THE Kiss Goodbye to MS jet ski attempt on Bass Strait reached Deal Island yesterday after forecast smooth seas turned nasty.
Launceston electrician Dale Quinn is leading the Bass Strait Jet ski Challenge and posted the team's progress on Facebook yesterday afternoon.
"Got to Deal Island. Got smashed by huge swells and wind. It was forecast as smooth.
"Staying here the night because it's taken over 3 hrs to cover about 70km. We still have 100 to go."
Two modified jet skis, ridden by Mr Quinn and his friend Rod Wilson, left Musselroe Bay, in the state's north-east, at dawn yesterday for the crossing.
The party was planning to island-hop across Bass Strait past Cape Barren Island, Flinders Island and Deal Island until they reach Port Albert in Victoria.
The jet skis are equipped with extra fuel, food and camping equipment as well as GPS and radios.
The group had raised more than $5000 for the Kiss Goodbye to MS charity, a branch of MS Research Australia.
Information on the attempt can be found at www.kissgoodbyetoms.org and search for Bass Strait Jet Ski Challenge.