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Rear View of the Speedboat
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This was the rear view of the speedboat as we were racing to the disaster area with Save the Children. This was a disaster caused by Cyclone Aila which killed hundreds and left thousands displaced and/or homeless.

This photo is a supplement to a video on YouTube. You can see that video here:


Voyage of the ‘Apolemia’ (2)
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Embarkation moment.

Dave (R) is wondering what the hell Barry (out of sight) is doing with the inflatable dinghy that will take us out the Apolemia. Gill (L) has caught sight of the incoming weather. Jenny (centre) thinks Barry is about to fall into the water. Gill & Barry were taking us out on their boat, the Apolemia, in Salcombe Harbour in the Kingsbridge Estuary at Salcombe, Devon (England), to set sail for our great voyage down the estuary.

The little quay here is at East Portlemouth on the opposite side of the estuary to Salcombe (just visible in the distance) and a short distance east and upstream from it.

Gill (who took this photo) and Barry (on R) hosted this PH trip at their place in Slapton, South Devon.

The weather got wetter and windier through the day, though it wasn’t not too bad at this point while we were in the shelter of the nearby shore. But later it got really squally, and was too bad to risk getting a camera out. So I don’t have much of a photo record of the trip itself, but Gill has kindly provided some photos of her own (attributed) to supplement mine and give a better record of the trip. We went downstream past Salcombe as far as The Bar, tried to put the sails up, nearly overturned, and didn’t risk taking the boat further out into more open water, so we went about and then upstream for a bit before returning. A mighty voyage of about two hours!

We (Peregrine Harriers) meet for a few days every year, to do a mixture of walking, sightseeing, natural history and geology. In recent years we have also tried to include a boat trip, in this case in Gill & Barry’s own boat. Four of the six of us have Natural History Museum (London) connections, and we all have science backgrounds in one or more of geology, natural history and aquatic biology. We gave ourselves the name, ‘Peregrine Harriers’, to commemorate our rather pathetic attempts to identify birds of prey during our first trip (to Lundy, an island off North Devon). It’s a conflation of ‘peregrine falcon’ and ‘hen harrier’, both of which we thought we’d seen on Lundy, but could never quite agree about our identification efforts. Other people we asked at the time, told us something different again, so we were none the wiser.

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