Day 135 LANDED !!! 1/14/14

FSC Fremantle

Clearing Customs at Fremantle Sailing Club

Glenn arrived safely at Fremantle, WA at approximately 11 am local time. He was greeted by a group of Fremantle Sailing Club members including the Commodore and Harbour Master, his good friend Alek and his wife Maryanne, ham radio friend Ted, and a group of well wishers.

In a brief phone call from the wharf, Glenn said it was a very emotional occasion and once again he was shown the very best of mankind. 

I’ll post a few photos as they become available. Thank you all for the outpouring of well wishes and support. 

 

Day 135 Approaching Fremantle, WA 1/14/14

 

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Approaching Fremantle, Western Australia Jan 14, 2014

 

 

 

Day 135 Mixed emotions 14/1/14

 Jan 14, 2014Position: 31. 57 S, 115. 02 E

It’s 03:30 am and I have made my call to Fremantle Sea Rescue to let them know I am with in the 25 nm range of the harbour entrance. I got no answer so sent them an email. The almost full moon is setting in an orange ball off our port stern quarter after keeping us company and lighting our path all night long. I can just make out the loom of the light house on Rottnest Island, 20 nm off our starboard bow.

In the air is the sweet smoky vegetative smell of land. I am tired, but have an adrenaline energy brought on by the our close proximity to land and the prospects of seeing new faces for the first time. Coming into harbour and seeing land for the first time in many months is always a cross between terror and pure excitement. I have been trying to rest over the last few hours but it has been fleeting.

I am going to make some hot chocolate and have a snack then wait an hour or so for the dawn to break and reveal the shore of the great continent of Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 135 On course 13/1/14

Jan 13, 2014Position:  32.21 S, 113.42 E
Made good steady progress last night. I’ve been concentrating on keeping West Wind on course.  With our present course of 73 T, we’re somewhat quartered to the sea and WW II  bucks and rolls a fair bit.  At this moment, we have 95 nm to the entrance of Fremantle harbour. When I’m 25 nm out, I am obliged to call Fremantle Sea Rescue on VHF 73 to make them aware of my position. I will also be in contact with
Alek, VK6APK to let him know as well. I’m excited and have been looking forward to meeting Alek and some of the other ham operators and
their wives. Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them on the air and getting to know them during the short, but so very valuable conversations.

On the local news today and yesterday was the story of very bad bush fires quite close to Perth, brought on by high temperatures over the weekend, in which over forty homes were destroyed. Fortunately there was no loss of life but some people lost pets and livestock. The conversations were similar to those at home, most people put it in perspective saying the most important thing is that there was no loss of life or any one hurt.

I started a major clean up this morning – both the boat and myself – in preparation for my landing. Feels good to get ready and she is looking ready for inspection. About my own appearance … I did the best I could.

This time tomorrow, with luck ,we will be motoring into Fremantle Harbour. That is going to be very exciting!

Course 70 T Speed 4kts Wind SW 10 Waves SW 2M Cloud 60% Temp 23C Baro 1014 Miles in last 24 hrs:117 nm Volts 13.6 Fremantle 95.4

 

Day 134 Charting a new course 12/1/14

 

Jan 12, 2014Position: 32.47 S, 111.29 E

It’s evening, the rice is cooking and the stew reheated for the last time. The kettle is on for my evening tea. This day is coming to an end. We are less than two hundred miles from Fremantle, a fraction of the fifteen thousand we have put behind us these past five months. What an amazing voyage it has been. I have felt the full gamut of emotions. I have been as high as the milky way and the depths of despair. I’ve never worked as hard in my whole life as I did to make this voyage happen. We have all talked about the silver lining and the new journey, the discussion to turn back and what it has all meant.

Today I struggle to make sense of it all. Alone out here, I’ve asked many questions and have tired myself out and feel restless and unsure of the future. I broke my glasses today and the distance is now out of focus.  Until I get them fixed, it will stay that way. Where to go and what to do from here. How do I file this experience.  There are no real answers to these questions at this time. One thing I know is an absolute certainty is that I must make my way home to MaryLou as soon as I can. We will spend time alone, and together chart a new course.  West Wind II surges on faithfully through another night. Carrying me to shore, where she will learn her fate as well. How fitting that there is no blazing sunset tonight. 

There are many more dreams, hopes and desires within my heart and along with MaryLou’s dreams, hopes and desires, we will weave many more threads in our tapestry. 

Course 80 T Speed 5 knots  Wind S 15 Waves s 2m Cloud 85 % Temp 22 C Baro 1015 Miles in last 24 hrs:  100 nm Fremantle: 200 nm Volts 13.50