S/V Bluebottle

22 March 2018 | Barrenjoey head, Pittwater NSW
12 March 2018
15 January 2018
15 January 2018
17 May 2017 | Hobart, Tasmania
07 April 2016
17 March 2015 | Hobart
16 September 2013 | Kings Pier Marina, Hobart
25 May 2013
24 May 2013
24 May 2013
24 May 2013
06 December 2012
11 September 2012

To Keep, or Not To Keep, that is the Question

19 December 2013
Summer is here, at least seems to be here, because in Tasmania we are careful to roll the eyes or raise the eyebrows and use an ironical tone of voice as we say it. Summer is not inevitable, as it is in Sydney, for example.

So with the warmer weather we are thinking of working on the boat, to bring her back to full seagoing condition. The problem is ... we are thinking about it, and not doing it! Puzzled by this lack of motivation, Adrienne and I sought some guidance from the hoary Chinese I Ching, of which you can ask any question at all. When the oracle spoke it advised to keep the Bluebottle, and not sell. We were both delighted, demonstrating that it's not hocus pocus, but leads you past your own confusion to an answer already within your mind.

So we are freshly energized, and have started working on her already. One of the main reasons to keep her is that we have some grandchildren who are very interested in the boat - what a wonderful thing, as a child, if you have a Grandma and Grandpa who have a real sailing boat!

Photo: Earlier days - family summer day, on Antares, Lime Bay, Tasmania.
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