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Old 29-05-2016, 05:18   #1
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Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Sailing from Hobart towards Nelson NZ tomorrow, if all the stars align, which they seem to be so far (touch wood)

I am sailing on my folks 45 foot gaff ketch, fast and confortable. She is a Herreshoff Mobjack design, a little sister to the mighty Ticonderoga, but with a turbocharged square top rig

New Zealand Maid Рthe ketch and the books | She’s a big black ketch with quite a history. In the next pages you can find out about New Zealand Maid and her crew, as well as the set of books that have arisen from their adventures.


Weather looks good, for the first week anyway we will probably be looking for wind. Bit of a question mark exactly whats going to happen as the big mid Tasman blocking high moves away, and we approach NZ.

Lots of last minute jobs to finish, but it will be nice sailing with the folks offshore again. Last big trip with them was comming the other way in 1998/99 and then down to the ice with my father as crew on my yacht.

Anyway back to packing...
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Old 29-05-2016, 06:08   #2
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Nelson is great! Must be getting a bit cold about now?
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Hey, good luck Ben. Are you or anyone else recording this trip somewhere?
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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Good luck with the trip. It sounds like one of those with the potential for generating many lifelong, grand memories! So take some good; pics, video, & notes/logs. Both for yourself, & to share with us.

Plus since you're packing, don't forget to stash; an extra set or two of long underwear, a balaclava, & warm socks, in waterproof bags. That, and drysuits are like the American Express card; "don't leave home without it.

And for those cold night watches, always pre-warm you socks in the microwave, before donning them & your boots. It works wonders for one's attitude

PS: Interesting website, BTW. From a brief glance there, it looks as if you had quite the interesting childhood. With plenty of time at sea. Bravo to your folks for that!
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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Yeah Boatie, love Nelson, spent some time there and golden bay when I was a kid. Got family over there as well. It will be good to get back.

Packing lots of warm stuff! Cant find my icelandic fishermans mitts... aghh hate cold hands! Got my Dunlop thermo plus boots so my feet will be toastie!

RC you might be able to track NZ Maid on AIS Via marine traffic while we are in range, we will be reporting a position via HF each day but no internet tracker. I have a couple of waterproof camera/video devices so I hopefully can get some shots.

With luck 8 days or so. Its 1200 miles give or take. Lots of diesel to motor if we need to beat the next system. Lots of nice light air sails to conserve the diesel in the light stuff.

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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Good luck on this trip. The Tasman is not for sissies. Glad I'm here awaiting summer in the Netherlands. Channel crossing will suffice for this year. Chinese wife is freaking out about this. I love your attitude.
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Good luck with the trip. It sounds like one of those with the potential for generating many lifelong, grand memories! So take some good; pics, video, & notes/logs. Both for yourself, & to share with us.
I hope so, I might not get a chance to do another offshore passage with my folks, for the first time Innow have some decent waterproof video gear and a camera. Good advice re the notes. Its scary how you forget all the details!

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Woollen thermal set x 3 sets *tick*

I prefer beanies and neck gaters to balaclavas ◊2 *tick*

Lots of warm socks, but the thermo plus boots kept my feet warm even in the ice, so no worries about feet! *tick*

Already onto the drybags. The old girl had a few deck leaks in the day... I aren't gonna trust no newfangled fancy membrane deck paint to keep my gear dry! *tick*

I would love a drysuit... *sigh*
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I will be a while finding a microwave! She isn't that kind of boat. The water is still hand pumped. I have warmed wet frozen socks in the past by putting hot water in a metal drink bottle and putting that inside the sock. Hopefully it wont come to that! An old mountain trick is to do the same with wee, just don't drink it by mistake...
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Good luck on this trip. The Tasman is not for sissies. Glad I'm here awaiting summer in the Netherlands. Channel crossing will suffice for this year. Chinese wife is freaking out about this. I love your attitude.
We planned to go a few months ago, before winter kicked in, but you know how it goes with work on boats.

We really could use anotber week to shake all the new stuff down, and settle in, but this is too good a weather window to miss.

Good luck with the channel crossing.
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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Hope you guys have a good passage. The weather fronts have been kind of unending lately. Not sure how cold the South island is getting as they measure it in Celsius. We',re in the North Islands banana belt.
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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

HEy, Ben, Bon Voyage to you, John and Barb. Stay as warm as possible... we're feeling cold up here in the Pitttwater!

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Have Fun Ben are you taking your boy? How old is your parents yacht now? Is there a free anchorage in Nelson or do you have to tie up at the marina?
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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Thanks Paul and Jim, hopefull the front will obey the computer models and halt there incessant march across the ditch...

Jim and Ann, are you guys heading further north this year? Hopefully see you back in Tassie next summer.

Drew, little man is staying at home with his mum, He is only three, hopefully plenty of time for him to sail with his old man!

Look forward to hearing about how your new boat sails. She is looking good!

The 'maid' is 40 odd years old now. She has had a massive refit over the last few years. Hopefully those decks wont leak so much! Looking forward to sailing her with an autopilot, self tailing winches, Dodger, and roller furling, and trting out the brand new fully battened main.
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Crinkly new mainsail. Fully battened big roach square top main. How the worm turns. Many years being told how inefficient our old fashioned sails are, now those skinny triangular sails are taking flak!
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Too right we are, Ben! It was 11 degrees in the cabin this morning when I hit the deck. Maybe back to New Cal, maybe FNQueensland... see how the projects go. But it is the plan to be back for the Wooden Boat Festival again next summer, that's for sure.

And self tailing winches on the Maid?? What is this world coming too...

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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Am in Wellington. Looked at the NZ Met Service 5 day f/c graphic. Here's my guess for what its worth (I'm a sailer, not a Met Guy).

Seems your weather window is as good as you get for this time of year
- 3-4 days 10-20 kt southerly, 10C days, 5C nights,
- a couple of days light airs 10knt, but a bit easterly (on the nose), lumpy dying swell,
- then four days NW building to 20 knt.

Will you come a bit north of the 40 line, take the bit of easterly on the nose, and then come in a bit from the NW?

Last five days here ... 40kt NWesterlies, torrential rain and thunder, but warm (14C), replaced this morning by sunny, but cooler SW.

NZ Maid was on B pier in Chaffers, Wellington for a while in the '90's. I remember the boat.

Go well.
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