The following article appeared in the newsletter of our reciprocal club, Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) in Hamburg. Paul Seifert is a youth member of that club who is visiting Melbourne.
Thanks to Paul for an excellent summary of his travels, and to our member Will Nienhaus for providing a translated version. Our thanks also to Peter Coulter for organising the introduction of Paul to our club.
I arrived in Melbourne more than 2 months ago to improve my English and to some jobbing. Thanks to the support of Wolfgang Weber from Hamburg, I quickly found some sailing contacts in Melbourne. The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron has welcomed me with open arms and I am sailing large boats twice a week. With the current temperatures and the often perfect wind it's always great. It's mostly club races, where they give it their all to win.
I also thought of taking part in the Sydney Hobart Race, but that proved to be too short notice. Helga and Dr Peter Coulter of RMYS, who I had already met at the NRV's New Years reception in 2015, lined up an opportunity for me to sail back from Hobart to Melbourne on YOKO. It was owner-skipper Robin's 34th Melbourne to Hobart race in sequence.
I began my trip to Hobart on New Year's Eve. While my crew had to fight light winds in the Western Bass Strait and only arrived on the morning of New Year's Day, the Sydney to Hobart fleet fought the most challenging conditions of the last few years in the Eastern Bass Strait. After arriving in Hobart, I congratulated the just arriving HASPA HAMBURG, with all the familiar faces
on board, for their successful completion of the Sydney Hobart Race and celebrated the New Year with them. Many thanks to the HASPA HAMBURG crew for the friendly reception.
On 3rd January, I began my trip back to Melbourne aboard YOKO. The conditions were a dream, the best for the last 10 years, which the RMYS members later confirmed. On the West Coast of Tasmania, we sailed into the Gordon River and Rainforest of Tasmania. The atmosphere and untouched nature were very impressive. The following passage across Bass Strait to Melbourne was very quick due to good following winds.
I will stay another 4 weeks in Melbourne after which I will be travelling along the Australian East Coast.
Greetings from Melbourne.