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2019 VAN DIEMEN'S LAND CRUISE 

NEWSLETTER TWO

The weeks are racing along as the commencement date for the cruise draws closer. Here in Tassie, the days are finally getting longer and at last it is steadily getting warmer. Hopefully, that will continue and we will have some great weather conditions for the cruise adding to the unique experience exploring Tasmania’s great cruising waters and pristine wilderness.

Hopefully by now your preparations are well advanced. There are a few very important matters that will require your attention:
MISSING INFORMATION
A few participants have still not provided the committee with some vital pieces of information. These range from the model and type of radios to the size and service date of life raft, to name a couple. Please make sure that you provide us with all requested information as soon as possible.

As you renew your insurance please send through a Certificate of Currency to ryct@ryct.org.au

You will also need to carry a copy on board.
RADIO CHECKS
In the first two newsletters we informed you that you would need to complete your HF radio check between the 1st Oct 2018 and the 10th Nov 2018 on frequency 4483. You must achieve an acceptable strength and clarity (ideally 5x5, minimum 2x2) over a distance of at least one hundred miles.

REMEMBER IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN HF RADIO WHICH SATISIFIES THIS SPECIFICATION REGRETTABLY WE WILL HAVE TO CANCEL YOUR ENTRY
As we said in the two previous newsletters, Tasmanian shore stations which can assist you with this are:

DOVER RADIO - Jeremy Firth  0418 126 048

TAMAR SEA RESCUE – Eddy Pridmore   03 6383 4701  
When the station is not manned, the phone diverts. His mobile is 0473 009 335
Station operating hours:  Monday to Friday;  Mornings  7.00 am to 8.00 am; Afternoons  4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.   Weekends 7.00 am to 5.00 pm

SMITHTON RADIO - Mary Kay  0427 251 936

TAS MARITIME RADIO – 03 62 31 2276
Station operating hours weekdays and weekends   7.00 am  to  7.00 pm 

Note that an appointment is necessary because these stations are not manned 24/7.
                          
Boats coming from further afield may do their radio checks during their voyage to their starting point of the cruise in Tasmania.

A Codan 8121 HF radio is available for sale, asking $150, Contact John Casey on 0438 348 504.
 
TAS MARITIME RADIO
Tas Maritime Radio now covers the state with a very reliable HF system and also a network of 11 VHF bases.

You can also become a full member of Tas Maritime Radio.  The cost per annum is $35 with a Joining Fee of $10. Interstate participants might like to avail themselves of this service particularly for their voyages to and from the circumnavigation.

You are able to do this by contacting Barry McCann via email  McCanns@iinet.net.au or
Tas Maritime Radio
                GPO  BOX  1655
                Hobart  7001
                Mobile  0417 581 789

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE THE SECOND NEWSLETTER          
CRUISE POLO SHIRTS
In the next week or so you will receive an order form for the Cruise Polo Shirts. Please check with your crew, then complete the order form and return it to Sonia at ryct@ryct.org.au  by Friday 23rd November.

Two shirts are provided free – included in your entry fee – but we need to know your sizes. Additional shirts will be $45. Both the free shirts and the additional shirts can be embroidered with your boat name at a cost of $8 each.
TASMANIAN PUBLIC MOORINGS
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) have installed a number of moorings, the majority of which are on the east coast of Tasmania, which are available for short term use by the boating public. Participants may use any of them while they are in Tasmanian waters.  For their location and conditions of use visit the MAST website    www.mast.tas.gov.au
TASMANIAN BOATING REGULATIONS
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) haves a comprehensive set of boating regulations for recreational boats operating in Tasmanian waters.

One very important regulation is that it is compulsory to wear an approved life jacket (PFD) in any recreational motorboat or motor-propelled tender that is less than six (6) metres in length whilst under power.

 And children under the age of 12 years must wear a lifejacket in recreational motorboats and motor propelled tenders of any length while under power.
All boating regulations can be viewed on www.mast.tas.gov.au

NEW COMPULSORY LIFE JACKET REGULATIONS
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) have introduced new compulsory Life Jacket standards. Please make sure that you and all crew members comply with them.

Note:A new Australian Standard (AS), AS4758.1, for life jackets was introduced in 2010. The old jackets are being phased out over a ten year period from 2010 until 2020. By 1 January 2021, all life jackets used in Tasmania will need to adhere to the new Standard AS4758.1.
 
BOATING WEATHER SERVICE
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) and Tas Maritime Radio have set up Australia’s first 24 hour VHF weather channel.  The full details of this service can be viewed on the MAST website www.mast.tas.gov.au

FISHING REGULATIONS
The Tasmanian Government has a very comprehensive set of fishing regulations for recreational fishing and, if you intend to fish while cruising in Tasmanian waters, we advise that you become familiar with them.  They can be viewed on the website www.fishing.tas.gov.au/recreational-fisheries-research

THE FINES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE CAN BE QUITE SUBSTANTIAL.

