Tag: Sailing
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Sailing : Hobart to Launceston

Dawn at Schouten Passage

There are times in life where all the stars align and you are presented with an opportunity that is just too good to refuse.  Our good friends are sailing in the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race in their superb Beneteau 57 – Mistraal and I was asked to hop on board for the delivery trip.  How could I say no?

The crew consisted of five women – our Skipper, Jacinta and also Amanda, Colleen, Emma and one tolerant fella … Chris!  We all met at the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart on Wednesday morning, where we headed off on a crystal clear day.  As the nautical miles ticked by, we ate, talked, laughed, took photos, ate more and well … just relaxed.

I soon found the rhythmic groove of cruising – sleeping, eating, lazing in the sun, watching the changing horizons, the rising and setting sun and the amazing marine wildlife.  We were visited by numerous dolphins and a show-stopping Humpback Whale who decided to wow us with the gorgeous backdrop of Cape Hauy on the Tasman Peninsula.

DolphinsDolphinsHumbpack Whale Breaching Whale breaching

Home is where my heart is, but I loved being away for a brief snippet and from the daily requests for the next sandwich, water, nappy change, bath-time, the bedtime battles and keeping everyone happy.  To me, there is nothing quite as indulgent than having a mid-day sleep whilst cruising at sea.  The gentle whir of the engine complimented by the roll of the sea, especially when there are no little ones on board to supervise.  In the end, Amanda and I used the excuse of going below to ‘wash up’ but would sneak off for another blissful kip.

To be on this beautiful yacht, cruising the majestic Tasmanian coastline with old and new friends, I felt truly content.  We arrived at our destination at day-break on Friday morning and I was excited to be heading home to ‘my crew’ but I will fondly remember this voyage and ‘this crew’!  xx

The crew passing Swan IslandThe CrewLoading on our gear Ned Kelly Leaving HobartCrew on deckCape RaoulDolphinsCape RaoulMistraalHeading towards Tasman Island Cape PillarCape PillarThe Mermaids (with crazy hair)! Cape PillarCaptivated by the geology Cape Pillar Cape Pillar Cape Pillar Cape PillarTasman Island Tasman IslandWhale Spotting JacintaLunch Jacinta Emma, Jacinta & AmandaEmmaAmanda & EmMaria Island Crazy Yacht Hair Maria Island Mistraal off Maria Island MistraalMistraal off Maria IslandSunsetSunset over Maria IslandDawn at Freycinet PeninisulaSunrise at FreycinetRed GraniteSunrise over Freycinet SunriseSunrise over FreycinetIMG_3924 Day BeersColleen's Lasagne! Dolphins Light reading SkipperSailingSailing IMG_3870SundownersIMG_3871 SundownerMistraal Our gearOur Gear Our destination MistaalOur mafia van

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Open Day

Open Day

Ten pirates (little and big), one boat, good food and several bottles of sparkling wine, equals a fantastic day on the water to celebrate Open Day and the start of the sailing season in Hobart on Saturday.

After the official sail past, and a long lunch in the sun we continued onto Kings Pier where we stayed on board for the night with our other boating friends.  We dined at Fish Frenzy for dinner, had a big sleep and went for breakfast at T42 in the morning, all within a hop, skip and jump from the marina.

Hobart turned it on once again with fantastic weather – I just love this time of year.

Little Jamesy Multi-tasking Little Pirates Big Pirates Little Pirates Big Pirates Big Pirates Little Pirates Open Day Little Pirates Little Pirate Open Day Open Day Open Day Open Day Open Day Open Day Open Day Open Day Open Day Breakfast Breakfast James and the girls James

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More Summer Fun

SailingAh … summer holidays, oh how I love them.

We have been spending more time out on the water and went sailing last Friday to watch the King of the Derwent yacht race … two brothers, two sister-in-laws, one uncle, one yacht, whilst four grandchildren were with two grandparents at home.  Booom!

I reveled in the tranquility of being out on the water with just the wind to guide our way (and not worrying about James on board).

Sailing

Sailing

Sailing

Sailing

Sailing

Sailing

Will & Tup

Larni & Tup

Uncle Rob

Me and Tup

Tup and I

Saturday was oh so hot and we escaped the city early in the speedy boat to meet up with Nick’s folks and his brother’s family for some good ‘ol fashioned beach time.  Sand castles, collecting shells, frisbee throwing, swimming and the boys even went water skiing.

Early evening we popped down to the Taste of Tasmania for a Tea Cup ride, some fish and chips and a Big Bessie ice-cream!  Yum.

Triworks

Sleeping in the speedy boat

Triworks

Triworks

Triworks

Triworks

Triworks

Taste of Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

It has been so lovely having family in town, seeing Poppy play with her cousins and the best bit … getting to devour beautiful food and sparking wine!

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