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Farewell to Drimia
09/02/2010, Pittwater, Sydney

Well, we are officially land lubbers! We sold Drimia and moved off last weekend. I had hoped to have time to make her clean and shiny and then spend the weekend sailing around Pittwater, anchoring overnight in a pretty bay, have a last night sitting in the cockpit sipping G&Ts and musing on the past year. But in the end, she came out to have some work done on the rudder and the new owner decided to have her anti-fouled (again) at the same time which meant she had to stay out of the water over the weekend. We spent two days emptying all the lockers and carrying vast quantities of stuff down the ladder! I have to say I was a little weepy when we put the hatch in for the last time and our last look at her was up in a cradle in the yard!

We have moved into a granny flat for a couple of months until the unit we've bought becomes available. It's OK. You can get things out of the fridge without having to move several baskets out of the way first. You can make a cup of tea and the mug stays where you put it. You can flush the toilet as many times as you want! But there's no cockpit to lie with a cup of tea watching the world go by, no changing view out of the shower window, no people dropping by around 5 pm for a sundowner. Very strange.

I think we've realised that we'll have to do it again. We have been to such fabulous places and met such amazing people that we'll have to do it again. Thanks to everyone we met who made it such a great trip. From those of you in the Caribbean who have watched our progress and stayed in touch and wished us well to our fellow Pacific crossers who we had such good times with and shared so many experiences. Keep in touch and wherever you are, we wish you fair winds and calm seas.

Much love

Jane and Andy

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29/03/2010 | Rod
Quite sad actually..but just look forward to the next trip.
Australia Day
26/01/2010, Sydney Harbour

Australia Day is a holiday here and there are masses of events on to celebrate it from brekkie on lots of the beaches in the morning, ocean swimming races and surf canoe racing, concerts and special exhibitions. There's a special Australian citizenship ceremony when many thousands of people from dozens of countries get their citizenship.

We were invited by Nemesis to go out with them in Sydney Harbour where lots of things had been planned but, as the weather looked as if it was going to be wet, we all ended up on White Hawk so we could shelter from the rain. In the end it turned out to be a beautiful day. Hot and sunny. Lots of boats turned out to watch all the events, most of them decked out with flags and bunting. The Sydney Ferries also get dressed up (by their sponsors) and race from Circular Quay round Fort Denison and back and there's a tall ships race. Then there was a flyover of a Tiger Moth, and a squadron of fighter planes followed by a air-sea rescue helicopter towing a huge Australian flag. We found a spot to anchor and had the tradional Barbie and in the afternoon went round by Piermont where there was a jazz concert. Some excellent music including a surprise appearance by Leo Sayer, who became an Australian citizen on Australia Day last year. And yes, he did make us feel like dancin'!!!

Such a good day with fabulous company. Thanks to all for making it such a lovely day.

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Happy New Year!
31/12/2009, Sydney Harbour

Well, another lifetime's ambition has been achieved. New Year's Eve under Sydney Harbour Bridge. I've managed to miss seeing Sydney's NYE fireworks up till now but it was certainly worth waiting for. We sailed down from Pittwater on 30 December and anchored below Toronga Zoo. We had researched for months where it would be best to go depending on the wind or weather. Forecast was 8-10 knots North to North West wind so Torongo Zoo should be sheltered and calm. And it was! We had hoped to anchor with Nemesis, White Hawk and Newtsville and even possibly raft up together but in the event, Nemesis and White Hawk anchored over in Farm Bay as they had friends joining them. Luckily we were next to Newtsville so Jonny, Kate and Jonny's mum and dad were able to come over for sundowners and nibbles while we waited for the show. Our friends, Max and Christine were also on board with us which was fantastic. They have been looking after our affairs while we've been away so it was great to be able to share this great night with them as a very small repayment for their help and kindness over the past year!

There was lots to watch while we waited for midnight. A flyover of old planes at 5 pm and the kids' fireworks at 9 pm plus all the other boats coming and going. The ferries were all lit up and paraded around the harbour and there was a fantastic atmosphere. And when midnight came, lot of boats sounded their horns and people cheered every firework. Brilliant.

Needless to say we toasted all our friends, old and new. We wished you could have been with us and hope all of you have the most fantastic 2010 full of good health, fun and adventure.

Look forward to seeing you either here some time this year or in the UK when we're back for three weeks in May.

Much love to you all.

