If you ever wondered where the predominant wind comes from in the Furneaux, the answer is from the west and typically blowing at 25 to 30 knots. So for the past few days we have been sheltering at Preservation Island. We had a lively sail south, from Badger Island. Why south we hear you ask? Because we were not ready to head towards home yet and wanted a change of scenery.
We are probably anchored close to where the merchant ship Sydney Cove got beached in 1797, at the southern tip of the island.The Sydney Cove was on a passage from India to Sydney. This was before Bass Strait was discovered and ships rounded the southern tip of Tasmania to reach the east coast of Australia. The ship was taking in so much water it was in grave danger of sinking. Captain Hamilton steered his boat through Banks Strait and ran it aground to save his cargo of rum and crew. To ensure the alcohol was not pilfered, it got moved to a small island a few hundred meters away which they named Rum Island. During our time on Preservation, we kept ourselves amused: fishing for squid and catching plenty, and exploring ashore. The seascapes and landscapes here are remarkable. What stands out the most are the brilliant aqua and ultramarine colours of the sea, and the granite boulders on the island, looking like tall sentinels, reminiscent of the Easter Island tors. But after four days we are ready to move on. As we post, the next port of call is under deliberation!
Here is a gallery showing the fantastic scenery that surrounds us.