But to backtrack a little, on Tuesday we experienced an iconic moment in the Australian sporting calendar, the Melbourne Cup. The is 'the race that stops the nation' and is the world's most lucrative horse race - the winning horse gets $3.5M (well, presumably it gives it to its owner) so the event attracts entries from all around the globe. It's an opportunity for a lot of Australians to dress up, go to parties and drink too much, so we were delighted to join Andy and Sue and friends at a great bar in Hastings St, Noosa, to enjoy the fun.
|Sue, Tanya, Kim and Dianne start on the cocktails|
|The crowd takes a five minute break from the drinking to shout at a TV screen|
|It was a close finish, the winner just a neck ahead. 'Our' horse can just be seen on the extreme left of this shot!|
|We furled the headsail so slow Maunie down to allow Highland Chief to pass ahead of us...|
|.... and could see HMAS Darwin waiting to head in|
Thankfully we cleared this busy area safely and had a very good sail into Manly.
Once here, we managed a very satisfactory transaction to add some wheels to Maunie's inventory. Lots of the marinas we will visit in Australia are some way out of town so we decided that it'd be good to find a folding bicycle to make shopping trips easier; over the past few days we'd been looking on eBay and Gumtree to see what might be available. Anyway we found an advert for an aluminium-framed Hasa bike, which got some very good reviews, and yesterday morning became proud owners of it. It belonged to a couple who had it on their motorboat but used it only twice in two years so it's as-new and was a bit of a bargain; best of all, it fits neatly into our cockpit locker...
|The folded bike in the starboard cockpit locker|
It's pretty hot here now (the forecast for the city today is 34 degrees!) so we're getting up early and Maunie has all her sunshades in place to make life bearable aboard. On Tuesday we're heading a little further south to the Gold Coast to have Maunie lifted out of the water for a few days for some routine maintenance and then we'll carry on towards Sydney. But first, of course we'll be calling in on Auntie Brenda (who knows we're coming this time!).