Fishing licences are required for a few species and some methods of catching. They include abalone, rock lobster (crayfish), scallop and net fishing. Fishing Licences are not required for rod and line fishing in saltwater. Licences can be obtained on www.fishing.tas.gov.au/licence
 
LIFERAFTS
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania has a 6-person life raft for hire. Please contact the RYCT Sailing Manager Nick Hutton on 6223 4599 if you wish to hire it.

Great Circle Marine www.greatcircleliferafts.com.au have offered “extra value and an in all-inclusive hire price for VDLC participants”. Their list of life rafts was included in the second newsletter. If you are interested in taking up this offer, please contact Paul Montgomery at Great Circle Marine on 1300 306 381 or Email  paul@greatcircleliferafts.com.au.​

TEMPORARY BERTHING IN HOBART
If you require temporary marina berthing in Hobart prior to or after the event, please contact Sonia at the RYCT on either ryct@ryct.org.au  or 62234599 preferably before the 1st December 2018. 
 
SLIPPING IN HOBART
A number of owners in the past have slipped their boats at the RYCT, either before or after the event, to have repairs or maintenance done. Hobart has a number of very experienced marine tradesmen who, between them, cover all types of repairs and maintenance. If you wish to avail yourself of their skills you should contact Sonia at the RYCT on either ryct@ryct.org.au  or 62234599 preferably before the 1st December.2018.

TASMANIAN ANCHORAGE GUIDE
Included in the information you will receive prior to commencing the cruise is a copy of the latest edition of the Tasmanian Anchorage Guide. This is a very comprehensive cruising guide for all the Tasmanian coastal waters, including the Bass Strait Islands.

If you are coming from further afield than Hobart and would like to receive it prior to leaving your departure port, then please contact Sonia at the RYCT on either 622344599 or ryct@ryct.org.au  and she will mail it to you, provided full payment has been received.

 
TAMAR YACHT CLUB 
The Tamar Yacht Club has a reputation for making VDLC participants extremely welcome when you visit their Beauty Point Clubhouse and Marina near the mouth of the Tamar River in Northern Tasmania. They also do their best to place every boat in a suitable berth. We have ATTACHED A COPY of their berthing form, which they require you to fill out and return to them. There is also a hard copy in the Cruise Manual.
EXPLORE AND DISCOVER
The cruise has a fairly structured itinerary. This ensures that the fleet stays reasonably close together so that everyone is back in Hobart for the great CRUISE DINNER and presentation of TROPHIES. However there will be plenty of opportunities to explore some of Tassie’s great land features and attractions. For example Beauty Point is only a very short distance from the very interesting Beaconsfield Gold Museum; and Launceston is only one hour away, where you can see the fabulous Cataract Gorge and a tremendous Car Museum.
Hobart has the unique, historic, Salamanca Place waterfront, and the adjacent suburb of Battery Point. Both are only a short walk from the RYCT. Also, a trip to the historic township of Richmond and the nearby top class locally produced wine and food establishments are well worth considering.

If you visit Stanley a chairlift trip – or a climb – up the massive Nut is a must.
EXPLORING TASMANIA AFTER THE EVENT
If you wish to do further exploring of Tasmania by car after the completion of the cruise, the Travel and Information Centre at 20 Davey St on the waterfront near the Maritime Museum and Constitution Dock can provide heaps of information and suggestions. Phone 6238422.   We also suggest that you visit www.discovertasmania.com.au which has a number of great suggestions.
Remember this period of the year is the tourist season so you will be well advised to book any overnight accommodation or rental car well in advance.

TASMANIAN WHISKY AND GIN
Tasmania is becoming well known for the production of some world class Whisky and Gin so we would suggest that those of you that have a passion for whisky or gin consider sampling some of the Tasmanian products. There are even a couple of whisky outlets on the Hobart waterfront.

PAYING FOR YOUR FUN
If you are lucky enough to be in the top 45, you will receive your invoice for the remaining amount of your entry fee by the first week of November. We would appreciate payment as soon as possible and no later than the due date on the invoice. Please refer to the Refund Policy on our website.

If you have any questions or require any more information, please call either:
Graeme Dineen 0418 313 438 or Stephen Spaulding 0418 121 800

AMENDED DATE FOR CRUISE BRIEFING AND WELCOME
The Cruise briefing will be followed by a welcome function with drinks & canapes, and will now be held on Tuesday 12th of February commencing at 17:30 hours.
 
Kinds Regards,
 
Your VDLC Committee
 

RYCT WEBSITE

For the latest information and documentation for the 2019 cruise please visit the RYCT website
www.ryct.org.au

KEEP IN TOUCH

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