We have been joined by our new crew , Karen and Andrew Parker, Eddy and Jenny Hassett and bid farewell to Kathy, Alan , Jo and John. The Wooden Boat Festival has been excellent. On Thursday night we attended a talk at the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmani, by Kaci Kronkhite. She is an American yachts woman who has been the director of the Port Townshend Wooden Boat Festival in Seattle but was talking about her restoration of a Norwegian Spitzbergen 28′ yacht and her search for its origins. She is promoting her book about the boat “Pax” . On Friday we enjoyed tropical Tasmanian weather and watching the sailpast of the participants. The tall ships James Craig, Yukon, Tenacious, Windward Bound, Lady Nelson, Enterprize and Young Endeavour looked elegant along with the many historic gaff riggers. Saturday was also hot and was a good opportunity to to examine the many wooden yachts at Kings Pier Marina. Brendan and Catrinas daughter, Georgie had her scout troop building a canoe in a competition with other groups and schools. Today, Sunday, the wind blew in and the temperature dropped to the mid teens. We had a brief time at the boat show but headed back to the boat before the rain. It came and went , the temperature plummeted further, our BBQ with the CYCT was looking dubious but after an excellent tour of the very historic Goverment House, we had a BBQ in the tennis pavilion . It was FREEZING but the company was good and the food fantastic. We now have the heater on in the boat. We’re off on Tuesday down the channel.