Ed’s let­ter

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UPFRONT -

Like many Tas­ma­ni­ans I vividly re­mem­ber watch­ing the events of the 1998 Syd­ney to Ho­bart yacht race un­fold­ing in shock and dis­be­lief. It’s dif­fi­cult to be­lieve the leg­endary race that had brought so much joy and fixed the eyes of the world on Ho­bart each year, could have re­sulted in so much tragedy. It’s also hard to be­lieve it has been 20 years since that ill-fated race. De­spite the fact that he has pre­vi­ously de­clined re­porters’ re­quests to speak about the 1998 event, I am grate­ful race sur­vivor Steve Walker agreed to talk to Penny McLeod for our story this week. And as dif­fi­cult as it still is for the Wyn­yard sail­maker to re­count the har­row­ing events, I am full of ad­mi­ra­tion for his gen­eros­ity in speak­ing to TasWeek­end about how he’s man­aged to hold on to his love of sail­ing, de­spite the tragic loss of two of his close mates and crew mem­bers from Busi­ness Post Na­iad. Else­where in the mag­a­zine, Tracy Renkin high­lights the epi­demic of lone­li­ness in her touch­ing story about a young Ho­bart man’s jour­ney to hap­pi­ness, and Nigella Law­son talks about her on­go­ing love af­fair with Tassie food and pro­duce.

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