21 February 2024 | Eden, New South Wales
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12 February 2024 | Triabunna Tasmania
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21 January 2024 | Port Arthur
17 January 2024 | Parson's Bay
10 January 2024 | Garden Island Bay, Tasmania
09 January 2024 | Oyster Cove Marina, Kettering, Tasmania
08 January 2024 | Simmonds Bay
07 January 2024 | Hobart Tasmania
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21 November 2023 | Prince Of Wales Marina Hobart
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08 November 2023 | Hobart Tasmania
06 November 2023 | Off Tasmania

Neil's Blog on the Crossing- Tasmania to New South Wales

21 February 2024 | Eden, New South Wales
Jeanette Hay | Fine
The trip from the top of the Furneaux Group of Islands (where Flinders Islands is) to Eden in NSW was one of the better sails of my life. It was fast for the first 12 hours where we managed to average just over 8.3 Knots and do 100 nautical miles. This stretch included a maximum of 10.2knots - the fastest I have had the boat (although coming over from Perth to Hobart, one of the crew mentioned a similar speed, but I was asleep so I couldn't confirm it.) This tripped impressed me with the talent of the "Predict Wind" weather routing software. The software has the capability to load the theoretical performance data of each mass produced boat make and model (known as polar diagrams). This information is provided by the manufacturers. The weather routing software looks at 6 different weather forecast models for the intended trip showing wind speed, wind direction etc and then applies that to the boat polar diagrams and produces a recommended route showing where you should be for every minute of the intended trip, based on a manually entered start time and date. This suggested course covers when you need to change direction to cope with predicted wind shifts etc. For our boat the fastest point of sail is what is known as a broad reach where the wind comes over the aft quarter (i.e. 120 degrees aft of the bow (sharp end of the boat). Once we left the anchorage and cleared the inshore islands we set the auto[pilot to the recommended route and lo and behold it had the wind at around 120 degrees off the bow. The route had some mild deflection from a straight line course which we followed religiously and as a result for the whole of the trip the wind was kept at 120 degrees off the bow (more or less). Just to show how clever it is, there is a photo that shows our approach to Gabo Island on the chart plotter. Our course is the pink line which you will see snakes around a bit and initially put us on a course heading straight for land. But as we got closer to shore, the wind bent around the land and with the autopilot set to have the wind at 120 degrees from the bow, our course changed with the bending wind and allowed us to clear Gabo Island without making any significant changes to the wind setting on the autopilot. So, basically the modelling is so good it predicted wind shifts near land in the middle of the night and put us exactly where we needed to be. Very, very impressive.

Other than that, the passage from the Furneaux group to Eden was sailed by only two of us. Patrick was seasick for the entire trip from day one, and it didn't get any better. This has ended his dreams of a sailing lifestyle for him, and I suppose it was good that he has been able to find that out before committing a large amount of time and money to a cruising boat of his own. The other crew Ben, did a great job. I felt quite relaxed having him in control whilst I slept. We arrived in Eden to find the small anchorage inside a breakwater wall that has been built in anticipation of a future marina was full, so we picked up a courtesy mooring overnight in a nearby part of the bay. This has a slight roll but not too bad. I assigned cleaning duties to the crew to get the boat back to the "Jeanette standard", and they mucked in and got it cleaned. Patrick then had to be dropped ashore so he could start his hitchhike back home to Tummut - a town west of Canberra. Ben and I headed to town for a look around before going back to the boat for a nap. That evening we went into town for a meal. I dropped Ben ashore at around 6:00 am the following morning, so he could catch a bus home. As I was dinghying back to the boat I saw a yacht anchored in the best part of the bay preparing to move, so as soon as I got back to the boat, I dropped the mooring and went and anchored in the spot he vacated. I now have the best anchorage in Eden and will wait the week here until Jeanette is able to fly and rejoin the boat - see couple of pics.
Vessel Name: Echo Echo
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 473
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Neil and Jeanette Hay
About:
Neil and I live in Perth Western Australia. Neil used to be an accountant and I am a primary school teacher. Between us we have 4 daughters ranging in ages from 27 to 37. Neil has always loved sailing since he was a teenager. [...]
Extra: If you wish to contact us please email: jeanette.hay@bigpond.com or neilhay@bigpond.com We would love to have friends join us or would welcome anyone who enjoys the sailing and cruising lifestyle.
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A trip on the river and my birthday flowers
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Our time in West Bay and visiting Nassau
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Sunday in Miami and leaving Miami
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Photos of Miami Beach
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Photos of Daytona and time at Vero Beach
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On our passage way from Charleston to Florida
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Our trip to Magnolia Plantation
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Sailing on Michael's yacht in Charleston
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Boat engine photos
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Photos of my first attempt at bread making
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Photos of the historic parts of Charleston
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Photos of our trip to Folly Beach
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Photos of the changing from the old name to the new enhanced name.
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Charleston and the boat
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What Echo looked like when we first saw her.
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Sailing Adventures of Neil and Jeanette

Who: Neil and Jeanette Hay
Port: Fremantle