WBSW Monochromes 1: Sailing

7 to 8 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Sailing Towards Maria Island, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay Sail Walk

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Fortescue Bay from walk to Cape Hauy

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Views from near Cape Hauy.

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Fortescue Bay, looking north.

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Coastal wattle in flower.

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Lady Eugenie.

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Cormorants on breakwater, Canoe Bay.

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Beach, Fortescue Bay.

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Skipper James at the wheel, Sailing.

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Under sail and under way.

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Dolphin!

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Maria Island.

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The isthmus,  Maria island.

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Coastal views opposite Maria Island.

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WBSW4: Views from the Ketch

8 September 2017, At sea between Fortescue Bay and Maria Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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The previous post was views of the ketch; this is views from the ketch, as we sail from Fortescue Bay to near Maria Island.

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Looks like an airplane taking off from the clouds.

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A bit different here. Perhaps more like a seal poking it’s head above the water.

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Dolphins!  Hard to catch though.  At one point, one rolled over on its side directly below me where I was sitting on the bow and we had sustained eye-to-eye contact.

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Got lucky!  One leap, one exposure!

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As we sail along, these are of the east coast of Tasmania but I can’t be more specific than that.  Some may be of Yellow Bluff Creek Forest Reserve, some of Cape Bernier Nature Reserve and some of private land in the middle.

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I suspect this is the southern tip of Maria Island and many of the following ones are also of Maria Island.

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This must be the sandy neck that connects the two parts of Maria Island, rather like Bruny Island.  We return here the next morning.

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On the last ones, we are heading towards our anchorage for the night, off the coast of the “mainland”.  I’m not sure what we are looking at here but it’s to the north.  Maybe Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island.

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Sunset is upon us.

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This and the next one are definitely on the coast of the “mainland”.

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You might have to click on the image for a larger view to see it clearly but this island is starting to lift out of the sea.  Probably becoming full of methane as a consequence of global warming.  I was lucky to catch it in time before it shook itself free of the sea and zoomed off into the sky.

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We are at or near our anchorage for the night, on the coast of the Tasmanian “mainland”.  Not sure exactly where, perhaps Boot Bay.

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WBSW3: Sailing

8 September 2017, At sea between Fortescue Bay and Maria Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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After our morning’s walk we headed off from Fortescue Bay towards Maria Island.

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This is the cockpit, I think, where we are able to sit in comfort enclosed from the weather and the spray and watch the world go by….

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Skipper James at the wheel.

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We were lucky with the conditions.  We had a good breeze behind us so we were able to cruise along under sail.  The main sail is up, slightly reefed.

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… and a jib is up on a fore mast.

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Looking up, at the bow.

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We were making so much headway that even the ocean was curving away from the boat.

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Looking back from the bow.

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Of course, there was also the passing countryside to observe.

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More from the stern, now.

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Silhouettes in the sun.

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Mitch, the cook, at the bow.

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Looking back from the bow.

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This one of me taken by the outgoing captain (whose name escapes me at the moment).  Mitch in the background.

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WBSW2: Canoe Bay

8 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Canoe Bay, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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Overnight, we moored nearby at Canoe Bay and in the morning went for a short walk of an hour or so back to Fortescue Bay along the Tasman Trail that runs through the bush along the coast.

 

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These cormorants must be on an old ship sunk as a breakwater for Canoe Bay.  I probably took this from the yacht or the zodiac.

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Jools crossing the bridge over Walkers Creek.

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Ferns fading away.

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A patch of coastline with a small wedge of Fortescue Bay beach in the distance.

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We walked through some fairly damp forest.

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… and after a while came out at Fortescue Bay Beach.

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WBSW1: Cape Hauy

7 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Cape Hauy, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 1

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A few weeks earlier, I undertook the Overland Track in Winter with the Tasmanian Walking Company.  Now, also with the same company, Jools and I were starting off on the six-day Wineglass Bay Sail Walk.  Each day we would go for walks in wild locations on the east coast of Tasmania and then we would sail on a 23-metre (75 foot) ketch to the next location.

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Looking back at the beach at Fortescue Bay.

We met at a hotel in Hobart at 7am and were driven through Eaglehawk Neck to Fortescue Bay, on the east cost of the Tasman Peninsula.  Here we commenced a four-hour return walk to Cape Hauy.

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Banksia Marginata.

There were five of us, plus a guide.  Later on the boat we would meet the two skippers (one handing over to the other) and the cook.

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Looking north.  Maria Island in the distance to the right.  We are to be heading in that direction.

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Cheverton Rock.

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Looking out to the end of the cape with Cheverton Rock in the distance (I had a long lens for the previous shot).

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Straight down.

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Looking south towards Cape Pillar.

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A small stack below the cliffs.

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We are walking back by this time.

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Here you can see the Tasman Island Lighthouse poking up behind the end of the Cape Pillar peninsula.

In 1987 I photographed Tasman Island Lighthouse from Cape Pillar as part of the From Dusk Till Dawn project.  One of those images became the frontispiece of the book (fourth image in this post).

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Looking back at Cheverton Rock.

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Looking north.  The rocks are about four kilometres away.  I was told their name but don’t remember.

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Rain was threatening but didn’t eventuate.

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Coastal wattle in flower.

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Now back near the Fortescue Bay beach,  some of our party are heading out to the Lady Eugenie, our home for the next five nights.

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