Watching the start of the 2008 Sydney to Hobart Race

December 26, 2008 | 3 Comments

The first time we have ever been to see the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

D&I booked a spot at the Old Quarantine Station (Q-station) at the North Head of the harbour. Only 300 people there and they let us sit on the verandah – so had a great view in the comfort of dense shade and lovely cool breeze. Sketching this was the only time I was in the sun!

Filling in time sketching boats and people…

…and more people…


… and more boats!

Middle head – this is the place that i think would be the best location (it is my favourite spot in Sydney) but who knows how crowded it would be

A vertical slice of the panorama view

Getting ready for the start…. a real start line was forming and the spectator craft in the foreground was building up!

A bit crazy trying to draw as the leading boat sails past… I then proceeded to overwork the colouring! Sigh!

Last sketch for the day – the second boat, Scandia going through the heads. I then sat and just watched the boats – it was just SO amazing!

I had tears in my eyes…it was so special!

What a wonderful day!


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