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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Swordfish off St Helens
August the 9th, 2014, signalled the annual St Helens Game Fishing Club Annual Dinner/AGM at the Bayside Inn St Helens. Greg (Tubby) Quinn was re-elected President for the forthcoming year.
In the course of the evening Tubby presented the President of St Helens Marine Rescue, John Dearing (JD), sponsorship and a certificate of appreciation for their ongoing support of the St Helens Game Fishing Club.
St Helens Marine Rescue provided hourly VHF radio coverage throughout the day and weather reports for the annual St Helens Game Fishing Classic. In response JD thanked the Game Fishing Club for the most welcomed support. This generosity contributes to the ongoing costs of providing marine safety services to the boating community in North Eastern Tasmania. The service plays a small but critical part to the outstanding success of the Game Fishing Classic. This major, annual recreation fishing competition brings enormous financial benefits to the Community of St Helens.
After all St Helens is the Game Fishing Capital of Tasmania.
Tim Lovett of Tamar Marine presents President JD with sponsorship
St Helens Marine Rescue extends its gratitude and appreciation to Tamar Marine for the generous sponsorship announced this week.Tim Lovett of Tamar Marine presented President JD a support package in recognition of the essential service that Marine Rescue offers recreational and professional mariners in North Eastern Tasmania. St Helens Marine Rescue is indebted to Tamar Marine for its generosity.
Tamar Marine and St Helens Marine Rescue are committed to the safety and well being of our maritime community. Sponsorship of marine rescue is an enabler to ensure our boating and yachting communities are maritime safe and receive the very best assistance in case of emergencies.
The generosity of Tamar Marine is an outstanding initiative and a valuable contribution to the welfare of mariners.The sponsorship will be dedicated to essential equipment, ongoing training of members and on call readiness in the event of assistance.
For all your boating and yachting needs Tamar Marine is a one stop shop. St Helens Marine Rescue encourages all mariners to seek the latest marine safe equipment and advice from Tamar Marine at:
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