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March, 2024

Saturday
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The plan is to circumnavigate Bass Strait, between Saturday the 2nd March to Sunday 17th March. Check out the November Albatross Page 29-32 for the Cruise Plan, summarised below:

The direction of travel, clockwise or anti clockwise, will depend on the prevailing weather at the time. The intention is to visit the Tamar or Port Sorrell, Rocky Cape, Stanly, The Fleurieu Group including Three Hummock & Hunter Islands, Refuge Cove - Wilsons Promontory, the Kent Group including Deal & Erith islands, and the Furneaux Group.

Vessels will rendezvous on the 2nd of March somewhere between Flinders Island and the Tamar River. The rendezvous anchorage and direction of circumnavigation will hopefully be announced to all participants around the 27th of February.

The start date allows one week for vessels participating in the East Coast Cruise to make their way to the Rendezvous on the 2nd March. Vesels not participating in the East Coast Cruise will make their way to the Rendezvous as appropriate.

The circumnavigation will finish on the 17th March between Flinders Island and the Tamar. Vessels may then make their way in company back down the East Coast or alternatively spend more time in the area (Gradiva is Likely to spend more time in the area)

Scott will facilitate vessels linking up to cruise in company for the passages up and down the East Coast. Vessels must be well prepared for all possible conditions throughout the cruise. Cruise Contacts are Scott and Rachel Poulter onboard Gradiva on 0419 513 983

Feel free to phone or email to discuss the cruise at any time. More information will be made available to those registered during coming months.
Tuesday
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Val will share experiences and reflections of her recent solo cruise to and from Great Keppel Island, QLD. on her 32ft Bristol Channel Cutter Aziza
Saturday
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Franklin, Huon River
 
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March Long weekend brings us the opportunity to visit Franklin on the Huon River and join with the Wooden Boat Centre to see what is currently under construction. Saturday will be a BYO Nibbles followede by A BBQ on the deck at 4pm is likely after the inspection Saturday afternoon, a cruise up to Huonville and return on Sunday followed by a counter meal at the moorings at the Franklin pub. Return home on Monday after a very relaxing weekend up the scenic Huon River. Cruise Contact is Andrew Perkins on Amodet phone 0419 375 500. Registrations will open once all details are finalised.
Saturday
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A weekend cruise where the dinghy is required to move around a bay, go ashore and search out "stuff" that shouldn‘t be there. As part of the Clean Up Australia movement there will be gloves and bags provided by our Cruise Contact Catrina Boon along with co-ordination of rubbish removal at the end. Always a fun day out knowing we are helping the environment whilst having a good natter to our friends. Expect a get together at sundowners on Saturday. Cruise Contact is Catrina Boon onbaord DALLIANCE on 0417 439 269.
Friday
29
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The Dover Regatta is on this holiday weekend and a good opportunity for a good sail to and from Port Esperence. There will be many activities hosted by the PESC and Tolly and Josephine off GLORIA will be hosting an event at their holiday home on the waterfront at Hopetown Beach. More details to come so check back again later. Cruise Contact for this event is John Avery on Skye Ph 0435 671 243 but bear in mind John may be in and out of service whilst on another cruise