There’s always a place where you call it quits, and for us it is here in Manly Harbour.
After ten months, thirteen days, five hours and twenty five seconds (for those pedantic people amongst us!) we are tied up at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron marina in Manly Harbour, Moreton Bay ending our sojourn from Royal Brighton Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Victoria, to Cairns and back here to Moreton Bay near Brisbane in Queensland.
It is our final destination, and the end of a very long passage for Highland Fling as our family yacht. We have owned her since 1999 and she has been a faithful friend and welcoming house to us for all those years.
She has seen our children grow, taught them how to sail and is now well ready for a new family and their own adventures.
We also are ready for a change, but as we pack up our belongings it is with more than a little sadness. Thirteen years is a long time to love a yacht…..