We enjoyed a ” Farm Xmas Lunch” at Alan’s sisters farm with his family and Nicole got to see the 1-2 week old piglets, down on the farm.
We headed back down the Midlands Highway and stopped at St Peters Pass for a comfort stop and to enable Nath and Nicole to look at the shaped trees in the park then it was back to the marina for a meal with Eva and Duncan, as usual on Christmas Day you eat all day!
Boxing Day morning and the sun was shinning and it didn’t take long for us to throw off the docklines and head south to Nubeena, a small inlet on the Tasman Peninsular, 28nm from Hobart. As the sun set behind the headland we all enjoyed throwing a line to try and catch a feed of flathead. With not much success I luckily had Plan B out of the freezer. It was a very quiet night and early the next morning we motored out past the men working on the Salmon fish farms to head north east to Norfolk Bay where we went as far to windward as possible and then drifted back across the bay and managed to catch several feeds of flathead. That evening we anchored in Lime Bay. We were still enjoying fine weather so early next morning we once again drift fished our way back across the bay until the afternoon sea breeze got up then it was time to head for the safety of Dodges Ferry. Here we went through the narrow channel between the rocky outcrops on one side and the sand dunes opposite, where the current runs out from the huge mass of water, Pittwater.
It was a 5am start for Alan and I as we had to be back in Hobart to meet with Alans cousin at the Taste Festival – a huge food and wine festival around the wharf area of Hobart. On arrival to Sandy Bay we noticed one of the big maxi yachts in the Sydney Hobart, Ran, heading for the finish line, so we went to cheer them over the line.