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Australia : Victoria

3.3 km (2.0 miles) WSW of Beaumaris, VIC, Australia
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 38°N 35°W

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Half Moon Bay launching ramp and jetty #3: GPS #4: Quiet Corner #5: Rickett's Point

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  38°S 145°E (visit #1)  

#1: Coriolis anchored at the confluence

(visited by Graham Wolstenholme)

11-Oct-2000 -- My GPS finally returned from it's early Spring holiday galavanting around central Australia in a four wheel drive. Sadly, it's driver had disregarded his instructions to visit any confluences he passed by.

Anyway, 'twas a sunny day, a 5 knot southerly was gently blowing across Port Phillip Bay and it was a day for sailing!

This confluence is actually very close to the area I grew up in. I launched Coriolis, my Dennis 500 trailer sailer, from Black Rock Yacht Club at Half Moon Bay (Picture #2) and motored out clear of the breakwater. After heading out into the bay on port tack for a while I decided if I wanted to get home before dark I had best motor to the confluence and engaged the iron spinnaker.

Upon arrival at this completely undistinguished location (and I thought 38S 144E in the middle of a paddock was plain) I discovered that anchoring within 10 metres of THE SPOT in 20 metres of water wasn't as straightforward as I had hoped.

The remaining photographs were duly taken, showing various features on the shoreline a mile away, which will be familiar to locals, some traffic I encountered, and your narrater and intrepid adventurer. And of course the all important GPS shot.

Later examination of the track file recorded revealed I had passed within 20 metres and closer several times in my efforts to anchor right at the confluence, but the GPS shot is sadly, ever so slightly off.

Finally, having used all my film (no cat pictures this time) I headed home to Black Rock on a dead run, pondering how to set up my spinnaker for singlehanded operation. I finished a delightful afternoon by buying fish and chips from the shop next to the school I attended as a child and visiting my parents.

Two maps are provided showing the location of the confluence within Port Phillip Bay and showing the actual track record on a more local map. These maps were generated using the Auslig mapping product "Australia Unfolded" and are presented within "OziExplorer" GPS software. The track running along the foreshore is downloaded from the US Government Coastline extractor service and uploaded into the Garmin GPS12XL using OziExplorer. URLs for these are below:
http://www.auslig.gov.au
http://www.oziexplorer.com
http://crusty.er.usgs.gov/coast/getcoast.html


 All pictures
#1: Coriolis anchored at the confluence
#2: Half Moon Bay launching ramp and jetty
#3: GPS
#4: Quiet Corner
#5: Rickett's Point
#6: The intrepid voyager
#7: Large map
#8: Small map
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In Port Phillip Bay, about 2.6 km from land.