Any port in a storm

Wednesday August 21, 2013

[From the trip East Coast Odyssey]

It took me a while to adjust to the motion of the waves, so I was a bit ginger this morning, but fortunately as the day progressed I improved dramatically.  We had passed Tasman Island during the night and were making our way to the Freycinet Peninsula.  We had some special birds on the way, with our first Buller’s Albatross and Wandering Albatross of the trip, and our first Providence and Great-winged Petrels also. These are all beautiful seabirds and though I have seen them many times before it was like greeting old friends.  Buller’s Albatross particularly is a really strikingly beautiful bird and one I am always glad to see. During the day the weather forecasts became progressively worse, until it was decided we would have to seek shelter for the evening to ride out the unpleasant conditions.  We ended up in the late evening sailing into a spectacular rocky area that opened up into a bay with a pure white sandy beach.  This little gem of a safe anchorage was called Brian’s Corner, and we were very happy to be able to spend the night in such a beautiful place.




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