We were lucky enough to be invited aboard Ocean Safari (or did invite ourselves??) for Hamilton Island Race Week. Ocean Safari is a lovely 51” Farr, owned by our friends Marilyn and Robert who we met at Middle Percy. Like all good fast boats, she was designed by a Kiwi!
It was such an exciting experience, with the jostling at the start line causing everyone to hold their breaths. Si and I were secretly thinking – thank god it’s not our boat! I don’t know how Marilyn and Robert kept their cool.
The racing was equally exciting – sailing so close to other boats, tacking at the last minute to avoid collision, digging in as close to shore as possible and raising and dropping the spinnaker!
Despite all the excitement, I think we were the only boat who managed to fit in lunch during the course. All the crew were really lovely and even though it was a race, the good humour and friendship aboard was memorable!
In case the post doesn’t say it all, this photo does… we had a ball!