2002 Jan 01: Hobart Update

We are still in Tasmania and loving every minute. We have been invited to join the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania by some of their fine members with whom Adagio buddy-boats from time to time. Our local friends have signed on for some of our future passages.

Tassie has some of the most dramatic and scenic coastline we have ever seen. From peaceful rivers to enchanting islands with long white sand beaches to towering wave-carved cliff faces. There is some of everything nice right here. Ashore the sightseeing is endless, with the national parks, wineries, historical towns, caves and forests.

During our first eight months in Hobart, we were tied up in the center of town, at Constitution Dock. You will see photos of it on our web page. During the winter we attended an international festival called “Ten Days on the Island”, as well as Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performances on a weekly basis, and theatre performances and free concerts at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, the Botanical Gardens and Meadowbank Estate winery. The museums were a stone’s throw from our berth, as were the town’s best restaurants, markets and seafood stores. Walking in the historic districts became our daily exercise.

Now that we have resumed our cruising, Hobart springs their Summer Festival on us, with hundreds of events of the highest quality — what’s a sailor to do?

Kim, Alan and our two grandchildren David (4-1/2 years) and Sarah (14 mos) came to visit with us for 12 days at Christmas. They loved being aboard Adagio, and we could hardly keep up with good answers for Davids continuous string of appropriate questions. He wants to be a scientist when he grows up. His brain is a huge sponge and we have been entertained by some of his explanations of our world. Sarah is a delightful, beautiful, energetic and strong blue-eyed blonde charmer. Needless to say, we look lots of photos.

The Sydney to Hobart Race this year was led by the Volvo Challenge yachts. We were happy so see Mark Rudiger navigate Assa Abloy to line honors, then hear that Assa Abloy also was first to reach Auckland. We had a good look at all the boats while they were in Hobart (only 1-1/2 hours).

Adagio is proving to be a splendidly comfortable home. Steve has been beavering away at the many maintenance tasks, and at re-installing numerous components as well as monitoring performance and performing various tests. But the basic design and construction are sound. The Tasmanian waters offer challenges and shelter, as well as a high quality community of marine tradesmen, due to its being the headquarters for the Australian Antarctic Division and ships. We have met several of the scientists and have watched the icebreakers come and go from Hobart to Antarctica and back.

Adagio practically sails herself. Yesterday during the last hour of our trip to Hobart from South Bruny Island, I stood watch, baked cookies and a loaf of bread while Steve napped.

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