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Sailing Offshore to Southport

I couldn't believe it when David invited me to join his team on Wot Eva to compete in the Sydney to Southport race. It was epic!!

I was so anxious leading up to the race, but once we got going, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have been a part of. The conditions for the race were perfect. With southwesterly winds to 25 knots, the boat certainly gets up and goes! Wow! It is an extremely fast yacht. After the race, I did the numbers and we had speeds up to 50km/h!

The night skies were picture perfect and in a weird sense, I felt blessed to be on watch from 3am to 6am. Watching the sunrise all rugged up on the deck as we sailed north was a surreal experience.

The Henri Lloyd wet weather gear was amazing. I stayed dry and warm for the whole race. I wore the Elite Therm mid layer jacket and the Offshore jacket and Hi-fit pants. They were extremely comfortable and made it easy for me to move around above and below deck.

I didn't wear my prosthetics and the velcro elastic straps that Nicole from Henri Lloyd made, were a perfect fit. I really appreciate the high quality sewing she did!!

I had a great time racing with the team on Wot Eva. It was mentioned on several occasions that what I experienced was "champagne sailing". For my first offshore race and finishing 21st out of 60, I loved every minute of it!

My new wet weather gear made the journey even more memorable as I was able to keep dry and warm. I had more energy and I could focus on sailing and learning from the crew...and I was fortunate enough not to be seasick for the entire race! :)

Thank you Fran and Henri Lloyd - I had a great time and the wet weather gear helped make my first offshore race an experience that I will always remember!

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    • Kate Hooke | 2014-08-15 18:01:59
      Well done Brett Whiteley! A great achievement. Sounds like an amazing experience. Glad you kept rugged up and warm.
    • Deb Jeffreys | 2014-08-18 08:03:58
      Great work Brett - so glad you had a fantastic time :)
    • Brett Whitely | 2014-08-18 15:13:22
      It was a fantastic trip! I could not have done it without the support and help of the great crew. Thanks guys!!
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