A full moon to guide us
The skipper preparing the boat
The merry revelers on board
Keeping watch for other vessels
Under the Bolte bridge
The city skyline full of light
Then at midnight the fireworks
Now it’s 2018!!!!!
After a couple of days of hot summer weather
And on the bicycle for a ride by the bay
In the cool of the evening
Last sprinkles of rain
My loop of the Williamstown peninsula
I feel like I’m in the twilight period of 2017
The sun setting on a year of wonderful adventures and discoveries
Excited about the coming of 2018
Volvo Round the World Racing Yachts
After the long sail from Cape Town
Powering down wind,
Surfing across the Southern Ocean
Resting now in the calm waters of Docklands, Melbourne.
On the train from the midlands to London. I listened to The Clash, London Calling.
Its both a distopian and resilient view of London. It seemed fitting as a bombing in the tube had set a sombre tone.
But London is London no matter.
Despite the confrontation London open day was in full swing as was Thames week.
And it gave a little sometime for mariner like me.
These 10 Thames barges had sailed up the river.
And were using their motors against the ebb tide to hold formation still in the water. Such seamanship.
And really there is something special about the English is their way with the sea and boats.
Be it Drake’s Golden Hind
Or the uniquely English narrow boats that carried goods and produce from the midlands to London prior to rail
And now provide floating pleasure.
So I did go to London!
Borders I’ve never seen one but I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.
This quote from Thor Hyerdadahls captures a vision of adventure and cultural interaction.
To see see the Kon Tiki to know the strength of that quest bought tears to my eyes.
Fram, Kon Tiki and Rah form part of the maritime history at Bigdoy in Oslo.
Thor Hyerdadahl and polar Explorer Rould Amundsen were adventures after the highest order.
The ship Fram a wooden ship designed by the great Colin Archer that still holds the record the furthest north and south of any ship.
These are names that have fed my love of maritime adventure.
For as it is said about the Norwegian sailor.
If there is a boat that floats he will be the first one there.
The Norwegian prowess at sea has existed for centuries. The Vikings emblamatic of their skill and exploration.
As these Viking burial ships show.
A day at the Norwegian maritime museums is a wonderful insight into a rich maritime history.
My taste of Norway took me north past Trondheim and its fjord.
And to the very steep fjords on the west coast
And its glacier covered mountains
But a summer full of rain in the high northern latitudes was too much for this bloke from the driest continent on the planet.
So it was a taste of Norway till maybe another time.