Posted by barbara on December 11, 2011
Well may we praise the courage of the yachties that annually stream out the Heads of Sydney Harbour on their way to Hobart, especially those on the smaller boats that spend so many days at sea in less than luxurious conditions.
But are they local heroes for sailing offshore and tackling Bass Strait?
Each time a tall ship hoves into view, it's worth sparing a thought for the ill-equipped boat people who set forth from Great Britain in the first and subsequent convict and emigrant tall ships and sailed to Australia under fair weather and foul. Not just for three to 10 days but a gruelling six months with no mod cons, little fresh food, few amusements and risks galore.
On a fine day, with the wind in its sails, an old style tall ship reminds Sydneysiders of the kinds of vessels that originally connected the Colony of NSW, and Australia in general, with the rest of the world.
Speed is rarely the essence for a Sydney Harbour cruise on an elegant tall ship.
Under full or furled sails, tall ships continue to provide a pleasing visual contrast with modern day sailing vessels and so-called 'hot water' jobs.
Last updated 4 April 2017.