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Chris Francis always believed he was a seafarer in a previous life. When the opportunity arose, he decided to test this theory and in 1995 departed England to sail across the World with his wife and two young children. Just to make the voyage more interesting he chose to do this on a replica of a hundred year old Colin Archer yacht with no modern equipment. His journey culminated in the Everest of sailing by rounding Cape Horn.
Now living in Cygnet, Chris would love to tell you a few stories that occurred on his adventure.
If the smell of freshly applied varnish to timber is all too much for you, the lure of renting out your marina berth for a short time suits and the idea of sailing somewhere without bunting, music and people everywhere then this is a cruise for you.
Mind you if you enjoy freshly applied varnish, bunting, music and people everywhere then this cruise is not for you. Head to the Wooden Boat Festival !
The cruise destination is likely to be Nubeena/White Beach. CC TBA.
This has to be the biggest get together of boaties known to man.......
An eye watering dislay on land and on water that will take you a few days to see and do everything on offer. Coinciding with the Hobart Regatta, expect a Parade of Sail Friday afternoon, a farewell sail-past Monday afternoon then fireworks Monday night......
The CYCT will not be cruising into Hobart for this long weekend as there will be no room in the inn so come by car and enjoy the festival and all it has to offer.
After the excitement of the AWBF it is time to head off to the sheltered waters of Norfolk Bay and settle back and relax for a few days. Whether it is northerly, easterly, southerly, westerly or any variation of these wind directions, there is always somewhere nearby to seek a quiet anchorage for the night. Great beaches for walks and fossicking, swimming, a quiet fish for the elusive flathead, a day sail to nowhere or a simple sundowners amongst friends. Cruise contacts are Paul and Alison Peacock onboard Pacific Haven on 0466 184 809.
This popular cruise will have the experienced Paul and Alison Peacock as Cruise Contacts. They have previously provided excellent coordination of this cruise and no doubt will shine again this year. ...... Day one, Saturday, make your way across to Norfolk Bay to an anchorage nearby Dunalley and the Denison Canal entrance. Sunday morning it will be an 0800 hours transit through the canal which will have a good level of water and not much current at this time. Onwards to Maria Island, Orford, Schouten Island and Freycinet National Park but not necessarily in that order..... Expect a shared curry meal ashore during this trip. Along with bright sunny days, gentle breezes, great catches of fish and shellfish and good comradery amongst fellow cruisers..... Cruise Contacts are Paul and Alison Peacock onboard Pacific Haven on 0466 184 809.
The popular cruise returns with a sail to Franklin on Saturday with an inspection at the Wooden Boat Centre before a meal at the Living Boat Trust. Sunday we can move to Cygnet for the Cygnet Regatta festivities and enjoy a meal that evening at the PCYC. When details are advised, please register here for the Franklin stopover and look for the Cygnet event to register for that stopover. Please register early to help the caterers - costs will be advised when arrangements are finalised. Cruise Contact is Andrew Perkins onboard Amodet on 0419 375 500.
After an overnight in Franklin we move Sunday morning to Cygnet to watch the Cygnet Regatta, or join in if you wish. Lots of colour and activity around the bay. A meal Sunday evening will be planned. Please register here for the stopover in Cygnet and on the Franklin event for the stopover in Franklin. Please register early to help the caterers. Costs will be advised when arrangements are finalised. Cruise Contact TBA.
Safety Day weekend will be based in Barnes Bay. Ian Johnston will again share his knowledge on many of his boating skills. Limited number of participants again this year so please register early. Cruise Contact Ian Johnston onboard Julienne on 0418 202 957.
A WoBs sailaway. A weekend away doing lots of things on boats. Details will be advised nearer the time.
Again, members from the Cruising Yacht Club will be heading out to a nearby bay to clean up any items that shouldn‘t be where they are. You could find pieces of rope, plastic bottles, bits of boats or even a sun hat! Catrina Boon will be locating the area needing our attention and gathering together the bags and gloves to distribute on the day. Join in and help the shoreline and water birds survive a lot longer. Cruise Contact Catrina Boon onboard Daliance on 0417 439 269.
If you haven‘t already been there, a visit to Lord Howe Island is on the bucket list of many of us. So when the opportunity came up to join a voyage to the island last year, I jumped at the chance. "Salt Lines" is a 70‘ steel expedition boat and our route was Gold Coast - Lord Howe Island - Sydney. I‘ve always wanted to visit LHI and this World Heritage listed island didn‘t disappoint. A pristine, semi tropical paradise that felt like a step back in time. If that wasn‘t enough, a sailpast of Balls Pyramid was the icing on the cake. Standing 550 meters tall, this rock monolith juts out of the ocean in the middle of nowhere. Quite unbelievable.
