I finally sailed out of Sydney Heads on Sunday, wrenching myself away from shore yet again to continue on my way. There is not just the physical adjustment of getting re-established as a boat dweller on the high seas, but the emotional adjustment is just as hard in having to leave everyone behind and again have to get used to my own company 24/7. I don’t know that I enjoy my own company for that length of time! I had lots of help in getting away – thanks Brendan, Campbell and Helen and sorry to Fran for dominating Brendan’s time like I did, but he was doing such a great job helping me stash stuff! Also thanks to Colin and Jane who appeared with some home cooked meals for me to take, meaning I can put off using some of those microwave meals that I am starting to dread. I was farewelled out of the Harbour by Tish and her daughter Pip who followed on their boat, which was fortuitous as it turned out as I needed Pip to climb on board and close the front hatch for me as we motored out. A lesson learnt for me there to make sure I go over the boat myself with a fine-tooth comb before leaving the jetty.
Whist in Sydney yet again I was supported and welcomed by a range of people. Thanks to Steve and Louise Churn for having us to dinner, and to Steve for being the official record-keeper for Sydney. Another big thankyou to CYC as well as RANSA for letting me keep the boat there. Commodore Matt Allen and Manager Mark Woolf for their great support. Thankyou to Kevin Loyd-Thomas who picked us up from the airport and helping me on the boat during my Jessica Watson rehearsal run - also for organising support to help me get away for the next leg. A very big thankyou to Max, boatman from Alpha Romeo, for helping me to prepare the boat for the next leg and designing and fitting a boom retainer - which has already proven a winner, and I no longer have to listen to that infernal screeching sound.
I was accompanied out the Harbour not by dolphins this time, but by a school of fish jumping out of the water around me. Don’t know what they were, but it was a speccy sight. I’ve been heading east as much as possible to get away not just from the shipping but also the current that runs down the coast here. The winds have been consistent 20-25knots from the south, but with constant shifts making it difficult to keep a sail setting which is quite tiring. Am hanging out to hit some warmer climes as I head north!
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