10th Van Diemen’s Land Circumnavigation Cruise

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The official website for the 10th Van Diemen’s Land Circumnavigation Cruise is at:  Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

This blog on DiscoverTasmania is the personal journey of the crew aboard Emeritus 2, a converted Huon Pine Tasmanian cray-fishing boat.

Boats (although E2 does not have a tracker, the general location of the fleet will be similar) can be tracked at: www.oceantracker.net

Background for the event:

  • - This is the 10th Van Diemen’s Land Circumnavigation cruise. The cruise left Hobart on the morning of Wednesday 16 February 2011, and will return 5 weeks later, having sailed or motored 800 nautical miles, anti-clockwise around Tasmania.
  • - For some boats it is their first time, for others it has become a regular highlight on their cruising calendar.
  • - With regular stop-off points along the voyage for group barbeques, smaller gatherings on each other’s boats, dinghy expeditions and of course forays ashore for provisions, fuel, laundry, and the like, the cruise is about shared experiences, seamanship and taking responsibility. It is not a race, and cruising in company is not only for party animals, it also provides an opportunity for those lacking confidence or experience to sail to places they may otherwise not get to.
  • - Organised by a volunteer team from the RYCT, the last three cruises have been run in conjunction with the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
  • - A number of the fleet carry a tracking device – so friends, relatives and anybody with an interest in their travels can watch progress online.
  • - On this cruise there are boats and crews from every state in Australia – 22 in total – plus 2 international boats – and 8 boats have come as a sub-fleet from Port Phillip under the auspices of the RGYC,  joining the fleet at Beauty Point. All other vessels are local Tasmanians.
  • - For the Danish crew on a boat whose home port is Southampton, UK, this is their first ever visit to Tasmania.
  • - 60ft yacht Avant Garde has arrived from the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, via Fiji, Vanuatu and the East Coast of Australia.
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  • Janet says:

    Vitamin deficient? I DDDDDon’t think so….

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