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abel's tempest by heemskerk

Through the violent tempests that raged around the coast of Tasmania, Dutchman Abel Tasman navigated his flagship, the Heemskerk, finally sighting the island’s west coast in 1642.  Many of Tasman’s attempts to land were thwarted by these huge winds which, while frustrating Tasman, are integral to creating the cool climate that Tasmania’s vineyards thrive in. As a results, it has become one of Australia’s premier cool climate regions.