On the morning after the Port Adelaide open day, the ships set sail for Melbourne, accompanied by the local sail training ship One and All which was sailing down as far as Kangaroo Island. Another glorious early spring day and a good spectator fleet was on hand to farewell the four ships. I popped my own boat in the water (all five metres of it!) and followed the fleet down the Port River and out into the gulf. Wind was a steady 10-12 knot northerly and the sea was near flat. Couldn’t have been a better day.
The Europa led the fleet down the Port River, surrounded by a spectator fleet of local yachts and power boats. The fleet headed north for five miles (8 km) after leaving their berths. With the light northerly breeze, it was motors on, with the jibs and stay sails set solely for decoration.
Welcome back to the third post of my tall ships series. After the open day at Port Adelaide finished, I ducked across the other side of the Port River hoping to get some good late afternoon/twilight shots of the moored ships.
If you have just arrived at this post, you may wish to first explore my two earlier tall ship posts:
I’ve probably said enough about the ships in those earlier posts, so I’ll just dive into the photos. Presented broadly in chronological order, so you can follow the changing mood as the light started out as a golden sunset and then faded to blue.