Photo Thursday – Ricky Ponting – Cricketer
Photo Thursday this week celebrates the achievements of former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting who retired after the 2012-13 season. On Thursday night a tribute match was held in his hometown of Launceston, Tasmania with all proceeds going to the Ponting Foundation which provides money for children with cancer in Tasmania. A host of current and former cricketers and some Hawthorn and North Melbourne footballers played in the two sides captained by Ricky and Adam Gilchrist. It was a very entertaining match and is the reason that Photo Thursday is so late this week.
Photo Thursday – Salmon Farming
Today we went for a drive down the Esperance Coast Road. You can see the fish farms from the road but it’s very hard to photograph them because there are few safe places to stop and pull over.
Overall winner of the Sydney Hobart race on handicap was Victoire. Wild Oats predictably won Line Honours.
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.