2020

Spring getaway – an East Coast cruise

After a long winter confined mainly to nearby waters, we decided to head off for a week or two further afield.  Friends on Sheokee decided to sail in company with us and together we set off on a fine, calm morning across Storm Bay.

Back in the Channel

On Saturday morning we headed toward the Dennison Canal, accompanied by a joyous mob of dolphins.

Hangin' around

Despite purging the clams overnight in seawater and many changes of fresh water, there was still a lot of sand in the clams, so I ended up using only the cooking broth and a little bit of the solid muscle in the chowder. 

Bridport to Maria Island

It was a relatively short run (32nm) from Bridport to Foster Inlet.  We arrived around 4pm in a 15kt SW, which was rolling strongly into the bay. 

Leaving the Tamar

The trip back down the Tamar was just as picturesque as the trip up, with the bonus of a light tailwind. 

Launceston mud break

We were assured that the berth that we were in had enough water for our 2 metre draft.  It was interesting then, to see the depth gauge reading 0 metres below the keel well before low tide.

Devonport to Launceston

After a restless last night in Devonport, including a 3am bout of indecision about our change of plans, we left the Mersey Yacht club on the morning ebb tide. 

Change of plans...

We’ve had a few days here at the Mersey Yacht Club, catching up on chores and enjoying the delights of Devonport.

Orford to Devonport

We spent 2 days enjoying the Orford anchorage while the westerly winds blew themselves out, then set off early Tuesday morning for Wineglass Bay. 

Norfolk Bay to Orford

Sommers Bay is a lovely anchorage for northerly winds, but it is exposed to the south and gets a nasty chop in any sort of southerly.  Just as I was beating the eggs for breakfast we heard the wind pick up from the south, a bit earlier than we expected! 

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