Voyages

We’ve been sailing Nahani since November 2004. Some of Nahani’s previous adventures will one day be described in a page about the voyages made by builders Steve and Chrissy Edwards before they sold Nahani to us (more about Steve and Chrissy on the About Nahani page). To find out where Nahani has been in the years we've owned her, select a year from the "In this page..." menu on the left. Or just start where we did when we bought Nahani, at the Mersey Yacht Club, in Devonport, and continue down the page.

Devonport to Launceston, October 2004

We sailed out of Devonport at sunset on Thursday 28 October, entering the Tamar at slack water the next day. Then three days enjoying the Tamar, stopping at Beauty Point and Marian’s vineyard en route to Launceston, arriving at the Marina late afternoon on Sunday 31 October. Enjoyed shopping in Launceston for boat gear before returning to Melbourne on 4 November.

A few days later, Peter returned to Launceston to slip the boat with Steve and to have Nahani surveyed. She received a very favourable report from surveyor John Lucas. She was back in the water, cleaned and antifouled, by 11 November, and Peter returned to Melbourne again.

Launceston to Hobart, Dec 2004

By 9 December we'd freed ourselves from Melbourne commitments and were ready to tackle a longer journey. After a couple more days spent in preparation, Peter and Helen were joined by friend and experienced sailor David Mattiske for a trip down the East Coast of Tasmania to Hobart, starting on Sunday 12 December. We brought the ship's cat with us for the first time. At first Sake found being surrounded by water disconcerting and wouldn't go on deck, but was perfectly happy in the cockpit or curled up on a cushion on a seaberth. When we started the motor for the trip up the Tamar, he hid under the doona on our bunk, but gradually adjusted to the noise.

Our first big voyage was by no means plain sailing. Interesting moments included running aground in the Tamar, suffering rain and lumpy seas in Bass Strait, seasickness in Banks Strait, motor problems in Mercury Passage, balanced by the astonishing kindness of strangers in Triabunna, and last but not least, the great Dog Bark Lane story. All this and more... Devonport to Hobart, end 2004. Despite minor adversity leading to unplanned delays, we were safely berthed in the RYCT in Hobart on 21 December and flew home for Christmas. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2004-5

We returned to Hobart on Boxing Day, and spent the next four weeks shifting berths from RYCT, to Bellerive, to DSS, with two trips down the D'Entrecasteaux Channel in between. We had already experienced the pleasures of exploring the Channel on our 4 day honeymoon in 1998 (in a hired Beneteau), but with more time we were able to discover places new to us like Port Cygnet and Apollo Bay, both of which have become long-standing favourites. We made one trip on our own, and one with Peter's daughter Barb, our first real guest on "Boatel Nahani".

Our second spell aboard began 10 February, after 3 weeks back in Melbourne. David Mattiske joined us again, this time with wife Renate and we went down through the Channel and on to Southport and Recherche Bay, returning via Dover and Apollo. A couple of days of cleaning and maintenance jobs back in DSS before another return to Melbourne on 24 February.

It was Easter before we could get away again. We were joined by Peter's son Mick and partner Kitty for further exploration of the Channel, and we made a last trip down on our own before berthing Nahani in Kings Pier Marina for the winter. We made brief visits in May, August and September to check she was OK, but the weather wasn't conducive to sailing. Read more about our ... First summer in Hobart. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2005-6

Our second summer in Hobart began early November 2005 with a one week trip to get the boat shipshape. We returned on 18 November and friend and best woman Janine Mazzini joined us for a Channel trip 21-24 November. Then it was back to Melbourne for a couple of weeks

We managed to escape Melbourne for almost all of the next four months, starting on 5 December. Live-aboard life in the MYCT at Lindisfarne was broken by only short returns to Melbourne, and various sailing trips, usually triggered by the arrival of guests: the ship really was Boatel Nahani that summer.

Guests in December included Carroll Peko and Rosie Tipping and we took both down the Channel. going to Dover with Carroll and Port Cygnet with Rosie. The last night barbecue in Apollo Bay, with oysters freshly gathered off the rocks, was becoming a standard feature for all our guests. Peter's nephew Michael and partner Bridget came just before New Year - our first pregnant woman aboard.

