What crazy weather we are having! SW storm, NE gale, Westerly gale… the only constant is the strong wind and quickly moving weather systems. We left East Telegraph Bay on Three Hummock Island after a Westerly gale eased, and had a beautiful sail to Stanley, a fishing village on the far North West coast of Tasmania.
The harbour is small and shelters the Hursey fishing fleet. We were the only yacht there and tied up to a cray boat so we would not have to worry about wind, surge, or three meter tides! This time we were sheltering from a NE gale one day, and a Westerly blow the next.But we have enjoyed the change of environment and pace. Stanley is a lovely historical village nestled under the Nut, a sheer bluff which is the remnant of an ancient volcanic plug. We have enjoyed being tourists. We have sampled the seafood, have spent a bit of Bengie’s inheritance on stunning craft work, and have gone for long walks up the Nut of course and to Highfield to get panoramic views of the region. We have done some domestic things too like the laundry and replenished our supply of fresh fruit and vegies. We have also picked up replacement parts we had ordered for our starboard engine. We had a broken gear cable and a lever that went for a swim back at the Hunter Islands! Don’t ask… Let’s just say it made manoeuvring in the harbour interesting, but all is good now.
We are today heading off to Rocky Cape and are likely to spend Christmas in the Port Sorell area. If we don’t send another post before Christmas, we wish you all the best for the festive season and hope you have as enjoyable a time as us.
Here are a few photos showing the moody weather and lovely views of Stanley.