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Flat water spots for an old fart

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Created by waricle 3 months ago, 26 Jan 2018
waricle
QLD, 608 posts
26 Jan 2018 11:26AM
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I'm arriving Mon with the caravan for a couple of months and would like to sail and meet up with local sailors I have 76 wide and 66 wide slalom boards and 5, 5.7, 6.6 7.8 sails. Is there a link to tassie sailing spots? Any info will be much appreciated.

js68
TAS, 88 posts
26 Jan 2018 5:13PM
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There's a spot guide by Johny Huet. Anyone have the link?

JohnnyHuett
TAS, 517 posts
26 Jan 2018 5:35PM
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Uhh
the slackass will modernise it one day
At least it's easy to remember ;-)

or there's always someone on here with that can help

www.thespotguide.com.au

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
27 Jan 2018 7:08AM
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Thanks gents!

Steve Charles
TAS, 1036 posts
27 Jan 2018 8:19AM
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Down south (Hobart) there are probably only 2 spots where its fairly flat/smooth. The Pond at Cremorne and Marion Bay (Marion you will need a weed fin). Other spots in the state are Stanley, Henty and Port Sorell.

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
28 Jan 2018 3:43PM
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Steve Charles said..
Down south (Hobart) there are probably only 2 spots where its fairly flat/smooth. The Pond at Cremorne and Marion Bay (Marion you will need a weed fin). Other spots in the state are Stanley, Henty and Port Sorell.


Thanks Steve,
BTW hows the knee going?

Steve Charles
TAS, 1036 posts
28 Jan 2018 7:10PM
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Arhhh that was the calf which is good now thanks.

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
2 Feb 2018 7:01PM
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I'm heading to Stanley in the next day or two, where's the good sailing spots there?

cookie01
TAS, 161 posts
2 Feb 2018 11:46PM
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East Inlet is looking ok for Wednesday.
Mid morning to mid afternoon.
Turn off the main highway head towards Stanley, it's about 2 km on the right hand side of the road.

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
4 Feb 2018 5:18PM
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Had my first sail today at Stanley on the east side, nice clear water and not too cold. a bit gusty but better further out. As i was sailing on my own i kept closer and enjoyed the smooth water. on a 76wide sp naish with a 7.8 blade nice cruisey sailing

Mort67
TAS, 189 posts
4 Feb 2018 7:56PM
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WillyW is looking better for Tues and Wed on easterlies. The eastern inlet (per Cookie above) is a whole lot of fun for flatwater as the tide drops. you can see the three channels that appear as tide goes out in pic below. Might even see you there if i can sneak off work.


ballast
QLD, 373 posts
5 Feb 2018 7:09AM
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Nice one Pete.

Are you going to have a look in the channels?
I am keen to head over for a look next visit, but am not sure how to access them. Looks to be a long walk at low tide?
Any info from the locals would be appreciated.

Cheers, Brad.

JohnnyHuett
TAS, 517 posts
5 Feb 2018 9:03AM
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Hey guys,
It will be one of the first spots added to the new site ...

For now:
Stanley Spot Guide
EAST INLET
Is one of the premier flat water sailing locations in Tasmania. Constant winds and a complex series of three major channels (plus minor channels) is the main attraction. The main feature is the Third Channel, several hundred metres long, running in a roughly north-south direction, parallel to the foreshore. This the prime target for speed sailors in east to north-easterlies and west to south-westerlies. It usually involves a walk of 200 or 300 metres across the sand flats from the rigging area. Generally good for two or three hours either side of low tide. Low tides of less than .06 metres can be a little too shallow particularly in the mid section. The western banks disappear with the tide about an hour sooner than the eastern side. As the banks disappear and the sand flats fill with water you can sail directly back to the rigging area. The First Channel runs along the foreshore and is a great spot for beginners because it is so accessible and generally safe. It can be good for speed sailing in an easterly particularly when the Third Channel fills in. In a westerly the wind is patchy because it is too close the foreshore. The Second Channel, about a third of the way out to the Third Channel, is often worth a few runs on the way out or on the way back. When the channels and sand flats disappear with the tide the East Inlet can still be a fun place to sail depending on how you handle the chop.