Early January 2006 brought Liz and David Sonenberg with whom we sailed all the way to Dover in a three day trip. Janine returned for a non-sailing weekend 21-22 Jan, and Max Burnet and partner Rosemary for a day sail on 23 Jan. At the end of January we slipped the boat at the RYCT, assisted by Nahani's builder, Steve Edwards. We did all the usual cleaning and antifouling jobs, plus the major project of installing a feathering propellor. This involved replacement of the prop shaft, which required the engine to be moved, so it was a non-trivial exercise. Helen was very relieved when the trusty Perkins was back in place, after several days delicately balanced on blocks to allow access to the shaft.

Our next guests, Jim and Anne Warren, arrived 7 February, the day after we put Nahani back in the water. They enjoyed a trip to Cygnet and back, via Alexanders both ways. Our next trip was a short get-away on our own, to take it easy and finish off some post-slipping jobs in Alexanders. Another solo trip later in February, this time to Nubeena, Norfolk Bay, then back to Barnes Bay in the Channel before returning to Hobart. That was our last Tassie trip for the summer. Early in March we made flying visits back to Melbourne, and spent the rest of the time until mid-March preparing for our next major voyage.

Read more about the joys of Hobart as a cruising ground... Second summer in Hobart. [Top]

Hobart to Melbourne, March 2006

The plan was to sail Nahani to Sydney, but the weather gods had other ideas. Leaving on 17 March, we had some rather ordinary weather in Storm Bay and around the Tasman Peninsula, but things gradually improved as we went up the coast. By Wineglass Bay it was warm and sunny with persistent N to NE winds. We planned to wait there until a change came through so we could go North on a south westerly stream, but it just didn't happen, so we took advantage of a brief spell of SE wind to sail as far as Flinders Island. After two more very pleasant days in Lady Barron, there were still no sign of suitable conditions for heading to Eden. We decided to head to Melbourne instead,leaving Flinders as another weak SE change came through, but with so little wind that we had to motor most of that day. We had an increasing north-easter the next day and made Westernport at dusk, rising early to come through Port Phillip Heads at slack water at 0900 on 29 March, with the Rip flat calm. Winds were so light in the Bay that we had to motor to get into a berth at RMYS in St Kilda before dark. To read about the crew member who quit, the amazing concert in Port Arthur, the wonders of Wineglass, sailing in circles in Bank Strait, fine food on Flinders (not), anchoring in Cat Bay (never anchor here)... Hobart to Melbourne 2006. [Top]

Around Port Phillip, Autumn-Winter-Spring 2006

Nahani was based at the Anchorage Marina in Williamstown from April to early December 2006. We made some major changes to her rig which put her out of action for a while, but we had several day sails, a couple of three day trips to Geelong, and an around the Bay trip which took in Mornington and Blairgowrie as well as Geelong. More details of our sailing are in Around Port Phillip. [Top]

Melbourne to Hobart, December 2006

The regular crew of Peter,Helen and David Mattiske assembled on Friday 8 December to sail Nahani back to Tasmania for the summer. Made good time across Bass Strait in a strong SE wind, then motored for a day along the North Coast on Sunday. Holed up in Dark Hollow in the Tamar to dodge some bad weather on Monday and set forth again early Tuesday for a glorious couple of day's sailing, first up to the NE corner of Tasmania, then through Banks Strait and down the East Coast to Wineglass Bay. Further stops in Spring Bay (Triabunna), Pirates Bay (near Eaglehawk Neck), then round the Tasman Peninsula in calm sunny conditions and up Storm Bay to Hobart, dropping anchor off Wrest Point on 15 December. Compared to our previous journey to Hobart it was event-free, but to read about why not to eat spring rolls before sailing, our duel with Good Medicine, the impact of bushfires, when not to stay in Wineglass Bay, whale sighting off Tasman Isle, and how easy Storm Bay can be... Melbourne to Hobart 2006. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2006-7

Our third summer in Hobart. We made short trips with friends to familiar territory - down the Derwent on day sails or down the Channel for weekends - alternating with longer journeys with just the two of us (and Sake, of course). We made two solo trips to Norfolk Bay and an eight day trip down the Channel. Most adventurous was a six day circumnavigation of Bruny, shared with the Mattiskes. For longer accounts... Around Hobart, Summer 2006-7.

Each year we are more convinced that the area around Hobart is one of the best cruising grounds in the world. And other yachties keep telling us that the West Coast is even better. Best of all, because Tasmania is not that warm and a long way from anywhere, you can generally have large lumps of it all to yourself. Although we headed North for the winter in 2007, we returned for summer 2008. [Top]

Hobart to Sydney, May 2007

On Friday 11 May we left Hobart for Sydney with David Mattiske as crew. We sailed daytime only for the first three days, stopping in Nubeena, Fortescue Bay and Riedle Bay on Maria Island. As in 2006, we failed to get a south-westerly change to take us North. But with a forecast of several days of very calm weather, we decided to go straight to Eden from Maria Island, even if we had to motor. We were pleased to have one day's intermittent sailing and one day of good sailing, albeit to windward, before motoring across Bass Strait to Eden in a flat calm, arriving midday Thursday 17. Three nights in Eden to miss a 50kt blow and then we did Eden to Sydney in two days and nights, sailing almost all the way, anchoring for a few hours in Port Hacking so we could come into Sydney Harbour in daylight. By lunchtime on Tuesday 22 we were through the Spit Bridge and berthed in Cammeray Marina. Details of this voyage are in Hobart to Sydney, May 2007. [Top]

Sydney to Brisbane, July-September 2007

We spent six weeks in Sydney, commuting to Melbourne from time to time. After an initial spell of lovely weather when we arrived in May, we had cold wet weather in June and early July which was a serious deterrent to sailing futher north. But we finally left on 11 July for Broken Bay, where we stayed until end July. In early August we moved up to Yamba, stopping at Newcastle, Port Stephens, Trial Bay and Coffs Harbour en route. We stayed a month in Yamba, again restricted from travelling further north by trips away and bad weather. But on 12 September we moved on, sailing day and night to Southport, then taking two days to go up the inland route to Moreton Bay, finally arriving in Manly (Brisbane) on Saturday 15 September. Nahani stayed in the RQYS Manly for two months, during which time Peter and Helen went off in various directions: Sydney, Melbourne, Rainbow Beach, Mt Isa. In our brief periods in the marina we did some entertaining and Barb came to stay for a few days. Read about travelling north in Sydney to Brisbane, July-September 2007. [Top]

Brisbane to Hobart, November-December 2007

After we'd both been in Melbourne for a month or so we returned to Brisbane on Friday 16 November and set off on our next voyage on Sunday 18 November. We made good progress going south, stopping at Southport, Iluka (and from there made an excursion up the Clarence River), Coffs Harbour, Laurieton (Camden Haven), Newcastle, and then stopped in Broken Bay for a couple of days before sailing through Sydney Harbour to anchor in Blackwattle Bay on 6 December. Read the details in Brisbane to Sydney, November-December 2007.

The next leg was Sydney to Hobart but no, we were not in the race! We collected David Mattiske on Friday 7 December and set off south. What started as a very pleasant afternoon's sailing became more challenging as we dodged thunderstorms and then headed into strong winds and lumpy seas, making for an unpleasant 12 hours. We were pleased to reach Jervis Bay around the middle of the next day. A day later we had a pleasant run to Broulee. We waited there one full day but sailed for Eden the next day despite headwinds because the forecast was for an up-coming three days of perfect weather for crossing Bass Strait, and we needed to get to Eden in time to leave at the beginning of this weather window. We stopped in Eden for less than 12 hours, but had a brilliant Bass Strait crossing, averaging over 7 knots for most of the way and reaching Chinaman's Bay on Maria Island about 52 hours after leaving Eden. We stopped there overnight, and spent another couple of days in Fortescue Bay on the Tasman Peninusula before sailing round to Hobart on 17 December. Find out who was seasick leaving Sydney, where Broulee is, and who we met in Fortescue Bay in Sydney to Hobart, December 2007. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2008

Our fourth summer in Hobart, and "Boatel Nahani" was back in business. Find out who came and where we took them in Around Hobart, Summer 2008. [Top]

