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Old 14-07-2008, 12:53   #16
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Welcome Liz & John,

You will have to keep an eye on Gord. He seems to come up with way too many explanations...thanks anyway Gord I was curious myself on the term.

See Liz you have just arrived, and already I have learned something because of you...hehehehehehehe
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Old 15-07-2008, 07:05   #17
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I had to look up “banana bender”:
"Alternate name for a resident of Queensland, Australia, where bananas grow, and people, with nothing better to do, put a bend in them."

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At the risk of hijacking Miss Lilly's thread, I should point out that Gord's source of information is a little dated in this instance.
For the record is has been many decades since Queenslanders bent bananas only when they had nothing better to do. It is not like that any more.

Although I have left the trade due to "bend out" which is a type of workplace stress (I am officially classed as "bent out"), my family is still bending as they have for generations.

The first bananas were bent in the late 19th century and soon became very popular all around the world. Right though to the 1950's almost all bent bananas originated from Queensland. However the demand out grew the supply and even with the benders working 24/7, the demand could not be met. Then came the machine bent banana, this alleviated the supply problem for some years although the best bends were (and still are) the hand bends. Queensland hand bent bananas still command premium prices on the world banana markets.

Around 1970, an act of parliment was ammended that allowed the export of the bending technology and the worldwide bent banana crisis was over.

More recent developments include GM bent bananas where selected benders donated their genes to be spliced into the actual banana trees - the so called "smart banana". These have taken off like wildfire and can be found growing in most tropical anchorages of the world.

What has this got to do with cruising you ask. Well look at it this way, part of cruising is the travelling to new destinations, meeting the locals and getting to know the local traditions. As Queensland is a popular cruising destination (like the Great Barrier Reef), I feel it is helpful for visting sailors to know some of the history of this fascinating place. Most Queenslanders never give this aspect of their history a second thought and like myself, would never think to mention it at all. I think it would be fair to say that most of you who have sailed in Queensland waters would not have heard any of this before.

That is, until Gord posted some basic information here on CF. Even noonsite (or wikipedia) does not carry this amount of detail.

Very few people eat straight bananas anywhere anymore - all thanks to the early Queenslanders who had nothing better to do with their time.

In that respect, I am still carrying on that great tradition - now back to boat refit and solvent fumes .
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Old 15-07-2008, 07:16   #18
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Hahahahahahahah, hoohoo, heheheh! gasp...(out of breath from laughing).....


Thanks, Wot! I'll never look at a banana the same again!
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I guess there are plenty of the "smart banana" trees in Nevis these days - enjoy .
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Hi Wotname

WOW! not sure I like the sound of 40 to 50 kts as a 'norm' in sailing. I've been in a 50kt storm while at anchor and almost died of fright. I swear we were sailing! Apparently our dinghy (without the motor at the time) was acting like a kite (so my husband says). I wasn't looking outside whatsoever at one stage.

I think I might be biting off more than I can chew....I'll keep Western Australia as a 'must do' once I've survived going North an as for sailing around the bottom......I'm shaking already!

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Hi Garry,

Yes, good to see another Gold Coaster indeed! We've had the boat out now for weeks as you 've probably already read...but she's in the water again and fingers crossed, we'll be starting off this Sunday. Moreton Bay is a lovely place to play around in with so many different little spots to enjoy. We usually take a trip through the inside passage from the Gold Coast and head to Lamb Island, Peel Island, Big Sand Hills and Tangalooma and then across to Mooloolaba (time permitting).

We'll keep an eye out for your boat. Happy sailing

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Hi Imagine2frolic,

Its good to be remembered....but to be remembered as a 'banana bender'? but I'm glad I was 'of help'.

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WOW! not sure I like the sound of 40 to 50 kts as a 'norm' in sailing. I've been in a 50kt storm while at anchor and almost died of fright. I swear we were sailing! Apparently our dinghy (without the motor at the time) was acting like a kite (so my husband says). I wasn't looking outside whatsoever at one stage.
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Liz,
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to indicate 40 to 50 Kts was the "norm" around here, it was just that there were storm conditions last weekend in the south west. They are not the normal conditions but do occur a few time each winter. Remember that Cape Leeuwin is one of the five great southern capes so one can expect a bit of a blow there now and again.

15 to 30 kts would be more the "norm" say in summer. Not that much different to Moreton Bay, maybe 5 to 8 kts more in the summer afternoon sea breeze (but no sandbanks!!)

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Hi Wotname,

Oops! I just saw the "40 to 50" and they seemed to have stuck in the back of my mind. Thanks for clarifying

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In that respect, I am still carrying on that great tradition - now back to boat refit and solvent fumes .
The solvent is definitely doing it's job - LOL....
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