As we enter the new year, team Eve, wishes everyone a safe and happy 2020.
The bushfire disaster is foremost in all our minds and for those who are, and have been, affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt condolences.
May we, as a country of strong and resilient people, rise to the task of rectification of damage done to property and land, rebuilding what has been destroyed. Unfortunately we cannot bring back those who have perished but all our thoughts are with them and the families that they have left behind.
On an extremely much lighter note however, Team Eve are back on land, safe and sound.
The journey and experience that everyone of us taking part in this adventure has had in the forefront of our minds for the last 14 months has come to an end.
To say that we had a dream run would be an understatement.
As we sailed out of Sydney Harbour on a picture postcard December day, none of us knew what was in front of us. The excitement and wonderment of the unknown was apparent on all our faces. Sailing down the Coast towards Hobart had begun, and the exhilaration had to be felt to be described.
Then began what turned out to be the hardest task we had to face. Four hours on shift and four hours off shift. Nothing better than being woken at 2am in the morning by your buddy to inform you that your were needed on deck! Many a swear word could be heard at changeover. At times the greatest effort was needed to climb out of a bunk with the boat leaning against your body at 45 degrees or higher. However, we managed.
As is everything in life, preparation was the key. We were incredibly well trained and informed from day one. Safety at sea was paramount and it was obvious from the start that all on board took this so very seriously.
Off we ventured down the coast of NSW and on past Victoria.
Crossing Bass Strait and entering the home stretch of the Derwent River was surreal for the team. We had been hearing about this magnificent, sometimes treacherous stretch of water for longer than we care to remember but I must say that we were all floating on air.
Arriving at Constitution Dock and being greeted by family and friends who had flown down to greet us was the icing on the cake. These people had been as much with us on our journey from day one . Our loved ones had gone through more emotion than I think we had and we know that they endured a couple of sleepless nights along the way.
An incredible journey of achievement, camaraderie and life long memories.
Thanks to your support, we have raised almost $62,079 so far. With only a small number of days before the end of our fundraising upon us, we hope that we can fulfil our dream of raising the $75,000 dollars target that set out to achieve.
Michael D., Raymond, Phil, Michael H., Laurence and Daniel.