Hobart, The Duffle Bag Has Landed

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31 December 2009


The British yacht “Adventure of Hornet” missed out on line

honours in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but claimed the prize

for safely delivering a special cargo of Australian literature. 

The Royal Navy vessel - one of three UK military services competing in the race as part of a trans-global

training expedition – finished in 65th position after arriving in Hobart at 2am this morning.

The skipper, Commander Richard Tarr, the Rear Commodore Offshore of the Royal Naval Sailing

Association, came ashore on Constitution Dock clutching a duffle bag bulging with poetry collected from

all over Australia.

The poems are a representative sample of more than 300 works submitted by members of the public

and professional poets for a national literary project called Sea Things.

Over a six week period, starting in Hobart and Devonport on 1 October and finishing on Thursday Island

on 16 November, a series of vessels traversed the nation’s east and west coasts picking up verse, stories

and recorded messages reflecting people’s thoughts on Australia’s love affair with the ocean. 

The works were drawn from people of all ages and from all walks of life.

The sea-faring duffle bag will be officially handed over to Commander Tony Vine, of the Royal Australian

Navy Barracks Hobart. Its contents are scheduled to go on public exhibition at the Maritime Museum of

Tasmania early in 2010 as part of a national tour.

“We are thrilled that this unique mix of works has now returned to where the project started, and we

can’t thank enough the crew of Adventure for its dramatic travel itinerary and safe delivery,” said

Johanna Featherstone, the Artistic Director The Red Room Company, the event organiser.

Media inquiries: Johanna Featherstone, Red Room Company, on 0425 312 334, or Graham Cassidy,

Cato Counsel, on 0419 202 317

The Red Room Company creates, promotes and publishes a spectrum of poetry by Australian writers, in unusual

ways. The company is not-for-profit and is supported by The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, The Australia

Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, The Ian Potter Foundation and The Keir Foundation.

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