berrimilla - almost there

Just caught the end of a new story in the car, the jist was that Customs won't accept them reprovisioning off Bruny Island, but insists that they sail up to Hobart to do the paperwork.

They are saying this might cost them making the start line for the S-H.

King size bummer if true. Also, right now, there's a major northeasterly blowing right down the river on their nose, could be 40 knots out there.

 

Philc

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Latest Update from the yacht.

Sitrep: 2300hrs 11 Dec 2005 UTC 43’36”S 146’00”E Ref 645

The old bus shelter corners like a brick. We are 10 miles west of Maatsuyker with 40 to go to SE Cape - directly upwind. We wont get there until at least 1900 local time and that's if the wind stays the same and the forecast gale from the NE stays reasonably soft.

When we eventually put the Cape in the bag, we will go up the d'Entrecasteaux Channel between Bruny Island and Tas - Malcolm is meeting us to escort us in and 40 knots outside Bruny in Storm Bay will be a bit much for Wildfire. We expect to meet him up near Kettering and we will then continue into the Derwent and actually close the loop a bit north of the Iron Pot. A bit of frantic re-guessing might be necessary out there in RANSA country - sorry.

Nik - tried your mobile - it told me to go away and try again later - satphone probably couldn't reach it. No way we'll be in Hobart today - earliest possible if all goes well around 0400 tomoz local.

Just inadvertently spoken to Steve, then a sail change will now try to pull the mail in. I thinkwe have an antenna or tuner problem with the HF now that we can get feedback from real people. Will try to sort tomoz on Hobart.

 

craig

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bit hard for berri

SOUTHEAST COAST, Tasman Is to South East Cape:

A Gale Warning is current.

Monday until midnight: North to northeast winds 25 to 35 knots, locally 40 knots. Seas 3 to 5 metres. Southwest swell 1 to 2 metres becoming confused.

Tuesday: North to northeast winds 25 to 35 knots shifting west to southwest at 20 to 30 knots then easing 5 to 15 knots and tending variable. Local sea breezes inshore later. Seas 3 to 5 metres decreasing. Confused swell to 2 metres tending southwest.

Wednesday: Northerly winds 10 to 20 knots, locally 25 knots offshore, tending west to northwest at 15 to 25 knots. Seas to 2 metres increasing. West to southwest swell 2 to 3 metres.

Thursday: Northerly winds 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots in the east but lighter inshore in the west, increasing to 20 to 30 knots later in the east and reaching 35 knots offshore. Seas mostly 2 to 4 metres. West to southwest swell 2 to 3 metres.

SOUTHWEST COAST, South East Cape to Low Rocky Pt:

A Gale Warning is current.

Monday until midnight: Northeast winds 20 to 30 knots offshore before a 25 to 35 knot northwest change near midnight. Seas mostly 2 to 4 metres offshore. West to southwest swell 1 to 2 metres.

Tuesday: West to northwest winds 20 to 30 knots easing to 15 to 25 knots later. Seas 2 to 4 metres. West to southwest swell 2 to 3 metres.

Wednesday: North to northwest winds increasing to 20 to 30 knots then tending northwest. Seas 2 to 4 metres. West to southwest swell near 3 metres.

Thursday: Northerly winds 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots in the west, shifting west to northwest later at 20 to 30 knots. Seas 2 to 4 metres. West to southwest swell near 3 metres.

 

Jono

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Their effort is just so impressive. I hope I can do half as much when I'm their age. Good luck for the next week. Its getting tight...

 

Presuming Ed

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Taken this morning.

BerriSthOfTassyS.jpg


 

Philc

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Sitrep: 1725hrs 12 Dec UTC / 0425hrs 13 Dec EDT 43’27”S 147’04”E Ref 647

About 35 to RYCT, 27 to the end of the loop

We have just passed Cape Bruny. My glasses are fogged up. It's cold. It's pissing with rain and as dank and miserable a night for drinking the last Dr Wendy in the boat as you could imagine. However SE Cape is in the bag - we passed it just after midnight and we're looking to close the loop in the Derwent just north of the Iron Pot in about 9 hours. Cause for celebration. Yesterday was one of the most varied and difficult days any Examiner has ever tossed at me. Lovely dawn, Tasmania's jagged SE corner silhouetted against the dawn and receding into the pink greying mist to the north. Things started to deteriorate from there.

