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M2G - passage race to Geelong
DK
09/16/2010, Port Philip Bay

Graf Spee making her way to Geelong in the Melbourne to Geelong race last weekend.

We had two crew join us, Patricia L and Natalie S from RBYC. Patricia is a very experienced 'yachtie' who really got the best out of Graf Spee.

The photo is taken by Steb Fisher the 'official' picture man for the ORCV - and he has taken some great shots of us in action - not the sort of photos you get without sitting in a dingy watching the action pass you by!

We managed a respectable 3rd in our division which is great given it is our first real race and we managed it with a No 3 jib in 10 knots of wind - and yes we are thinking gennaker.

more photos to come!

zip wind and a great day for it
dk
07/25/2010, port philip bay

the day is sunny and warm but zip wind - we are struggling to find a breeze as we make our way up the bay.

RBYC - home!
dk
07/25/2010, port philip bay

a view from the pier at RB Yacht Club one afternoon after sneaking in a day sail!

salty poodle
dk
07/01/2010, port philip bay

nikki our poodle enjoys a sail on days up to 15 knots - too much of a heal means she spends her time on the bed in the main cabin with plenty of pillows for comfort!


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
dk
06/14/2010, in the bay!

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

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