Dear Matt, Derek, Kate, Jo, Alan, Stephen, Claire, Chris, Fi, Neil, Sophie, Rob, Ant, Helen, Beth, Katherine, Sarah and Billy.
I would like to say thank you. Thank you.
This years Sydney Hobart race (race within a race) was a great experience for me and I have taken away a lot from my short time on your yacht. Thank you for taking Nathan and I along for the ride. For both of us it was a race of first time achievements.
I have learnt a lot from you. The seaman ship and crew work of all on board are great, and I hope to take away some of the things I’ve picked up off you and share it with our race crew on Brindabella.
You are all successful people in your own careers and this challenge that you have embarked on is amazing, very brave. As a team you all pull together to overcome adversity and show true strength in all circumstances.
I must say, the order in which you keep the boat is close to immaculate, much more pleasant than other yachts I have raced on. Simple things, like being able to use a clean head or pick up a clean cup or know where things are put is enjoyable. Sorry if I wasn’t as tidy, especially Farmer and Stephen who shared their personal space with me. On Brindabella we have to strip the boat every race and pile everything on deck for each crew member to collect..
Thank you especially to my watch leaders Derek (Adrian!!) and Kate for letting me share (or impose) my thoughts with the starboard watch. Your crew leadership is sharp and bonding.
To Matt, I found you to be a great skipper with a solid foundation of sailing knowledge, navigation and leadership. You are calm, patient and considered. Thank you for giving me the freedom to add my thoughts to race tactics.
For those who continue on this adventure, I wish you all the very best luck and success in the rest this and further legs. To those leaving the boat, congratulations on what you have achieved. It has been a mighty effort to make it how far you have with the yacht still in great order. Well done.