Sailing Through Bass Strait Oil Fields
We had a perfect night sail from Refuge Cove. As the sun rose into the sky it was apparent we were going to have a beautiful day and we were not disappointed. The skies were clear but unfortunately there was no wind so we were forced to motor-sail once again.
We had a lunchtime visit from a pod of dolphins. The water was so clear; we had a great time viewing them as they played in our bow wave.
As we were sailing through the Bass Strait Oil Fields there were oil rigs all around us. They appeared as huge monoliths that would have looked more at home in a Steven Spielberg movie!
We also had our first sighting of whales! We enjoyed the antics of a couple of humpbacks, and the seas were once again teaming with birdlife. We saw a few albatross which we tried to identify (we are fairly sure they were Shy Albatross).
Into our second night sail we had eight oil rigs around us and, as the sun fell, they lit up like small cities in the night sky. The setting sun was a glorious ball of red and orange.
I am getting use to the night sailing and I now don’t find it so daunting. However, when the night is a dark as pitch, completely devoid of the moon and stars, it is difficult to relax as you rush into complete darkness at 6knots; blindly being propelled forward and hoping the GPS and radar are still working!
At about 0900 the next day we were crossing the Victorian/New South Wales boarder. Once again we toasted the mile stone with a nip. This time a small shot of Glayva. Another glorious day lots of seals and more humpback whales to see as we neared Eden.
We moored at the wharf in Eden and I’ll tell you more about that soon….
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