Dover Seafest

The Easter weekend saw a perfect Tasmanian autumn day for messing about in boats at Dover Seafest. I joined a group of other local Instagrammers as guests of Destination Southern Tasmania, the Southern Trove and Dover Seafest. The day began with a cruise on lovely Esperance Bay as guests of Peninsula Cruising.

Setting off from the jetty at Dover with Peninsula Cruising
Setting off from the jetty at Dover with Peninsula Cruising
Other local Instagrammers enjoying the cruise
Other local Instagrammers enjoying the cruise
Dover from Port Esperance
Dover from Port Esperance
Getting a shot of Hope Island in Port Esperance
Getting a shot of Hope Island in Port Esperance
Nineteenth century cottage on Hope Island in Port Esperance
Nineteenth century cottage on Hope Island in Port Esperance

According to the knowledgeable guides, Hope Island comprises very fertile soil and during the early convict era when there was a probation station at Dover, its market gardens provided plenty of fresh food.

Faith Island in Port Esperance
Faith Island in Port Esperance
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Cottage on Hope Island
The shore of Port Esperance, over the wreck of The Constance
The shore of Port Esperance, over the wreck of The Katherine Sharer

We paused over the site of the Katherine Sharer, which was shipwrecked in 1855, having almost reached Hobart from London. Apparently she was carrying (among other things) a load of illegal gunpowder, and caught fire late in her journey, less than a day’s sailing from her destination. All passengers and crew were quickly transferred to shore before she blew up, the force allegedly propelling her huge masts several hundred metres across the water and on into the forest nearby. Amazingly, no lives were lost.

The team from Peninsula Cruising relate local history and stories of shipwrecks
The team from Peninsula Cruising relate local history and stories of shipwrecks

Apparently this is also known as ‘the plate wreck’, due to the large quantities of ceramics among her cargo. Later in the day I visited the Dover Museum and Gallery, where a lady showed me a small example of this material from their collection.

A salmon farm pen in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
A salmon farm pen in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel

After hearing stories of colonial era market gardens and explosive shipwrecks, we took a closeup look at one of the salmon farms in the Channel. A number of well-fed seals were on hand to make sure we didn’t make off with any fish.

Seals aboard a salmon farm pen in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Seals aboard a salmon farm pen in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel
A salmon farm pen in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
A salmon farm pen in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel

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A well-fed seal on a salmon farm pen in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
A well-fed seal on a salmon farm pen in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel

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It was perfect weather for messing about in boats, and that is just what many were doing. Apparently the Dover Regatta, also being held over the long weekend, is one of the longest running in Australia, this year marking its 160th anniversary.

A yacht heads up the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
A yacht heads up the D’Entrecasteaux Channel
The shoreline of Port Esperance, near Dover
The shoreline of Port Esperance, near Dover
A yacht on Port Esperance, near Dover, with Adamson's Peak in the distance
A yacht on Port Esperance, near Dover, with Adamson’s Peak in the distance
A yacht on Port Esperance
A yacht on Port Esperance

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A kayaker heads in to Dover Seafest
A kayaker heads in to Dover Seafest
Reaching for a line
Reaching for a line
My own favourite of my photos for the day - Port Esperance at Dover on a perfect autumn day
My own favourite of my photos for the day – Port Esperance at Dover on a perfect autumn day
Adamsons Peak and Port Esperance at Dover on a perfect autumn day
Adamsons Peak and Port Esperance at Dover on a perfect autumn day

After returning to shore, it was time to experience the amazing fresh sushi prepared to order by the legendary Masaaki Koyama. The long queue had to wait while he prepared our special order, including platters of sushi, cups of miso soup and served on lovely Japanese china with real fresh Tasmanian wasabi.

Masaaki hard at work making his hand-rolled sushi at Dover Seafest
Masaaki hard at work making his hand-rolled sushi at Dover Seafest
The queue at Masaki's sushi stall
The queue at Masaaki’s sushi stall
Massaaki Koyama hard at work on our lunch
Massaaki Koyama hard at work on our lunch
Platters of Masaaki's hand-rolled sushi at Dover Seafest
Platters of Masaaki’s hand-rolled sushi at Dover Seafest

Masaki's handrolled sushi

Dover Seafest
Dover Seafest

After lunch it was time to check out the customary seaside entertainments at Seafest. The treasure was all around, and some fine sandcastles adorned the shoreline.

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Sandcastle Competition at Dover Seafest
Sandcastle Competition at Dover Seafest
Building sandcastles at Dover Seafest
Building sandcastles at Dover Seafest

Building sandcastles at Dover Seafest

Treasure Hunt at Dover Seafest
Treasure Hunt at Dover Seafest
This pair seem to have found all the treasure they need
This pair seem to have found all the treasure they need

 

Another trove of treasure at Dover Seafest
Another trove of treasure at Dover Seafest – mermaid crowns for the nautical princess in your life
More Dover Seafest treasures
She sells…. more Dover Seafest treasures

All in all, a delightful day and a lovely place to celebrate the simple pleasures of messing about in boats.

Dover Seafest
Dover Seafest

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4 thoughts on “Dover Seafest

  1. Di says:

    Thanks for sharing your day, Andrew…not quite, but almost, as good as being there…love your pic of the yacht on d’Entrecasteaux Channel…Di

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