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Twenty years ago, on the 20th of January 1990, my wife Sulyn and I celebrated our wedding on Sydney harbour on the 127 foot, square rigged schooner, Solway Lass. Discovering that she was now cruising the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, I booked a three day cruise on her for a second honeymoon.
This is Suzi giving her impression of a ship’s figurehead as I, with 10-20mm Sigma on my Nikon D90, nervously coax the bosun in closer under the bowsprit.
Did we have a good time? I think the smiles in this photo, as we cut a surprise chocolate cake presented to us by the crew, say it all. The 20th January, 2010 was in the words of Lou Reed “One perfect day”.
Solway Lass’ Skipper Paul Creswell, was not just chosen for his film star good looks, he is also a skilled mariner and a charming host.
To describe the trip without resorting to hyperbole is just not possible. Sulyn says she has to keep pinching herself to believe that only four days ago she was diving alongside Green Turtles in the Whitsundays. All I can say is that I’m not going to wait 20 years before I go back…sometimes this photographer’s life reaches near perfection.