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Old 22-09-2010, 20:46   #1
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Norfolk Island - Australia (Pacific)

Hello

I've been searching for info on Norfolk Island. It seems to slip conveniently between the realms of Australia/New Zealand/Pacific in terms of cruising guides in that none of the few I've consulted mention it? The Admiralty sailing directions Australian Pilot III has some info but not much in the way of small boats.

I'm keen to visit but am concerned about swell and poor anchorage, its a long way out of our way to go to find out there is no suitable anchorage! On the chart it appears as if there are a few spots worth investigating. I'm keen to hear from anyone that has visited the place, any tips/advice/info gratefully received.

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Old 22-09-2010, 21:44   #2
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Hi there,

I haven't been there but found this info on the Seabreeze website which will give you some helpfull information. It is on my radar to visit in the future as well but is an island that you would always need to have someone capable on board at all times and not leave the boat unattended.

You will note in the article that it says "Norfolk Island does not have any safe harbour and anchorage is off the island in open waters, either at Kingston (Southern side) or Cascade (Northern side)[There are dinghy landings in both of these]. At a pinch Ball Bay on the South East is sometimes used, however not recommended for the purposes of clearing Customs, as it is difficult and at times dangerous landing."

http://www.seabreeze.com.au/News/Sai...d_2161406.aspx
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Old 23-09-2010, 20:21   #3
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I live six months of the year on Norfolk and have lived there on and off since the mid 1960's. It is worth visiting but very weather prone, with no harbour at all and mostly high cliffs. If you are prepared to wait around there is usually a lee to anchor in, but no guarantee of getting ashore.
No boats are kept in the water, they are craned in and out when needed. Sometimes the fishing boats can't get out for a week or so.
The main landing places are stone jetties at Cascade and Kingston.
Having said that, lots of yachts pop in there, usually on their way north from New Zealand.
If you stop there, I would suggest you have someone on board at all times.
Every so often a yacht goes ashore there and is lost.
When are you proposing to go?
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Hi Richard.
Thanks for the information. I was planning on calling in some time in February. My girlfriend's friend lives on the island so she is very keen to call by. Sounds like she will be doing the visiting while I sit on the boat! Are there any plans to put a few heavy moorings in at any stage?
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Like what Richard has posted, I read an article in an old Cruising Helmsman or similar about boats getting in trouble out there due the lack of any “real” harbour/anchorage. From memory it strongly advocated that if you were going anywhere near the place ensure you have the dedicated detailed nautical chart of the island (and a bloody good anchor?). Unfortunately, the article gave a blow-for-blow account of how one particularly ill-prepared boat ended up on the rocks luckily in this case leaving the crew alive.
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Permanent Moorings?

Does anybody know if there are any permanent moorings available at Norfolk Island that could be used by a visiting yacht?
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Old 25-09-2010, 20:29   #7
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There are no permanent moorings available around Norfolk. There are sandy patches that are OK for anchoring.
It is important to have a chart. A solo sailor ran aground on one of the outlying islands in the last couple of years and lost everything. There are no useful nav aids except some leads for Cascade and Kingston. There is an occulting light on top of Mount Pitt which is lit if they are expecting aircraft at night.
From memory the airport frequency is 118.1 but you would need to check that.
February is maybe not such a good time to be sailing out there, as we often get the tail end of cyclones that originate further north.
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Was this not the island first visited by Capt Cook who raved about the suitability of fine mast timber available. I believe there was a thriving trade of square riggers that cut timber and delivered them back to England in the 1700's for mast material for the British fleet. Surely there must still be some anchorage in that area somewhere. If not, the days of wooden ships and iron men has surely past.
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Phil, unfortunately, Cook was wrong about the Norfolk pine. Although it is a magnificent tree its knots make it totally unsuitable for spars and it was never used as such. Norfolk served as a food growing area for the first settlement in Australia, and the Sirius was wrecked on the reef at Kingston.
The island's other claim to fame was as a brutal prison outpost. A lot of those original buildings are still standing.
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Thanks for the correction, Richard... don't know where I got that idea from but obviously misread it somewhere. If anyone is interested, there is, I believe, the original copy of Cooks log in the Library just up the street from the Sydney Opera Center that one used to be able to look at and make photocopies. Makes for very interesting reading. Were not the Norfolk Pines known for their straight grain and trueness? Perhaps I was recalling Cooks' hopefulness in his quest for good mast timber.
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How does stopping at Norfolk go now that the Aussies are being persnickety about the 96 hour thing? (Leaving from NZ)
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Dana-Tenacity, I am on the Island at the moment, would you like me to ring someone and find out what the procedures are? Regards, Richard.
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