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Lifestyle : 2010 Sydney International Boatshow
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This is a rare opportunity to own an entire tropical freehold island off the coast of Queensland, with property ownership to the high water mark. Irresistible lifestyle with total privacy, security and spectacular views. Magnificent residence features master suite, guest wing with 3 ensuite bedrooms, 2 living areas, open dining, spacious kitchen, expansive verandahs & panoramic views. Self sufficient solar system with back up generator, 15 large water tanks, plus 2 dams. Vendor Finance Available. This island must be sold so please call Richard on 0415 107 515 or visit www.turtleisland.com.au 12 July 24-25, 2010 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT IN THE WAKE OF MATTHEW FLINDERS HERITAGE OWEN THOMSON This adventurer completed a voyage akin to that of the famous explorer --- with a few extra luxuries. Long way around . . . like the 18th-century seafarer Flinders (left), Ian Reynolds has circumnavigated Australia. M any of us are moved by stories of Australia's early explorers. For Ian Reynolds, the feeling was so strong he set out on a remarkable sea voyage. At the age of 79, the boating enthusiast from Melbourne made up his mind to pay homage to the fearless 18th-century English explorer Matthew Flinders -- the first seafarer to circumnavigate Australia -- by completing a similar journey. ''Like a lot of Australians, I have an interest in what happened with Matthew Flinders and I thought, 'Gee, it'd be nice to follow his route','' says Reynolds, who took a virtually stock Riviera 56 on his lengthy journey. ''That was the motivating factor. His endeavours are pretty well chronicled and I was able to look that up from his writings. So we did what Matthew Flinders did but we did it the other way, stopping at a lot of the places he referenced in his journals.'' Reynolds, now 82, started his 13-month sojourn on the Gold Coast in October 2007, accompanied throughout by various crew combinations consisting of family and friends from around Australia. ''While it sounds like a huge effort, it was really just a series of relatively short trips, except for two or three that were a bit more notable, like across the Great Australian Bight and some of the journeys up on the west coast,'' he says. ''Broome to Darwin and Darwin to Port Douglas were two other long ones. It was really terrific. The boat's really well equipped and beautifully furnished and I can tell you that we enjoyed many a night having our dinner with some fine red wines and very nicely prepared meals, so we lived as if we were in a five-star hotel.'' By his own admission, Reynolds arrived late to boating -- a fact he puts down to the challenges and preoccupations of his career. A mechanical engineer with a lifelong involvement in manufacturing, his impressive CV includes being the founder and current chairman of specialist engineering group CEM International. ''It all started in 1990,'' he says of his boating passion. ''I'd spent my life up until then working my backside off, as all of us do, and never had the time nor the money to do any of this stuff, so I was a late starter to the leisure boating field. Like a lot of us, I've been intrigued with stories of the sea and boats and it wasn't until I got fairly old that I had the wherewithal to indulge in that.'' Once hooked, it didn't take Reynolds long to notch up some adventurous achievements, one of which was a 1996 circumnavigation of Bass Strait in a Riviera 35 that saw him visit sites including King Island and the north-west of Tasmania. ''From that point on, I'd had in the back of my mind, 'Wouldn't it be great to do the whole country?' '' he says. ''Eventually we did.'' Hamstrung by the lower fuel capacity of his earlier boat, Reynolds bought the 56 especially for the around-Australia trip. Not surprisingly, his thoughts drifted to Matthew Flinders on many occasions throughout the journey. After all, imagine how much easier life would have been for the famous seafarer with a luxury Riviera 56 at his disposal. ''We thought a lot about the boat that he had, something that you'd be lucky to get four, five or six knots out of and that required somebody to get way up on top of the mast to look for land,'' he says. ''You've got nothing but admiration for those guys. When you consider how easy by comparison it is today with all the modern navigation equipment, radar, satellite phones and satellite television to keep us out of mischief, I think Matthew Flinders would be gobsmacked. We did it very easily by comparison with those poor devils.'' With the trip an undoubted life highlight, would Reynolds ever consider doing it again? ''I'd love to do it again but from a practical sense it's probably unlikely,'' he confesses. ''But I certainly haven't lost my spirit of adventure. Some of the places we visited I'd love to go back to -- particularly the Kimberley but also the top of Cape York. We really didn't spend a lot of time there and I'd love to go back there again.''
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