A boat jetty that I pass on my walk to work.
Earlier this month, the Australian Naval ship, HMAS Hobart, visited her home city. The crew paraded through our streets, for a “freedom of the city” presentation.
The hundreds of people, in identical uniforms, as well as the crowd of supporters, were all faces in the crowd.
I am humming “Waltzing Matilda” as I post these photos, remembering the parade.
Hobart, Tasmania, is a charming small city at all times of the year, but in this week between Christmas and New Year, the city is at its best.
The yachts of the 73rd annual “Sydney to Hobart” ocean race are in town, giving our waterfront extra colour and vibrancy. Crews are from twenty seven countries. Eleven of the 102 yachts are also competing in the “Clipper Round the World Race”, this being just one leg of their seven month journey.
There is a fabulous atmosphere as locals and tourists view the yachts and visit “The Taste of Tasmania”, a delicious festival showcasing local foods, drinks and produce.
Whilst enjoying a few plates at The Taste, we gave a warm welcome to the yachts as they finished the race.
For some crews, there was still work to be done, repairing sails.
When you live in a city with such a beautiful harbour / waterfront, where leisure time revolves around the beach, water sports, sailing, then today’s post has to be yachts.
From kids lessons to Round the World race competitors to welcoming everyone in the Sydney to Hobart annual race.
It has been a public holiday today in the south of Tasmania, so we visited the Australian Wooden Boat Festival again for its final day.
The festival has been a great success, celebrating local food and drinks, local wood crafts as well as the boats. There has been entertainment each day, a variety of musicians dotted around the waterfront and on Parliament House lawns. Also this delightful little Dutch music boat, with a mini organ and trumpet.
Kids have been building their own wooden boats during the four day festival. Today was the moment of truth as the boats were put in the water for the “Quick n Dirty” Challenge. Two laps of a small course, the first with sails, the second with just oars, attracted a large crowd. The boats were original and artistic, the last boat to sink was the winner!
There are more than 500 wooden boats in Hobart this weekend for the festival.
From the tall ships in yesterdays post, to yachts, down to the smallest kayaks, outriggers and rowing boats, with exquisite craftsmanship.
A cruise ship is in town, a startling contrast of maritime, old and new.
Hobart is hosting the bi-annual Australian Wooden Boats Festival this weekend.
There was a spectacular show on the River Derwent this afternoon as the Tall Ships arrived and were escorted into the city waterfront by a couple of hundred smaller crafts.
I’m so glad that I took the afternoon off work to join the spectators before enjoying the view from our balcony.
I then went to see the ships up close on the waterfront.
Some of these ships spent ten days sailing from Sydney or Melbourne. It’s hard to imagine the months that the first Europeans spent at sea, as they journeyed to the far side of the world. This year celebrates 375 years since Abel Tasman visited this island that now bears his name.