News

A 22,000km cruise to see the Queen

Karen and Rob Oberg in soggy London for the jubilee river pageant.
Karen and Rob Oberg in soggy London for the jubilee river pageant. CONTRIBUTED

RAIN, hail or abysmal London grey, there was no way this world-wandering Ipswich couple was going to miss the royal event of a lifetime.

Former Queensland Times marketing manager Rob Oberg and wife Karen have been sailing the globe on various yachts for the past 18 months.

Their voyage conveniently led them to the Thames River and St Katherine Docks, which happened to be right in the thick of the action for the weekend's Queen's Jubilee Pageant.

Hundreds of thousands crowded the banks of the London river to see the historic parade, which also included a Guinness World Record-breaking 1000 boats.

Among them was the yacht Curious, on which Mr and Mrs Oberg had been travelling. It had just carried them from Gibraltar to London in time for the Jubilee.

Mr Oberg said Curious was included in an "avenue of sail" with other classic boats including Sir Francis Chichester's Gypsy Moth IV and Robin Knox-Johnson's Suhaili.

The vessels were all put on display in the dock at St Katherine Docks - a prime position for Sunday's pageant.

"Unfortunately we suffered what we're told by the locals is typical British bank holiday weekend weather - cold, wet and windy," Mr Oberg said.

"Despite this there were people sleeping out overnight right along the river to make sure they had the best views secured for the Sunday afternoon.

"Every walkway around the marina was jammed with people viewing the boats in the avenue.

"Many were patriotically dressed right royally for the occasion, and at the minimum almost everyone was carrying a Union Jack."

There was a huge cheer as the Tower Bridge's drawbridge was raised and the Queen's barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, came into view.

"Neither the rain or the cold dulled the crowds' enthusiasm, with all the boats roundly applauded, but the loudest cheers were definitely reserved for the appearance of the Queen and Royal Family," Mr Oberg said.

"We had a good view through the lock to the river and were able to watch the sail-past, and were right on the spot where the royal barge stopped and spun round before docking at St Katherine, where the Queen and official party disembarked.

"The roar as the last strains of the Royal Philharmonic's Land of Hope and Glory rang out in the pouring rain was incredibly moving - definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Following the excitement of the Royal Jubilee, the Obergs will enjoy something of a reminder of the life they've left behind in Australia - their next destination is Ipswich, Suffolk.

If you have any photos of Ipswich's coronation party in 1953, please call the QT on 3817 1790.

Topics:  diamond jubilee, queen elizabeth


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

King Kyuss wins world silver

LIKE A KING: Byron bay's Kyuss King has taken second in the 16 Boys Division at the 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships at Azores in Portugal.

Kyuss King has scored a second at the World Junior Championships

Why we're the top spot for mobile tourists

Caravanners and campers spend an average $152 a night in our region.

Our region is the top spot for caravanners and campers in the state.

Local Partners

Community Calendar

This week's Byron Shire News Community calendar

Council to request continuation of shark spotting program

Multiple people attended the scene at Lighthouse Beach where a shark attack took place around 9:30 on Monday morning. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Byron mayor says trial was a fantastic success

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

King Kyuss wins world silver

LIKE A KING: Byron bay's Kyuss King has taken second in the 16 Boys Division at the 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships at Azores in Portugal.

Kyuss King has scored a second at the World Junior Championships

Why we're the top spot for mobile tourists

Caravanners and campers spend an average $152 a night in our region.

Our region is the top spot for caravanners and campers in the state.

Monster hospital sale coming soon

HOSPITAL AUCTION: Mullumbimby and Byron Hospitals will be having auctions of excess equipment.

There will be a monster garage sale at Byron hospital next month.

Theatre lives to thrill another day

LET US STAY: Brunswick Picture House owners Brett Haylock and Chris Chen with supporter Guy Kable want the theatre to stay open.

Local theatre may continue to operate after council discussions.

Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce AGM

BYRON CHAMBER: Bjorn Peterson- Woody's Surf Shack, Felicity Davies- Lease Boutique, Dan McGill- Byron Bazaar, Gavin Barber- Ruskin House, Deborah Benhayon- DB Inner Designs, Simon Cook- Birddog Marketing, Gail Fuller (President)- Byron Coastal Real Estate, Fin Murray- Architect Fin. Photo: Clayton Lloyd.

The Byron Chamber of Commerce AGM is on this week.

The Space Cowboy, our Prince of the Impossible

SPELLBINDING: The Space Cowboy, Byron Bay's Chayne Hultgren, on the microphone.

The Voodoo Review is on this weekend

Circus, acrobatics and comedy by the Dandyman

LOCAL: Byron Bay artist and performer Daniel Oldaker.

LOCAL artist Daniel Oldaker trained with Phillippe Gaulier,

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.

3500 jobs on the way with new $950 million resort

Residential, tourist, community, and open space on Hummock Hill Island.

PROPERTY developers plan to begin construction next year.