Capsize on the St Helens Bar Tasmania sailing Moonlight

Capsize on the St Helens Bar Tasmania sailing Moonlight


St Helens is a small seaside township
on the east coast of Tasmania and there is a channel that goes out into the
Tasman Sea sentiments bar is well-known as a place where lots of people have
come to grief it was back in 1990 and we were camping with some friends once in
George’s Bay it’s aunt Helens in Tasmania just near the bar that goes out
into the Tasman Sea we had our little cruising dingy moonlight and our three
children who were ranging from about six to four I think at that stage our
friends were honest and out of six they also had three children the weather had
been beautiful and we thought it would be safe to take moonlight out through
this and Helen’s bar and across to a spot where we plan to do some snorkeling
to catch some crayfish and some abalone so we loaded three children into the
boat with life jackets and two adults with wetsuits and we headed out through
the mouth of the river into the Tasman sea we headed across in a
southeasterly direction to the rocky outcrop where we were planning to do
some snorkeling it was perfectly flat when we started
out but about half way across the bay we noticed that the swirl was starting to
pick up quite dramatically in fact and the little boat was struggling to get up
over the crest of the waves a large set of waves came through and it was just
too much for moonlight we found ourselves washed up on the
shore we push the boat up onto the sand and bailed her out
so we drained the petrol out dried it out as best as we could put it all back
together and being a little Honda it started first time interestingly the
children and my friend decided that they would walk back while I renegotiated
about getting back in so I powered up the motor and headed back through which
I managed to traverse with no trouble and this time there are many things to learn
from an incident like this first thing is never to underestimate what can
happen with the falling tide and rising swells within just a few minutes the
situation can change dramatically fortunately we had the sense to put live
checkers on all the children it may have been quite difficult to handle
being in the water without live checkers back to camp
to share the stories it was interesting that a few weeks later we were driving
with our three children in the car and my oldest daughter said dad I will never
get in a boat again what she didn’t know was that the niece
and I had already committed to two years at sea on MV door loss not only would
Madeline get to go on a boat again but she get to live on one permanently for
two years in early 1993 we sold everything packed our possessions into
five large nylon bags and loaded our kids onto a 747 headed fish Sri Lanka
the MV doulas became our home for the next two years as we worked as
volunteers taking books aid and hope to some of the poorest countries in the
world the MV Dulles was built in 1914 just two years after the Titanic in 1993
she was the oldest ocean-going passenger liner in the world we ventured from
India to Africa the Middle East Europe and the Mediterranean if you subscribe
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