The second article of the Tasmanian West Coast Foray series was published in the September/October issue of Australian Multihull World. This one explores the magnificent oceanic inlet of Port Davey-Bathurst Harbour.
Within an hour of sending our article about Sailing the Wild Side to the Yachting Magazine Cruising Helmsman, Editor Phil Ross confirmed he would publish it in the August issue. What a thrill!
When it comes “Destination” articles in sailing magazines, nothing beats a story about off the beaten track wilderness areas. It has appeal to seasoned sailors as well as to those dreaming of future adventures. And the Tasmanian West Coast is one of those destinations that is less travelled, a bit daunting, yet breathtaking.
When we embarked on our Tasmanian Voyage on 27 February 2018, we knew it would be dazzling. Over two months we sailed our catamaran Take It Easy right around this wild island state. With its history, its vast wilderness areas, its dramatic coastline and abundant wildlife, there is so much to see and experience.
At dawn on Sunday 29 April, we crossed the bar at Lakes Entrance after the most sedate of Bass Strait crossings, and put a serene end to our Tasmanian Voyage.
We have swapped the dramatic dolerite columns of the Tasman Peninsula for ‘la vie en rose’ at the Freycinet Peninsula. It is a gentler geology: dome-shaped hills of pink granite slabs, highlighted with orange lichen.
We are underway again and what a spectacular coast the Tasman Peninsula is! Dolerite cliffs 300m high come straight down to the ocean. These giant sea columns are absolutely colossal. There is a catch though: after several days of strong wind, there is a fair bit of swell and the rebound against the tall cliffs turns…