WITH a smile and a wave, Pete Goss motivational speaker and adventurer sailed out of Newlyn Harbour last night to begin a 12,000-mile voyage which will take the Maritime adventurer and his three-man crew to Australia.
Acknowledging the cheers of well-wishers lined up along the quayside, the veteran sailor thanked all those who had supported his latest ocean challenge, expected to last around 120 days.
The home he will share for the next six months with brother Andy, son Eliot, and brother-in-law Mark, is the 36ft wooden Cornish fishing lugger Spirit of Mystery – a replica of a boat which carried seven Newlyn fishermen to Melbourne in 1854.
Shortly before setting sail, Pete said: "She's a great boat, they are great guys, it's a fantastic adventure – what more could a man want? I can't wait to smell the air, feel the weather, look at the universe, and enjoy the experience."
As Andy and Mark rode Spirit of Mystery from her mooring, Pete steered the little lugger through the harbour "gaps" into open water. There, the jib, foresail and mainsail were quickly unfurled and Spirit of Mystery was on her way, taking advantage of a gentle north-westerly wind. Next stop, South Africa.
The voyage has been a year in the planning. But even a man as meticulous as Pete Goss is not infallible. As they pushed off from the quay, he called across to the crowd of onlookers: "We put all out underwear in the launderette today and when we went back it was shut. No pants and socks until Cape Town."
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