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 Post subject: Sydney to Bermagui by TS
PostPosted: Jan 21st, '09, 22:13 
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Sydney to Bermagui: By Trailer Sailer!

After a three sensational weeks on Sydney Harbour/Broken Bay region, the time came for the trip proper: NSW south coast!

As the lads arrived, I bid farewell to by beautiful family, then got straight into the important pre-cruise convention of a big night on the sauce, which culminated in a Kebab at the Cross.

Some of us (not me fortunately!) were feeling a little poorly as we set of late morning from Rushcutters Bay. By now the wind from the North was starting to build, so we motored up the harbour, and set sail near the Heads (well, a single reefed main). This proved ample sail area, and we were more than a little surprised to find that we easily making an average of 7.5 knots. As we cleared the heads, it was blowing a solid 20 knots, and the rebound seas were (as put by Alan Lucas) “quite disconcerting! It wasn’t long before one of our member started feeling poorly, and the efforts of the previous night, combined with seasickness, took their toll on the poor soul. Sympathy, being a “boy’s tripâ€

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Way To Go!

Can't wait for the photos.

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Well Done Chris!!

sounds like a great trip.


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What a great report - it is awe inspiring. I was thinking about some similiar trips down from Coffs - etc, but will have to find some time.

How about sending the story and some pics into Crusing Helmsman?

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Thanks Chris Fanstastic trip report.
I was on the Sth Coast (Potato Pt) over new year dreaming of sailing that beautiful stretch of water.
I agree that Narooma bar would not be one to try in a TS. As a kid I sailed in and out of Bermagui in a 16' TS. I have often wondered if I could sail my Castle from Bateman's Bay to Bermagui or up from Eden. However I admit your Magnum is a bit longer and heavier than my Castle.! so perhaps I should keep dreaming.

Sounds like going sth is the way to go - make the most of the current.

Did you choose going south for any particular reason (ie easier)?

How many people did you have on board?

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Hi Stephen

Totally doable trip. Yep, going south is a big help. I understand waves get bigger during southerlies due to wind/waves against current... and the extra knot the current gives you is a big help.

4 of us on board.

Caught the bus to Sydeny, picked the car and trailer up, and drove it back, then through to melb... too easy: much easier than a keelboat!

Lets not forget that Flinders did a whole lot more of this coast about 200 years ago, with no maps, GPS, coastguard, phones, lifejackets etc!

good luck

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Good read. Thanks Chris-jethro. We had the pleasure of accompanying Wayno on a Magnum "Ol'55" on a FNQ cruise in 2003. I sent your story on to him. They are a great boat, - Bob

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Fantastic trip and write-up, Chris. Pics just round it out.

Well worth trying Cruising Helmsman I reckon. Well done.

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Great stuff Chris!

Iv'e been to Batemans Bay & moruya Eden etc for work, and taken photos at each entrance thinking it looked doable, great to see someone's got out & done it!

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