This morning I was at the boat recording an interview with the guys from EcoTrek, and Christian asked me if I am courageous. I don’t really think that I am. Or at least, I’m not fearless. I wouldn’t be human if in the wee small hours of the night I didn’t have a few flutters of nerves, and a little surge of adrenaline.
When I have those mini-panics, I have to sternly remind myself that I have done this several times before. So has my boat. We are both tried and tested.
If the scale of the challenge seems daunting, I have to remind myself to just take it one day at a time. There will just be a few more of those days than in any of my other voyages.
And I have to stay focused on my goal – not just the geographical goal, but the much more important goal of spreading the good green word. That mission is what keeps me going.
Because if we don’t wise up soon and start taking better care of our planet, our only home, we are heading rapidly for deep trouble, and a very bleak future. Now THAT is worth being afraid of.
This morning we did the last few bit and pieces of prep at the boat. Loaded the water ballast, turned on the Solaradata unit, tested incoming messages on the satphone, and generally primped the boat ready for her big day tomorrow. I installed Woody the Pirate (from Mariya), Zen Dog (from Romy) and a Hawaiian turtle decal (honu). Also a piece of silver stuck in a champagne cork (thanks Marian) and a penguin feather from my Antarctic trip. Plus regular crewmates Quackers the Duck (Eric) and Squishy the Dolphin (Sharon).
My next blog will be from the ocean. About 16 hours from now I will be pushing off from the dock in Fremantle, at about 6.30 local time. Watch out ocean, here I come!