Santa’s Zip-Line

This is an extract from When the Ship Hits the Fan by Captain Rob Anderson (Affirm Press), out now. WARNING: If strong language offends you, read no further The ship was a cargo liner – much like a standard cargo…

Celeste – love at first sight

by Rob Evans It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on the lovely Celeste, swinging on her mooring in Snails Bay.  That was 25 years ago.  It wasn’t the passion of youth but was the deep affection she inspired in…

Fishermen of Sydney Harbour

The Harbour has sustained life around it for thousands of years, from the traditional owners to the many waves of modern migrants who fished its waters; most prominent among them the Italian fishermen, writes Kevin Green. As a new migrant myself I settled near…

Providential Channel

How Endeavour survived the great coral labyrinth Bruce Stannard concludes his 250th anniversary tribute to Lieutenant James Cook, Commander of the Endeavour Bark. James Cook’s portrait by William Hodges Cook ordered Endeavour’s coasting anchor and cable to be deployed beyond the…

18 Footers: The Winning Family, the Winning Way

The ongoing success of Australia’s iconic 128-year-old sport of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour, owes much to the incredible action and support of John (Woody) Winning, the Winning family and the Winning family’s business. John (Woody) Winning and John (Herman)…

The Traditional Japanese Spa

This is an extract from When the Ship Hits the Fan by Captain Rob Anderson (Affirm Press), out now. WARNING: If strong language offends you, read no further I wasn’t keen on the idea, but there was no way out.

The Almost Fatal Shore

How Endeavour survived shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef Bruce Stannard continues his 250th anniversary tribute to Lieutenant James Cook, Commander of HM Bark Endeavour. HM Bark Endeavour Mount Warning. Painting by Oswald Brett At noon on June 12, 1770, the…

What might have been

On its 50th anniversary, David Salter recalls the most controversial race in Australian America’s Cup sailing history. Every Australian aged 45 or more can remember the outburst of national euphoria in September 1983 when we won the America’s Cup to end…

Lofty Lives

Or How to Improve Your Putting Words by Dorian Mode. Photography Lydia Thorpe What’s been your big project in lockdown? I love vintage boats. My previous vessel – a sound craft with a slight tendency to sink – was a big…

Dragon Flite DF 95 Sailing Championship 2020

Paradise Radio Yacht Club hosted the 2020 Dragon Flite (DF 95) Queensland championships on behalf of the QRYA on the Gold Coast at Emerald Lakes on the 1st and 2nd of August. Initial entries fell slightly due to covid restrictions; however,…