Our last sail for 2016 was a lively passage from Bridport to Tomahawk Point. The NW wind was fresh, over 20 knots, we had the swell running across our beam, and the water was choppy particularly as we passed Waterhouse Island. Too windy and a bit chaotic for Big O, we made do with a rolled up genoa yet were still doing over 8 knots speed.
Tomahawk Island, just off Tomahawk Point gives good shelter in these conditions, another little frequented anchorage we enjoyed for two days. The little hamlet offers no facilities, but the walks ashore are pleasant, and the views towards Mount Cameron are quite panoramic. It was a serene way of seeing the last day of the year go and welcoming the first day of 2017. No fireworks here on New Year’s Eve, just a few crackers on the beach. As usual we were fast asleep by midnight!With the wind shifting to the east, our last stop along the North East coast of Tasmania is Foster Inlet, a spot Wade has wanted to see for a long time, and only a small hop from Tomahawk. By contrast this was a gentle little sail on the main and jib, only doing 4 knots or so, but who cares when you have time!
When you get to Forster Inlet, just below Cape Portland, the wind turbines dominate. We counted 45 – guess it gets windy here!We are staying here for a few days of sunshine and settled easterly weather, which will allow us to explore ashore. Our next move probably later this week will be northward to our beloved Furneaux Group, an archipelago of some 52 islands and rocks, with Flinders, Cape Barren and Clarke Islands being the largest.
We have now been cruising for over a month. We are amazed at how deserted all these beautiful anchorages are. In this time, we have seen one yacht and two fishing boats! But just quietly, this is one of the reasons we love cruising these waters. We are off the beaten track, anchoring in places no one seems to bother with. And yet, as you will attest from the photos, these are very scenic shores. We are even getting accustomed to dips in 13 degrees water!