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Tuesday 7 December 2021

Sailing the calm waters of southern Tasmania

Discover one of Tasmania's best-kept travel secrets.

The Huon River is a beautiful, calm waterway in the south of state that flows through the lovely Huon Valley and empties to the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, before flowing into the Tasman Sea.

The river is named after the French Navy officer and explorer Jean-Michel Huon de Kermadec.

It is a delightful stretch of water on which to spend a few hours, or a day or two, sailing in a locally built traditional wooden former fishing ketch known as the Kerrawyn.

Built in Port Cygnet, the 72-year-old Kerrawyn, has been repurposed for leisure over the past seven years and even has facilities for six people to sleep in comfort.

Owners Anastasia Konstantinidis and David Golding offer morning and afternoon calm water cruises with tasty locals treats including ciders from Franks (just across the road from where the ship is berthed) and spirits from Port Cygnet Distillery.

Port Cygnet Distillery made some very special bottles to raise money for the finishing touches to the Kerrawyn, 

The bottles have been individually hand thrown for the distillery by local potter Ian Clare, a local  professional studio potter trained under Japanese master potter Shigeo Shiga.

The spirits come from one of Australia's smallest distilleries, using a 30-litre copper pot still that produces 50 bottles per batch. 

The boat can be chartered for longer adventures, to Bruny Island perhaps, or just a short trip from Cygnet Wharf, where it is moored on market days.

Special trips may include day sails with lunch, booking the whole boat or overnight trips.

On our recent afternoon voyage we passed all manner of bird life, a number of small sailing vessels and one brave octogenarian on a sailboard.

A marvellous chance to simply sit and contemplate the world.  

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