After spending a few days at the Flagstaff Jetty just inside the Gippsland Lakes and catching up with our friend Dickie, we headed off on Friday morning to Wilsons Promontory in very overcast conditions and threatening skies.
We flew our spinnaker for about 8 hours until it got too rowdy in the afternoon and Big O got swapped for the more sedate genoa. We thought “if only we had some images of Take It Easy with Big O flying, that would be amazing”. So we are very grateful that Andrew on the Seawind catamaran “Catatonic” took some photos as we were overtaking him!
While under Big O we caught up to a pod of four whales, all big and flexing their muscles in a display of synchronised breaching. We got close and it was a relief when they dived and got away from us!
We had to motor sail the last few hours when the wind died down and we arrived at last light in Refuge Cove, escorted by dozens of playful dolphins.
The next day was easy: just around the Prom to the opposite side, weaving our way through the islands to Oberon Bay.
The morning sun on the granite escarpments covered with orange lichen was a beautiful sight. These really feel like our ‘home waters’ and it is nice to be back and relish the spectacularly rugged seascape in the sunshine. We could keep going in the easterly breeze, but we have plenty of time, so we will rest here for a day or two and enjoy exploring the neighbouring bays.
We will get underway again probably on Monday or Tuesday to sail to Phillip Island and pick up our friend Trevor, who will accompany us to Melbourne.