At 20:10 on Wednesday September 26th the good ship KAT and her crew of three crossed Sydney Heads and entered the harbour exactly 4 months, 26 days, 8 hours and 10 minutes after she crossed them on her way north. And what a wonderful time we’ve had.
After our extended stopover in Coffs Harbour we left first thing Monday morning and headed for Port Macquarie where we picked up Richard who had kindly offered to help us bring KAT on the last couple of hundred miles home. And good thing he did too as we were getting pretty tired so it was great to have him on board. We spent a last night on KAT in Collins Flat and got up early the next morning to face the arduous task of unloading her and getting her back to her owner. It is amazing the stuff you find when you pull everything out of a boat, I found clothes I didn’t even know I’d brought with me – bottles of booze left over from the race weeks that we had forgotten about and an endless supply of instant noodles that I must have bought as emergency food but which never saw the light of day (be very wary of an invitation to our house for dinner over the next few months as you are pretty much guaranteed that instant noodles will be a staple part of the meal!)
After we’d cleared out the boat and cleaned her up we took her back to her berth in Drummoyne where we bid a fond farewell. She looked after us very well and both of us were sad to say goodbye! And so we headed home – where we are currently in the middle of moving back into our flat and finding all the stuff we so “carefully” packed away when we left! We are having a hard time adjusting to life on land – we went for a walk last night and got really bothered by how crowded the streets were! I have spent my time moving from room to room where I turn the lights on for two seconds to I find what I want and then flicking them off again straight away. It was however the last straw for Chris when I got up in the middle of the night and started rummaging in my sailing bag, the noise of which woke him up.
”What the hell are you doing?” he asked me grumpily
”I’m looking for my torch”
“Because I want to go and get a glass of water and its dark in the kitchen ”
“We have electricity now Anne – you could just turn on the light”
Thanks to everyone who joined us on the deliveries, in the Whitsundays and during the race weeks. We loved having you all on board and hope you had as good a time as we did. And we hope to catch up with all of you at the KAT reunion party (details to be announced soon!) Thank you for your support, now its onto our next adventure, a good busy season on the water in Sydney, Cork Week in Ireland in July 08 (email for details) and back to the tropics for Hammo and Airlie next year!
Anne & Chris