Photo Thursday – And the winner is…..

Overall winner of the Sydney Hobart race on handicap was Victoire. Wild Oats predictably won Line Honours.

Ships mascots on Victoire
Ships mascots on Victoire
The overall race winner of the 2013 Sydney Hobart Race
The overall race winner of the 2013 Sydney Hobart Race

Photo Thursday – Wild Oats XI – Maxi yacht

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Boxing Day means the start of two important sporting events in Australia, the Boxing Day Test  at the MCG and the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race.  When I lived in Adelaide I used to think it would be interesting to visit Sydney at Christmas and see  the start of the race but for the past 11 years I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to see many of the yachts arrive in Hobart. Every year I try to get into the city so I can visit the waterfront and see the yachts. I’ve not yet been able to be present when the first one arrives but there are yachts arriving right up until New Year’s Eve so there is always something to see.

The most successful yacht in recent years has been Wild Oats XI. Wild Oats, built in 2005 is a maxi yacht and it is hard to believe just how big this type of yacht is. Hobart is a fairly low-rise city, no skyscrapers, so the maxi’s tower above many of the buildings.

Wild Oats XI
Wild Oats XI
Wild Oats 2005
Wild Oats 2005
Wild Oats
Wild Oats

Photo Thursday-Kevin Pietersen-Cricketer

image Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen-English cricketer

It is not my intention that the Thursday photo will always be about cricket but yesterday I went to see the first day of England v Australia A at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. I wanted to get some photos of the English players in particular because after this summer they probably won’t come back to Hobart again for another four years .

Kevin Pietersen was waiting to bat when I took this photo. In fact he was waiting to bat all day. The other English players were content to sit and watch their opening batsmen but he was fidgety, playing with a football, sitting for a while then getting up again, moving around and talking to people. I think he just wanted to get out there himself.

Judging by the scores at the end of the day he’ll be doing a bit more sitting around waiting tomorrow.

Photo Thursday-George Bailey- Australian Cricketer

Introducing Photo Thursday

As part of my plan to blog more often and because I really like taking photographs I’ve decided to post one every Thursday. It may be an old one, it may be one I took especially for the post. It may be topical or it may not be.

Today’s photo is my tribute to Tasmanian cricketer George Bailey who, in a One Day International  against India last night, made 156 runs and broke a bunch of records. Cricket is such a statistics loving game!

They are:

  • Highest ODI score by an Australian captain
  • Most runs by a captain in a bi-lateral series
  • Most runs by a batsman in a bi-lateral series
  • First batsman to aggregate 1,000 ODI runs this year (2013)
  • 10th joint highest individual score by an Australian in ODIs
My photo was taken prior to the start of the ODI at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Tasmania on 23 January 2013 against Sri Lanka. He had just been in the nets and stopped to sign a few autographs.  He seems a lovely fella too. Go George!

George Bailey
George Bailey