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Picture this…perfect weather, slight north-easterly wind, calm seas and 8 tall ships in view to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

Debra ‘Marzy’ Mar, RPP FM Roving Reported witnessed all this and more as the most amazing spectacle unfolded on Sunday when she crossed live to Bob Phillips, presenter of the Late, Late Brekky Show in the RPP FM studios to provide a commentary as she bid farewell to 8 Tall Ships as they sailed quietly and majestically through Port Phillip Heads, part of the 2013 Melbourne International Tall Ship Festival.

The bay, dwarfed by yachts, coast guards, motor boats, the Searoad Sorrento-Queenscliff Ferry, catamarans, skidoos and tinnies and light planes flying overhead offered a magnificent backdrop for a captivated audience to ‘Bon Voyage’ the tall ships on their onward journey to Hobart.

Hundreds of onlookers congregated on Point Nepean & Queenscliff to absorb and catch a glimpse of ‘history in the making’.

Being up close and personal with these sailing vessels is a sight to behold. Each sailing ship oozes history and wonderment and has it’s own tall stories and idiosyncrasies, some being featured in films and some christened by English Royalty.

Three tall ships from The Netherlands are sailing around the world, wandering oceans and following the old trade routes of historic times.

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning. We certainly live in one of the most liveable and exciting places on earth, the beauty and splendour is on our own backdoor!

Thank you to Joe Farr of Joe Farr Fishing Charters who entertained  9 excited guests on his chartered boat.  He was the perfect host, glowing with knowledge with historic content.

Words & Photography: Debra Mar

Pictured: Majestic Tall Ship Europa built in 1911, sailing through Port Phillip Heads onward to Hobart as part of the 2013 Melbourne International Tall Ship Festival