Kate’s log: passage from Hobart to Sydney

Kate Hoorweg (on Windward Bound) writes:

Hello everyone! Finally, a slightly belated update on my LBTers-at-large adventure away from the Apple Isle and some pictures to share with you!

The first leg of the Windeward Bound voyage from Hobart to Sydney was great! We headed up the East Coast of Tas, waiting for the winds to blow our way, and then headed out wide in the Tasman Sea, avoiding Bass Strait and rough seas, and sighted the mainland above Gabo Island. We saw very few ships, one pilot whale, and the Youth Crew and Sail Training crew were fabulous and loved it!

The Duyfken guided us into Sydney under the Harbour Bridge, and we docked in Darling Harbour at the Australian National Maritime Museum for a while where we did Day Sails, open-ship viewing, and Gala Receptions for sponsors, Rotarians, Tall Ship people and other invited guests. I loved being in the heart of the City, walked kilometres rediscovering Sydney, caught up with my Mum, Leonie (who says hello!), family and friends, and even managed to catch the opening night of the Australian Ballet “Identity” at the Opera House where I hob-knobbed it with the likes of Kerry-Anne Kennerley and Tim Rogers from You Am I!!! 🤩

Mains’l up when the winds finally blew our way: We had all sails up at one point, and were hoofing along at just over 7 knots!

Coming into Sydney, spectacular, and fabulous to be flanked by the Duyfken.

Winde at the ANMM, nestled in between the HMAS Vampire, Duyfken and HMS Otway: Very snug and quite an incredible sight (and site!)