It's been a busy and exciting week in Sydney with one of the highlights being the Ella Baché launch in Circular Quay. We managed to strike a lucky break in the rain. So sailing past the Sydney Opera House and under the bridge was really nice and must have provided a pretty cool photo opportunity. I'm so proud of having Ella Baché on board, and all around it was a pretty exciting day.
I've also been kitted out with the full range of Ella Baché skin care products, and to begin with, I'll admit to being a little intimidated by all those tubes and bottles! But armed with a manual and plenty of great advice I think that keeping my skin in top condition will be good fun.
The link below is to a segment I did with Jesse Martin on the 7pm Project. It's a must watch, and I had a lot of fun filming it. Spending time with Jesse was great and I have to admit I got a bit of a kick out of bossing him round on Ella's Pink Lady when we went for a quick sail!
So in and around all the media and corporate stuff we've been working away at plenty of little things on the boat, running new halyards, fitting new electronics including a pretty cool set of water proof cameras, testing out storm sails, laying out drogues and then sea trials to test it all.
It was a great shock for all of us Saturday morning to hear the terrible news of the yachting accident down the coast and the death of Andrew Short and Sally Gordon. We've only known the Short family for a brief time while staying at his marina but the hospitality we've received has been amazing. Nothing was too hard or too much trouble! So from myself and all the team I'd like to extend our condolences to the Short family.
I've still got a few of those butterflies when I think about leaving, but it's almost like my head is already out there, and, if anything, after so many years of build up, leaving feels all a bit normal!
We still haven't pinned it down to a day but not long now and I'll be off! Before then I'll be kept more than busy cramming in a last few long sleeps, hot showers, good normal food and spending plenty of time with all the team and my family.
Anyway, remember to keep an eye on the news page of the website so we can keep you updated on the departure date.