As the sun rose at 5am I had the first glimpse of the Tassie coastline off St Helens. The story reads like the night before 30+ southerly winds blew up just on dark and made for a bumpy ride until approx 3am. Thank god for stabilisers! At times we were down to 2.5knts speed, the seas were very confused as there was a Northerly swell of 2m with the southerly waves to 2m. With 6hrs to go to get to Schouten Island and then we will decide what tonight will bring. . To venture forth or Not???