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An unexpected ending

We picked up a good breeze halfway across Frederick Henry Bay and hoisted the sails to enjoy a cracking sail home. 

Heading back to Hobart

We spent a busy 1 ½ weeks in Hobart picking tomatoes, weeding, and celebrating a significant birthday and then, when we saw a nice big weather window approaching, took the bus back to Beauty Point. 

Back in Beauty Point

Thirty-six hours of light wind to no wind meant motor-sailing the whole way across Bass Strait.  Not anyone’s idea of fun.  But at least I wasn’t seasick!

Bye Bye Brighton

We left Rusalka in RBYC for a week while visiting family and friends, all the while keeping an eye on the weather for opportunities to continue eastward on our circumnavigation of Bass Strait.

Apollo Bay to Port Phillip Bay

After a relaxing morning, we set off from Apollo Bay around midday, in order to arrive at Port Phillip Bay heads around slack water. 

A windy weekend in Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay is a pleasant beach town, with lots of families strolling the streets, fishing, playing in the waves, and generally enjoying the weekend.

Grassy to Apollo Bay

The wind continued to blow from the east all of Monday and Tuesday.  On Wednesday, just for variety, it blew from the west. 

Doubling Up

After less than 24 hrs on the mooring we noticed some chafing of our line where it was sliding back and forth on the bow roller. 

Wynyard to King Island

We enjoyed 3 nights in Wynyard.  We watched the local yacht club racing dinghies and took a walk along the river parkland to Fossil Bluff.

Winsome Wynyard

Devonport was enjoyable despite the fuel spill from the sunken tugs wafting past us with each turn of the tide.  Our Devonport friends, Mark and Russell, were super hospitable as ever, bringing us home grown produce, home baked sourdough crumpets (YUM!), and home made jam and taking us on a Sunday drive to Wynyard for a fish and chips lunch and to check out the berthing possibilities there.

Away to Devonport

After countless bus trips to Launceston (one hour each way) for shopping and the chandlery we managed to finish all our jobs and decided to get away before something else broke! 

Rendezvous and Repairs

The next day we pressed on toward the Tamar River.  We’d been in contact with Cocomarje, another Hallberg Rassy 40 from West Australia, and wanted to meet them and see their boat before they left Beauty Point.

Summer 2022 – an inauspicious beginning

We woke up on Sunday, 16 Jan, the departure date for our summer cruise into Bass Strait, to warnings of a tsunami resulting from the underwater volcano eruption in Tonga. 

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