Update: Photos added. And maybe more again soon.
We are blessed here in this almost perfect spot. Sitting atop a modest mountain which has some civilisation but not too much, we overlook one of the most beautiful water aspects in the World.
Admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux 'discovered' this part of the world way back when, and had he planted the Frog flag and claimed it for France nous would avons be parling le Francais instead of English. But he didn't. Hahaha. He did name a few places after himself, however, hence the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruney Island. His 'second' ship's Captain also gave his name to the Huon River, the Huon Valley and of course the magnificent Huon Pine.
From which (the Pine) the very best wooden boats are made.
But enough of the History.
Annually some of the less callous and criminal of the population of Hilary's Village below the mountain have a celebration of boats. Specifically wooden ones. Much of the rest of the year sees the waters plied by the world-beating modern multi-hull boats made from metals, apart from 'New Year' when everyone and his sea dog sails down here in various races, of which I have mentioned elsewhere. But on this weekend the place explodes with sail.
So I put away my towel today and mounted my steed to go down to the water. It has been a most beautiful day with high sun and just the sort of light breeze that gentle sailors like. Just right for a land-lubber Knight cum Tavern Keeper.
What follows is a celebration of boats and water, and it is a special tribute to James, a sound customer and first-class mate.
|The Tavern-Keeper is an Hairy Man|
|My Steed du Jour. A Sea Horse.|
Two Hundred boats of all sizes came up the waters past the beautiful beachside villages that line the Channel. I was in amongst them with a fine Captain who weaved back and forth, obeying the 'give way to sail' Laws.
Just look at the 'Blue'.
|Furrin Boat People take every opportunity to come here.|
"Left Hand Down a Bit"
|Fore ! Coming through.|
|A Sea Dog sits at the stern of the fore-water Red Flag boat. Look closely.|
|"Avast scurvies. We are coming aboard for your gold, your wine and your men".|
Ladies (wo)man the oars. Fine Gals.
200,000 people are thronging the wharf over the weekend, which is more than the total city population !!
A sailing man's pleasure place.
But a Tavern has to be manned too. All those folk will need Grace. So I had to return. But the trip was supposed to take us to the Iron Pot - the oldest lighthouse in Oz - so off we went across Storm Bay at full speed. That turned out to be 45 knots, 60mph, 96kmph. !!!
PHEW. We flew !
So, I am back and The Bars are Open again.
Finally, if you are ever in Hobart (to visit the Tavern of course) I thoroughly recommend Pennicott's boat and Wilderness trips. He is an 'icon' (in the modern misuse sense) in Tasmania. A great chap and a fine tour provider.