A PERFECT SAIL Surrounded by Whales – Free Range Sailing Ep 106

A PERFECT SAIL Surrounded by Whales – Free Range Sailing Ep 106


– Come up closer into the wind. We’re pulling into–
(crank grinding) (upbeat music) – Oh, I got too close. – Oh, geez,
(laughing) it’s all gone to your head. (vocalizing) That’s Pascale making whale. (upbeat music) (whales blowing) (gentle music) – [Pascale] Welcome to Free Range Sailing. – [Troy] Join us as we
sail around Australia visiting its wild places in our 30 foot, 50-year-old sailing boat, Mirrool. – [Pascale] Living off the land and sea while sailing a yacht that
costs less than a new car. – [Troy] We show that
it’s possible to have big adventures with a sea-worthy
boat on a very modest budget. (gentle music) (upbeat music) – [Pascale] After almost two
weeks at Lady Musgrave Island, it was time to finally say
goodbye to the Great Barrier Reef and continue our journey
south to Fraser Island. (gentle music) – Well we’ve been listening to whales– (vocalizing) That’s Pascale being a whale. So we’ve been listening to
whales all week, really, while we’ve been diving
here at Lady Musgrave. And we’re about to say
farewell to the reef and head on down into Hervey Bay. Now we’ve been there before,
and we just sort of made a blistering run of it,
but we’re going to go spend a week or two down there this time. Because the whales on
their southern migration usually stop at Hervey Bay, and we’d really like to
get a closer look at ’em. So the easterlies here,
the weatherman has lived up to his word, and we’re going
to get a sail down this Hervey. – The wind was right to
sail off our mooring. While dropping the mooring
line, having the head sail back ensures we turn off
in the right direction without using the engine. (gentle music) ♪ My faults held me back ♪ ♪ But you wouldn’t let them ♪ – [Pascale] We sailed storing
well and the boat on course. Troy set the wind vane and we enjoyed a sail in silence.
♪ When you found me ♪ ♪ Down the hallway ♪ – [Pascale] Wedging the tiller
pilot behind our aft board engine keeps it safe but
ready to use at any time. – Well that’s bit of
peace and quiet restored, no wind generator, and now
that we got a little bit more wind, basically we’re
going into a light breeze so the boat would pretty
much steer itself. So it makes sense just to
have it on the wind vane, rather than having a noisy
little electric thing. You don’t like it, do you Pascale? – [Pascale] No, even
after we’ve turned it off I can still hear it. It haunts me. – I noticed the tiller’s
a little bit offline. It should only be about five degrees. So I think I could probably
just take a little bit out of that mainsail. What are we doing? We’re still doing five knots, aren’t we? ♪ Baby I can’t help but
wonder where our time goes ♪ ♪ Honey your love flows like
breezes through the window ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Can’t you see girl
what it’s doing to me ♪ ♪ I’m a step back, baby,
you’re a step forward ♪ (gentle music) – Well the wind’s
definitely in our favor now. I said before we were
going to leave when looking for an easterly and so it’s
just slightly south of east which means the tail have
run down into Hervey Bay. It’s a nice close reach,
which means we’re doing about six and a half knots. We are heeled over a little bit, but the seas aren’t too bad, you know. We’re not wearing greenies over the bow or anything like that. And it’s even got to the
point where Pascale said she’s going to just
whip up a bit of a stew, which is amazing. But she can handle things like that a bit better than I can. I sort of lose my temper when I start dropping things down in a galley. Not the easiest
circumstances in the world. – No, but I was too busy
having fun going on a sup to prepare food before we
went sailing, so now I suffer. It’s not actually that bad. It’s not that bad at all. – [Troy] Considering
we’re doing six knots. – Yeah, what are we? Almost close-hauled there. There’s just no sea. – [Troy] We’re at a very close reach. We’re not quite close-hauled. I’m just amazed at how
well you manage this stuff. Maybe just your calmer temperament means that you’re better at cooking stuff. (laughing) (waves splashing) – Whoa! (bowl banging) – [Troy] So what are you
whipping up there, Paskie? – It’s kind of a cheat meal. It’s a Japanese stew. So we got given these, gifted
these packets of stew mix, which it’s got like all
spices and veggie powder and stuff like that in
it, and probably MSG. – [Troy] Yes. (laughing) – So I’m just chopping up
vegetables and simmering them in some olive oil and
then I’m going to add mackerel. Once I’ve added this stew mixture in water I’ll add the mackerel as well. We’ll have a mackerel stew
and I’ve got cous cous. Yeah, I just pour boiling
water onto cous cous, ’cause that’s really easy to
cook while we’re underway. We’ve only had scroggin and
junk food noodles today. – [Troy] Scroggin, that’s real food.
– Is that all you’ve had? – [Troy] That’s real food. – Yeah, but it’s not a meal. It’s not a hot meal. (gentle music) As night fell, we were making good speed. Which saw us at Fraser Island for some sunrise whale watching. (gentle music) (water splashing) (laughing) (whale blowing) – [Troy] Geez. Geez, look at whale breath. (laughing) (water splashing) (whale blowing) – [Troy] It’s going to
come under the boat. Look, look, look! – [Pascale] Whoa, that is crazy. (water splashing) (whale blowing) – [Pascale] So we’ve made it! – What did you think of that Pascale? – [Pascale] That was awesome. That was probably my
best morning watch ever, it was a whale spotting watch. – So what Pascale was so happy about, we sailed off our mooring
yesterday afternoon and we didn’t actually have
to turn on the main engine till we got into Hervey Bay here, when the wind finally died
on us in the wee early hours and I handed over to Pascale at about three o’clock this morning. And you sort of watched
the sunrise with whales, didn’t you Paskie? – [Pascale] I did. – So it’s been really good. Yeah, so we were blasting down. We were doing seven knots for a lot of it and then we slowed down
when the wind eased off around about ten o’clock, I think. But we made tremendous time (laughs). We did really well. – [Pascale] Yeah we did. – But that’s what was
expected, like it was an east northeast, mostly easterly and then a little bit
of north went into it. And then died off. But we sailed the plan. It’s really unusual. – [Pascale] After a day
of catching up on sleep from our overnight passage,
we awoke to a beautifully calm day in Platypus Bay. (gentle music) We’d been hearing the whale songs through the hull all night. And woke in the morning to find one playing in the shallows around us. (gentle music) It looked like this whale
might have been rolling around in the shallow water to
get a back rub on the sand. (gentle music) With no breeze to sail,
we fired up the engine and went to look for more humpback whales. (motor whirring) – We’ll go in. We’ll find where it shelves
up shallow and we’ll come back into just that deep
water and anchor there. It seems all the whales are
coming up and down the thing. (anchor grinding) – It’s hard to tell what
these humpback whales were up to from our level on the boat, so we sent up the drone
to take a closer look. (gentle music) Humpback whales perform courting
behavior here in Hervey Bay on their way south to Antarctica. (gentle music) It looked like this lady
had found an eager escort. (gentle music) It wasn’t long until some
competition showed up. (upbeat music) (gentle music) (drone whirring) All right, we’re just
sailing off the anchor now. Troy is forward pulling up the anchor. (grinding) – So we can come up closer into the wind. We’re pulling into–
(grinding) That’s it. Watch your windex. See what your windex has to say. (grinding) Yeah, that’s great steering. So you’re doing, ooh, four point five. – Yeah, we just came out of the low sun angle, like current, or– – You can’t have have a low
sun, open ocean out there. – I know but like, we weren’t going anywhere.
(laughing) I don’t know whether there was like mud. – I think there might have
been current fighting us. No, I’m just trolling you. – There’s a headland up there. Maybe it was that. – I think when it came close to land maybe it was buffering back. – Ooh, I’ve gone too close. – Oh, geez, it’s all gone to your head. – ‘Cause you were trolling me. – It’s ’cause I was
giving you compliments, I was telling you what great steering. – Oh that’s right, you were. What were you saying? – I was saying how wonderfully
you’re steering this boat. We’re up to four point five knots. – No, back down to three. – Got something to aim for. It’s all right, just come off
the wind until you accelerate and then you can– – I have counseling. – Then you can come back out. Well I see one whale jumping over there, but he’s a little bit too far
to call it whale watching. Whale sailing. This is the most fun that
we’ve had close-hauled too, for a long time. (laughing) (waves splashing) – Ah! – Oh! I didn’t– – That’s not a good idea. Don’t sit on the hooks. – No, I’ll try not to. Sorry about trying to
poke your eye out then. – I have glasses on. – That’s one of the keys isn’t it? Have glasses on when you’re fishing. – Yeah. – Especially around
loose characters like us. This thing’s holding up to– Ew, a wet willy. That was disgusting,
what did you do that for? (laughing) – Giving it a little clean out. – Can you please dry out the clean out? See now you see what
I have to put up with. Wet willy. – [Pascale] Time to tack. – We’re tacking. Just come over to this seat and steer and then you’ll end up on the
high side, which is awkward. – Mm-hmm. – That’s, just ease off that
travel so this is centered, so it’s ready for the tack. It’ll pretty much manage itself then. That’s pretty good. And that should run pretty nicely. That’s the other way. Right, so jump on the low side now. And take that handle out. Tuck it in its spot. – All right, go now? – Go now. – Tacking. – Tacking. Tie it all off. (grinding) Oh, beautiful. So you got your spot
that you’re aiming for? – I’m going to go up to the other one. – Huh, well, whatever–
– Oh no, I’m onto the one that we were aiming for. – Whatever your windex says you can do.
– Allows you to do. Yeah, so I won’t be right
on the wind right now. I’ll just get this sail right. – All right, so you manage the mainsail that you’re steering, and I’ll just follow you with the heady. – Okay. Oh, I think that telltale’s stuck. – You aren’t stuck, it’s moving. – The middle one. – Oh, no, don’t worry about it. (laughing) Sorry, I–
(laughing) – The middle one’s not flying. (laughing) – All right, start sneaking him up. – Oh, yes. (whirring) We didn’t lose much speed at all. – That’s because you
did a great, great tack. (upbeat music) (water splashing) (upbeat music) – [Pascale] As the wind started to ease, we looked for a spot to drop anchor, an easy enough job here
behind Fraser Island. (upbeat music) Oh, there it is! Oh! (laughing) It looks like a killer whale! – I know, but it’s not. No, it’s got a really
distinctive fin and a pale side. It’s quite sharp little dorsal fins, it’s like a massive dolphin. (upbeat music) Oh. (whale blowing) (laughing) – So just had a beautiful
sunset and some sort of whale dolphin creature (laughs), that we don’t know what it is, seemed to be hunting under our boat, which was pretty amazing. Troy just stuck his head out
and thought it was a turtle. But it was actually a cool dolphin thing. And we had humpbacks as well, jumping over that way over the bow. But I mean, they’re too quick for us. We were filming the other creature. Madness. (upbeat music) Thank you for watching this week’s episode of Free Range Sailing,
and if you enjoyed it, please don’t forget to
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