Around Hobart, Summer 2022

Summer 2022 begins in December 2021. Once again it's a relief to get out of Melbourne, where COVID case numbers are rising as the Omicron strain takes hold. It's also lovely to escape from the feverish round of visiting and events that came with the end of our second long lockdown.

Hobart at last!

Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 December 2021

We arrive in Hobart around 11am Saturday 18 December, in time to have a drink at the club and watch Santa arrive (John Burke on Golden Haze). Then it's out to open up Nahani and see how she is after 8 months. She could do with a dust externally, but inside all is just as we left it, including our undies stretched out to dry on the lee-cloth ties and the bookcase. It's seriously hot, with a rather unpleasant northerly, so after we've unloaded the car, put most stuff away (including the undies) and turned on most things, we collapse on the sea berths. After a rest we discover that the plug with which we connect to shore power has disintegrated, so the Captain has already done his first fix-it job. Meahwhile the mate is still fielding the odd post-Enrolment query from U3A. Later in the day we gather enough strength to go ashore for a meal at All Thai, and shop for breakfast necessities. Then we're ready for an early night. [Top]

On the slip

Monday 20 to Tuesday 21 December 2021

We are up very early on Monday to exit the pen before the wind gets up, which we do safely, then mooch around outside the marina until the bosuns are ready to receive us. Despite the wind we don't have any issues getting Nahani into the cradle and so by 9:00 she is up on the slip with the Bilge Rats already at work. By the end of the day she is cleaned, polished and antifouled with new Propspeed on the prop. Nick the marine surveyor has also done the bit of the survey that has to be done out of the water. We stay on board overnight, and are put back in the water at about 10:30 on Tuesday. As it's blowing hard again, we head across to Ralph's Bay, anchor in shelter behind the point, and return after dinner for a relatively easy entry to the pen just before dark, when the wind has eased. Next few days before Christmas are spent cleaning and making the boat shipshape for summer cruising. [Top]

North Bruny

Thursday 30 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022

After a week and a bit in the pen, with Christmas celebrations in the middle, the weather improves and we head out on Thursday 30 December. Our neighbour Nick gives us a hand to leave the berth which should have made it easy, but the Captain has a senior moment on the tiller which leaves us pointing in the wrong direction. He carefully exits the marina in reverse and all is well. We motor all the way to Quarantine Bay as there is little or no wind (and what there is of course is on the nose). Once on a mooring we put the dinghy down for the first time this summer, clean it up, put the outboard on and take it for a test run. We launch a kayak as well as it makes putting the bungs in the dinghy an easy task (sitting in the kayak below the dinghy transom rather than suspending oneself perilously over the davitts to reach the bung holes). The mate takes the kayak for paddle around the many other vessels in Quarantine.

The weather is calm and windless on NYE so we see no reason to move, and our plan to stay put is confirmed when we get a call from friend Gus to say that he is planning to sail his boat Stormfisher over from Kettering. He joins us for a drink and dinner, but returns to his boat before dark. We do actually stay awake until midnight, but as someone said, more to make sure 2021 goes than to welcome 2022, which seems a most uncertain future at the moment.

The weather is cloudy and damp for the beginning of 2022. We move to Apollo Bay late on New Year's Day, and spend another day there. The mate does some more varnishing, takes the kayak ashore for a walk to look at the mob of wallabies and flock of geese there. The captain fits an additional 12v socket above the portside seaberth, making it easier for us to plug in the TV when out of the marina (all mod cons on this boat). On Monday the weather in the Channel is still very misty and clammy, so we head back in the early afternoon, motoring most of the way with a bit of sail assistance from a gentle southerly. We think getting into the pen will be easy as the boats around us are all out, but this tempts the captain to try a new technique which doesn't work and we blow on to the end of the jetty, putting a scratch on the hull. We finish up safely in the pen, but on the other side, from whence we winch back to our side. Not the best ever landing. [Top]