The journey began when we departed Fremantle on the 18th October with both Paul and I onboard and two good friends who are assisting with the delivery. A fairly pleasant start turned into a near gale uphill slog, which tested the crew and boat for a few days before arrival in Albany. A few minor running repairs a great deal of boat drying and some re-sorting took place in Albany as well as some dolphin watching, catching up with friends old and new and saying farewell to Paul.
After letting a front play through, we set off for Esperance to wait out the series of three strong fronts that were forecast to bring 7m seas and 50 odd knots of wind. The Esperance yachting community has been incredibly hospitable from arranging a berth (with a little help from Dubbo who knows everyone in this town) to the use of a vehicle (with hand-draulic Windows!) to the offer of an apartment and a yacht race.