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Journeys : Feb March 2012
In Tasmania today Carols in March? Only at The Playhouse! The Flint Street Nativity Playhouse Theatre, 2 to 17 March Written by Tim Firth and directed by Petr Divis Mrs Horrocks’ class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School. But with two wannabe Marys, a shortage of Wise Men, a wayward Ass and an escaped pet stick insect, all hell is about to break loose! Both hilarious and touching, The Flint Street Nativity features a fantastic ensemble cast playing the children and their parents and Chr istmas carols as you’ve never heard them before. We have three double passes to see The Flint Street Nativity on Saturday 3 March. To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Flint Street Nativity, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Hurry – entries close on 20 February. We have a copy of Marilyn’s practical and informative publication to give away. To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Coastal Cruising Companion, R ACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close on 5 March. Don’t go to sea without it Marilyn Graham explains how Coastal Cruising Companion was born Imet a sailor and ran away to sea for a couple of years, cruising the East Coast of Australia on a 35’/10.6m yacht. We sailed where the winds and the weather sent us, from Hobart to Flinders Island, the Gippsland L akes, we rock-hopped along the NSW coast, calling in to as many places as we could, including L ake Macquarie and the mighty Clarence River. Then we sailed on up through Moreton Bay and the Great Sandy Straits to Maryborough in Queensland, visiting over 100 towns, ports and anchorages. Before our departure and while we were away, I searched for a book for novice sailors like me that would give travel infor mation specific for our situation. There are sailing guides but I wanted to k now if there were laundromats, coffee shops, supermarkets at the next destination. It was also hard to find telephone numbers we needed – to get bridges opened, or to arrange a berth prior to arrival at our next port. I found it handy to have the telephone number to call a taxi to get back to the yacht with all the heavy supplies. I kept notes, drew little maps and took photographs nearly everywhere we went. On our return I was asked repeatedly ‘Could we do what you did?’, ‘How do we do it?’, ‘Where did you go?’. So I decided I had better type up my notes and clean up the maps, then I added photographs, helpful hints, the vital telephone numbers, skipper’s tips, nautical mileage grids and so on. From practical exper ience in the marine environment, I found a small book with plastic sleeves ideal, so had some made, had the information printed and collated it all together. I have set up my own little company to publish and distribute Coastal Cruising Companion. I have had fantastic feedback from fellow coastal cruisers from Tasmania, Victor ia and NSW which is really encouraging. www.coastalcruisingaustralia.com 44 February / March 2012
Apr May 2012