Our Blog

This is where I share the stories about the journey that Ellen. R has been on – and where she is going. She has such a rich history and is busy working most days making sure that people have the most elegant and spectacular tour on Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Harbour Whisky Tasting Cruise

Welcome to my world of Whisky and here is a sneak peak at my private collection. My love of Whisky grew as my palate developed. I started to be curious about this hard water. I learned what I could about the skill required by the Distiller, the processes of...

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Our first customers!  Jill and her crew celebrated her birthday with a sydney harbour lunch cruise. She brought with her 7 of her friends armed with great food, champagne and orange juice and a word game. It would be a fun day. We set off from Mort Bay at 10:30 and...

Broken Bay Beckons for Sydney Harbour Water Tours

Broken Bay - Plan B to get Sydney Harbour Water Tours into business Broken bay is familiar territory for me having sailed to the area from Port Jackson in the past. Broken Bay was my plan B as we cruised south. It was dark and I was looking for the glow of Sydney...

Broughton Island Wooden Boat Journey

Sunrise & Joy The sun rose on our trip South and this day was THE best day. The wind had dropped to wistful puffs. The ocean was oily and calm. Not a cloud in the sky. Our course was taking us toward Broughton Island. With auto pilot engaged Jamie and I enjoyed...

South toward Port Macquarie

Bye Bye Coff's Harbour Leaving Coff's Harbour behind us in our wake we stretched Ellie's legs and powered South by South East looking for the strong East Coast Current to push us Southward. That meant heading for deeper water. About an hour into the passage we found...

A little love goes a long way when it comes to wooden boats

History It is said that a little love goes a long way. That is so for "Ellie". It was the reason for her creation and for the love that has gone into her restoration. The Ellen R was designed and built by  Norman R Wright & Sons in 1958 for Mr Ernie Rhubin from...

How far can we get in a wooden boat

Crew on Board Jamie, flew from Tasmania to join me. It was good to have a seasoned sailor with me for the final push to Sydney - Port Jackson. Jamie has sailed the world and has amazing stories of his experiences. I though he might like to have a meal and a sleep on...

Onward to Coff’s Harbour Boat Tour

Time to go After a 3 week hiatus the bad weather had passed and I assessed the upcoming weather would be good for Ellie's continued southward passage. I completed my plan for the journey and I had arranged a crew member to join me at Coff's Harbour but first I had a...

Yamba, and a new VHF radio

The morning after crossing the Clarence River sand bar I telephoned the delightful team at the Yamba Marina. I needed a berth for Ellie. I was in luck, one was available. We had anchored in the anchorage on the iluka side of the Clarence River entrance (lower left...

Big swell make for a challenging time

Running Hard Our course was set to Coff’s Harbour and a berth awaited Ellie at the international marina. It was 1.30pm when we crossed the Richmond River sand bar. We had lost valuable time. Ellie cruises at 8 knots and we had many hours ahead of us. I had planned to...

Wait over finally back at sea

Careful Planning Bad weather kept us at Ballina for 3-days. We were anchored in Mobbs Bay. having made repairs to the fuel system, Ellie was good to go back to sea and on to Coff’s Harbour, the half-way point of our journey South. At 9.30 I took Ellie’s tender to the...

Stage One of the Journey

Preparation Work We had a break in the weather and we thought it was time to go. Being July I knew the time of year would not produce the best conditions for us. My brother, my sister in-law and I flew to Queensland spent about 4 days making sure that the boat was...

Planning the Journey to Sydney

Now that Ellie and I had committed to each other and that I knew she would become part of our family. The first person that I turned to was my brother. As young lads we had yearned of sea travel having emigrated to Australia in 1974. So I broached the subject with him...

Finding Ellen. R Wooden Boat

I had a long career in business, but felt a 'sea-change' was needed (every pun intended). I wanted to combine my love of boating, sydney harbour, story telling and my culinary favourites into a business. But first I had to find her... I looked for months (if not...

Ellie’s Adventures