As you sail out of the marina at Hobart’s Derwent Sailing Squadron a myriad of gorgeous inshore sailing options open to you. Turn left and you will soon find yourself drifting past the Sydney to Hobart Finish line and Hobart’s famous Constitution Dock where you can pull in for a coffee or fish and chips at Fish Frenzy adjacent to the public wharf. Continue sailing past the fishing and Antarctic research vessels and you can pass under the towering pylons of the Tasman Bridge adjacent to the Bellerive Yacht Club. Exploring Cornelian Bay and the higher reaches of the Derwent estuary as far as the Bowen Bridge make a magnificent and interesting day sail.
If you take a right turn south from the Derwent Sailing Squadron marina even more options open up. For day sailing, the Derwent estuary offers plenty of room to explore and admire Mt Wellington and the coastline it surveys. There are numerous little bays and beaches like Nutgrove, Long Beach and beyond Blinking Billy, MaryAnn Bay, which are perfect for dropping the anchor for a afternoon picnic or swim. Keep sailing an hour or two further south you pass, Alum Cliffs, Iron Pot and Storm Bay and enter the sheltered waters of D’Entrecasteaux Channel. About 30nm long the D’Entrecasteaux Channel is the waterway between Bruny Island and mainland Tasmania. This provides miles of glorious sheltered sailing and many beautiful anchorages.
On the way, Killora beach is a popular day spot with crystal blue water and a lovely picnic beach. Popular spots to visit are the all-weather anchorage Duckpond part Barnes Bay which is a large bay offering a calm place to spend a night even in the heaviest weather. Kettering directly opposite Barnes Bay, offers a public wharf and marina facility with an honesty box for your overnight stay, if you wish to head for dinner at the Kettering Pub by the roaring fire in winter or Pasha’s Turkish on a Sunday. Head back to Alexander’s Bay overlooking a beautiful historical house and cherry farm if you do not want to stay!
Heading South from Barnes Bay or Kettering you can grab a mooring at Peppermint Bay for lunch and then overnight at Missionaries Bay which is great in Northerly. Kids love catching a flathead or two.
SailTime Hobart Members aboard SailTime vessels have free access to the Derwent Sailing Squadron String of Pearls Moorings which are in fantastic locations and can be booked ahead to provide additional level of comfort. Try the one near the Bruny Island Cheese Company!
If you are looking for a couple of days away. Further south places like the Quarries and Cygnet with it’s great restaurants and hotels and Dover near the mouth of the Huon River make great places to visit.
Or alternatively, the large and untouched eastern sailing area of Norfolk Bay awaits past Iron Pot and Betsy Island, to idyllic Lime Bay, Dunalley for it’s hotel and fish shop, Eaglehawk Neck, Nubeena and Tasman Peninsula areas also offer beautiful and exciting sailing options.
The Tasmanian coastline varies from beautiful green farmlands to raw ocean cliffs to native bushland down to the water covered in mussels and oysters. Sailors often find themselves anchored in a beautiful cove with no one else in sight. Encounters with native wildlife are almost guaranteed with seals, dolphins, sea eagles, and many other ocean species calling the waterways home. Whales and Orcas have been sighted in the River Derwent, Channel and Storm Bay.
To have all these beautiful sailing options right on Hobart’s doorstep makes it even more remarkable.
Affordable Memberships are available of SailTime Yachts based at Derwent Sailing Squadron Marina, Marieville Esplanade Sandy Bay. Enquire about a free trial sail and start sailing in Southern Tasmania now!
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