Farewell to DrimiaJane
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!
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.
Happy New Year!Jane
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!
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!
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!!