We really should have sung the Internationale at the start of the Homecoming Passage expedition in deference to our diversity. We were Scots, New Zealanders, Iranians and Tasmanians, not to mention those from a range of locations on the big island - South Australians, New South Welsh people and Victorians. We locals know that we have the BEST cruising waters in Australia, but what we couldn't predict was the weather which would have such a bearing on our visitors being able to enjoy them. In the event it was perfect: calm mornings good for rowing, breezy afternoons for the sailors and lots of sun. Off the water was as good as on. We had a trip down memory lane at the old school camp at Conningham, excellent camping in John and Ruth Young's yard at Randall's Bay, and a rambunctious night around the fire, stirred on by the Iranian contingent, at Kathy and Tony Smith's marvellous old apple shed at Brooks Bay. All we can say to those of you who were silly enough not to come is nah, nah.
Many thanks to those who helped out: