This has been the first summer in seven years that I have not attended a cricket match at Bellerive. I’ve been very lucky to have seen Australia play against many other countries as well as attending Hobart Hurricanes games in the Big Bash League. This year I had to be content with watching it all on television and I missed being able to take photos of the ground and the players. These photos were taken at the very first match I attended in January 2010, a Test Match between Australia and Pakistan.
Bellerive Oval, now more often known as Blundstone Arena looks very different now with the new Ricky Ponting Stand where two older, smaller stands are in my photo. It is a beautiful stand but I rather miss the view of Mount Wellington.
There is a lot of cricket played in Australia in January. There is a Test Match early in the month, One Day Internationals and the domestic Big Bash competition is in full swing. This photo was taken last summer when I attended a Hobart Hurricanes match at Bellerive.
The Sydney Hobart yacht race has been run and won again although not without controversy. It was a speedy race this year starting as usual at lunchtime on Boxing Day with the first yachts reaching Hobart at nightfall of the 27th. In fact I think five yachts arrived inside the record time set by Perpetual Loyal in 2016
As always Line Honours was hotly contested by the big maxi yachts including previous winners Wild Oats XI and Infotrack formerly Perpetual Loyal.
The controversy was over an incident between Wild Oats XI and Comanche in Sydney Harbour at the start of the race. I was watching on television when this happened and as Wild Oats XI tacked very close to Comanche the two came very close to colliding. Comanche raised a red protest flag almost at once as they were forced to change course. The race commentators explained that Comanche would have had right of way and that Wild Oats might do what they called penalty turns to avoid being given a penalty later. My understanding of this is that it is similar to where in motor racing if a car gains an advantage by cutting a corner while overtaking they must give the place back to the other car. However, as far as I know Wild Oats XI did not do this and the two big yachts raced each other all the way to the Derwent sometimes one leading and sometimes the other. In the Derwent River as often happens Comanche could not get enough wind and Wild Oats XI sailed past her to reach the finishing line twenty-six minutes ahead of her rival.
Commanche was declared line honours winner after a protest .
Wild Oats XI first to arrive in Hobart this year but penalised for an incident in Sydney Harbour
The next day there was a three hour hearing and the judges found that Wild Oats XI was at fault in the incident back in Sydney Harbour and gave her a one hour penalty. Of course that meant that Comanche now found herself the Line Honours winner. Guess Wild Oats XI should have done those penalty turns.
I decided to make my visit to the yachts on Friday as the weather forecast was better and many yachts had arrived by that time, several more arrived while I was there. It is always nice to see them sailing in. They drop their sails after passing the finish line and before entering Constitution Dock they do a lap of honour past the shed at Princes Wharf where they are applauded by the patrons of the Taste of Tasmania before being directed to a berth and handed the traditional slab of beer.
I always follow the same routine at the dock. I walk out on to the temporary pontoons between the lines of yachts. It is usually very crowded and there are a lot of obstacles to taking photos like people with prams, crew members moving luggage or gear, small children with ice creams, men with cans of beer standing around near their yachts and of course other photographers. The pontoons are quite steady to walk on but I confess that I like to stand near a bollard when taking a picture because I feel more secure that way.
I like to photograph the Line Honours Winner and the overall winner on handicap if it has been decided by the time I get there. This year’s overall winner was Ichi Ban a yacht that I usually try to photograph as part of a group of familiar names that I like to look out for. Helsal 3 is another of these.
Ichi Ban, this year’s overall winner.
Yachts with unusual names, interesting colour schemes or those from overseas are also ones that I like to photograph. My favourite this year was “Occasional Coarse Language”. Very appropriate on a racing yacht I imagine.
There was quite a bit of activity on the yachts too. As many had not long arrived there was a lot of unpacking, cleaning and stowing of gear going on so I was able to get some pictures of that too.
I found this name amusing.
A yacht from New York
After my walk I bought some lunch at one of the food vans set up nearby. I finished up the day by visiting the Taste of Tasmania over on Princes Wharf but I’ll write about that elsewhere.
The Ashes are on again and the First Test is being played at “The Gabba” in Brisbane this week. I think this beardless boy is England wicket keeper Johnny Bairstow. This photo was taken four years ago when England were playing a tour match against Australia A. Hobart does not rate an Ashes Test Match which is a shame because I’d love to see one but hate going to the mainland in summer.
Today I’m going retro with this old photo I had scanned onto the computer. Australia’s most famous motor race the Bathurst 1000 is being run today. In years gone by David and I would often spend the whole day watching the race on television. He loved it. As time passed I tended more to watch the start with him and pop in and out to check on the progress of the race while doing other things. That’s what I am doing today so in honour of Bathurst, 9 times winner Peter Brock and David here is Peter Brock in his famous 05 Commodore. This was not taken at Bathurst which we never visited but at a support race for the Australian F1 Grand Prix in Adelaide. The photo was most likely taken with my old Pentax MG .
This bad photo is one of those ones that I kept because of the subject matter even though as a photo it is not very good. It was taken at a Hurricanes match that I went to with my friends Allyson and Matt a couple of years ago. Ally asked me to take a photo of her with Ricky Ponting but unfortunately where they were standing the floodlights really messed up the picture.
My walk to Geeveston to watch the filming gave me the opportunity to take photographs not only of the Rosehaven shooting but also a couple of local businesses operated by people I know. I thought it would be fun to share them here.
Makers on Church Street is one of my favourite shops in Geeveston. It is a cooperative where several creative people rent space to run their businesses. Majestic Rythmics is one of these and is run by my friend Nicola Oliver who moved to Tasmania from Queensland just a few years ago.
Nicola makes training outfits, uniforms and costumes for gymnasts, dancers, skaters and even circus performers assisted by her mum Deirdre who helps with cutting and sewing and her partner Dave who helped fit out the shop and does many of the jobs that need to be done in a small business. Nicola also teaches Rythmic Gymnastics in her spare time and coaches the Tasmanian state team .
When you visit Nicola’s shop in Geeveston you will see the most beautiful display of costumes. Here you can see some of Nicola’s work which I photographed in her shop.
Whenever I drop in to see them Nicola and Deirdre are busy cutting and sewing. It must take incredible patience to do the “blinging” with sequins and other shiny bits and pieces which Nicola does by hand. She will also turn her hand to making a fairy costume for a little girl or a smart outfit for a circus ringmaster.
Here are a couple more of Nicola’s creations. I love these wings. I am sure fairies would be queuing up for these if they came in miniature.
If you are wondering what Rythmic Gymnastics is exactly here is a quote from the website tas.gymnastics.org.au:
Rhythmic Gymnastics is the perfect combination of sport and art, linking expressive dance steps with skilful manipulations of the ball, rope, ribbon, hoop or clubs: throw, spin, spiral, roll and catch.
It is an Olympic event for women last held in Rio in 2016.
I’ve included some links at the end of this post if you would like to learn more.
Nicola sends orders all over Australia and overseas, frequently to New Zealand where her daughter Kez lives. Keziah Oliver competes in Rythmic Gymnastics and represented New Zealand at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In 2015 she attended the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria and proud mum Nicola went along as her coach, and supplied the costumes of course. Currently Kez is training for selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I’ve included a clip I found of her on YouTube
9 September 2017. Majestic Rythmics won this award at the Kingborough and Huon Business Awards.