Saturday, January 20, 2018

Meelup Long Boat - January 2018

The first crew left the Yacht Club shortly after sunrise -

Astrid, Vic $, Gail, Sharon, Paul and Bonnie

and paddled 24 kms across the bay with a cooperative wind and a following sea. They landed on the beach at Meelup in bumpy seas 2 hours and 32 minutes later, setting a new speed record for this leg! (The closest time for this crossing was 2:37, done in 2014 and again in 2017).

Crew 2 paddled out of Meelup into washing machine conditions and a head wind -

Diane, Bill, Dave, Nic, John and Vic 

which lasted the better part of the first 90 minutes of paddling. Things settled nicely as we approached Busso, arriving back at the Geographe Bay Yacht Club 2 hours and 50 minutes after launching.

This was neither the slowest time for this crossing (just under 4 hours in January of 2012!) nor the fastest (2:33 in December of 2012).

The crews:

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Vasse River Mouth Long Paddle

Two crews launched at 6 am Saturday morning and paddled 22 km round trip to the mouth of the Vasse and back. The tide was too low to allow us to get over the sandbar and paddle upstream. We were entertained by dolphins and flying fish coming home. Great to see Hihimanu and Ariki, the full "Young Guns" crew, as well as Marnie and Kimbo on SUPs on the water. (Thanks Linda for the pics).

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Camping and Paddling in Augusta

A few shots of the joint West Coast/Geographe camping weekend to Augusta in November. Launching and paddling the Blackwood:

Thank-you for the pics Annie!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Our First Full Moon Long Boat

It took us 15 minutes to rig Hihimanu and Ariki at the Dunsborough Bay Yacht Club (many hands and all that) before launching under a full moon. Our first rest came as the sun set in the west and a stairway to heaven lit up the ocean to the east. After a strong headwind for the first 60 minutes we settled into a rhythm and paddled the 20 kms home in 2 hours and 15 minutes (followed by cold beer, a classic red and fresh pizza in the shed). S'all good.

Moon's up!

First break as the sun sets.

A very restful (and well earned) second break.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Geographe Outriggers - 20 Years on the Bay!

A night of celebration but also a night of history, humour, music, wonderful food, wild dancing, reminiscing, some outright lies and much banter. 

Thank-you Jill, Marnie and Sharon for a wonderful evening.