The Couta Boats are a classic vessel originally used for fishing on the Victorian coast from the 1870s through until WW2.

To obtain the best prices for their catch, the fishermen had to be first back to port after filling their quota. So, as well as being a good fishing vessel and load-carrier, the Couta Boats had to be nimble and fast under sail.

They also had to take on some of Australia’s most treacherous waters through The Rip and Bass Strait, and bring crew and catch back safely.

Now these distinctive little boats zip around Port Phillip Bay in highly competitive races, giving a classic look to sport on the water.

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  • pollyh
    pollyhover 5 years ago

    Lovely image in B&W.
    Carol :0)

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    beautiful image,,, well done

  • David Robinson
    David Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work … lovely light!

  • dimsim
    dimsimover 5 years ago

    fascinating :)

  • Kara Salame
    Kara Salameover 5 years ago

    superb job — lovely!

  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 5 years ago

    love the way you have managed the light here

  • Jesse Richards
    Jesse Richardsover 5 years ago

    very beautiful image!

  • Andy Mueller
    Andy Muellerover 5 years ago

    Very cool use of the light in this beautiful shot!

  • Steve  Buffington
    Steve Buffingtonover 5 years ago

    Great shot and stellar treatment. Really well taken.

  • DesertDweller
    DesertDwellerover 5 years ago

    Outstanding. You captured the perfect mood for this shot.

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