“The Taste” is an annual festival in Hobart.
Some people go for the 80 plus stalls celebrating and selling local food and drink.
Some people go to enjoy the free entertainment.
Some people go to enjoy the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and to cheer on each competitor after they’ve crossed the finish line and head to the waterfront moorings.
We went this afternoon for all of the above reasons.
One of the joys of living in Hobart is having front row seats to the finish of the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
88 yachts set off from Sydney harbour at 1pm on Boxing Day and the winning super maxi yacht “Perpetual Loyal” crossed the finish line at 2.31am this morning, setting a new race record. The second and third place yachts arrived just before 4.30am.
The next three yachts were close together and expected before 6am, well within the previous record.
They had travelled 627 nautical miles (1,170 km) in 40 hours. But then the wind dropped to nothing and it took another 4 hours to complete the final 1 nautical mile.
I saw them appear around the headland at 5.46am and they were going slowly. I went back to bed. I was astonished to see them still on the river three hours later. The slightest hint of breeze and they changed tack.
Here is a photo log of their incredibly slow progress before they disappeared into the rain. They finally crossed the finish line at 10.03am
This week’s challenge is to consider the journey we’ve taken this year or where we hope to go in 2017.
I wonder how history will look back at 2016? Many of the global events and politics have been unsettling, so my heartfelt hopes are for a safe, healthy and happy new year.
May our paths lead to unexpected joys, to familiar places, to new adventures and back to the place we call home, to warm sandy beaches, to the wonders of nature’s wilderness and to our favourite city streets.
Best wishes for the coming year 🙂
These are a couple of my favourite unconventional Christmas trees, here in Tasmania.
I like this one, where the decorations are on the inside.
This was rather controversial when it appeared last year. But I like the way the sun catches it during the day and the changing colour light effects after dark. People are claiming it this year, adding their own decorations, yarn bombing and taking photos from the inside.
Yesterday we experienced harness racing for the first time. It was fascinating, with set races interspersed with junior events and pony club challenges. It was a real family afternoon out.
In case you don’t know …
The horses run at a specific gait (a trot or a pace). They pull a two wheeled cart, called a “sulky” where the “driver” sits.
A trotting horse moves its legs forward in diagonal pairs (ie right front and left hind striking the ground simultaneously), whereas a pacer moves its legs laterally (right front and right hind together).
Pace is a natural gait for many horses, also camels, elephants and giraffes.
Australia has a new cruise ship, “The Ovation of the Seas”. It is the fourth largest cruise ship in the world, and today, on it’s maiden voyage, it visited Hobart.
At 18 decks high, it looked impressive moored up on our waterfront, dwarfing the pier buildings. The city welcomed the 4,500 passengers and 1,500 crew and Tasmania will benefit from the tourist dollars that are spent while the ship is here. The number of cruise ship visits is increasing year on year as our tourism industry grows.