The last two days since being back on dry land have been a whirlwind. Honestly, the ocean is simple compared to the platespinning and matching up and logistics that I’m juggling at the moment. Thankfully the whirlwind has been punctuated by plenty of tasty ‘land food’ (think steaks, pizza etc) and the help and support of some wonderful folks locally – notably the Royal Perth Yacht Club and its members and the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group (FVSRG). I am feeling a bit drained by all of it but happy that we are making progress and that I will soon be out on the water and making the second assault.
My brain is a bit addled at this end of a long couple of days so here is a bulletin update of what I have been up to and a few other added bits to answer questions or iron out queries from the Warm Up Lap.
- The Second Assault – We are currently assessing the options, looking at weather windows and different launch locations for the best possible chance of striking out successfully against the Leeuwin and starting a safe passage West and yonder. Logistics need to be put in place to make it all happen and then it is Game On once more. I am excited, confident in myself and ‘Dippers and raring to give it another shot. I was ‘in the groove’ when the electrics went down so know that getting into my routine of life on board, adjusting to motion sickness and so on should be easier this time around. I am pleased to report that the electrics issue has been rectified and we are just waiting for the batteries to fully charge again before testing. There is nothing else major with ‘Dippers to sort, so it will be a case of restowing everything and stocking up with fresh fruit and some more treats – there is more space in that little boat than I had thought (space for a few more biscuits, chocolates and the delicious fatty foods that your body craves when under prolonged stress)
- Reflecting on the warm up lap – As I mentioned before, this was a fantastic experience on a number of levels. ‘Dippers and I were put through our paces and also worked out how we work best together; we were treated to some wonderful sights, sunsets, stars and wildlife encounters; we ‘got in the groove’ and into the routine of life at sea, growing in confidence each hour, each day. Save the electrics issue, everything else appears to be wearing well and all ready for a second assault, including my body. Physically I am in great shape – and surprised to see that I had already lost a few inches from my on my return. Ditch diets – just do some ocean rowing.
- Thank you I would like to thank all the folks who came out to see me off, escorting me out in the boats and the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group (FVSRG) who towed me the 16 miles back to Fremantle. They are a volunteer organisation, funded entirely by donations, so I shall be making a contribution to the invaluable work they do in keeping folks safe at sea. Finally to everyone for all the messages of support and emails – I have been amazed and humbled at how many folks have been following me and sending good vibes my way. It’s getting cramped in my little boat with you all out there! I’m sure you will appreciate that I can’t answer them all.
- Team Worry ye not – the wonderful Ricardo is still part of my crew – I think folk thought that his going back to Portugal was the end of the story. He is my weather router and Advisor Extraordinaire – for his sailing and expedition knowledge is vast and he is a much valued part of the team. Blogs will come from myself and a combination of various folks – Whisper (my PR gurus), Ricardo, my family and perhaps we’ll get some guest bloggers on board too. Rest assured, we shall be keeping you all updated and providing plenty of procrastination options from all the work you should be doing while deskbound.
- Podcast Yes, it was scripted but I wrote it myself – straight from the Outey’s mouth. Glad you enjoyed it – more to follow.
Thats all for now folks – this little Outey is a tired one and ready for some snoozing.
PS Anyone in and around Fremantle this weekend then pop along to the Fremantle Boat Show. It is all free and there are various exhibits and lots of wonderful and varied boats on show in Fishing Boat Harbour, the Esplanade and the RPYC Fremantle Annexe has lots of beautiful model boats and classic wooden boats on display. Well worth a visit.