After months of waiting for Bob to be repaired we finally had our day in the sun. Due to a mandatory engine replacement (more on that later) the summer months have passed us by. Mornings have started to come with a little chill and it won’t be long before the water will cool. However, Sydney pulled a gorgeous autumn day for the Anzac Day holiday and we finally took Pelican Bob out with her new engine. And it was handy too; wind was very light in the morning so we motored up past the Bridge and Opera House in about half an hour (much quicker than with the old engine), then caught a few puffs of breeze in the sails to Athol Bay, Mosman, just off Taronga Zoo.
On previous trips to the zoo (by ferry), I have looked longingly at the yachts anchored off the little sandy beaches around Mosmon. It’s idyllic; the trees and rocks of the Australian bush makeup the shoreline, the water is good for swimming, you can wander around the rocks and explore several little beaches, and you have one of the best views of the opera house and harbour bridge in Sydney. So on Thursday we realised that little dream.
Along for the ride were our friends Bec and 10-year old Reece. We anchored amongst the other (much pricier yachts), and put the awning up. As the others dove into their well-earned lunch, I dove off the deck into the cool water; there’s nothing like a swim off the boat on a hot day to signal the start of relaxation time. After lunch, Em and Bec lazed in the sun while Reece and I explored the shoreline.
We couldn’t be there for long, as the days have begun to shorten and daylight savings has ended. I could easily have stayed for another 48 hours but we headed off in time to get back to shore before dark.We were just starting to hit our stride back in early January when then engine died and I’ve had so much stress during the repowering that boat ownership had begun to seem like a Really Bad Idea. The Anzac Day sail was just what we needed to bring back the joy and revive the dream. So there’s one little dream realised; looking forward to many more!