Peter Sheppard, Melbourne, AUS asks:
I am an Aussie N55 owner and plan to be in Tazzie this coming Feb
(which is the best time to be there incidently) I was there last year
and loved it so much, that I joined the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
in Hobart and will be in the bi annual Van Diemans Land
circumnavigation rally in February with 39 other boats. The locals
tell me this rally is the ultimate way to see Tazzie as we go to where
the locals take us, and many of them are current and ex professional fisho's.
The rally lasts 6 weeks and I expect that we will become very intimate
with this absolutely beautiful and scenic island brimming with
crayfish, mussells, abalone, scallops, salmon, and my favourite, Stripy Trumpeter.
Also the Tazzie people are extremely friendly.
Berthed at the YC marina last year two old codgers went past SKIE in
an old restored cray boat when I overheard one of them say about my
boat, "I wouldn't want to go to sea in that!" I waited until they
returned and I preached the gospel in no uncertain terms. I told them
to go to the Nordhavn site and read Egret's story. I will seek them out
when I get there and see if they have found religion.
I am expecting Myah to be down there then, but not
sure he want's to do the Rally.
Any info you want if you get down I am only too happy to oblige with
the best knowledge and experience I can offer.
I can also tell you about my entry in next years Sailindonesia rally
held over 3 months. This rally will show you 10 times more than you
would see on your own I'm told. It is a floating cultural festival,
without some hassles you can find in Indonesia as it is sponsored by
the Ministry of tourism. This is my stepping off point for the Med via
SE Asia, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives then NW via the Red Sea.
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Peter, thanks much for the local Taz info as well as Indonesia. I know Myah plans to participate in the Indonesia rally. Taz is certainly on our list. Virtually every yachtie we have spoken to that has visited Taz all have the same great stories. Good luck with SKIE and your travels.