Smooth Operator (SB-509)

"I haven't seen such a scruffy bunch of men as you for ages" one of the sailors laughed. "You'll all need a good scrub up before they'll let you lot out on the town. " (Of Guns, Revenge and Hope. -David Lawrence Young)

Day 2 or 3 depending on what you deem to be day 1

28 April 2016 | Kilercrankie
I've been tasked to update the blog but haven't so far been able to find my way back. ( just as well I'm not the navigator )

The current update from kilercrankie (flinders island ) Heather and Brian are being perfect hosts at their little patch of paradise. For dinner last night - reef & beef with a delicate Brian 12/13 shiraz followed by Heathers tasty home preserved plums. For those wondering what the reef was a cray caught and prepared by Heather and Brian.

Back to the sailing, we are waiting for a final weather report but possibly be heading off mid afternoon for Eden with a fall back plan lakes entrance.

Yesterday sail ( motor actually) took us through hoopers straits between deal and erith island, another place to add to bucket list.

As for the crew a night in refuge wasn't exactly as we had hoped. The kapitano trying to sleep crossways on his bed, Grunter finding it easier to stay awake rather then sleep and mallee snoring blissfully. 0400 came still no coffee brought to me in bed, kapitano and Grunter up anchored and motored out before I had even got myself together. Alas a while later they both faded away to their cabins to get some shut eye in the calm waters of bass strait ( go figure ) Our arrival at kilercrankie was carried out with much pomp and ceremony with Rear Admiral Brian coming out to welcome us to his Harbour and with the exchange of gifts being asked to come ashore and be their guests.
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Vessel Name: Smooth Operator (SB-509)
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509
Hailing Port: Martha Cove Marina, Port Phillip, Australia
Crew: Kapitano, Jock (away in Siberia for the winter) Juzzy, Cupboards, Grumpy, Grunter, The Principal, Fairweather, The Bitch, Di & Eileen, plus ring-ins
About: "I haven't seen such a scruffy bunch of men as you for ages" one of the sailors laughed. "You'll all need a good scrub up before they'll let you lot out on the town. " (Of Guns, Revenge and Hope. - David Lawrence Young)
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This is an ideal race for those new to ocean racing with its shorter length (52 miles) and proximity to the coast.
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Created 13 May 2015
Sailed around a Bay course, this event provides a challenge to those who wish to test themselves in a short-handed sailing format, as well as providing valuable training for those who are contemplating participating in the short-handed division of longer races conducted by the ORCV.
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Created 9 May 2015
"I haven't seen such a scruffy bunch of men as you for ages" one of the sailors laughed. "You'll all need a good scrub up before they'll let you lot out on the town. " (Of Guns, Revenge and Hope. -David Lawrence Young)
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Created 8 May 2015
Where it all ends I can't fathom, my friends. If I knew, I might toss out my anchor. So I'll cruise along always searchin' for songs, Not a lawyer, a thief or a banker. - Jimmy Buffett
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Created 8 May 2015
This hugely popular 34 nautical mile yacht race on Port Phillip is held each year on Boxing Day and, with a course designed to sail past major bayside locations, it is popular with sailors and spectators alike. Some say there is no better way to work off the excesses of Christmas the day before.
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Created 8 May 2015
Since 1844, the Festival of Sails has played a key part in the Victorian and Australian yachting calendar. Highly competitive and diverse, the event caters to all levels of sailing from high performance racing machines to family cruisers. Evolving over the years, to culminate in its’ current format, the Festival of Sails is an iconic and fun-filled event. It offers something that no other regatta in Australia does, combining first-class racing with a brilliant Shore-side Festival, which sees 100,000 visitors flock to the stunning Geelong waterfront to soak up the summer atmosphere.
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Created 8 May 2015
We are sailing, we are sailing, home again 'cross the sea. We are sailing stormy waters, to be near you, to be free. - Rod Stewart
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Created 8 May 2015
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia’s favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event’s on-water and off-water carnival. Every August, spectators and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Australia’s largest offshore keel-boat regatta.
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Created 9 January 2014