Friday, November 23, 2012

Refit and Refreshed


Moonbow's stern is tied back to a She Oak tree in Lake Maquarie. (Not quite a coconut tree in Bora Bora but good enough for now). There hasn't been any epic adventures this year but it has been fun. Much of the time has been taken up with Maritime studies and I will soon throw myself at the feet of the beauracracy and plead my case for extending my qualifications.

Polished and painted.
Moonbow's refit has progressed steadily with rewiring, replumbing, revarnishing, engine rebuild, lifelines and staunchions. Two weeks ago the pace took off with the masts extracted and just when I got these stripped of their chalky blistering paint the boat was hauled out for the same treatment. Relaunched with a clean, epoxy primed and antifouled hull and sporting two shiny rerigged masts she sped along and I had so much more confidence in her.She is a great yacht and I am really enjoying sailing her in and out of bays, making passage and generally spending time on board.

Masts all refurbed and ready to go.
It has not all been study and work though. I have had the opportunity to touch base with some really inspiring people. A chance to chat with Ini on his huge Proa got me thinking (www.iniwijnen.com) The Australian Geographic Society dinner with Bob Brown and my good friend Don getting gongs was pretty special, but not more than an all too brief encounter with the modern day Genghis Khan, Tim Cope in the lobby. Chris Bray and Jess Taunton completed their transit of the North West Passage in beautiful small boat style (www.yachtteleport.com) and just this week Tobias Fahey set sail on his non stop solo voyage around the world. He is made for that voyage and I know he has a great boat for the job. (www.tobiasfahey.com.au). Clark Carter has been touring his documentary "The Crossing" through European film festivals to great aclaim. I am looking forward to its release in Australia. I hear of more great adventures in the pipeline too.

Early morning start
I have noticed that there is a distinct movement in Sydney searching for better ways of living. Permaculture is one aspect that it is great to see being embraced. It reminds me of my time in San Francisco where the entrepeneaurial free thinking spirit was contagious and had drawn together bright people to achieve great things. Clover Moore has certainly made Sydney more livable with a serious roll out of cycling infrastructure. Maybe Sydney will emerge from its corporate facade to be something more.

I met some great people and look forward to returning next year but for now it is time to head for Hobart and on to Casey, Antarctica.
Ooops forgot to tell mum about this one. Feels just like being a bird.