Our 2017 adventures with Peter Robyn a 1950 classic wooden sloop
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13 March, 2017
On the Labour Day long weekend I was hoping to head to Ralph's Bay again. I set off early this time 2.30pm. The weather was calm and I was ready for a steady motor up wind. On getting out of the Marina there was a reasonable gentle blow. I set the course for Blinking Billy and got on with raising the sails, only to find he engine stall early in the process. After several attempts to re-start I checked the fuel to find it all gone. Drifting off Wrest Point - the kind people from Tas Maritime Radio helped me with a tow back to the fuel Berth at RYCT. I think the boat was s 34' Riviera Vivacious 4 (not sure). They were very helpful and within 10 minutes I was back. Glad this didn't happen at Ralph's Bay.
Three trips to the Caltex to avoid the high Marina prices and there was 60 litres in the tank. I think Ian must have drained a fair bit when he did a service this week.
By 6.30pm I was underway. Not wanting to head far on my own now its so late I anchored up in Sandy Bay to the most peaceful night there was no wind! It was a stunning evening perfect for photography with a wonderful full moon. The sleep through was also great with no wind noise or rocking - I had a deep snooze and woke early. The sunrise didn't disappoint and there are pics below.
I tried a little fishing first thing too and got a fish to the surface with the plastic bait. They were quite frisky and were jumping out of the surface.
I waited for the wind to pick up from 1.5 knots to 2.5 and set off for Howrah. It was a good sail with breeze up to 15 knots tested on the Vaavud (a handy wind gauge for the mobile phone). There is some video below of the peaceful early times.
Gentle sailing at Howrah
26 February, 2017 - A night in Ralph's Bay
Rebecca, Sophia and I headed for Ralph's Bay. We left too late as usual into a gusty and bumpy Derwent late afternoon sea breeze. Beccy and Sophia took the ride in the cabin felt quite sick.
It took longer than the quoted hour beating into the head wind - even motoring for an hour or so.
We moored of Dixon Point with two other yachts - Talisman and another. The wind dropped at sunset and I took some images while cooking tea and enjoying a G&T. We spend a tranquil evening in still conditions and it was lovely.
Beccy woke around 3am as the wind beat in from the North West and this side of the bay was not protected from that angle. Nonetheless it wasn't a gale and soon we settled back. With Sophia working at noon we headed out at 8am to get her home. The river was flat and wind steady at 8 - 12 knots - great sailing!
13 February, 2017 - Australian Wooden Boat Festival
There is so much to write on this excellent event. The 2015 Festival inspired us to get involved in wooden boats and we were so pleased to be able to participate in this year's event on Peter Robyn. The opening parade was spectacular with so many wonderful historic boats on the water all sailing along quietly in perfect conditions. The weather was warm and with the right breeze. I was delighted to have our youngest daughter Sophia and the former owner Peter Atkins sailing with me. We kept close proximity to the other boats, particularly Westward Star (as Sophia had a friend on her) and Seasalter. The Helicopter filming the event, hovering close to the water kicking up spray created another memorable site. The radio banter between Egeria and Westward Bound was keeping everyone in tow.
Arriving in Sullivan's Cove the smooth organisation became evident. The motor boats greeted us and gave clear instructions on the bridge opening. We went into the dock uneventfully in front of thousands of onlookers to welcome us. The atmosphere was fantastic.
Over the weekend the events on the water kept us entertained and the music in the evenings did the same. Sophia and I slept all three nights and stayed up until the band stopped at 11.30pm. We slept in on the first two tranquil nights and were rocked around on night three when Rebecca stayed in too. Many friends dropped on board over the weekend and shared a drink in the buzzing atmosphere as thousands sauntered past looking at the fantastic array of boats on display.
All in all it was a great event and the rain on Monday - day 4 didn't dampen our spirits. In fact, as I motored under the bridge in Constitution Dock Sophia was disappointed we took the first opening to participate in the Regatta Sail past. She wanted to stay longer and soak up the Festivities. The sail past was another spectacle for us in close proximity to Tenacious as we rounded HMAS Choules. Heading home we were blasted with a 35 knot front that tipped the boat and drenched us - but we were happy. And we're looking forward to 2019! Thanks again to everyone involved - organisers and volunteers - it was fantastic.
I have many photos from the event and have shared some highlights below. Clicking on the photos will take you to the galleries where there are many more images. Thanks for looking.