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Created by TheHunter 1 month ago, 22 May 2018
TheHunter
4 posts
22 May 2018 4:37AM
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Gurus, I need some help. I have been reading your Forum, viewing your pics and videos and have had a enough. I am moving to Tas and am currently here looking for a place to live. Can anyone advise on which side of the Tamar is best? I am leaning toward the east side as around the Low Head area looks epic. I would really appreciate some feedback.

js68
TAS, 90 posts
22 May 2018 9:51AM
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Most of that sail at Low Head live in the Launceston or West Tamar area. The East Tamar is closer to Low Head but has limited access to launching spots if you want to sail in the river on the sea breezes during summer. Depends to a large extent whether you prefer flat water or waves as to which side is better.

geared4knots
TAS, 2341 posts
22 May 2018 10:35AM
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If you want the ups and downs of where to live for best windsurfing anywhere around tassie,
North, south, west etc give me a ring
0409854754-Damien
you dont want to buy a house in the wrong place!

Gclark1
TAS, 502 posts
22 May 2018 2:06PM
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East side - 95% of the time we sail east side.

Low Head is a really nice spot and has Lagoon Bay for flat water, and Bellbuoy is the normal wave spot.

As JS said, most of us live in Launceston, because we have to work to support our habit, and the drive is about 45 minutes to Low Head.

Just my opinion, based on the stated criteria - SAILING!

Al Planet
TAS, 1360 posts
22 May 2018 3:09PM
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Hasn't been one of the most classic summers for wind but some fun has been had.






TheHunter
4 posts
22 May 2018 5:06PM
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All - thanks for the info and feedback and the pics .......I am a salt crusted old surfer / sailor type but have only just gotten my first season windsurfing under my belt - I have to say it is the best thing I have ever done in my life! I have only been flat water sailing so far but have started to gather some wave gear. I am keen for anything and get out in the water heaps. My aim is to hit the flat water as much as I can and start getting into the lumpy stuff.
Have to say how impressed I am with Launceston, the outlying area and the people!

waynos
TAS, 149 posts
22 May 2018 7:27PM
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Live on the West Tamar and sail on the East Tamar unless you are happy to have a VN Commodore in your front yard on blocks with grass growing half way up the doors. You will see what I mean when you get here. No matter what you decide if you can handle a bit of cold you will be rewarded with plenty of sailing.

martyj4
154 posts
23 May 2018 7:26AM
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I lived in Lonnie 3 decades ago and sailed on the river and Lake Trevallyn before making the effort to sail at Low Head. Trev is often very gusty and really needs a northerly to get the best out of it. Only 10 mins away. The river can be good, but again, a little on the gusty side. And be very aware that there are some RIPPING tides too, so you can find yourself WAAAY upstream or downstream depending on what it's doing. And the mudflats are a pig to walk back through. Low head definitely the best for wind and water cleanliness.

robdddd
TAS, 160 posts
23 May 2018 7:10PM
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From Launceston head approximately 30km east and 200km south!





Gclark1
TAS, 502 posts
23 May 2018 7:47PM
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robdddd said..
From Launceston head approximately 30km east and 200km south!






But why?

Gclark1
TAS, 502 posts
23 May 2018 7:47PM
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robdddd said..
From Launceston head approximately 30km east and 200km south!






But why?

appleman
TAS, 382 posts
23 May 2018 9:06PM
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The water from the Tamar is brown, it makes Boags Beer.
The Bogans in Lonny , Lonnie, Loney, or Lawnceston' won, Bogan of the year Award, on the Tv Show" Bogan Hunters"
They call it " Inceston"
Down in the valley.
Cold as Canberra.
Washing dry's between 2.00 and 3.00 pm.
Smokey.


Up side
hot Chicks
Lots of wind 50 mins away
Lots of wind50 mins away
Hot chicks

Yew .

GoonDog
TAS, 43 posts
23 May 2018 10:49PM
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If you don't have to live anywhere in particular for work, then Low Head is probably the pick of locations up north. Plenty of accommodation available outside of the summer holiday period and many options for sailing. You can walk (I leave my gear on a trolley) to either of the main beaches , which happen to be at a 90 degree bearing to each other so almost any breeze works.
Bell Buoy is only 12 minutes away, but the local East Beach has blue water and is a very good transition for waves.
Local sailors have a great diversity in age and skill set, so there is generally someone around who's at the same level.
I guess there's a beach environment similar down south somewhere (?) but I would have to say the temperature swings are more modest up here. Don't know of too many people trailing south for a sail, but certainly the opposite is true.
I've got a commodore, but generally keep my lawn mown.
Cheers
GD.

Al Planet
TAS, 1360 posts
24 May 2018 1:29PM
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robdddd said..
From Launceston head approximately 30km east and 200km south!






Good advice as both Dorens Road and Cremorne are fantastic places to sail combining pleasant subtropical water temperatures and gently swaying palm trees with the ability to get a nice feed of oysters off the rocks if you are feeling hungry. There are usually one or two of the old locals just hanging out shooting the breeze and debating the relative importance of absurdism and the poetry of Robert Frost. It has been a while since I have travelled that far south and my memory is a little hazy but as non of the locals have offered photos here is one of Dorens.




geared4knots
TAS, 2341 posts
24 May 2018 8:37PM
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Ha ha
i could see a mas...bate here
Anyway looks like a bit of conversation has been racked up.
Come along to the Tassie SUP winter classic in South Tas- Eagle Hawk Neck - June







TheHunter
4 posts
25 May 2018 5:36AM
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The Gurus have spoken!
A hearty thank you, not only for the entertaining banter but also for the info and advice. 10 days into my trip and this place ROCKS! Message to self, notes on Tassie:World class sailing left, right, up and down
Commodore is OK, if the grass is mowed
Banjo free zone - for living area
Bring well-read hard copy of 'Hard not to be King'
Prepare for lots of wind and hot chicks
Tidal flow takes you to the brewery
Do washing in afternoon

I don't think I have missed anything....

Gclark1
TAS, 502 posts
25 May 2018 1:10PM
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One thing not to forget - DON'T TELL ANYONE!

A crowd of 4 is about all I can handle, and a crowd of 2 is preferable

TheHunter
4 posts
25 May 2018 1:19PM
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The secret is good with me. I don't do asstube, assbook or asstwiting.



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