Originally Posted by surfingminniwinni
The boat is almost ready, and we are considering a cruise
to Tasmania in Dec/Jan, before we head north. Who has done the trip any tips/experiences would be great.
Hey Surf Dude,
I think you have been channeling me.
I am trying to talk the cabin
boy into the same thing but she is a bit leery of the Bass Strait crossing. I have worked down on Flinders and King Islands in 2006 and they are some VERY windy kinda places - evidenced by the over thousand souls who lost
their lives running into the west coast of King Island when their ships' captains mistook the lighthouse on the top of King I for the Otway Light in Victoria further north.
OOPS "Now where did I put my GPS? Oh Sheeet! Not invented yet."
The grass on King Island is so lush making it the home of some of the best beef and cheese in the world, because it originated from the Irish hay that was used as stuffing in all those mattresses that washed up on the beaches from the ship wrecked boats .
On the east (leeward) side of King Island is Sea Elephant Bay - fantastic long sandy beach. Offshore
perfection if you are into kelp and COLD water
. All the Elephant Seals
have long ago been exterminated by hungry sealers (probably Yanks)
on the left below is the tiny harbour on the west coast at the main town. Check the surf in the background but it is usually onshore on that west, windward side. The entrance to this place consists of three dog legs around reefs
. The cray boat captains are just mad men
. Watching them negotiate the entrance in bad weather which is 80% of the time is SCARY. The photo
on the right is the harbour that was built at the bottom, southern end for supplies and to offload King Island beef. Another very windy anchorage.
I have a mate who is a delivery skipper
and he reckons he will never sail south of Botany Bay again after doing a few deliveries to & from Tassie. But those guys don't have the luxury of waiting for weather windows or stopping to smell the roses, poor sods.
Post here or PM me if you get more cruising info re Tassie and I will race
you from Wilson's Prom in Feb 2010.