Port Philip Bay and Westernport trip

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Port Philip Bay and Westernport trip

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 3rd, '13, 18:41

Just returned from five glorious days sailing on port Phillip bay.

Launched Good Friday at Martha Cove. A wonderful spot with good basic but clean and new facilities. Sailed to mornington and back (with 8 on board) for lunch Sat. Saw one dolphin. Caught several fish in the space of an hour for dinner Sunday Arvo. Few more that we threw back too. Kids loved it. The only drawback with Martha cove is suitable destinations within a couple of hours. Especially with the WNW wind blowing.

Said good bye to the wife, dog and trailer Monday and headed with kids to blairgowrie. Nearly got mowed down by a tanker at hovell pile despite knowing they turn there. Luckily son had the brilliant idea of doubling back to avoid it.

Bit of a struggle to get there and a bit disappointing. The fob worked, but the key to the facilities didn't. Windy night on the exposed visitors berth. Expensive pasta at blairgowrie shops. Got a refund for the berth!

Ducked into Sorrento for exploder gas and a few supplies Tuesday morning. Raining and 20 knots. Sorrento pier treated the boat kindly.

Out to chinaman's hat to see the many seals. Solid 20 knots and outgoing tide. Destination Portarlington. Around the annulus and the all the way up west channel. Broad reach. 7-8 knots, bit of drizzle, peanut butter sandwiches. Sons guitar came out between showers.

Into the shallows of st Leonard's. Still doing 7 knots. Too shallow. Dropped the main back to 5 knots.

Got a bit confused then realized we re there already. Portarlington very sheltered. Tied up on the outside. Kids made sushi. Later a local found us a pen. Lucky as the spot we had was busy all night with mussels boats.

Sailed home this morning. SE 15-20. Pity it's a bit too shy for the kite but still a good run. Boat over 10 knots (10.4) a couple of times . Plenty between 8-9. Around three hours to Williamstown then up the river to Docklands. Left boat there and caught tram-train home. Wondering what to do next.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Cooper » Apr 3rd, '13, 18:48

Go and do it all again. :D

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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 3rd, '13, 19:03

Yes spider guy I love trip reports. Good to see you had a good time. Boat sounds great. Trip reports are how we share local knowledge.

coops I did think of filling in the gaps which means sailing melb to Geelong, Geelong to mornington and then back to melb!! That would be nearly 200 km extra. Umm!
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by zebedee » Apr 3rd, '13, 21:53

Spiderguy wrote:only 2 trip reports for easter, yours and ours...... :shock:
I'm still tied up at Lakes Entrance with the remnants of the Ultimate Association easter cruise - A Castle, a Sonata 7, an Ultimate 23 and two 18s. (We had 19 boats at Duck Arm on Saturday).
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 3rd, '13, 22:56

Forgot to mention some guy was spraying our boat with a fire hose all night on saturday. Luckily the boat didn't leak.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 5th, '13, 13:19

coops . good advice am now in mornington having sailed down from sandringham this morn. stayed there last night.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 5th, '13, 20:35

ironically having sailed back to docklands from mornington i am sitting on a defective train at parliament station.!

great trip. spinnaker run in both directions! not everyday you get that. 40 nautical miles not including the river. even caught s fish which is on the train with me.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 10th, '13, 13:54

am now in Hastings having sailed around from sorrento yesterday. stayed o night at flinders. off to collect car and trailer.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by capt_nemo » Apr 10th, '13, 18:10

Stephen,
Would really love to hear more about the trip from Sorrento to Hastings :mrgreen:
Planning, experience, thoughts and feelings, alone ???
It's on the list of my wants but its a big ocean out there :shock:
I'm still trying to fit in my first PPB circumnavigation :|

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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 10th, '13, 18:31

it was an uneventful trip. all the planets lined eg weather tides and holidays!! so i decided to go. i actually took this week off to allow time for such a trip. i spent Monday getting ready, including safety stuff, drove down to sorrento Mon evening, rigged the boat and slept in it. stack water at the heads was 7.49am so i launched and headed off about 7. just motored out.
put the sails up but there was little wind and it was dead ahead. so i motored for an hour then tried again with more luck. the swell and chop makes it hard to sail in light winds. very frustrating.
anyway the wind cooperated and i passed cape schanck at 1.30 then it wad easier. pulled into flinders about 4.

i think you would be seriously stuffed if the weather turned bad. i found the action of the buoyant castle very fast which makes it easy to lose you balance. mainly when motoring.
i did it solo which obviously makes it harder but less lives at stake. seriously though i was only a couple of miles offshore. i think worse case scenario you would lose the boat to the shore or require a tow.

the area around flinders has plenty to look out for including reefs. this morning i thought the swell was going ti break off macafees bank in the middle there despite me keeping well south.

lots of wildlife including seeing a few albatriss for the first time.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Pipalini » Apr 10th, '13, 18:46

Sounds like a great window for it!

Having sailing from Wilson Prom to the Heads in a 25-30kt ESE breeze I can tell you it gets pretty nasty out there! We were getting knocked about and that was in a 50' boat.

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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by zebedee » Apr 11th, '13, 00:44

Castle 610 wrote:...i did it solo which obviously makes it harder but less lives at stake...
You've got the solo bug... Next you'll be buying a tillerpilot!
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Tymadman » Apr 11th, '13, 18:41

zebedee wrote:
Castle 610 wrote:...i did it solo which obviously makes it harder but less lives at stake...
You've got the solo bug... Next you'll be buying a tillerpilot!
...and a remote control for it :-)
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Pipalini » Apr 11th, '13, 18:56

Good idea - and a great big battery to power it as well :)
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by ricdanger » Apr 12th, '13, 22:24

I'm confused. I could swear I saw castle610 tied up at newlands arm on sun morning. Have you got a teleporter on board ??
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 12th, '13, 23:00

ca610 is zebs boat now. rollercoaster. don't know how to change my user name!! Sunday i was racing with mtyc.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by zebedee » Apr 12th, '13, 23:19

ricdanger wrote:I'm confused. I could swear I saw castle610 tied up at newlands arm on sun morning. Have you got a teleporter on board ??
That's where I thought I was too...

CA610 the person and CA610 the boat no longer sail together.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 13th, '13, 09:58

leaving the heads.
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 13th, '13, 10:22

off st Andrews
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Re: PBB Easter and beyond

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 13th, '13, 10:30

cape schanck behind. ease the sheets.
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Sorrento to Flinders

Post by Castle 610 » Apr 18th, '13, 21:44

I put together a you tube of the sorrento to flinders trip from my bits and pieces of video captured on the day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV8_SA5xt7A

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Re: Port Philip Bay and Westernport trip

Post by Tymadman » Apr 19th, '13, 08:01

A relaxing trip by the look if it. Now I can't wait for the weekend!
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