At dawn on Sunday 29 April, we crossed the bar at Lakes Entrance after the most sedate of Bass Strait crossings, and put a serene end to our Tasmanian Voyage.Just as a reminder, here is the map of our entire trip, roughly a thousand nautical mile voyage:
It is funny how you wait for a Southwest change with a bit of trepidation. They normally come with strong winds that promise a fast ride. But this time it was just a fizzle: light, variable conditions, 0-5 knot breeze. So it goes without saying that Take It Easy really did just that! It was a slowpoke motor most of the way once we left the Tasmanian mainland at Eddystone Point.
Since our last post we stayed at Long Point, just north of Bicheno for two nights, waiting for the fabled SW. We then actually sailed to Eddystone Point, enjoyed a spectacular sunset for our last night along the Tassie coastline, had an uneventful crossing of Banks Strait to come and spend our last night in Tasmanian waters on the eastern side of Flinders Island. From there we very calmly left for our 24 hour leg due north across an incredibly flat Bass Strait.
It feels odd to be back in the Gippsland Lakes: like a home coming, like the end of the holiday and back to work… except that there is no more work and the ‘holiday’ continues! We have a busy few days in Paynesville, our old home port. We have some boat maintenance to do, the main reason for us calling in here, and of course there is lots of catching up with friends. Then we are off to warmer climes.
Here is a gallery of the last few days of our voyage. For those of you interested in more details on our Tasmanian expedition, the anchorages we explored and our impressions along the way, we will be publishing our cruise journal shortly.