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Friday
May042012

The Journey is about to Begin...

Sorry I have been somewhat silent over the last few months.  I have had a lot of business issues to attend to as part of my process of removing myself from the operational side of my business so I can spend time at sea without being 'bothered'.  I have also had to arrange a lot of other 'stuff' for the boat.  Over the next week or two I will outline what that 'stuff' was and post photos.

Everything is now complete and we will be leaving on the first leg of the voyage on the next suitable weather window...likely to be next Wednesday.

The voyage will consist of two legs.

The first leg will be from Lyttleton in the South Island of New Zealand to New Caledonia via Cook Strait.  the second leg will be from New Caledonia to Phuket, Thailand with a couple of stop offs on the way, one at Darwin, Australia and the other at the Coco Keeling Islands in the Indian ocean before heading north to Phuket around the northern tip of Sumatra, Indonesia.

We may have other stops on the way, such as the northern reefs of New Caledonia, and some of the small islands in Torres Strait between Australia and New Guinea.

There will be two of us on board.  Myself and crew lady, Marianna who is Chilean/Scottish.  My wife does not share my love of the sea and has no desire to go on a lengthy ocean voyage.  She will come and visit the boat once it is safely in Thailand in calm waters.

I advertised in findacrew.net for a suitable crew mate and had about 80 responses from around the world. Marianna had the right temperament and we seem to get on well so she will stay with the vessel until we get to Thailand.  I am confident it was a good selection.  

I plan on updating the voyage on a daily basis whilst in transit with position and time made good along with conditions.  I won't be uploading photos or videos whilst in transit but will do so when in port with a good internet connection. 

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Reader Comments (2)

Hey Warren fantastic to hear that you're finally in a position to start enjoying 'Natural High'. As I move into the final year of my build it'll be a great pleaure and a great motivator to follow your progress.

Fair winds my friend!

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNeil

Thanks Neil...I will be keeping you all up to date. Hope all goes well with your final build year. You really deserve it as you have worked so hard at it.

May 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterWarren Matthews

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