Jane and Andy xxx

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14/01/2010 | Neal future s/v sandy feet
Thanks for the comment. I have been reading your blog and am greatly inspired! We are in Canada right now snowboarding with my son. We told him we would take him to Whistler if he made the deans list at University of Texas. Well he did it. so there goes my radar.! Cant believe he is ours. He loves the snow and Laura and i love the beach! Oh well. We will be going on a charter this spring to make sure Laura can handle the sea. She lost her sea legs and we hope she will get them back. We will be anxiously looking for updates on your blog! Good Sailing!
31/12/2009, Pittwater, Sydney

Christmas Day was spent in the Basin, a bay in Pittwater, where we had planned to join Jonny and Kate on Newtsville and spend the day swimming, going off in our kayaks (Christmas present to each other!), eating prawns and drinking champagne! Unfortunately it was cold and cloudy! Yes, it came as a bit of a surprise to us as well! We did have a great day though despite the weather (we are British after all) and had a great lunch with J & K, Jonny's mum and dad and Jeff and Kirsty off Nemesis. The weather got worse in the afternoon and we ended up going back to our mooring and spending Christmas evening tucked down watching Andy's Christmas DVD, Midsomer Murders!

We spent Boxing Day on Nemesis out in Sydney Harbour watching the start of the CYCA Sydney - Hobart Race. IT was another grey, cloudy day but very exciting to see all those amazing 100' maxis jockeying for position whilst waiting for the gun to go off and then taking off out to sea. Apparently there would usually be up to 3000 spectator boats out watching the start of this race but the weather had put lots off so there were maybe only 1000. Thanks so much to Jeff and Kirsty for taking us out and getting us a grandstand view. Jeff has great plans to take part in it next year, joined maybe by Andy, Jonny and Paul from White Hawk so perhaps we'll be watching them.

The plan for the next three days had been to go sailing around Pittwater with Max and Christine, the friends who let us rent their flat before we went away last year. We had been really looking forward to it and Christine and I had planned some fabulous meals with accompanying wine! Unfortunately the weather did not improve and we eventually abandoned the trip and returned to dry land. Real shame but we'll hopefully have plenty of weekends to get out again before the summer is over (unless of course, we get a buyer for the boat!)

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08/11/2009, Princess Marina, Pittwater

Sorry Dave!! We've been so busy since we got here I forgot to put our arrival on here!!

We had a fantastic trip down from Coff's. Not much wind but a few miles out, we got into an amazing current which meant that we were doing 10 knots for the first 120 miles and absolutely flew down here. Drimia has never gone so fast! If fact, the chart plotter noted a top speed of 11.6 at one point! Which meant that instead of taking 40-48 hours and getting in on Sunday morning, we were in our marina berth at 5.30 pm (half five, Dave) drinking Gin and Tonics and celebrating with Rod and Kerry, our friends who have been so helpful to us throughout the trip. The weather was beautiful and we saw humpbacks doing what they do on the way down and Pittwater looked stunning in the sunshine. It's great to be here.

Since then the boat has gone up for sale and we even had two people come and look at her this weekend, which hopefully is a good sign that she will sell quickly. We've caught up with friends. We've attempted to get the Ute back on the road (unsuccessfully so far) and we've even looked vaguely at some job sites but not too hard yet.

I will keep in touch on this site for a while. Am I allowed to carry on here even if we live on dry land??? Plan is to buy a house that needs doing up and see if we can make a bit of money, then maybe have a look for a catamaran some where ............. and do it all again! Hope to see some of you out there! Jx

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09/11/2009 | Jenny gardner
Hurry up, sell Drimia quickly and get back to Antigua by 6th January, otherwise it wont be the same! Well done from both of us, Jenny and Michael - Tara
09/11/2009 | David & Nancy
Hey, finely you have come up for air it's nice to know tht Drimia is still floating. I am with Jenny we need you back in Antigua this winter start sailing. What is the name of Jenny's boat we will look for her. I have sent your phone number to our granddaughter Alicia Goodwin who is now in Sydney working and playing.
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Half six = 3
17/11/2009 | Dudley and Becca
Hey's been so great following your journey, green with envy of course, and now seeing the plan come to fruition.
Dudley and I are in the States for the American Gobble Day, gettin' a fam fix and will start heading north when we get back to Altair in Grenada.
Enjoy "OZ" and hurry back to the Caribbean, Love Dudley and Bec

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