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.
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!
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.
After a relaxing morning, we set off from Apollo Bay around midday, in order to arrive at Port Phillip Bay heads around slack water.
Apollo Bay is a pleasant beach town, with lots of families strolling the streets, fishing, playing in the waves, and generally enjoying the weekend.
The wind continued to blow from the east all of Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, just for variety, it blew from the west.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.