30-Aug-2014 -- Having visited a couple of other confluences back in 2003 with Doug Roberts,(29S 151E a story worth reading)) I have always kept an eye on incomplete confluences just in case the opportunity arises to do one.
I live in Lakes Entrance Victoria and I am a member of the Volunteer Coast Guard. I put it to the members that 38S-148E had not been visited and as it was just 7Nm from us, it would make a good navigation exercise.
Bright and early on Saturday 30th August 2104 we decided that the sea condition would be suitable. We had sufficient members turn up for training that we could crew two vessels. These being CG18 "PinkyB" 31ft Noosacat and CG218 "The Goose" 16ft Rigid inflatable. We crossed the entrance bar in slight to moderate conditions and headed to the way-point some 7nm South East. It was a relatively smooth trip at approx 22knts for the larger vessel and a some what bouncy trip for those in the inflatable.
Once at the way-point it became a challenge to get the vessel in position to show all zeros. Patience paid off eventually and we were able to achieve it. There is very little to see out there, Australia can be made out low on the horizon to the north and Northwest. Snapper Oil rig is just visible to the South. East and West is just ocean. After a photo shoot we headed back.
A school of dolphins briefly tagged along. The entrance had become a little rougher with waves breaking across it. We had a few break close to us on the way in, but nothing too dangerous. After that it was back to our rooms for a cuppa and breakfast.