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Interviews & Harmony for sale

My dear ship Harmony is currently in Sydney harbour, and I'm now open to all reasonable offers for her purchase. I can't afford to keep Harmony in Sydney endlessly, nor can I bear the worry of her being on a mooring unattended when I'm not nearby. It's time for her to be taken into the hands of someone enthusiastic who wishes to sail away on a great adventure. Full photos, and details are available on my for sale page. Get in contact and make any offer.

In other news, I was recently on TV for the Adventure Film Festival in Bright a few weekends ago, where Between Home was screened.

I was also speaking on ABC radio with Richard Stubbs - interview embedded below:

Saving the last of Gondwana

In the north west corner of Australia's island state, Tasmania, lies the Tarkine. The worlds second largest temperate rain forest. For the past 50 years, conservationists have been waging a battle against successive governments to have the Tarkine turned into a national park and given World Heritage listing, protecting it from destructive logging and mining practices.

The Tarkine: Saving the last of Gondwana from Brent Melton on Vimeo.

Sailing with Tobias Fahey

Last week I had the great fortune of getting a sail in with Tobias Fahey, aboard his IOOD50 (International Open One Design 50), in Tasmania. This year, Tobias will be attempting to become the fastest Australian to circumnavigate the globe, singlehanded and nonstop around the great capes. The boat he will be sailing was originally built specifically for voyages such as these, designed by Graham Radford and built by infamous Australian adventurer Don Mcintyre ten years ago, as part of planned one-design circumnavigation race which unfortunately didn't happen. Just a few weeks ago I also had the great pleasure of meeting Don in Melbourne, when he visited me at the new co-working space I built with my pal Marty. Don was flying through Melbourne (metaphorically), on a mad trip north to pickup some kind of inflatable flying boat. Don has more energy than anyone I've ever met, and so many great stories, one could just sit there and listen to him recall his life for hours, if not days, without closing an eye. He's an amazing ambassador for encouraging adventure to young Australians, and everyone should take a minute out of their lives to zoom around Google and read up on his various projects and adventures, spanning oceans and frozen continents. Sailing with Tobias was a fun experience, as I've never been aboard a large, highly strung offshore racing boat before, as generally I toy around on small, slow, full keeled boats where 5kts is deemed 'fast'... Tobias is a true waterman, living in a house of his own construction over looking a beautiful bay, where he sails and catches lobster, abalone and fishes for food. A sailor, surfer, diver, and really nice person, Tobias is taking on a huge personal challenge and dream to depart this October, at the young age of just 26. Take a look at his website, send some words of encouragement, and watch his undertaking unfold at tobiasfahey.com.au.

Below are a few photos, and a short sailing vignette as we sailed around Frederick Henry Bay, not far from Hobart.









Nick.

Warsaw by helicopter

RC Helicopter footage from the independence day riots in Warsaw. Really nice footage, and also really interesting to see what parts of Warsaw look like - A lot like Berlin.

Constellation is for sale (again)

In a strange twist of fate, Constellation is for sale again - But I'm not selling her! I wish I could buy her back... But, alas, paying rent on land is hard enough! So, the person who bought her, is selling because he doesn't have the time to do the things he wishes he could with Constellation... With that in mind, she's a bargain and needs to be sold ASAP. I hope someone with big dreams buys her... Presently she's up for $17k Australian Dollars, with all the gear that was previously listed. Since new ownership, she has new bottom paint, new dinghy, and some new seacocks.

Here is a video I recently made experimenting with a few things in my video editing software - The last scene is my seeing Constellation for the last time.

Someone who reads this blog, please buy my old boat back and sail her to... Madagascar. Or somewhere similarly far away.

If interested, contact me for details - She is on a mooring in Sydney.

nick.