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Gift-Wrapped


Is someone due for a surprise present on the Swan River?

Or is it just to keep the birds away?

Yachting on the Swan #5


As the race neared its end, I moved from the jetty to the finish line.

I looked along the riverbank and spotted someone enjoying a different version of the river life. One which predates the arrival of sail on the Swan.

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Looking down, I was struck by the  water’s edge which changed with every small wave break.

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Looking up I was able to capture the moment of victory. Just before I jumped out of my skin as the finish horn “BLAAAPPPED” behind me.

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As the fleet passed through the finish line, they prepared to leave the water and wash down their boats, prior to the post-race boastings.

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They will be back again next week, weather permitting, and they will do it all again.

Yachting on the Swan #4


For teh spectator, there are long gaps in watching a sailboat race.

Although, with a camera in hand there is never a moment wasted.

There are always challenges and unusual angles to find as well as surroundings to frame.

I happened to glance down at the jetty I was standing on and was struck by the different surfaces on which I was standing. Thirty, fifty maybe even eighty years worth of old and new wooden planks. With the river glinting between. I was also struck by the different screws and bolts used as fasteners.

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The water was always changing and I am fascinated by the shape of the waves left in the wake of the larger power boats.  These had passed me and were heading for shore.

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Then I wondered about what was underneath the jetty, so I walked back to the shore and looked. The reeds  made a great reflection in this sheltered little space.

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All the while, I was keeping an eye on the racing and they were getting closer to the finish with their second-last turn, back into the now very strong sea gale. This was the middle of the fleet and some were having difficulties.

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Yachting on the Swan #3


As I mentioned in the previous post on this subject, the sea breeze was beginning to blow.

It became stronger; the more the afternoon wore on, the harder the breeze blew until it was close to 20-25 knots.

For some of the competitors it became a real challenge!

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Lasers seem to be fairly easy to right after a slight miscalculation.

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For others, in the mirror-class fleet, the downwind legs were sheer fun. Tiny spinnakers proudly set and skimming across the waves on their return from Windan Bridge.

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Yachting on the Swan


I spent yesterday afternoon wandering around the Mayland’s Yacht Club. Watching a race and getting sunburnt.

Naturally I had my trusty Pentax with me and I was able to take a few shots of, not only the boats, but also a number of other sights which caught my eye.

So this week I will be posting images from two sources. Sculpture by the Sea you have already been introduced to and now the first from my Maylands visit.

I found a “Mirror” class yacht just going with the breeze. The crew just lazing, playing with the water.

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After an hour of preparation on shore, the rest of the fleet was ready to hit the water for the start of the race.

About half a dozen “Mirrors” and a whole lot more single-manned “Laser” yachts were entering the river. Just as a light sea breeze was beginning to blow.

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Watching a yacht race can be like watching grass grow for the spectators so not all of the images in this series will be of people mucking around in boats.

Tomorrow I will be showing off an unexpected friend.