Port Fairy Pelagics - 2005 Bookings

Subject: Port Fairy Pelagics - 2005 Bookings
Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 14:05:12 +1000
Dear Birding-Ausers,

I thought you might like an up date on the progress of bookings for the
2005 pelagic trips from Port Fairy.

I started taking bookings from midnight on 1 April.  For those who don't
know, the Port Fairy boat is a converted commecial fishing boat that is/was
also used for catching sharks and crayfish.  It takes 12 or 13 people, as
well as the two crew.  So, with 12 possible trips a year, the maximum
number of people who can get out is 132, if you including the leader, Mike
Carter and me on most trips.

The demand was quite amazing.  I had 12 people who asked to go on every
trip and about 8 more who asked for spots on at least half of the trips.
About 55 additional people tried to get on at least one trip.  So, I
quickly ran out of spots and tried to allocate them out to give people some
chance of going.  I didn't succeed too well there either, as quite a few
people did not get any spots.  Even some people who sent e-mails before 7am
on 1 April did not get a spot.

Some people have suggested that I might consider organising another boat so
that more people can go on the day (current boat capacity is 12 or 13) or
that I organise more trips.  The first suggestion is not possible; there
is, as far as I know, only one suitable boat in Port Fairy (and only 1 in
Portland, that Rob Farnes occasionally hires, and 1 in Port Macdonnell,
that the Adelaide birders hire).  The suggestion of organising more trips
is not one I will be taking up.  Planning one trip a month (with a back-up
of the next weekend if the weather causes a postponement) means that it
takes up two weekends a month.  I don't want to spend more weekend time
doing this.  If others want to organise their own trips, it is very
possible - the boat owner in Port Fairy has done that for people in the
past and is willing to do it in the future.  He is now very capable of
organising a seabird trip for other groups and I can give you his contact

So, that's it until 1 April 2005 when I will start the 2006 bookings.  If
anyone wants to be an emergency for this year or next, please contact me by
e-mail or telephone (details are 03 9370 7418 (H) or 0407 304 382 (M)).



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