Port Davey, April 2008

In which we realise a long-held dream to sail to the west coast of Tasmania. Paul Keating, when Prime Minister of Australia in the 1990s, described Australia as "the arse end of the earth". If that's true, then Tasmania is the arse end of the arse end, and Port Davey is the arse end of the arse end of the arse end of the earth. We spent nine wonderful days there, during most of which we had the whole of one of the world's most beautiful places all to ourselves. No mobile phone coverage, no emails - the only contact is by radio. Find out how we survived sailing round Australia's most southerly coast, and what it was like when we got there in Port Davey, April 2008. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2009

Our fifth summer in Hobart. In November and December 2008 we were busy with the Great Engine Project aka Re-powering. It was 95% complete by Christmas and we started our summer sailing around New Year. One of the joys of having Nahani is sharing her with friends, but we thought that by now everyone who wanted to come had come and the novelty of boating with us would have worn off, but no.... Find out who came for the first time, for the second time, even for the third time, where we went with them and where we went on our own in Around Hobart, Summer 2009. [Top]

Port Davey, March 2009

We return to magical Port Davey, about a month earlier in the season than our first visit in 2008. Find out what was the same, what was different, what was new and what we revisited in Port Davey, March 2009. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2010

Our sixth summer in Hobart. We really love it here, even when the weather is cold and wet. After a busy and sometimes stressful time in the latter half of 2009, our first priority on getting to Hobart in December was having a running away trip on our own. But Boatel Nahani operated as usual, read all about it in Around Hobart, Summer 2010. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2011

Our seventh summer in Hobart. We escaped a bit earlier this year, arriving at the beginning of November 2010. It was only a few days before our first guest arrived and we were off for a few days sailing before beginning our annual round of maintenance and improvement projects. Boatel Nahani was open for business as usual - who came? Find out in Around Hobart, Summer 2011. [Top]

Hobart to Queensland, May-June 2011

After a cool summer in Hobart, we decided we needed some warmth in the winter, and that we would take Nahani north again. Read about the trip across Bass Strait and up the east coast in Hobart to Queensland, May-June 2011. [Top]

In Queensland, July-October 2011

After a 6-week spell in Melbourne, we returned to Nahani in late July. After completion of the Stove Project, we recommenced our journey north at the beginning of August. Follow our voyage In Queensland, July-October 2011. [Top]

Queensland to Hobart, October 2011

After two and a half months enjoying winter warmth in Queensland, we set sail from Southport, intending to get to Hobart as quickly as possible, with the help of friends as passage crew. Find out who came and how the voyage progressed in Queensland to Hobart, October 2011. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2012

Our eighth summer in Hobart. After sailing back from Queensland we had about 5 weeks in Melbourne catching up there, then returned to Hobart on 10 December. Most of that month was spent on maintenance, but in January our first guests arrived, and more followed. Find out more in Around Hobart, Summer 2012. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2013

Our ninth summer in Hobart. Read all about it in Around Hobart, Summer 2013. [Top]

Port Davey, Summer 2013

After missing out in 2012 because of battery issues, we finally made our third trip to Port Davey, the longest and best ever with amazingly warm sunny weather for the ten days we stayed there. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2014

Our tenth summer in Hobart. All too short, but still great. Read all about it in Around Hobart, Summer 2014. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2015

Our eleventh summer in Hobart. A longer summer. Indifferent weather meant fewer guests, more maintenance and less sailing. But there were some perfect days, watching the maxis at the end of the Sydney-Hobart, watching hundreds of wooden boats in the WBF. Read all about it in Around Hobart, Summer 2015. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2016

Our twelfth summer in Hobart. Long range forecast was for a long hot summer. We'd slipped the boat early and were all ready to go in November. We had lots of guests in January and February, but then the Captain began to suffer from a shoulder problem, so we returned to Melbourne in mid-March, before Easter. In May we made a three week return to replace all the standing rigging. Read all about it in Around Hobart, Summer 2016. [Top]

Around Hobart, Summer 2017

Our thirteenth summer in Hobart. After a miserable Spring in both Tasmania and Victoria, everyone is hoping for a hot summer. This year summer started in late November. Read about our trips in Around Hobart, Summer 2017 and Port Davey March 2017. [Top]