Recluses at Sea

As we sail away from Melbourne, we enjoy the return to our cruising lifestyle while practicing self-isolation and social distancing!

Illawarra Sailing

Although from the right direction, the breeze has not been very strong along the Illawarra coast, so no record breaking speed over the two days it took us to get south of Sydney. Just a motor sail from Batemans Bay to Crookhaven Heads, where we stopped for the night, then a spinnaker sail to Port…

Lakes Entrance at dawn

We’ve turned the corner!

When the new sounder and cable arrived on 16 May at 2.30pm it took only half an hour for us to test it, confirm it all worked, pay the nasty bill for it, and get out of Paynesville! You have never seen a crew moving that quickly!

Shy albatross in flight

Life on the Wing – Article published

When Dynamic Range Editor, Leanne Cole, asked me to put an article together for the March issue of the photography magazine – no pressure, but we need the text before Christmas and the photos soon after – I knew there could only be one thing to do: assemble the best images of the Shy Albatross I…

Bird Photography Challenge #37: Black-Browed Albatross

One of the most distinctive ocean birds we are lucky enough to see as we sail through Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean is the Black-Browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys).  We always feel privileged to see these ocean travellers and one of the world’s largest seabirds.  Having recently observed them, we felt compelled to make them…

Shy Albatross Tasmania

Vulnerable Albatrosses

Nothing is more spectacular than an albatross aloft.  Often within half an hour of leaving the Gippsland Lakes and sailing in Bass Strait, these giant seabirds make their appearance.  They use their formidable wingspans, from 2 to 3.5m, to ride the ocean winds and can glide for hours effortlessly, without rest or even a flap of their…