Bass Strait

The Bass Strait was the first major cruise undertaken by Malua.  We started from the home port of Batemans Bay with Stephen, Iain and Harry.  We arrived at Eden just as a violent SE front crossed the southern part of Victoria and NSW. We stayed in Eden for four days waiting for the wind to turn.  During this time Olaf and John joined.  We completed some essential but last minute jobs to get the boat ready for the trip.

The first day was beating right into the wind heading out into the Tasman sea.  This got us away from the land and into the southward flowing current. During the night the wind abated and turned more towards the north. A welcome change to ease the sheets.  We hoisted the spinnaker and sat back to do some down wind running and catch some fish. Yellow fin tuna was the order of the day with Iain and John preparing sashimi for the crew.  The second day was much of the same.  We arrived at the Schouten Passage just after dark so decided to lay ahull for the night.  Unfortunately the wind rose and the seas came up so being on the boat was not very pleasant. Not much sleep on board.  The next day as dawn broke we entered the passage and motored north to Coles Bay. A 378 passage from Eden to Coles Bay. Olaf and Stephen left to return to the mainland and Denny, Nicola and Dean joined the crew.

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