Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:58:19 +0800
I hope you’ll forgive me if I keep this blog short. It’s my first night
at sea in 9 months (excluding the very different accommodations on board
the National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica) and I’m having to
reacquaint myself with the motion of the ocean.
So sitting in my cabin peering at the screen of a laptop is about the
last thing I feel like doing right now.
Hope you got to see the send-off on Ustream this morning. It was about
7am when I pushed off from the Royal Perth Yacht Club Annexe. Huge
thanks to the stalwart souls who came down to see me off. Outside the
harbour wall a few kayakers kept me company for a while, to be succeeded
by June and co on board a sailboat. Col Leonhardt swooped by a couple of
times in a helicopter to get some footage. He’ll be putting together a
3-minute video in the next few days, so watch out for that.
The rest of the day passed fairly uneventfully – which is good. I
paddled out towards Rottnest Island, then turned north to parallel the
coast, avoiding the south-flowing Leeuwin Current until I get level with
Hands and backside rather sore, but hanging on in there.
First audiobook is “Unbroken” by Laura Hillebrand. Good to hear about
people having less fun in a boat (a lifeboat after their plane crashes)
than I am – somehow put my blisters into perspective.
Okay, need to get my head down and my weight off my bottom so will sign
off now. Blogs will get more descriptive when I’m not feeling queasy!
Roz did a good mileage of 26 miles on the first day at sea, and the following people sponsored miles for this section: Doug Grandt, Will Stockland, Pippa, David Tangye, Faith de Savigne, Gary Seritt, Jason Haines, Gerard Yates, Nanette Ferguson, Matthew Ellis, Mark Clifton, Anke Altermann, and Pam Rodwell.