Channel Sailing

Randalls Bay

Randalls Bay

Cygnet Regatta Weekend, its a big event in the Tassy sailing calendar. Its a time to get together have some fun and admire the beautifully restored wooden boats that gather at this time. Its also a long weekend!

Thus inspired, Dini and I headed off down Channel toward the action on a beautiful Tassy day.

Helmswoman Dini

Helmswoman Dini

Wind from the South East at 10-15 knots, Freespirit wearing her new sun protector maroon strip and a whole weekend in front of us.

Actually we had been fairly slow out of the blocks and the sun was well past midday before we left KetDSC00155tering.

 

 

 

 

 

No matter, the afternoon was gorgeous as we sailed along, perfectly balanced in the smooth water and steady breeze. Life is good.

By the time we rounded Huon Island and began to head toward Cygnet the breeze had died and we only had a couple of hours daylight so an executive decision to overnight at Randalls Bay was made.

neighbor @ randalls

neighbor @ randalls

 

 

Motoring into the bay we could see a number of other yachts had the same idea and so chose an anchorage further along the bay than was ideal.

Randalls is open to the South East down our end (Eastern) and the steady breeze throughout the day had built a small, but annoying swell.

After a great sail that day and an excellent meal,  being gently rocked to sleep by the swell didn’t bother us too much.

Randalls Beach

Randalls Beach

Next day we went ashore and took some exercise…. well Dini did. My ankle wound is still quite sore and if I give it too much use it lets me know.

Later, after all the other yachts and motorboats had left Randalls I moved Freespirit over to the best position in the bay, the public mooring on the Western End.

Headland

Headland

This proved to be great as it got no swell at all, and though close to the headland it proved a good solid anchorage.

Nice Feed

Nice Feed

Some weeks previous I’d bought a fishing rod and reel and now was the time to baptise it. Success! Between us we caught a lovely feed of fish, nicest among them were 4 Silver Bream.

 

 

 

Cooked up on my new Birthday BBQ they made a delicious dinner washed down with a chilled bottle of white wine. The BBQ was Dini’s birthday present to me and is a magnificent all Stainless Steel gas fired unit.

New BBQ

New BBQ

 

 

Works beautifully, easily controlled heat and the perfect size for Freespirit. Life is very good.

 

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Next day as the morning light flooded in through Freespirit’s windows we fixed ourselves a fine breakfast and prepared for a leisurely sail back to Kettering.

The wind was light and flukey however the parade of wooden boats we joined on the way back was magnificent!

 

gaff cutter

gaff cutter

Square riggers, Yawls and many many Gaff rigged craft were here just sailing along together.

It was a magnificent sight. Some of the yachts looked in such pristine condition you would swear they had escaped from a museum, so perfect and well finished were they.

 

This part of the world at one time had a thriving wooden boat industry.

Lady Nelson

Lady Nelson

 

Utilising the very fine woods (Huon Pine, King Billy Pine etc) that are plentiful here, some of the finest craft to ever grace the water were built right here. I’m sure we were seeing some of the very best that morning.

The wooden boat enthusiasts have made such beautiful work in restoring them. Not just to look at but to sail.

return sail

return sail

After a lovely sail back, interrupted only by an impromptu lunch as we drifted along the channel we arrived back in the Marina, tired, happy and refreshed after a wonderful weekend…….Tassy style.

Caio

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7 Responses to Channel Sailing

  1. Greg Shakeshaft says:

    Sounds wonderful. Love the new maroon uv strip. Those wooden sailing boats look gorgeous. Looks like you cleaned freespirit up too 🙂

    So, does this mean you might be hanging around awhile longer?

    Cheers, Greg

    • freespirit52 says:

      Yes mate, the new deck paint, maroon covers and sun strip have done wonders. She’s a bit different now compared to when you sailed on her!
      Yes again, will be staying another winter here, hopefully a little more comfortably than the last.
      Hope you had a great birthday mate.
      Cheers

  2. Vic says:

    Hi Colin

    Good to hear from you again. Australia is so beautiful! love your pics & the explanations. The scenery is awesome!
    Now that you have done all the hard work, the rewards and fruit of your labour are well deserved. She looks great! That’s Dini & the Freesperit of course. LOL
    Live the dream my friend!!! Kristy and I are so very happy for you. So nice to hear from.

    Vic

    • freespirit52 says:

      Hi Vic & Kristy, you would know that satisfaction through your restored Chevy Vic… its great isn’t it? The waterways down here are just fantastic and I intend exploring more of them in the months ahead.
      Cheers

  3. ian murray says:

    hi there i have stumbled upon this by accident but am enjoying checking out your boat.
    i also have a jarkan 10.5 centre she is build number 20 and named cry havoc she lives on a swing mooring at port sorell on tassies north coast let me know where you are i would love to check out free spirit
    cheers ian

    • freespirit52 says:

      Hi Ian, great to hear from you … another satisfied Jarkan owner! Have sent an email to your address so look forward to future correspondence and meeting you in person.
      Cheers
      Colin

  4. Grace says:

    Living the dream there Col. Good on ya. The story made me think of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQAWqT_R5NI

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