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Happy New Year, Sailing & QLD Floods

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Last year it was a single party popper way down in the Southern Ocean. This year I saw the New Year in overlooking Brisbane with friends, watching the fireworks from the rooftop, counting in 2011 with the rest of the city. Well not quite. Kind of embarrassingly, our timing was a good 20 seconds early, so we did the big 3… 2… 1, only to then hear the rest of the neighborhood still counting 23, 22, 21...! Still, it was a good night and chance to reflect on the year before ploughing head long into another exciting one. 

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Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

 After a few days sailing and training on a boat down in Sydney earlier this week, I’m back home on the Sunshine Coast (which still isn’t in the slightest bit sunny!) to spend Christmas with family and friends.  

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Gearing Up For a Different Sort of Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

What’s been happening lately? Where do I start? Well, despite the fact that things have slowed down ever so slightly lately, my head’s beginning to buzz again with some exciting things coming up. Let’s just say next year’s calendar is looking pretty busy with study, more travelling, lots of sailing and err…. a few other (rather exciting!) odds and ends.

 

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Holiday on the Pacific Dawn

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Last week I woke up every morning on the Pacific Ocean. Not sailing, but on the 811ft Pacific Dawn with my family for a holiday. I have to admit it took me awhile to get into holiday mode. It was quite strange to suddenly have very little to do (other than sleeping and eating of course!) after such a hectic schedule over the last few months. 

 

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China, The Races and Home

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

After a few days at home, a week back in Australia, a whole string of fundraising events and awards dinners, it was time to head off again - this time to China. The week before leaving for China I realised how spoiled I’ve become with all this travelling. Whenever I’d casually mention to family of friends “next week, oh I’m just off to China,” I’d get a sarcastic reply like…. “sure just China.” I’ve been incredibly lucky to see so many different places and experience a variety of cultures over the last few months.   

 

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Sao Paulo Boat Show and Home!

Monday, October 18, 2010

I’m writing this from the middle of the Pacific Ocean - well a fair way above it anyway on a flight from Brazil to Sydney. After 6 weeks away from Australia I’m excited to be finally heading home. And after an early connection and not a lot of sleep, stepping on board a Qantas flight full of familiar Australian accents was quite a treat!     

 

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Australia’s Favourite Event and On to Brazil!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

For starters, thanks to everyone who voted for my homecoming. How incredible for it to be voted Australia's Favourite Event! Thanks again to everyone who made it possible, Events NSW and the NSW State Government and my great team at 5 Oceans Media. I don’t think many people (certainly not me!) realized how much work actually went into making that day possible.

 

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London, Paris and the Mecca of Solo Sailing

Saturday, September 25, 2010

After arriving in London I did have one or two quiet-ish days, but mostly it was another whirlwind week, sightseeing and hanging out at the Southampton Boat Show, before heading off to France. Sightseeing in London meant all the usual highlights like the London Eye, Trafalgar square, Tower Bridge and lots more pretty buildings, all older than Australia!

Hanging out at the Southampton Boat Show with Mike and Don McIntyre, who happened to be in this part of the world too, was good fun. It was great to be able to wander around a boat show just browsing and checking out all the latest technology, without having to worry about doing presentations, or chasing up equipment for Ella’s Pink Lady.

 

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LA and Now on to London

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It’s hard to believe that I’ve only been in the US for less than two weeks. With so much going on, it feels like much longer! After a full week in New York with more media commitments and sightseeing, it was then off on a ridiculously early flight from NY to LA and to the Long Beach Boat Show for the weekend.

 

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New York!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Landed in New York on Sunday to launch True Spirit over here and loving it so far! What a huge city, it makes Sydney or any of our cities back home look tiny by comparison. 

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