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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

On passage to Tasmania

We left Eden at 06.00 yesterday morning in perfect conditions – blue sky and calm sea, No wind, unfortunately, but the Bass Strait has a reputation for bad weather so we were happy to take a day's motoring at the start. at 20.00 last night the breeze filled in from the NE, we hoisted the Parasailor and had a brilliant 6 hour run into the night, with about a knot of tidal assistance. Things got pretty rolly at 02.00 this morning as the tide changed so we reverted to white sails and are currently going a bit too slowly for our liking; a strong westerly is forecast for tomorrow and we'd like to be under the lee of Tasmania (or better still anchored in Wineglass Bay) before it arrives.
We have 2 crew for the trip – Suzie (with whom we sailed on Kiapa from Fiki to NZ a couple of years ago) and her partner Roald who is a very keen Dutch yachtsman. Four aboard makes for very nice 2 hours on, 6 hours off night watches!

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