Tasmanian Three Peaks Race

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by nickthetasmaniac, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Easter Friday sees the start of the Three Peaks Race down here in Tasmania. Those of you from the UK may be familiar with the original event, but for those who aren't, it's a hybrid sailing/running race in which crews of 5 (3 sailors + 2 runners) race from Beauty Point, on the Tamar River, to Hobart in the south.

    On the way, there are three sailing legs totalling 335nm and navigating through some of Australia's most difficult waters, including Franklin Sound, Mercury Sound and Dunalley Canal. There are also three running legs up Mt Strezleki, Mt Freycinet and Mt Wellington, totalling 133km with 2646m ascent. It is a brutal event for crews... Because of the navigational difficulties it's generally necessary for the three sailors to be on deck at all times, and the running legs interrupt any kind of shift system, making it very hard to sleep. For the runners, well, they run up three mountains in three days and have to recover in between on a race boat being flogged within an inch of its life :)

    I've done the event three times previously, and this year had the pleasure of watching from the sidelines, while drinking beer and taking pretty photos, and generally being stoked that I was going home to bed at the end of the day :)

    All with the Panasonic GH2 and m.Zuiko Digital 40-150, which continues to impress for a 'kit lens'...

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    This one taken with the 7-14 ASPH.

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