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.
Welcome to my second post following the visit of the Dutch Tall Ships to Australia. In the first post here, I covered a chance encounter with the ships in Fremantle Harbor.
Five weeks on, and the ships have made it to Adelaide for a short stopover before continuing on their way to Melbourne and then onto Sydney for the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review.
On Saturday 31st August, the ships were open to the public visitors, and quite a crowd turned out for what was a glorious early spring day.
Joining the Europa, Oosterschelde and the Tecla for the open day were the local sailing vessels Falie and the One and All, and the historic steam tug Yelta.
I wandered down to Port Adelaide late in the afternoon and added some more images to my growing set of tall ship photos.
The English sail training ship, the Lord Nelson, joined the Dutch tall ships in Adelaide, as she too makes her way towards Sydney. Completed in 1986, she is designed for both able bodied and disabled crew members to actively participate in the sailing of the ship.
The centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet into Sydney will be commemorated in October 2013. Both naval and tall ships have been invited to Sydney to celebrate the event. Indications are that there will be six international tall ships coming to Australia for the occasion.
I happened, by pure co-incidence, to be in Perth five weeks ago when the three Dutch tall ships arrived in Australia from South Africa via Mauritius. They’d come into Fremantle (Perth’s main port) a day before the official welcome, I suspect to avoid some pretty foul weather that was on its way.
I wonder where these ships hail from? The Oosterschelde flying the Dutch flag with the Europa behind.