So tomorrow at daybreak we depart Esperance, finally and make our way across the GAB. This will be the most demanding part of the circumnavigation and the longest. We expect to go nonstop for 5 days and cover nearly 700 nm which is about the length of the Sydney to Hobart race. We are looking to make landfall at Coffin Bay, but if conditions dictate it could be Streaky Bay, Venus Bay, Ceduna or if we do really well, Port Lincoln. There are no harbours in between.
We are all bunkered up with fuel and water, victualled and Jim went aloft up the mast today to check the rig. We will be out of phone/internet range until next week. We are having dinner tonight with Paul and Helen, who are from Adelaide and have nearly completed their circumnavigation in their 10m monohull Tusitala. They are leaving Esperance next week as they are waiting for an extra crewmember to join them.