I want to say a huge thank you to everybody who came along to the UWA Boat Shed for our fundraising event last night, and contributed to a very successful and memorable evening. We raised about $2,000, and had a tremendous time to boot. It was fantastic to see so many people there, and thanks also to those who joined us for an afterglow event at The Greenhouse in Perth.
I’d like to say a few special thank yous –
James Lush, of course, for donating his time and lending his support to my cause – and asking some real humdingers of questions
Rob McSporran and Natalie Joachim of Sea To Summit, for kindly donating of all kinds of essential items for my voyage (freeze dried meals, Smartwool apparel, Jetboil stove, drybags galore etc etc), and for providing the drybags that James gave out as prizes last night
Jeanette Meakins and the UWA staff, for supplying the logistics and a gorgeous venue
Michael Haluwana from The Apple Store Perth Business Team for videoing the event (Part 1 now available online)
Colin Leonhardt, who took these fantastic photos of the proceedings
June Barnard, for organizing the whole shebang and laying on the yummy nibbles (and carrying the whole lot from the bus stop!)
And of course to all of you who spread the word, came along and supported and donated. I really couldn’t do what I do without the support of countless people, both here in Western Australia and around the world. I will probably never know how many thousands of hours of human effort have gone into helping me along my way, but I do know that when I am out on the ocean and the going gets tough, it is the thought of all that love and support that keeps me going.
And just so you know, some news hot off the press. This morning I spoke with Lee Bruce, my weatherman in the US, and he has advised against a Wednesday morning departure. Not much point heading out into a westerly wind that is trying to push me back to shore. So we are now looking much more likely for sunrise on Friday 8th April.
I know it is meant to be unlucky to leave port on a Friday, but I reckon it would also be unlucky to leave port straight into a headwind. I’ll check it out with Poseidon and see if he’ll let me get away with it…