FROM 1-34. Hobart-Sydney + Coming Home Party

Jan 09, 2006 – 0134hrs EDT

0134hrs 09 Jan 2006 EDT 33’52”S 151’14”E Ref 696

And, like all good things – it’s over. We rounded South Head at 09/0040 and ghosted up a flat calm, silent harbour to the pond at CYC at 0134, a year and two weeks after we left on Boxing day 2005. A final Consultation with the whole crew – Jeanne, Sarah, Fenwick, Pete and me in the cockpit and a few hours sleep and – lovely Sydney -it’s raining and here we are, gigless and gormless, bangless and without a whimper, with  the demolition bulldozers being unloaded, the Vogons clearing their throats and a coming home party to organise – watch this space – I will keep you posted. There’s a mangy dog sniffing around and the pigeons are having a last splat on the roof – not enough wind to blow the cans around the concrete floor…

A last listen to Derek’s dulcet gravel on his 0725 sked and a final sign off for Berrimilla before Derek retires at the end of the year. We’re going to miss him.

Thanks, everyone – it’s been a gas – and please don’t go away just yet.

With love and best wishes from



Pete is going to write the epitaph later. I think – he’s still asleep…

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