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The Rock-itt : January 2012
HOBART TO HOLLYWOOD (continuing serial) Happy New Year to all you Flynn fans out there and welcome back to our first instalment of ‘Hobart to Hollywood’ for 2012. Errol and the lads have finally reached New Guinea after being in the clutches of a horrendous storm which threatened to tear Sirocco apart and send Errol and the crew to Davey Jones’ Locker. But fortunately things turned out for the better and so here we are ready to go again. If you have ever been sailing and you had to “beat to windward” then you will know what a pain in the arse it can be. Beating to windward is the term given when you sail into the wind instead of it coming aft (from behind). To be able to travel in the direction you want using the wind for forward propulsion, when beating to windward means having to make constant tacking manoeuvres to get to your final destination. It is tedious and laborious to say the least and that’s just how it was for Errol and the crew of Sirocco as she fought her way along the coastline of New Guinea, slowly heading for the town of Port Moresby. Every day for two weeks without a weather change must have sapped all onboard as they crawled along. The only change that did occur was the difference in the tribes and languages spoken. Apparently each tribe was an enemy of the other and though headhunting, which had been one of the tribal practices but had been banned by the Government and the penalty was hanging, the resentment remained toward one another like a festering wound. Errol didn’t trust these tribes and was always wary and on guard not to be complacent. He described some of them in this manner: Sirocco under full sail