Strahan, West Coast. The past 24 hours have been intense, but along the lines of a very old movie title, ‘if this is Sunday it must be Strahan’. And a very sunny, ice-cream licking location it is. We are tied up alongside a schmick fishing boat – with picturesque Strahan village behind us.

As ever with boating, our plan to stay overnight at Three Hummock Island changed at the last minute. Just before we sat down for dinner – following an impromptu VDLC gathering ashore – we decided that it was a good idea to up sticks that evening and start our 120-mile journey to Strahan rather than wait until the morning. Working 2-hour watches between the three of us we motored overnight, with a total passage time of 18 hours. There were some interesting fishing boat sightings, plenty of rock and roll (non-boaties please note this is not dancing, it’s a lively motion of the boat), and ‘Stavros’ our new crew member whiled away quite some time ‘feeding the fish’.

Seeing the dawn, arriving in Strahan at a sensible hour, and then having the afternoon to relax, eat lunch, play cards and (for the others) snooze, would suggest we made the right decision to leave Three Hummock when we did. But, there’s more to tell about our pit-stop with Bev and John O’Brien, and for that you will have to wait for the next post.

Not a great photo, but it was my first dawn while on watch

We passed through the infamous 'Hell's Gates' in heavenly conditions

The boys went ashore and guess what they bought for lunch...

We are not the only VDLC crew taking it easy in Strahan

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  • Chris Mercer says:

    Loved the blog Lois we almost felt we were with you both. We circumnavigated Tasi by motorhome while you were at sea and it is a wonderful part of the world, you never know what is around the next corner. Hopefully Sarah and I can catch up with you and Nick another time

    Best wishes
    Chris Mercer

  • Kay Webb says:

    Many thanks for the fantastic blog. My husband, Roly, is on Great Sandy so I am able to follow his progress through your site. I visited the fleet whilst they were at Beauty Point and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with the boats and crews that did the 2009 VDL as well as the new participants this year. Keep up the good work.

    If you see him, please tell him that Jessica and Sam are doing VERY well.

    Best wishes to you all.


  • Jan Orpwood says:

    Loving your very informative commentary Lois. Feel like I’m there with you all, especially if you have been eating icecream or perhaps that was just a figure of speech.

  • Hell’s Gates look fantastic – very different to the last time we saw them – enjoy!

  • Tony Trumble says:

    Hello again Lois,
    I see Rosinante is way down south in Macquarie Harbour and you are in Strahan with Seabird and one or two others. Rosinante comes from Dover and Jeremy and Penny are in our Probus Club here. The sun was out yesterday, here as well. Lovely day.

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