I have a deep love for beautiful and traditional vessels, which dates back to my earliest sea faring memories, travelling as a young boy on board the 1907 delivered Clyde built passenger/cargo ferry Karatta to and from Port Adelaide. This gracious little 527 gross ton ship serviced Kangaroo island and the Gulf ports from Port Adelaide faithfully until her replacement in 1961.
The Derwent River west of the Tasman Bridge is beautiful, with the sun low over the western hills. On the weekend of April 16/17 these sparkling waters were decorated by the sails of the largest fleet of colourful FireBug Dinghies ever assembled in Australia for an interstate regatta. Lindisfarne Sailing Club hosted seven sailors from Sydney's Concord Ryde Sailing Club to a friendly interclub event titled with ironic humour the Sydney Hobart FireBug Challenge.