Day of departure

Tuesday August 20, 2013

[From the trip East Coast Odyssey]

After a flight to Hobart the previous day, I had settled in to the boat and spent the night with friends.  I awoke on Tuesday with a sense of anticipation for the voyage we were about to undertake, a real modern-day adventure.  Stepping outside into the cold I realised that it had snowed overnight, a reminder that parts of this trip will be hard (and at times very cold), but this couldn’t dampen my optimism.  What will we see?  Birds? Whales?  Who knows what the Bass Strait will hold for us in winter.  The first part of the trip was a leisurely chug under power up the Derwent River, through some pretty landscape until we reached the entrance to Storm Bay.  Even before we left the mouth of the river we had our first albatross!  The Shy Albatross is the only Albatross species that breeds near continental Australia, with two colonies in Tasmanian waters.  It was the perfect herald to start our adventure with.  On our way out of the bay we also encountered a small pod of Common Dolphins, who played in our bow-wave and generally showed off their amazing swimming prowess for a few minutes before leaving us to continue our journey into the evening.




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