We made it! We left Eden at midday on Wednesday in pretty much ideal conditions with a steady NE wind and the conditions held for pretty much the whole crossing. We were originally going to head for Orford but the wind changed to a southerly and we started beating into it, which after two days of champagne sailing was a bit of a shock. So after an hour off that we decided to divert to Wineglass Bay, a beautiful bay on the east coast of the Freycinet Peninsular. It basically took us 48 hours to make the crossing ably assisted by our friend the EAC! Not sure he'll be our friend on the way back as we had up to 3.5 knots of current on the way down. We had a few bits that failed on the way, mainly electrical. So a few jobs to do but nothing serious.
|The Bass Strait|
|The Roaring Forties!|
|The Speed Queen - or was it the EAC|
|Arriving Wineglass Bay, Tasmania|
|The Ocean Beckons, Wineglass Bay|
Apologies for the somewhat erratic track Predictwind. I don't know what it is doing but you get the basic idea.
After a good sleep in Wineglass Bay we motor sailed across Great Oyster Bay and are now anchored in Spring Bay sheltering from an expected blow from the NE tomorrow. Ash leaves us tomorrow. More adventures in the dinghy in a howling gale to look forward to!