Nice gentle NE breeze turned into a snorter of 25 knots - Richard Bennett came out in his Cessna to take our picture ( photo of Berri ) off Maatsuyker which was special [ed: see references in lat log entry] - we were in T shirts and shorts nut almost as soon as he'd gone it was on. 25 knots rapidly became 40 and some urgent sail changing - out past the Mewstone ready to tack back towards the Cape and 40 became 50 true, about 55 -58 apparent with rapidly rising sea to at least 5 metres and some of them were much higher. Not perhaps my worst afternoon in a boat but definitely in the 'not having fun' category and it got worse.

And then a bit better, but the wind has been constantly on the nose or too little to be of any use then all over the place and now anywhere from on the nose to abeam. Not enough hands...we must have done at least 10 sailchanges - big ones - full main and 1 to 3 reefs and five - during the afternoon.

We are now in the d'Entrecasteaux Channel heading towards Hobart inside Bruny Island. We hope to meet a couple of friendly boats further up who have been waiting since yesterday and they will escort us in. Wooohooo!

Seems I have been misreported by The Australian newspaper, which I'm told said I was annoyed by Customs - far from it - they have been doing their utmost to help but within their rules which I fully understand and respect and all would have been well - the great bureaucratic principle of deniability would have been maintained and followed except that a huge fuss seems to have been made in Sydney about the decision not to allow us to resupply at Adventure Bay unless in an emergency. We weren't and wouldn't have been in an emergency so we just got ourselves ready by making more water and conserving diesel like crazy. No real problem - just another question from the Examiner.

Anyway - I would like to apologise to the Customs Department in Hobart for any grief our arrival may be causing them. It was not our doing and I very much regret any adverse publicity it may have generated. We have always been happy to go into Hobart as long as we have time in hand and that is what we are on the way to doing as I write. So - my apologies to you all -I think you do a really difficult job rather well and I have no argument whatsoever with your decision to stick to your rules.

And the diesel we conserved as a result is now getting us into Hobart against the wind in truly awful conditions so some good has come of it too.

 

craig

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progress map has berri well in the channel

http://www.berrimilla.com/progmap.htm

UPDATED

SOUTHEAST COAST, Tasman Is to South East Cape:

Tuesday until midnight: Northwesterly wind at 20 to 30 knots tending westerly and easing 5 to 15 knots this morning becoming variable this afternoon with local sea breezes inshore. Seas 3 to 4 metres abating. Confused swell to 2 metres tending southwest.

Wednesday: Northerly winds 10 to 20 knots, locally 25 knots offshore, tending west to northwest at 15 to 25 knots. Seas to 2 metres rising. West to southwest swell 2 to 3 metres.

Thursday: Northerly winds 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots in the east but lighter inshore in the west, increasing to 20 to 30 knots later in the east and reaching 35 knots offshore. Seas mostly 2 to 3 metres. West to southwest swell 2 to 3 metres.

 

Shife

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Truly impressive. I could be wrong, but I believe there was an article about these two in my fathers AARP newletter this month. Something about two older guys in a 30ft boat doing a 30,000 mile circumnav. Wish I would have read the article a little more closely now.

 

hmsmweasel

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wow what an amazing story! those old guys are crazy!

I've been reading thier site all morning, what great stories, but I can't find out what the Examiner is?

 

GTim

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These guys seem pretty cool, although I couldn't see going around on that boat. Maybe with a frying pan and winch handles it would make it more palitable.

They even named a drink after a beloved SA brother:

from the Berri glossary: Dr Grumpy: -a particularly desperate brew of gin and cider;

I want to know what a Dr. Wendy is....anyone???

 
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