An American writer moves to Australia. And unfortunately continues writing.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sailing From Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania
I mentioned the other day that I may be going on a sailing trip. Well, the details have been worked out, and tomorrow or Thursday (Australia time) I'll be headed to Hobart, Tasmania, on a 38-foot sailboat. Skipper: Craig. Crew: Me. (Home, gnawing fingernails on walls, ceiling: Christine.)
Short story shorter: Craig, friend of Christine's who lives in Hobart, bought a sailboat on the internet a few months ago. It's here in Sydney, so he flew up last Thursday to get it ready and sail it back home. I had expressed interest in tagging along when I first heard about this some months ago, but Craig said he had had a close friend going back with him, and said no. I forgot about it. On Thursday, when Craig got here, he said that his friend had backed out. There ya go.
It's take up to two weeks. Highlight of the trip: the Bass Strait.
I'll be out of internet and phone range for much or all of that time.Hobart is way down there: Nothing but open water between us and Antarctica. I will of course have much to post here when I return.
The route is the same as taken in a what is a very famous race here, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, held every year stating Boxing Day.
Did I mention I've never sailed before? (I have been on the sea, as I said in that other post.)
Here's the boat (second one out). Best I could do for now:
Here's Craig showing Christine around, up on the bow:
Skipper Craig and Christine on the Southern Ocean.