Leaping out of the nest
‘Dad, I want to buy Auberge and bring her back,” Baden said to me one evening.
Auberge was the Beach Marine Macro 25 that my daughter, Estelle, had bought in Townsville and sailed to Cairns. She had planned on tidying it up and sailing it back to Townsville to live aboard while at uni doing marine science. While working on the trampoline netting in the marina Estelle started chatting to a young man who was walking the jetty. Because of that moment, and subsequent discussions, plans changed over the ensuing months and she ended up moving to Adelaide and attending university there and I became the temporary new owner of Auberge until selling her to make way for our Crowther 43, Whim. Auberge sailed south to Rockhampton with her new owner.