Going to Hell
28 February 2019 | Ann Bay
"Forecast for the Far North West Coast....... south west, tending easterly twenty to twenty five. North easterly fifteen to twenty five, thirty in the afternoon"
Hmmm. Not too bad we thought so, leaving nineteen out of twenty one boats at anchor in Coulomb Bay in Three Hummocks, Tasmania, we lifted the anchor at crack of dawn and headed out. We should know better. Especially being back in Tasmania. An hour later it's already blowing thirty finally peaking at forty six before we hauled into the shelter of, appropriately, Ann Bay.
One reason for heading down to Tassie was to give the boat a good shake down and today, it got a damn good shake. We were pleased to be doing decent speeds while making way to weather in winds of mid thirties to forty under rolled up genoa, although there were plenty reasons to prefer to have been rolled up in bed onboard, perhaps the Talisman of the Seas or its ilk. However, the shaking seems to have done for the radar as it has now joined the somewhat lengthy To-Do list.
We are on our way to Port McQuarrie on the west coast of Tasmania and it's narrow, sandbanked entrance "Hell's Gate". Fortunately it is so named from its meaning to the convicts who rolled up here for a decade or so of being at His Majesty's pleasure for stealing a napkin or such like. The "we" is us and about forty other boats of the 2019 Van Diemen's Land Circumnavigation, none of whom, as far as we are aware have any criminal backgrounds or tendencies. In fact, we've New Best Friends, Ian, Stuart and Craig who hail from places like Perth, Wishaw, Joppa and the like who we met at the beach BBQ under Mount Cameron.
Just as soon as we've had the pasta extravaganza that's cooking right now, we will pick up the anchor, provided the wind dies long enough for us to motor up the length of the eighty four metres we've got out, in just ten, and head south overnight for the flesh pots of Strahan and a comfy sheltered anchorage and perhaps a cappucino.
(For more inform on the Circ, see Cruising tab on www.ryct.org.au).