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PostPosted: Sep 17th, '16, 22:35 
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How good is this! Went for a solo sail today - my second ever. Fantastic day doing 5.5 to 6.0 knots with a max of 6.7 (according to the fish-finder, which I think might exaggerate my true speed) surfing a wave back into Manly.

I thought it was pretty good to see a couple of bottlenose dolphins about 20m behind me east of Green Island. But, about an hour later I sailed past a Humpback Whale and calf in Raby Bay. Not easy getting photos with a tiller in one hand and an iPhone in the other. The other boat in the shot is obviously taking a good look, but I had a fresh wind behind me and couldn't change course easily without jibing, so had to breeze on through. You beauty!


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Lucky sod. :lol: It's just great having a good sail without the extra bonus of seeing all that wildlife. A day to remember. 8)

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... and the best shot I have of the Bottlenose Dolphins


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PostPosted: Sep 17th, '16, 23:06 
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Cooper wrote:
Lucky sod. :lol: It's just great having a good sail without the extra bonus of seeing all that wildlife. A day to remember. 8)

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It certainly was. Everything went well. Fantastic day. Until, in the evening, I found out the hard way why you should apply sun-screen to your knees early and often before setting out in shorts.

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Wear longer shorts, or beach pants even if you are just sailing and not getting into the water. :lol:

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Dolphins are great to watch. We regularly get Hectors Dolphins swimming along with us. In my stinky boat days I even had them swimming just behind the boat while launching.

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Spotting whales in the bay ! That is fantastic. Apparently they come in to give the calf a rest. (Source: marine biologist on whale watching tour last year)

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Plus one for the light-weight beach shorts that come down to halfway down the calf. They dry easily if you get them wet and even when you sit down they cover the knees.

Not that we get much sun down here at the moment :(

We have enjoyed a few sails where dolphins have joined us and they are memorable but being near whales would be a step higher. They are magical things.

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Peter Yates wrote:
Plus one for the light-weight beach shorts that come down to halfway down the calf. They dry easily if you get them wet and even when you sit down they cover the knees.

Not that we get much sun down here at the moment :(

We have enjoyed a few sails where dolphins have joined us and they are memorable but being near whales would be a step higher. They are magical things.



At the moment in Victoria we need to protect our knees from drowning rather than sunburn.

I have learnt always wear LONG shorts, long sleeves and a collar

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