Sue and Greg
Who are we?
Here we are,
crew of Lupari 2,
Greg and Sue.
crossing the Equator October 2011
I grew up in George Town, a small town in Northern Tasmania on the banks of the Tamar River. We could see the river form the house I grew up in and when we moved to another house it was right beside the river. We spent our summers at the beach at Low Head and playing in the clean water of the river. All year I watched the big ships come up the river to Bell Bay and Beauty Point bringing goods and taking away aluminium from the Comalco Smelter, ferro manganese from Temco, fruit and eventually woodchips.
Many of my childhood winter mornings were filled with the mournful sound of the Low Head lighthouse's fog horn warning the ships of the dangerous reefs that protect the mouth of the river.
I started to sail when I was about 13 and when I was about 14 I was bought a Manly Junior ( 8 ft 6"). The George Town Yacht Club was a friendly place with a large junior fleet of Manly Juniors in those days, and spawned many state grade dinghy sailors (I was not one of them), many of who have gone on to bigger and better yachts.
After growing out of this class at 16 (one could not race this class after turning 16 in those days), other things took my attention, school, a career, a family . . .but I still yearned for another boat.
I had a dream of cruising the Pacific or the world but did not ever think it was a possibility. I became a part owner of a 32ft ferro yacht for a short while....
I still thought owning a yacht was a dream until I met Greg. We connected instantly and the rest is history.
I grew up in Hobart and always dreamed of the sea. My first interactions with the water were solo fishing expeditions down to the Derwent from his home to Frying Pan Island .
I started sailing in my 20s in dinghies and decided that this was fun and aspired to bigger and better things.
Other things took my attention too: a career, a family . . .but I still yearned to get out on the water.
I had a dream of cruising the Pacific and started to prepare for this, first in a Tamar class dinghy (11ft), graduating to a Marauder 24 and then to Lupari. (32ft) I had sailed the south-east of Tasmania for a few years before I met Sue.
Our first yacht was Lupari, a 32ft Hartley ferro sloop. We spent many holidays aboard and cruised the southern half of Tasmania extensively.
Lupari in Hobart
After cruising to Port Davey on the South West coast of Tasmania we decided that we needed a bigger boat to live on and cruise further afield, so we bought a bigger yacht and named it Lupari 2 in which to fulfil our dream.
is a steel hard chine 40ft (12m) pilothouse motor-sailer which was built in Otago Bay, Hobart alongside her sister ship, now owned by our friends. 2 Friends built their boats over 20 years and then independently sold them to friends (nice). The original design is "Carlita" from the Build-a-Boat magazine and designed as a 37footer. Ours has been extended.
Originally named Otago from the bay where she was built, we renamed her Lupari 2 after our other Lupari. And she is "The yellow boat" known throughout Eastern Australia and SE Asia - or "Lupari Dua".
The name turned out to be a good decision. Children in Indonesia can read it. It is easy to pronounce and understand over crackly radio connections in foreign waters .
Lupari 2 in Lembata, Indonesia taken by friend, Rob Oberg