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Bruce's Blog

Dec 2012
South Coast 36 – Monohull
Boat Specifications and Photo’s
 
Yacht Tracker – Follow our progress during the delivery voyage.
 
Days Ten to Twelve - Mon 10th to Wed 12th Dec 2012
Aug 2011

I would like to tell you about how Big Wave Rider got on throughout the voyage as without her it could not have happened.  First of all she was designed by Robin Chamberlin as a performance cruiser and built under his supervision by Suzanne and myself along with family and friends.

Aug 2011

What a last 24 hours, plenty of wind for fast sailing to get home in a hurry, which was great because I was trying to beat a wind change to the north west which would have meant lots of tacking up the coast of Moreton Island. As I approached the coast lots of ships started showing up on the AIS with up to six at a time! But with the AIS it took a lot of the guessing out of it, as you could see which way they were going and how close they were going to pass you by.

Aug 2011

Well it’s been some great sailing up the NSW Coast, not too much to report, the breeze has been fairly steady from the south east most of the time making some nice reaching conditions. One thing that did happen with the wind was that we where sailing along in about 15 knots of wind when I saw a gust of 20 knots, then within 2 seconds it dropped to zero, as I  watched it was amazing, the boat was still doing 10 knots with the sails flapping , a bit hard to trim!

Aug 2011

The sea conditions have greatly improved and calmed down with the wind from behind, but light and very shifty. I suppose you cannot have everything. The high over Tasmania which has caused these winds have made it very tricky and frustrating to escape from the Tasmanian coast. It seemed that I was changing course every 5 minutes to try and keep up with the changes in the wind, just to keep BWR moving, so not a lot of sleep was to be had.

Aug 2011

Finally made it, Yeah Ha!!

Aug 2011

Finally we (me and big wave rider) are getting there.

Aug 2011

Finally I have had full sail up for the first time in over a week even through it is a head wind.  The seas have calmed down over the last couple of days enough to make some decent progress but mostly to the E not SE towards Tasmania. So in about 250 nautical miles in front of me we hope that there will be the predicted wind change to allow me to head towards SE Cape at the bottom of Tasmania. To tell the truth the weather forecasts can drive you mad. When you get a good one you feel great and all is good but when you get a bad one it can be a real downer.

Aug 2011

Well it’s finely calmed down enough to do some typing, when I say calm it is still blowing 20-30 knots with waves breaking over the boat now and again. On Tuesday afternoon the next front started coming over me with the wind starting to gust over 40 knots. I decided to put the drogue out early as I knew it was going to increase and so it did that afternoon with the wind gusting 50 then over 60+ knots some times.