S/V Bluebottle

Coast Radio Hobart - Weather for Mariners

23 December 2011
Saturday is my shift, from 1100 to 1500, when I sit at this desk with with up to 9 transceivers at my fingertips - HF and VHF. Weather is read at 1345 and notices to mariners, and then call-ins from boats, mostly local, but sometimes out in the Tasman Sea. There'll be more while the Sydney - Hobart race is on; I got a call from one of these yachts today, called Kiss Goodbye To MS, for a radio check.

I feed the colourful rosellas, read a book, drink tea, eat fruit cake. Sometimes the fishermen (often alone) working the south coast or the east coast report their positions. Their voices sound different to those of the pleasure sailors.

There are no strong wind warnings today. The typical forecast reads:

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell:
Southwesterly about 1 metre. Swell: Northeasterly 1 metre. The chance of
thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The chance of fog this afternoon andevening with reduced visibility.
Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart