GALLERY: CLIPPER OWNERS CLARENCE RIVER REGATTA

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Kayaker paddling around the Clippers for a closer look near at Iluka. Kayaker paddling around the Clippers for a closer look near at Iluka.
Clippers moored off the quaint town of Ulmarra. Clippers moored off the quaint town of Ulmarra.
Public pontoons near each anchorage. Public pontoons near each anchorage.
Anchorage outside the front of Ulmarra Hotel. Anchorage outside the front of Ulmarra Hotel.
Pre-dinner drink at Ulmarra Hotel on Origin night. Pre-dinner drink at Ulmarra Hotel on Origin night.
Tendering the crew back to their boats. Tendering the crew back to their boats.
One of many glorious sunsets. One of many glorious sunsets.
Clipper Owners Brian and Sheryl off Woodford Island. Clipper Owners Brian and Sheryl off Woodford Island.
The final night was spent moored in front of Harwood Bridge. The final night was spent moored in front of Harwood Bridge.
Antique stores were found in every town. Antique stores were found in every town.
Dinner at the Harwood Hotel aka “Harwood Hilton”. Dinner at the Harwood Hotel aka “Harwood Hilton”.
Clipper Heritage 36 cruising toward Maclean. Clipper Heritage 36 cruising toward Maclean.
Checking conditions at Iluka Seaway prior to a bar crossing. Checking conditions at Iluka Seaway prior to a bar crossing.

The inaugural trip to the Northern Rivers region of NSW found Clipper owners cruising one of Australia’s largest waterways, the Clarence River. The 100nm journey from the Gold Coast seaway to the bar crossing at Yamba took the eight-boat fleet the better part of 11 hours to cruise, although they did stop to watch the numerous pods of whales that played in their path.

Suitably known as the "River of Adventure", the crew covered the anchorages of Yamba, Maclean, Ulmarra, Brushgrove and Iluka over six days. Public pontoons were strategically installed along the way to allow access to the many waterfront villages and towns, where the Clipper crew enjoyed exploring local museums, art galleries, cafés, pubs, antique stores and boutiques.

A great cruising experience was had by all, with the next Clarence River Regatta already scheduled for April 2014.

 


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