Our last sail for 2016 was a lively passage from Bridport to Tomahawk Point. The NW wind was fresh, over 20 knots, we had the swell running across our beam, and the water was choppy particularly as we passed Waterhouse Island. Too windy and a bit chaotic for Big O, we made do with a rolled up genoa yet were still doing over 8 knots speed.
Tomahawk Island, just off Tomahawk Point gives good shelter in these conditions, another little frequented anchorage we enjoyed for two days. The little hamlet offers no facilities, but the walks ashore are pleasant, and the views towards Mount Cameron are quite panoramic. It was a serene way of seeing the last day of the year go and welcoming the first day of 2017. No fireworks here on New Year’s Eve, just a few crackers on the beach. As usual we were fast asleep by midnight!With the wind shifting to the east, our last stop along the North East coast of Tasmania is Foster Inlet, a spot Wade has wanted to see for a long time, and only a small hop from Tomahawk. By contrast this was a gentle little sail on the main and jib, only doing 4 knots or so, but who cares when you have time!
When you get to Forster Inlet, just below Cape Portland, the wind turbines dominate. We counted 45 – guess it gets windy here!We are staying here for a few days of sunshine and settled easterly weather, which will allow us to explore ashore. Our next move probably later this week will be northward to our beloved Furneaux Group, an archipelago of some 52 islands and rocks, with Flinders, Cape Barren and Clarke Islands being the largest.
We have now been cruising for over a month. We are amazed at how deserted all these beautiful anchorages are. In this time, we have seen one yacht and two fishing boats! But just quietly, this is one of the reasons we love cruising these waters. We are off the beaten track, anchoring in places no one seems to bother with. And yet, as you will attest from the photos, these are very scenic shores. We are even getting accustomed to dips in 13 degrees water!
12 thoughts on “Last stops along the NE coast of Tassie”
Really enjoying following your blog. Great mixture of sailing and exploring.
Thanks for your kind feedback Meredith. The sailing has been great all the way along the Tassie coast. Have hardly used the engines since leaving the Hunter Group. As for the exploring, well that is what we love doing… many ‘new’ deserted anchorages.
Enjoy the sunshine and wishing you a very happy and healthy 2017 xx
Thank Susan – and the same to you. Bonne année!
Really interesting. Spots not often visited by yachts. Did you go into Foresters river at Bridport or stay out in the bay?
Stayed in the bay, just an overnight stop next to the derelict jetty. It was a bit rock and rolly but very handy for groceries! The mouth of the river is only negotiable at high water anyway, so not really practical and it totally dries at low tide. We are keen, but not that keen! 😊
Happy New Year to Chris Wade and Bengie! Enjoy the Furneaux Island group!
Thanks Craig and the same to you and the family. Still having fun discovering spots on the Tassie coast. The Furneaux will be next!
What a great way to celebrate the New Year–far away from the crowds and chaos. It’s been fascinating to follow your route on Google maps and reading about these locations on various web pages.
You are really getting into it Robin. Very nice to see that our posts are of interest and getting the feedback.
Another lovely spot in Tassie. At least Tassie is helping with the environment with the wind farm. Enjoy the Furneanx group. I hope you have better weather there.
There were so many. We counted 45 I think, but there could have been more! The weather has been better since leaving Stanley apart from a couple of days of rain at Port Sorell.