Welcome to February Squares. The theme this month is Square Odds hosted by BeckyB.
When you stop for an iced coffee and Australia’s Antarctic Ice Breaker ship “nuyina” appears. This classifies as odd, to me, out of the ordinary, unexpected.
This festival took place in Hobart over the weekend. A wonderful collection of wooden boats from tall ships to kayaks, historical vessels to brand new.
Here are just a few photos from the weekend.
The HMB Endeavor, a replica of James Cook’s ship when he charted New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia between 1768 and 1771.
From Cook’s cabin looking at “James Craig” built in 1874 in England, abandoned in Tasmania in 1930’s, restored in the 1970’s.
This locally built hi-speed catamaran has left Hobart this evening on a 20 day voyage to the Mediterranean Sea.
She has a capacity of 900 passengers and 167 cars and will join the ferry service between Malta and Sicily.
It’s been fun seeing the ferry doing sea trials in our River Derwent and moored on our Hobart waterfront.
Today, I took a free ferry ride and saw my city from a new viewpoint.
Hobart doesn’t have a regular ferry service as part of its public transport network. However, occasionally, for sporting events or specific entertainment gigs, ferries do run between the city centre waterfront and the Eastern Shore suburb of Bellerive.
Leaving Hobart city and Mount Wellington.
Heading to Bellerive and Kangaroo Bay
I would certainly commute to work using a ferry service if it was established here.
Yesterday morning, the first yachts arrived in Hobart, having left Sydney on Boxing Day. This 628 nautical mile, classic ocean race is an annual event, now in its seventy fourth year.
I joined a crowd on Rosny Hill before work, to watch the first supermaxi yachts sail up the River Derwent, towards the finish line.
It was great to see such a welcome by spectator boats on the river, and crowds on the shore. The past two years, the winning boats have arrived during the night.
The second and third yachts arrived twenty eighth minutes later, with only one minute separating them.
Mid-afternoon, I went to a different lookout at Kangaroo Bluff to watch fifth place (a Tasmanian boat) and six place (all female crew) yachts arrive.
On my way home I stopped at the waterfront.
The smallest yacht in this year’s race, at 30 feet long, is expected to arrive tomorrow afternoon.
Today, Surf Safari celebrated 50 years of continuous surf craft racing in Tasmania – making it the longest running surf craft event in Australia.
Surf boards, kayaks, outriggers and surf boats, raced over courses from 2km to 28km with competitors of all age groups. After a stormy night the weather improved slightly but conditions were tough for the longer races, out on the open water.
This year, it was held on our local beach so I wondered along, took some photos, enjoyed a coffee and a famous Aussie “sausage sizzle” 🙂
Hobart has its own tall ship. A replica of “Lady Nelson”. It’s always a joy to see her at the waterfront. A contrast to the huge cruise ships that visit our city.
The original “Lady Nelson” ship was built in Deptford, UK in 1799. She sailed to Sydney on her maiden voyage in 1800.
From there, she made multiple voyages to Norfolk Island and was the first ship to bring Europeans to Tasmania in 1803. She explored the east coast of Australia and was a valued link for the new settlements. She also sailed to New Zealand.
Over a century ago, a ship sailed into Hobart harbour. Roald Amundsen, walked up Elizabeth Street to the General Post Office and sent a telegram to the King of Norway, announcing the success of the first expedition to reach the South Pole.
Hobart has had a close association with the Antarctic ever since and this weekend, hosted the Australian Antarctic Festival, sharing information about the great southern continent and ongoing research.
Marine research ship “Investigator” was open to the public.
So was the Australian Ice Breaker ship “Aurora Australis”. It was fascinating to tour both ships, hear about their work, talk to crew and scientists who have sailed to Antarctic and lived on the ice for months at a time.Hobart is their home port and we regularly see both ships sailing in and out.
There was a photo exhibition, penguins and huskies. I loved the cut out penguins decorated by 8,000 school kids across the country.
Last December we had the privilege to see all of the Round the World Yacht Race competitors in Hobart.
This weekend the race was won by “Visit Sanya” when the yachts arrived back in Liverpool, UK, after eleven months at sea. “Visit Seattle” came in second place.
History has been made, as both these boats were skippered by women. Australian, Wendy Tuck, aged 53, became the first women to win any round the world yacht race. British skipper, Nikki Henderson, aged 25, took second place.
Congratulations to both women and all the teams involved.
The yachts leaving Hobart.