allowed – refer to this Notice to Mariners (304) for further information.
A combination of the Wooden Boat Festival and “van Diemensland Circumnavigation” [note 1] draws many of us down to Tasmania. I’ve set up pages for club cruises (RPAYC and CYCA) to Hobart. Additionally, this time we’ve also added an open cruise page.
Like in 2013, we’re planning a Skipr get together on the 8th February, probably over breakfast. It will no doubt be famously dis-organised and casual, but it will again be good to put faces to many of the regular boats on Skipr.net. Further detail here closer to the date.
Note 1: I might officially be Australian, but as an expired Dutchman I refuse to capitalise "van".
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We were totally blown away by the response to my suggestion for ‘Skiprs’ attending the Wooden Boat Festival to get together for breakfast. Over 60 people responding to the invite. We had to change the venue to cope with the numbers, causing a bit of last minute confusion despite our best efforts to contact people.
It was a thrill for me to see the enthusiasm for Skipr.net and it looked like everyone was enjoying meeting together. Thanks everyone – we’ll do it again.
The Wooden Boat Festival (pictures) has established itself as THE venue for anyone who enjoys boats and anything made of wood (or antique outboards!). It has grown into an event that every cruising sailor needs to attend (and indeed, plenty were there. Joy and I spent three days walking around and still didn’t see everything.
The enthusiasm by the volunteers who largely run the Fest is inspiring and infectious. Well done, Hobart.
With so many cruising boats in Hobart for the Festival and the Circumnavigation, there is a unique opportunity to catch up with other “Skiprs”. Catch up with boats you follow on Skipr.net or have a chat with Marius about what you’d like see next on Skipr.net.
We’re having a casual breakfast get together – nothing formal, just an opportunity to catch up with people you might have only read about on Skipr.net. Join us for Sunday breakfast on 10th February at Cafe T42 on Elizabeth Street Pier from 0830hrs to around 1030 (this is a change in venue due to the confirmed numbers sofar !). If you’re planning to be there, drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can give the Cafe some idea about numbers – it is bound to be a busy day around the Dock that day!
Joy and Marius
We will be there and look forward to meeting up with many of the “Skiprs”.
On tuesday this week, I participated in the meeting at the CYCA about their Tasmania cruise early next year. We’ve set up a cruise page on Skipr for them and look forward to ‘following along’. My presentation (on using Skipr and Internet at sea) is below.
In Frank’s weather talk, he mentioned Frank’s Weather site (no, it’s another Frank). A very useful site indeed.
The slides of my presentation are below. [...]
I enjoyed catching up with the Cruising Crowd at the Island Cruising Association (ICA) in Auckland for their meeting on Friday night.
The slides of my presentation (Part 1 – Skipr Overview and Pt 2 – Internet at Sea) are below. [...]
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