WEST INLET
The opposite side of The Neck to the East Inlet.The channel runs roughly east-west for a couple of hundred metres. In a south to south-westerly or a general northerly direction this is probably a better choice than the East Inlet.The turnoff to the West Inlet is clearly marked several hundred metres before the East Inlet turnoff.Four wheel drives can travel across the rocky foreshore area to rig close to the start of the channel.Less adventurist drivers will probably rig on the road (track) near the boat ramp access.

ballast
QLD, 373 posts
5 Feb 2018 9:01AM
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Awesome.

Much appreciated.

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
5 Feb 2018 7:01PM
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I checked out the site this afternoon and I'll be sailing there tomorrow.

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
13 Feb 2018 9:08PM
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Went to rosevears to see if anyone else was sailing and I must have only missed Geoff by 1/4 of an hour so continued on to low head, rigged had one run out and the wind dropped. .. I doubt if I'll be sailing tomorrow .

geared4knots
TAS, 2332 posts
13 Feb 2018 11:17PM
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thats a shame, tomorrow will be perfect 35 knots.
Get the taste of Tassie!

AUS02
TAS, 1802 posts
14 Feb 2018 5:48AM
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Stanley and Port Sorell should be good today for flat water.

AUS729
QLD, 383 posts
14 Feb 2018 9:13AM
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AUS02 said..
Stanley and Port Sorell should be good today for flat water.


I am over from Qld and staying at Stanley for a couple of days. Looking over to the inlets, very windy and looks amazing!

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
14 Feb 2018 9:40AM
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The third inlet at low tide is great! The first and second better about half tide

AUS729
QLD, 383 posts
14 Feb 2018 9:05PM
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Yeah, managed to get a sail there today, mentally windy. BIG thanks to Barry for loaning me some gear and being the local guide - an awesome arvo of sailing

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
17 Feb 2018 9:58AM
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Nice bloke is Barry..i went to Port Sorell yesterday to scare away the wind and suceeded admirably. ??????????????????

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
19 Feb 2018 10:15PM
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Had six days at Launceston sailed three times and couldn't get going properly once and seemed to be at the wrong place at the wrong time every time. I really miss not having having local knowledge..meanwhile I'm seeing local sailors on ka having a great sessions. I'm at port Sorell for the next few days and it's forecast 15-16 knot NE. Maybe this time....?

geared4knots
TAS, 2332 posts
20 Feb 2018 7:42AM
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probably a bit late now but it might of been worth joining the local Launceston wattsapp messenger group.

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
20 Feb 2018 12:14PM
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How do you join?

Captain_Morg
TAS, 619 posts
20 Feb 2018 6:51PM
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You need to download WhatsApp onto your phone.
Who is the administrator up north??

Down south it's Damien, send him a text on 0409854754

JohnnyHuett
TAS, 517 posts
20 Feb 2018 7:57PM
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There's no whatsappgroup up north for flat water mate. There is a wave whatsappgroup I think, no idea who or how.

Should have hooked up with Geoff who normally sails the Tamar everyday, Rosevear's, paperbeach, Kelso or lagoon.
As you know he sailed nearly every day :-/
Port Sorell has some great spots nearby for a few wind directions. You might get light wind coming into the bay for high tide sailing - but won't be much compared to what Stanley was! ;-)
good luck mate
johnny

waricle
QLD, 608 posts
20 Feb 2018 9:08PM
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JohnnyHuett said..
There's no whatsappgroup up north for flat water mate. There is a wave whatsappgroup I think, no idea who or how.

Should have hooked up with Geoff who normally sails the Tamar everyday, Rosevear's, paperbeach, Kelso or lagoon.
As you know he sailed nearly every day :-/
Port Sorell has some great spots nearby for a few wind directions. You might get light wind coming into the bay for high tide sailing - but won't be much compared to what Stanley was! ;-)
good luck mate
johnny


Would like to have hooked up with Geoff but didn't know how to contact him. Today's forecast didn't deliver at port Sorell . 7.8 wasn't big enough. I'll try to hook up with the sailors down south, we're heading down the east coast next week.

JohnnyHuett
TAS, 517 posts
20 Feb 2018 10:28PM
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Good luck Peter!
Sorry about not hooking you up with Geoff.
Have fun down there!!

Brass Monkey
TAS, 27 posts
21 Feb 2018 1:21PM
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I really should set up a Rosevears web-cam in one of the windows upstairs at home. Anybody want to sponsor it? :-)

Not much wind when I took this photo, back in 2006...





JohnnyHuett
TAS, 517 posts
21 Feb 2018 2:24PM
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Hell Yes!

Team Oysters will fund it - crowd of 9 funded successfully!



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