Monday, 28 December 2009

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Preparations


The overcast conditions, the wind and the scudding rain, sent the sail hands and captains alike on a wild goose chase to batten down the hatches. Three hours remained until that puff of grey smoke signalled the start of the 2009 Blue Water Classic from the line stretched out from Neilsen Park across to Chowder Bay and ending sometime Tuesday at Constitution Dock in Hobart.


The early morning crowd milled and shuffled through the fine mist, exchanging words of wisdom on conditions and tactics. The Cruising Yacht Club at Rushcutters Bay once again hosted its morning of mornings.

24 comments:

Birdman said...

Great shots, but brrrrrr to me sitting here in a cold rain this AM.

Lois said...

Those are all great shots Julie! I especially like the dog.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I remember last year when we were in Sydney, we saw the start of the Sydney to Hobart race, and the harbor was a fluffy of activity as lots of boats ailed out to watch the race. It was sunny, with clear blue skies, and lots of people were out on the shore to see the boats.

My photos from last year are very different than your photos this year.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

I pray they will have a successful embarkment Julie. And that the weather will show them clemency.

Serge Cornillet said...

Yes, Julie, very good shots!! Chapeau!!! They are my favorite ones.
Serge

JM said...

Great post! I love the detail shots, but the first pic is my favourite.

Dimple said...

The first one is great!

Mirela said...

I love the detailed one of the boat (with the fence). But all are stunning and make me want to join them! :)

cara said...

I like what you have done with the focus - lovely textures. And the expression on that man's face in the top one says so much.

Sarah Lulu said...

Fabulous shots!!! You really captured the spirit ..

Woody said...

Hey, that's a funny looking cow! Very nice shots. I like the effect of the gleaming deck with the cloudy light.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Wonderful photos - I love the first one fixing the rigging?
Hopefully the weather will be good.
Cheers.
Melbouren Daily Photo

Marka said...

I like how the sign in the last photo seems to be exactly what the dog is thinking!

ρομπερτ said...

So it might be true that there has to be much desire for life as well, alongside the knowledge of how to build a ship.

Please have a nice start into the new week.

Bengbeng said...

i can feel the excitement just by looking at the pics

Joan Elizabeth said...

I've never been down to the harbour to see the start of the race. Thanks for taking me there.

sydney harbour events said...

Wow it's so beautiful!You got fabulous shots!
Sydney Harbour Events

Vogon Poet said...

I like any single image and really hope you'll post some more!

brattcat said...

These images are so crisp I feel as if I'm there. That last one though is just a perfect way to end today's post.

diane said...

Excellent scenes of a busy time. The pictures portray the excitement, urgency of being ready for the big race.

Davine said...

Great shots. It would be very exciting to see the beginning of the race more so that the finish.

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Virginia said...

HOLY COW! You captured a million words in a few photographs. Bravo my friend. I don't know diddly about sailing but I got it. I soooooo got it.
V

tapirgal said...

I love these preparation photos.