|Neil's Sailing Trip|
On a personal note, in January 2010 I took some time out to enjoy some sailing on a tall ship. I have the privilege to be volunteer member of Queensland Sail Training Association which runs the sailing ship South Passage, a 30 metre gaff rigged schooner.
South Passage spends most of the time taking groups of high school students on three to five day sailing trips where they learn by doing ALL the different aspects of a working sailing boat. There are no winches, all sail are hoisted and lowered by hand. It can be a life changing experience for some. The ship works her way up to Cairns in the winter, and down to Sydney in the summer. Some time in January, the ship needs to be brought back to Manly in Brisbane, her home port. This trip (8 days) is usually too long for schools so it is open to the public. I was fortunate to be picked as one of the crew so it was off to Sydney for Neil!