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    Re: Napier Diagram + north from Tassie
    From: Mike Hannibal
    Date: 2006 Jan 29, 21:22 +1100
    Hi Peter,

    late 2004 and early last year I did three Bass St crossings - Hobart/Melbourne or reverse. In the first we hove to in a SE gale of substantial proportions and dodged large ships for most of one night; in the second we caught the tail end of a SW storm that had damaged the Bass St ferries - 220 nautical miles in 29 hours on a 29 foot waterline - beam reaching and very wet; in the last we motored all the way and admired the whales.

    I'm off the Hobart in a couple of weeks to do another delivery - who knows what to expect between there and Melbourne.

    How long are you in Tassie?

    Regards

    Mike

    Peter Fogg <fthre@OPTUSNET.COM.AU> wrote:
    > From: Bill
    > At the risk of being a real pain in the a-s, do you--or any other members
    > --have a higher resolution copy? 240 dpi! or Vector graphics would be
    > swell.

    Bill, it wouldn't be too difficult for a bloke of your many talents to draw
    up a nice fresh one, would it?

    Its mostly straight lines, plus a repetitive curve. Any drawing program
    (that almost every desktop computer comes with) could be used. Plus
    Photoshop, of course - specifically by creating a curved path using the Pen
    tool. Once you have one you're happy with copy/paste the others.

    If you, or anyone else, takes this up the result could be posted onto the
    newish place provided for attachments on this List, thus would be available
    when needed.

    It won't be me, though - am off to Tasmania soon. Wineglass Bay, Port
    Arthur, Bruny Island - here we come.

    A friend flew to Hobart early in the New Year to join a crew bringing back a
    racing yacht after completion of the Sydney/Hobart. On the first night out
    they sheltered behind the complicated peninsula of Port Arthur, almost anisland. In that protected place they had 45 knots of wind and water sweeping
    across the low hull so they were glad they weren't outside. One boat that
    didn't huddle behind the land and stood out to sea with sails set had a
    Swedish crew, who were tossed about until eventually the boat capsized and
    filled with water. Although it was still floating the crew declined to empty
    it and took to the liferaft; so then they had the full drama of being
    winched up one by one into a hovering helicopter at great risk to all
    involved.

    We were taught that you only ever step up into a liferaft, never down. So
    long as the boat is still floating it's the safest place to be and affords
    far more options than an emergency inflatable. Apparently this brave lot
    flew out of Australia the next day. I guess the boat owner wouldn't have
    been too impressed.

    There is a good demand for crew to bring boats north after the fleet arrives
    in Hobart. Many of the racing! crew fly straight out, sometimes to catch
    another yacht going north in the Pittwater to Mooloolabah race (it now
    begins in early January). This crew's boat was a harbour racer of 36' with
    an enormous red helm and no transom - they tied lines across the gap to give
    the semblance of something behind the helmsman. It also had no safety lines
    around the cockpit or deck. The skipper, who had sailed down as a member of
    a racing crew, announced before leaving Hobart that he had every intention
    of arriving in Sydney with the boat in the same condition they found it, and
    that if the wind went over 30 knots, or if two crew or more were seasick at
    the same time, then shelter or the nearest port would be sought.

    Going across Bass Strait was like a passage in a washing machine, pitching
    into a confused and bumpy sea. Although only one of the crew got seasick,
    they decided to put into Eden. As they got closer they got onto the radio to
    inquire about fuel! ling hours and the local RSL club (Returned Services
    League) which apparently is about the extent of Eden's nightlife, and were
    told that the RSL was unavailable, being booked for a private function. My
    source thought that Eden was tiny; one main street about 100 metres long and
    not much else. They found the RSL all lit up with doors open so they went in
    to find the locals were enjoying a bikini competition. It seems they
    preferred to keep this entertainment to themselves, and leave all the
    presumed-to-be randy sailors down on the jetty, all the yachts rafted up
    together. This tale sounds like the basis for a story by E. Annie Proulx -
    the small, dank, insular town; somewhat inbred, the outsiders kept at a
    distance from their strange rituals ...

    They came back safely with crew and boat in fine condition, although it took
    longer than expected. It seems they were fighting a current of 2 to 3 knots
    the whole way back to Sydney, with mostly north-easterlies not helping
    progress. Both are fairly standard.


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