We left Sydney, Australia, late last Sunday, with a fine mist descending over the city and a southerly front due at any time. It wasn't exactly a lovely evening for a sail, but we were on a mission, and the snotty forecast was actually quite suitable for our needs. Next week, on Boxing Day (December 26), Greg Zyner's Cavalier 35 Morna will be answering the starting gun for the 63rd running of the classic 628-mile Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, and I'll be one of six crewmembers aboard. The Sunday-night shakedown was the last chance we'd have to get together and put the boat through its paces before the race start. So a bit of a southerly blow, a not-unlikely preview of coming attractions, was not necessarily a bad thing at all.