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Sydney-Hobart Race programs
At no surprise to me, I received several responses to my
request for old Sydney Hobart Yacht Race programs after my
letter to A fl o a t and now am only missing 1949 to and including
1956, and 1960 – and I got to talk to a few interesting people.
the last, that you and your readers have helped me.
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putting lives at risk.
As a master of a vessel with six lives at risk, I was horrified to
find, under this new regime, radio coverage is a complete joke.
As for using passage reports and logging in etc, those who think
that works, have never used it. We couldn’t log in at two ports, as
they were going to be closed, and they then didn’t hand on the
running sheet anyway, so it completely broke down again. As for
repeaters etc, it is just a joke. Not to mention one Marine Rescue
base tried to call us on a Ship to Ship frequency. I presume the
operator was not licensed.
$4million of our money and we cannot get anyone to answer
a HF Radio.
The gift that keeps on giving ...
My grandmother Freda Deas is 101 years old, lives on her own
on a property and our dilemma was what to get her for Christmas.
We arranged for her to sail in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
with her very young great, great grandchildren Abbie & Andy
King and Bowie Palmer as photos on the Sailors with Disabilities
She was ‘chuffed’ and told all and sundry that she was doing
the Sydney Hobart. Every morning and evening she called to ask
what her standing was, how fast she and the other boats were
travelling, what course she was doing and how the crew was going.
She is thrilled that she has now completed her first Sydney
Hobart Yacht Race.
Thank you David Pescud and crew for providing an opportunity
that turned into a beautiful, engaging gift that just keeps giving
for my Grandmother and grandchildren and also provides much
needed funding to enable Sailors with Disabilities give children
an opportunity to experience the thrill and fun of sailing.
Catching a ferry ... literally
I can’t believe I saw this. I was waiting on Long Nose Point
Wharf (now Yurilbin Point Wharf) for a westbound ferry to
Greenwich. Someone was fishing with a long rod from the old
sandstone seawall just to the east of the wharf.
The Alexander, a twin-hulled bicentennial First-Fleet ferry,
pulled in, steaming east from Greenwich. Three passengers
disembarked, and one person embarked. The gangplank came
in, the deckhand flicked the two lines expertly off their bollards
as he had done thousands of times before without incident and
the ferry departed.
That was when the fisherman, who had foolishly neglected
to pull in his line, also caught the ferry!
His prawn-baited hook had snagged the ferry’s broad
catamaran stern somewhere below the surface and his line was
now running out at high speed as the ferry hurried away from
The recreational fisherman was anything but calm. In fact he
panicked. He shouted in vain for the helmsperson to stop as he
tried to play the ferry as he would a fish. He pulled back on his
rod; it bent alarmingly. I could hear the high speed whir of the
nine kilogram breaking-strain nylon monofilament line running
out from the high-tech geared reel. He persevered in his gallant
fight like some mad Captain Ahab.
In less than half a minute the line ran out to the end but it
was secured to an expensive carbon-fibre rod which was jerked
from his hands. It danced, dived, leapt and twisted after the ferry
all the way to Balmain East.
The great green and cream ferry was fortunate to elude
capture that day.
Georges Heights, NSW.
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