04 Jan CLUBSWAN STORIES – Swan 48-209 Cooloola described by her owner John Bacon
In your opinion, what are the features that make a Swan, a safe and reliable performance cruiser?
A big part of our decision was the knowledge that combining the known quality and history of Swan with the same from Frers made for a pedigree that would be unbeatable in every respect.
What are your plans with Cooloola? Who will crew the yacht during your next cruises?
Our plans are to do some cruising in our beautiful local waterways while we are restricted in movements. As the world becomes more accessible in the coming months and years we will venture further afield in our region.
Do you also plan to participate in regattas?
Yes, we will do some nice regattas both inshore and offshore. I’m considering Hamilton Island regatta in 2021, Sydney to Auckland race in 2022.
Why the name Cooloola? Where does it come from?
The Cooloola region of Australia is on the north coast in the vicinity of the world heritage site of Fraser Island. It is where we grew up. The word is from the local first nation people and means the sound that the wind makes when blowing through the coastal she-oak trees.