S/V Bluebottle

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The Morning After

02 November 2010 | In Bundaberg
In Bundy, the morning after. It is raining. We wake late - 7 am local time, or 8 by our little clock on the chart table. Three vodkas with home-made ginger beer were probaly one too many last night, but how often do you get to celebrate sailing into your home country - after two-and-a-half years? It is strangely satisfying to be back in your home country, after voyaging on the ocean, and there is a feeling of completion, of the fulfilling of a long-held dream. I was scarcely out of my teens when I was fired with the vision of waking in strange ports surrounded by one's journal, one's cup of tea, books on the bookshelf, a cosy cubby-house, safe on rainy days, like this one. The river is grey - a funny sort of greenish grey, and the low scrub on the farther shore is greyish green, the sky somewhere in-between.
Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart