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why land is boring
06/27/2010, port philip bay - yes it's true!

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dk down below
06/27/2010, port philip bay

ok, i do love the galley, especially the gimbled stove - such entertainment!
schnitzels on the go, salsa in the making.

heading back to melb from queenscliff weekend
06/27/2010, port philip bay

well, after a great long weekend, paul, john and myself headed back from blairgowrie on monday. we skirted the south channel and had a fantastic sunny warmish (for winter!) day, our main problem was the lack of wind - 3 kn if you coughed!
so we turned on the iron headsail and made the most of the day. decided that homemade chicken schnitzels with homemade mayo and a salsa would be the go for lunch. quite like cooking down below, although john's challenge is to cook a roast lunch in more challenging conditions!!

I also had no excuse for not using the camera so a few from the day have been included - port philip bay at its best?

Queenscliff long weekend adventure - 12-14 june 2010
dk- fine, cold winds 15-20 knots
06/26/2010, Victoria, Australia

Packed up saturday morning with Paul and John to head off to Queenscliff for the long weekend with a day sail in bass strait on the sunday.
Made sure that we had plenty of great food - must keep crew happy!
Weather was quite mild for winter, had good conditions for our arrival at Queenscliff, looking forward to a great dinner as our reward at the local pub in Queenscliff.

Sunday morning set off at a respectable hour to head out to bass strait and through 'the rip', full of anticipation! Having navigated 'the rip' headed towards Torquay with a swell of about 2 metres and the support of a few brazen albatross - johns intrepid research reveals that they were in fact 'shy albatross's although not quite so shy - magnificent gliders as they came in along side us as we headed down the coast.
spent the afternoon learning to ride the swells as we explored the coast.
headed back into queenslciff to discover what the rip is like at a flood tide - messy is the best description, I have never anything like it! from flat and glassy to sections of whirlpool with pockets of boiling water, it was quite extraordinary to see such variation in the one area.

spend sunday night tucked up at the blairgowrie yacht squadron which was serene and peaceful - it is great to wake up and realise that you cannot see melbourne! cooked a great roast and really enjoyed a great evening.

queenscliff weekend - heading home with paul and john
06/14/2010, in the bay!

a moment with the crew - paul and john after lunch?

bass strait and we are through the rip!
06/14/2010, bass strait

we made it!
we have navigated the rip and we are in bas strait for the first time. quite a calm day, up to 20 knots of wind and about a 2m swell to work with. quite a different sensation to sail with a swell compared to the chop and waves you get in port philip bay. this is a nice day in the strait, whilst it is overcast it is a good way to get the feel of the ocean as we head towards torquay.

we spent the afternoon sailing and avoiding a large number of craypot buoys thanks to my observation skills - just in time! buy the time we headed back through the rip to queenscliff we had to navigate between 5 commercial vessels coming in. we had a flood tide just to add to the excitement which made for interesting sailing as the heads managed to develop 6 different conditions - whirlpools, water boiling, straight shafts from the reef edge and glassy calm flat sections, swells and choppy waves!
all adds to the experience.

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