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Waiting, waiting, waiting.

07 December 2022
Stephen and Kristina Hall
After the departure of Kristina the plan was to head south down to Tasmania and meet her on 21 December 2022 in Hobart. This gave me six weeks to look for a suitable weather window and get to Hobart which should be easy. The three times previously I'd done this trip it had been pretty straight forward, an overnight trip to Eden on a north easterly and then two nights to get down to the South East Coast of Tasmania as the weather permits.

Not this year though, waiting, waiting and more waiting. The weather coming through Bass Strait has been particularly unsettled with what seems to be low pressure system after low pressure system forming around Tasmania and deepening rapidly before moving off to the east. Whilst there has been the odd short window to get to Eden the long range forecasts have shown strong southerly sector winds which means anchoring in East Boyd Bay on the southern side of Twofold Bay with no prospect of progress further south. Consequently, I'm still in Sydney and will now stay here until Kristina arrives on 21 December. Fortunately her flight booking has her transiting through Sydney, otherwise I'd be in deep trouble since I'd arranged to meet her in Hobart.

I did manage an escape from Sydney for a sail to Pittwater on Friday 2 December in a light south easterly breeze but quite a rolly sea. Consequently I had to come higher into the wind to stop the sails from banging so had to do a few gybes as I worked my way slowly north to Pittwater. The following day saw a similar forecast of light winds but more easterly which would put them on the beam. In the 8 - 10 knot breeze it was an easy and enjoyable sail back to Sydney and then back into Middle Harbour.

With time now getting short and no foreseeable weather window to get to Tasmania I'll wait for Kristina in Sydney. Hopefully the weather patterns become more favourable after Christmas or the Sydney Hobart race will see a lot of retirements.

Photo showing typical weather pattern through Bass Strait so far this month. Photo shows 12 Dec 22
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Vessel Name: Torea
Vessel Make/Model: Bill Couldrey
Hailing Port: New Zealand
Crew: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Extra: Torea was launched in 1966 as an offshore racing yacht. She was designed by Bill Couldrey and built by Keith Atkinson in triple diagonal kauri. Torea competed and finished in the 1969 Sydney Hobart race.

Who: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Port: New Zealand