Summer 2016-17 Cruise Review

For our 24th and last post on our Summer 2016-17 Cruise, we thought we would do a recap of this very satisfying voyage right around Bass Strait. We were away for 11 weeks, the longest we have ever been on board Take It Easy. We covered about 1000 nautical miles during this circumnavigation of a…

Flat out on Bass Strait

Red sky in the morning at Killiecrankie, sailors’ warning!  Only we got a surprise, not the mean old Bass Strait we know and love, but a sedate, slightly boring, flat as a tack crossing, requiring both engines!  This was our 24th Bass Strait crossing and the most benign of all.

Farewell to the Furneaux

It is with mixed emotions that we move to the final stage of our 11 weeks cruise and the shared adventure with Greg and Ann over the past 12 days. In our last post the weather was deteriorating and we were unsure whether to stay put at Roydon Island or move onto Killiecrankie at the…

From one end of the Furneaux to the other

We had been hoping the wind would switch from the west to the south, to enable us to sail North from Preservation Island. But as often happens the SE was forecast to arrive in the middle of the night and Preservation is exposed in a southerly breeze. So to get some protection, we had to…

Sheltered at Preservation Island

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…

Rhythms of the Islands

Greg and Ann have only been with us for a couple of days but already they are getting a taste of the Bass Strait islands moods as well as the rhythms and routines on Take It Easy. They have experienced a hot still day when they arrived at Trousers Point, with its crystal clear, flat…

Rendez-vous at Trousers Point

This is it, we are ready for our exciting rendez-vous with our friends Greg and Ann! We have provisioned Take It Easy and filled up the water tanks at Whitemark before the weather turned sour for a day. We have even cleared the spare cabin so our friends can actually get in there. The boat is now…