Cruising Report: Bass Strait Cruise


Six boats set out from the Club Saturday morning in gentle conditions getting some sailing in and meeting up at QCYC for sundowners on the deck in beautiful sunny conditions with most of the Geelong fleet for the Van Dieman’s Land Circumnavigation for a big nights celebration of anticipated adventures.

Sunday’s forecast not so great, we stayed to enjoy the Queenscliff farmers market and lunch at Yard 58 and BBQ at the yacht club’s excellent facilities.

Monday morning 7:44 slack tide at the Rip the Cruising fleet set sail for Apollo Bay. Forecast of 20 knots or so from the north disappointed as we headed out in calm gentle conditions. No sooner getting sails set and the wind dropped out. Winds from almost every direction, conditions were challenging and testing for crews with just about every sail combination on every boat tested. Some great sailing but nothing lasted. Two hourly schedule VHF radio checks, peppered by the cruise theme of Gilbert and Sullivan quotes and ditties, kept the crews entertained in beautiful sunny gentle seas, a little confused by the residual south east swell and the northerly chop from the predominantly northerly of the day. All boats were rafted up in Apollo Bay Harbour around high tide for more sundowners under the Otway sunset.

Slow start today with the annual Bass Strait Bocci championship on the grassy knoll next to the harbour saw the mighty Privilege team snatch victory from Nimrod 11 with Andalucia and Mirrabooka tying for third place. Strong easterlies tomorrow the plan is King Island Thursday, hoping to rendezvous with Foxy Lady coming down to meet us from Flinders. Tomorrow’s agenda a Klop challenge followed by our attempts at Gilbert and Sullivan renditions. What happens on the cruise stays on the cruise.