Named after the infamous tennis super star, Sailboat Stefan Eggberg was the most eligible bachelor boat out of all the sailboats in Sydney harbour. Shinning bright white, his mast and bow sparkled and glittered even in the darkest of nights.
Stefan loved the Summer time. He loved when his owner Munston would take him past the heads to go whale watching, he loved having coffee at The Freshwater Club (even though he couldn’t fit through the doors, the baristas there were nice enough to feed his delicious coffee through a 5 kilometre funnel) and most of all he absolutely looooved reading the Wedding section in The Saturday Manly Daily. Stefan’s little boat face always lit up every time he saw a happy couple smiling large on their perfect day.
That was pretty much a regular Saturday for Stefan. Coffee and reading The Daily. He lived alone outside the skiff club. He didn’t care much for the other boats around that area. They were all extremely snobbish. But it was nice and quiet. If Stefan ever ventured into open water, he was constantly hounded by his fans and paparazzi for being such a bachelor.
One day Stefan decided to go whale watching without his owner’s permission and he was caught in the act of sneaking away.
“Where do you think you are going Stefan? Hmmm??” asked Munston.
“I was… Uh… Just… Uh… Going… Uh…. Nowhere.” Replied a nervous Stefan.
“Damn straight. Do you realise how expensive you are??? If I lost you I would be in serious financial trouble Mister. That means I couldn’t afford your Freshwater Club coffee bill and you don’t want that do you??”
Stefan went on to win the Sydney to Hobart race the very next day. It only took him 20 minutes because he was so wired on coffee. Whilst waiting for everyone else to arrive he passed the time by smiling as big as he could by reading an old copy of The Manly Daily. Wedding section of course. *Wink.
Story requested by The Manly Daily.