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Eden to Brian's Corner, 30.12.2022 - 01.01.2023

02 January 2023
Stephen and Kristina Hall
We left Eden around 06:40 on Friday 30 December 2022. After roughly 5 hours of motoring the wind kicked in so it was finally time to turn the engine off. We then sailed the whole way with a slightly more than 6 knots average. I found out, that my sealegs were a bit insecure and felt uneasy throughout the journey. However I really enjoyed being aboard; feeling the breeze, watching the various birds, enjoying the brief company of dolphins. At 1 pm we entered Bass Strait.
The watches, night and mostly during the day were for one hour - it is amazing, how quickly that passes. Of course I didn't do much more than paying attention to the instruments, indicating speed of boat, wind and wind direction - and of course the course. It was Steve who put in or out the reefs, changing the position of the head sail - I only could assist very little. Slowly, I hope, I will learn all these things too, to be a better help.
At New Year's Eve we shared a glass of Port wine well before midnight and returned to our watch routine.
Midnight (GMT +11) we were, more or less, the same latitude as mainland Tasmania.
The first hours of 2023 were very calm and peaceful. The sky was very pretty and I hoped it would remain that way. But it was almost exactly 10:00 am or midnight in Germany when I hoped to be able to send new year's greetings to family and friends in Europe when a sudden "kadoong" caught our attention. The plywood of the wind vane had gone - and while I was looking in the sky, Steve saw the delinquent - or, I should say, part of it: a huge fin. It might have been tuna, but for the story telling I like the idea, that it was a shark, that had hit the paddle of the wind vane hard thinking that it was a fish I presume. All hope, that we would reach Brian's Corner with no damage or breakages was now gone. But as there is no use in crying over spilt milk, we set the autopilot and happily continued our journey. On New Years Day at 2 pm we anchored at Brian's Corner. We were really happy to have a night without watches.

I hope, I will never get used to all the various little incidents that brings a smile or let me be struck in awe. Be it the dolphins or a seal, swimming happily in the water, looking at us and just seemingly enjoying themselves. The seagulls, even if we consider them as rats of the air - to watch them, as they glide, perfectly using their wings. The reflection of the moon on the water. The Gannets - how they plunge into water, in a 90 degree angle and hit the water like a bullet, only to get up and, if successful, with a fish in the beak. I shall say, I feel blessed.

Photo was taken 01.01.2023 at dawn.
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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