I‘ll share information about our visit, anchorages and what to expect on the island of you decide to sail there yourself.
Taking advantage of the Easter public holidays we can set sail to either the east coast of Bruny Island or the west coast of Tasman Pemninsula depending on which way the wind is blowing....... Bull Bay, One Tree Point, Variety and Adventure Bays on Bruny or Lagoon Beach, Sloping Main or White Beach over on the Tasman Peninsula.... With a full moon to light up the night sky, (daylight saving has finished), combined with more settled weather that often comes in April this cruise will give members a good break away without going to far from base. CC TBA.
The annual event that gets the brain into gear whilst spending time going around in circles, or following a track accurately, or observing and recording something interesting along the way. Winners from the 2022 Rally, Scott and Rachel, will be sorting out the questions. Don‘t be put off by the thought of what you could be asked to do, it‘s bound to be a doddle around the bay! Planned to be held in the Missionary Bay area. Cruise Contacts are Scott and Rachel Poulter onboard Gradiva on 0419 513 983.
Join with the fleet from the Navigation Rally for a picnic lunch ashore in the Missionary Bay area. Winners of the rally will be announced and prizes presented before a shared themed lunch.
Take a break for a week, including Anzac Day public holiday, and join Scott and Rachel heading to the Tasman Peninsula with Nubeena, White Beach and Port Arthur on the horizon. If conditions allow, Fortescue Bay is an option too. Depending on the location participating in an Anzac Day service ashore could be possible but listen out at dawn for a club member surprise. With many interesting walks, a coffee or a meal ashore in Stewarts Bay, a visit to the Port Arthur historic site, maybe even a sail around the bay, there is lots to do if you want activity. If less activity preferred then sundowners are always an appealing social time for participants to get to know each other a bit more. Cruise Contact Scott and Rachel Poulter onboard Gradiva on 0419 513 983.
Dr. Barbara Frankel will be demonstrating the lost art of traditional rope making with a magnificent wooden rope making machine that was commissioned for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2019. This machine will be on display again during the WBF in 2023. Barbara was inspired to learn nautical knotwork while aboard the icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis and will explain why she was there, and how she fell in love with rope making and knotwork. See more at www.australisknots.com.au
With a full moon shining overhead this will be a good week to head away to the south of Bruny Island and enjoy the anchorages of the Quarries, Tinpot, Mickeys, Little and Great Taylors Bays along with Butlers Beach and Partridge Island. CC TBA.
Collect together the gum boots, your gardening clothes, sturdy gloves, a strong metal bar, a bucket, your sense of adventure and head over to Barnes Bay for the club‘s annual beach clean up. Clearing the approach and the shore of a beach of oysters and hazards to allow easy access to dinghies and humans alike. Cruise Contacts are Al and Dinah onboard Trim on 0400 473 248.
A short cruise over this long weekend into the Derwent Valley. With no destination planned as yet, we could cruise up river and stop somewhere to enjoy the winter still. Maybe beyond the Bridgewater Bridge, maybe lunch at Mona, maybe a bulk pizza delivery at Austins Ferry? Relax onboard with the diesel heater ticking over and enjoy the time afloat.
With the shortest day approaching and with Dark Mofo in full swing it is a super time to head into Constitution Dock for the night and enjoy all the festivities available right on your door step. Well, maybe on your fender step! Details will be made available closer to the time but be well warned.... boat decorations are required and the good old bunting will not do as you need to be seen at night. Red lights are required - en masse! So go shopping early before stoks run out. CC TBA.
An overnighter in Barnes Bay with a fire on the beach to sit around and keep warm by as you catch up with old friends from the club.Bring o a sausage for afternoon tea which should keep your appetite at bay and allow room for some mulled wine to warm the cockles of your heart. Brunch ashore Sunday morning can be far more extravagant. Likely to be at one of the many anchorages in Barnes Bay, subject to the weather.
A late winter cruise to a nearby area with anchorages protected from all directions. With the daylight hours now getting a bit longer every day take the weekend to get rid of the cobwebs onboard and check all your equipment is in good working order. Bound to be a catch up with fellow cruisers Saturday afternoon around a camp fire. CC TBA.
This is the last event on the calendar for the 2022/23 cruising year and an opportunity to get together not only to socialise but to say a big thankyou to the current committee members who have guided the club through the year. Details of what type of an evening is planned and where it wil be will be available nearer the time. CC TBA.