- WORDS: CHRISTIAN PERA
So who, exactly, travels to New Zealand on a whim to be part of an organisation’s first ever expedition for good? Surely, some robust, burly type or perhaps an activist of some description or even an international drifter secretly looking for a free ride…
I had no idea what to expect when Chris Wallis confirmed that he had secured the final crew member the other day, but I needn’t have worried. Like every part of the preparation so far, our scrupulous skipper has outdone himself in terms of recruitment!
Mary Trengrove joins us from Australia – a livewire, retired businesswoman who is already proving to be the custodian of a sharp wit and nononsense attitude. I am absolutely sure she has met a situation that she was not expecting, but to her considerable credit, she is staying on!
Catriona Fullarton is the medico on deck and she, in a matter of days, has put all fears of under-preparation from a medical perspective to peaceful rest. A quietly spoken young doctor from Scotland, her CV bears all the tell-tale signs of someone who allows her actions to speak louder than her intentions. We are pinching ourselves!
Able deckhand, Zac Milesky – if ever there was an effervescent character, it is Zac. Having already shared some micro-adventures with Zac, I am completely confident that he is going to make this expedition his own. I am almost too scared to hope for it, but what if we managed to snaffle him in the longer term?
And, at the last minute, we have managed to talk John Clode, SV Caliph’s mastermind, into joining the expedition. I know Chris is breathing a massive sigh of relief at the thought of having the old sea dog there to help guide the ship.
So, take that lot, send them off to sea and shake well – what the hell are we in for!