Well, my request was granted! As part of the International Fleet Review, a number of tall ships arrived in Sydney on 3 October – including ‘Lord Nelson’, on which I first sailed in 1994.
I was going to crop my feet out of this photo, but who could resist polka-dotted sneakers?
The bow of ‘Europa’ (in Greek myth, Europa was Phoenician princess abducted by Zeus who appeared as a white bull).
A forest of masts (‘Europa’ and ‘James Craig’).
The crew on ‘Oosterschelde’ seem, uh, interesting.
This little yacht is definitely not a tall ship, but I loved the ‘paint dribble’ of its mast’s reflection.
Broken gangway on ‘Lord Nelson’. Fix it, or go to the pub? Tough call.
Helicopter and ginormous Australian White Ensign, seen behind ‘Lord Nelson’.
Traditional wooden pins, and not-so-traditional life rings and lifeboat canisters (‘Coral Trekker’).
Railing and shrouds, ‘Lady Nelson’.
The folded spanker on ‘Lady Nelson’ reminds me of curls of white chocolate.
Bananas and apples taking the air on the stern of ‘Picton Castle’.
Mirror, mirror on the wall . . .
Between a block and a baggywrinkle. (And no, I didn’t make that up! A baggywrinkle, usually made from teased-apart rope, is used to prevent a sail from chafing against the rigging.)
Mooring line on bollard.
Life ring (and ‘Nellie’).
Foremast of ‘James Craig’.
Sunset over Sydney, seen from the bowsprit of ‘Lord Nelson’.
This being Sydney, fireworks were compulsory.