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Enjoying the finest of views
over Spit Bridge and Middle
Harbour, this freestanding
renovated home resides on
the slopes of Seaforth and
offers genuine harbourside
living with the convenience of
a modern and as new home.
• Suit professional or yachting couple.
• Luxury waterfront townhouse.
• 3 Bedrooms plus study.
• Master bedroom with ensuite.
• Inclinator to deep water frontage and
your own boat mooring pen.
• 3 large terraces off every floor.
Dress circle of Seaforth
middle harbour views from all rooms
25a Battle Boulevard Seaforth
Open time Sat/Wed
10.45 - 11.15am
or by appointment
Contact: Mark Griffiths 0422 444 367
The power and the Pacha
Further to Don Hartley’s letter (Afloat Dec’13). For a while we
felt sophisticated enough to keep our old motor cruiser Miss Eve
at the CYCA. Nearby on the southernmost arm was the gloriously
sleek, fast and powerful Pacha which was pride of place up close
to the club’s bar windows.
My fondest memory of extraordinary seamanship (excluding
Peter Morgan beaching an ocean-going tug on the slipway for a
visit) was Sir Robert Crichton-Brown coming in under mainsail
and jib in a howling nor’easter, reaching between the seawall
and southern arm and finally swinging up head into the wind to
pull faultlessly into the barnacle encrusted berth with nothing
but fearful wide-eyed crew armed with fenders that were hardly
Pacha had no protective sponsons and a gleaming maroon
hull as I recall. No doubt a lot of skill sat with the long suffering
diminutive sailing master of Pacha, but Sir Robert pulled this
stunt off faultlessly and repeatedly.
Jailed for entering ‘exclusion zone’
on New Year’s Eve
I don’t know what Jeff Jvancich is whinging about (‘Running
the gauntlet of New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour’ Afloat D e c ’13 ) ,
I was thrown in jail for less in 1988.
I had carefully observed the delineated area for navigation
during the bicentenary but made the mistake of rowing from my
yacht to the layline limit to observe the parade.
I was ordered by the police to move back among the yachts.
Later when I went to pick up friends from the Farm Cove wharf,
my boat was towed away and I was thrown into jail.
The police had been instructed to inform me as follows: “By
the authority vested in me by the harbour master I order you
to ... etc.”
During the court proceedings the officer stumbled over the
words in such a manner as to cast doubt, and I was constantly
referred to as the “protestor”. The charges were thrown out or
should I say the police and I were both let off under Section 599
(over reacting, let’s go).
By the way the harbour master apparently has complete
authority over the harbour and must be obeyed. So must anybody
with the impressive title Senior Special Aquatic Events Officer.
More discretion is in order.
NYE pick-up at Woolloomooloo Bay
Regarding the reply from Drew Jones, RMS, to Jeff Jvancich’s
letter (Afloat Dec’13), recommending Woolloomooloo Bay as a
pick-up point for guests on New Year’s Eve.
Last New Year’s Eve I found it difficult to access the ladders
due to the number of small charter boats and water taxis moored
(temporarily) around the area.
I accept it is a busy time for Woolloomooloo Bay, but maybe
RMS could help to keep the area free for pick-up/drop-off activity.
The numbers of safe shore access points for small pleasure craft
around the harbour are few and far between!
Hope Island, Qld.
Replace the Spit Bridge
I know I am probably talking to the converted here but does
anyone need to be reminded that we have really poor public
transport infrastructure along the Northern Beaches and into
the Lower North Shore?
We have been neglected by every State and Federal
Government since the 1950s. It is time to tell our governments
and local members: “Enough is enough”.
Nothing ever gets done about the Spit Bridge because we
aren’t a marginal seat and neither side of politics has to make
any attempt to sort out the appalling traffic and boating mess
it causes. But, after Sophie Mirabella lost Indi which was about
the safest seat in Australia, every politician knows they are on
notice to address major issues within their own electorates.
Get rid of this narrow, lifting bridge and put in something
that will be of use to the people of the Northern Beaches in the
21st century. We have had enough of being taken for granted by
our alleged representatives. If we get enough supporters the
various governments will have to take notice and maybe, just
maybe, something will be done.
To that aim, I ’ve started the petition ‘Federal and NSW
Governments: Replace the Spit Bridge!’ and I hope Afloat readers
might help. After all, we have been complaining about it for years.
I know it may seem a futile attempt but we really have to try.
Please use the link: <http://www.change.org/petitions/
federal-and-nsw-governments-replace-the-spit-bridge> to sign
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