Sunday, April 25, 2010
Into The Tasman
I've decided I don't want to come into too many Ports as I go around the country as it is too difficult to keep saying farewell to the people I've met. Left Hobart yesterday morning as planned, under grey skies with a smattering of rain and only light breeze. Was accompanied for a way down the Derwent River by Ian Brett with Jo and Bella in his boat "Allumination" and Michael Vaughan on "Eximious". Steve Logan also came with me a short way, to check that everything was working before he jumped off onto Ian's boat. Thanks for the company guys - it seems to settle the nerves a little as I head off, or perhaps just delay them! Once they left me to my own devices, a pod of dolphins settled in around me and stayed for the duration until I was out in the open Ocean again. What a way to go. The winds stayed light until I was almost across Storm Bay, but I didn't quite get through unscathed and was spat out into the Tasman in 35knots of breeze. Spirit managed her fastest times yet of 8-9knots in those conditions. I must admit that I am pushing Spirit as fast as I can up the East coast for two reasons: one is the cold, the quicker I can get into more northern latitudes the better I function. And secondly there is a low expected in Bass Strait around Tuesday/Wednesday so I am trying to get north of it by then. I do tend to love a bit of speed, and today I've been flying up the east coast in 20 knot following winds, with sunshine on my face, and managing 6-7 knot speeds in much reduced swells compared to what I've been used to. In short, great sailing.
The photo above was take by Jo as I was on my way out the Derwent. The boat behind is Michael's "Eximious".