Cadets assemble at the St Helens Marina prior to boarding Freycinet
Shore party releases Freycinet from number one bow line.
Number one crew disembarks Freycinet.
Freycinet under way, setting course for Beauty Bay.
Shore party secures number six stern line.
Freycinet under command from the fly bridge.
ARGO 1 crews change over at the St Helens boat jetty for the Beauty Bay exercise.
Saturday the 22nd of November witnessed a fantastic working together of two community groups. TS Argonaut Naval Cadets joined St Helens Marine Rescue for on water experiences to enhance their land based training.
The day comprised of:
1. Launch and retrieval of RV Freycinet. This was a huge undertaking given the size of Freycinet. The cadets handled this exercise with aplomb.
2. Cadets had the opportunity to drive Freycinet under the guidance of our experienced skipper JD.
3. Cadets took control of radio communications between St Helens Marine Rescue Base and the TS Argonaut vessel ARGO 1.
4. On water journey, completed the day, with a cruise aboard ARGO 1 for Beauty Bay.
To sum up the day in a word, “Outstanding”. A great day was had by all. Thank you to organisers, St Helens Marine Rescue volunteers and particularly the fantastic members of TS Argonaut.
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Stieglitz fire from Break O’ Day along Parkside Beach – Courtesy of Ian Hollingsworth
Sunday the 19th of October, 2014 gave Tasmania a reminder of the upcoming summer and the potential for fire. Bush fires are very much a part of the Australian landscape, St Helens was made aware and received a salutary reminder of this when a stronger then anticipated wind shift propelled a burn off towards the residences of Stieglitz. An emergency was enacted to combat the out of control situation. With the only road to St Helens Point made inaccessible by the wild fire, resulting in the stranding the residences of Stieglitz and Akaroa, a serious fire emergency was in place.
President JD and the local government emergency response coordinator, Christine Hughes, called upon St Helens Marine Rescue to respond to a call to evacuate residences who had gathered at the community fire safe zone - the Stieglitz boat ramp/jetty. The bay was effectively the only transport route between Stieglitz and St Helens. A crew made up of Ian Hollingsworth, Tony Graside & John Sullivan quickly deployed Break O’ Day, launching at 5:00 pm. Mayor Sarah Schmerl accompanied the crew, a pass by along the beachside area (see photo) to look for evacuees was executed, fortunately no members of the public were stranded. On arrival at the Stieglitz jetty members of the community had gathered. A punt from one of the oyster farms and a local charter operator had also arrived. Evacuations were undertaken at 7:30 pm just as the skies opened up with quenching rain, thus quelling the flames.
After we cleaned up volunteers and evacuees were invited to St Helens Books and Coffee (www.beanhunter.com.au) who had opened its doors to provide a welcomed cuppa and wonderful/yummiest toasted sandwiches.
Whilst this event is a reminder of potential summer fires, St Helens can be proud of its response to this emergency.
Power of VHF Radio
Lucia tied up at St Helens wharf
Sunday 12th of October, 2014, New Zealand yacht (catamaran) “Lucia” calls on channel 16 at 0745 hours. The skipper was seeking passage across the St Helens bar into Georges Bay. Conditions were good for a barway crossing. Queries covered tide, water depth, channel, and directions through the Bay to dock at the Esplanade wharf. Radio operator John gave instructions to cross the bar and enter to an area colloquially referred to as ‘The Paddock’. Motoring the channel along the sea wall to Pelican Point then follow the red and green markers to ply the waters of Georges Bay for St Helens.
An easy cruise across the scenic, tranquil waters of Georges Bay gave our international visitors a beautiful entry to North East Tasmania. At the 5 knot green pylon on approach to The Esplanade the crew enquired as to the availability of a place to tie up. Fortunately one spot remained at the jetty. With assistance from a local fisherman the impressive ocean going catamaran successfully secured its lines to the wharf.
After a heavy night of buffeting at sea crossing Banks Strait, the crew were relieved to land on terra firma. Three days of R & R and site seeing Lucia cast off for the next leg of her journey to Hobart.
Respite from the sea
Sonia & Guy salute Georges Bay
“Nuin Bay”, a life style cruiser, entered Georges Bay courtesy of an escort through the barway and Georges Bay in blustery conditions. Their journey is from Kettering to Eden then to its new home, Lake Macquarie in NSW. After tying up and settling in at the St Helens Marina exploration of our unique part of the world simply called North East Tasmania began. Hot on the list of things to do was to sample the outstanding oysters of Georges Bay.
Oysters are the very best of the NE fare.
The author took Sonia to the oyster farm where she purchased 5 dozen unshucked oysters. The oyster racks across the Bay were the driver to sample this delicacy. After three days, Nuin Bay set off for Eden in the very best ocean conditions before journeying to Lake Macquarie.
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Notice to mariners visiting and enjoying the North East of Tasmania.
The summer marine season is rapidly approaching. The sunny east coast is a mecca for maritime pursuits for yachters, boaters and professional fishers. Georges Bay is an outstanding recreational waterway for swimming, fishing, photographers and magnificent site seeing. There is something for all visitors in this place of paradise. When you venture by a friendly welcome mat is laid out for you. Drop into the St Helens Marine Rescue Base on The Esplanade and you will get an extra welcome with advice and assistance in relation to conditions in and on The Bay and at sea.
St Helens Barway Courtesy of GoogleEarth
For sea farers the entry to Georges Bay is available and navigable when conditions prevail (I point out this is most of the time). This is the gateway to the Bay and will afford you a 6.5 nautical mile cruise to St Helens. The pristine waters of the area is the beginning of your time with us.
The image to the left depicts the entrance to Georges Bay. If you are not familiar with the navigational channels and would like assistance , don’t hesitate to contact St Helens Marine Rescue on VHF Channel 16 or phone 0408 817 359.
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