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 Saturday 26th February ’05 … almost coinciding with my return to Sydney from Eden, southern NSW, Erica (my former wife) made a journey from Perth to meet me for a two week cruise around Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and the Hawkesbury river area.

* Erica ... getting the ship into shape! Heading under the Anzac Bridge to Roselle Bay *

I met her at Mascot Airport, Sydney and we (almost) went straight back to the yacht moored (again) at Roselle Bay, my Sydney home from home … as close as one can get with a private yacht/boat to the CBD of Sydney.  However, on arrival Madam announced she had not voted in the WA State Elections and could we find an office at which an absentee vote may be lodged.  Being a Saturday, it was something of a struggle, with luggage, (why can’t women travel light?) across town to the NSW State Electoral office, where I had been earlier that week … only to find them closed!!  Bugger!

* Could be the seafood meal ... but in fact it wasn't! *

Sunday was a day to visit the fish markets, Blackwattle Bay (a short dinghy ride just around the corner from the yacht) and to enjoy an excellent lunch of mixed seafood.

Next day we cruised to Darling Harbour, Farm Cove, (can be a little bumpy) alongside the Opera House and The Bridge (stunning) for lunch … and then on to Rose Bay for the night.

Rose Bay is the home bay for a flying boat business with around 4-5 ‘planes, one of which crashed into Rose Bay around January ’05 (damn, I missed it.)  Anything can happen on Sydney Harbour and usually does!


Erica wanted to see the Blue Mountains while here and we travelled by train to Katoomba.  Late that afternoon in Katoomba, the thickest fog I have seen for decades came rolling in and stayed through most of the next day. 

* `The Three Sisters' of the Blue Mountains ... approximatley 50 miles west of Sydney. *

* `Blue Mountains' ... 50 kilometres west of Sydney! *

* Erica and Lloyd ... `Blue Mountains Hotel' *

We went on the Skyway cable cars and railway to the bottom of the canyon adjacent to the 3 Sisters anyway.  Fortunately we were booked for two nights and the day we were due to return to Sydney the skies cleared to perfection.  Therefore, we gave the 3 sisters a glancing blow (a brief visit) on the way to a railway station.


Erica experienced her first and probably last sail by catamaran on the open sea … Sydney Harbour to Pittwater, about 15 nautical miles.  The sea was calm by most standards with 7-10 knot breezes, thereby ensuring the journey was a slow one of 4 hours … the price one pays for a relatively calm sea.  Erica’s comment was “I wasn’t afraid … although the shore did seem to be travelling past at a very slow pace … hooray for Quells!” 

* Erica practicing her rowing at Smiths Creek, Hawkesbury River, Sydney, NSW. *

* Hawkesbury River, 20 kilometres north of Sydney. *

My opinion is that you have a much more enjoyable and faster journey with 20 knots of breeze … and it becomes exciting with 30 knots!   I am glad, for Erica’s sake, the conditions weren’t that fast that day!

With fine sunny weather, Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River  guarantees an enjoyable, peaceful and interesting stay … Erica had fun I am sure. 


Put the girl on the train for the airport at Hawkesbury River station for her journey to the airport.



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