Boating

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9 March 2012

Last week we were very lucky to have all the stars align to allow us to do another circumnavigation of the island. For this to happen we need the weather – and this is the hardest part to get right. Then we need the appropriate personnel available, enough coxswains and competent boat crew, and then we can take up to 6 passengers.

A month ago when we did the first circumnavigation the fog rolled down along the coast, so views of the island were limited to the shoreline. This time the team enjoyed a view of the whole escarpment. It is an 85 km trip and it takes all day to complete.

Long shot of orange boat on water with land in background
Heading down the east coast

(Photo: Eve Merfield)

Expeditioners in a rubber boat off the coast of Macquarie Island
Looking back up the east coast

(Photo: Eve Merfield)

Expeditioners in a rubber boat heading towards the shore, which is crowded with penguins
Lusitania Bay

(Photo: Eve Merfield)

Expeditioners in a rubber boat dwarfed by the steep hills on shore
Rounding the Southern Point

(Photo: Eve Merfield)

Expeditioners in two rubber boats near the shore
Carrick Bay West Coast

(Photo: Eve Merfield)

Expeditioners in a rubber boat with grassy hills in the background
Aurora Point West Coast

(Photo: Eve Merfield)

Four expeditioners in rubber boat heading away from the shore
West Coast near Aurora Point

(Photo: Eve Merfield)

Expeditioners in rubber boat heading back towards station
Station from the west

(Photo: Eve Merfield)

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