Jack and Jude on the Banyandah ~ Australia
Sailing a homemade Hartley South Seas - uniquely different from waterline up. Now our boat ain’t worth a lot of money, but she’s been ‘round the world. Bless her. And we sailed her across the North Pacific with snow falling on her decks; buried her masts underwater on that trip. Poor baby. She took that better than us, just as she did our crossing the Great Australian Bight one frosty August when cargo ships were lost to sight in mile wide swells that swept us off our feet. She’s a strong little lady, all 38 foot and 12 tonne of her. Backyard built in Sydney, launched in 1973, she started life the home for our two sons during their first 16 years of life. Touched 80 countries in that run. A veteran, we recently circumnavigated Australia then sailed east to west coast and back again. We mostly take shorter cruises now, around Tassie, the Great Australian Bight and places like that.