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1/1/19 Hope you guys are doing well and have a great new year.
Our weather window for coming down to Tasmania happened to coincide with
the annual Sydney-Hobart yacht race on Boxing Day. This year about 100
yachts participated. The big boats, 30 meters (about 100 ft) finish in
less than 2 days; the 40 footers take a week.
This year, for the first time, all boats are required to transmit on AIS
which was great for us because it meant we could see their position and
avoid them if needed. (We transmit as well so they would be aware of
our position.) As you know, it's really unusual offshore to have more
than more than one or two AIS targets on the screen so I took this shot
of the laptop screen with racers closing in on us.
s/v Barefoot Sydney/Hobart
In the photo we are the small red circle. The green boat with the
indented stern are racers. The green boats with the flat sterns are
The land outlines are on the left side. The islands on the
top are the Furneaux Group. The land mass on the lower left is
Tasmania. The triangle marks with text along side are the earlier
positions of the big boats we monitored on the race radio sked and noted
on the chart. The green boats and the yellow boats just north of
Tasmania are in a "feeder race" from Launceston to Hobart. The cargo
ships across the top are in Bass Strait heading to or from Sydney,
Newcastle, Adelaide, and Melbourne.
Needless to say, the race boats headed toward us on the screen all
passed rapidly by without incident, but we enjoyed leading the fleet for
a brief time.
It's quite windy so we're now shifting around in anchorages on the east
coast of Tassie and will head south for Hobart in few days.
Cheers, David and Ros