Back in January Dan Groves, Senior Account Executive at Topsail UK left the cold weather behind and headed for our Topsail Australia office in Perth. Dan has since been running the Australian office whilst Mark Ainscough and Cathy Charlick have a well-deserved break on their own yacht ‘Catcha Star’ in Thailand.
Whilst Dan has been out in Australia he has certainly made the most of his free-time. Dan has managed to explore numerous locations on the Western Coast, such as Margaret River, Yallingup, Bussleton and Mandurah - he has even managed to get himself over to the East Coast for various meetings visiting Brisbane, Melbourne, and even managing to get down to Melbourne’s very own Brighton… perhaps he is missing home a little?!
The trip to the East Coast to meet with insurance brokers that we work closely alongside was a great success and has helped to build on, and enhance Dan’s understanding of the Australian market.
On Australia day, Dan was kindly invited by existing Topsail clients Vince and Denise of ‘Anki II’ to join them as crew on board their yacht for a JaM event out of Fremantle Sailing Club. This was following by a spectacular firework display on the foreshore in Perth city.
Making the most of his time in Australia, Dan visited Mandurah to stay with some family friends. He was due to go out on the estuary to see the dolphins on a classic motor vessel, however it seems he took the English weather with him - it rained, and it rained, and it rained. Unfortunately Dan was unable to get out on the vessel to explore the estuary, and subsequently did not get to see the dolphins. Maybe next time?
Dan has come into close contact with Australia’s wildlife from feeding kangaroos to holding koalas and swimming with sting rays. He has also experienced the not so pretty wildlife from the infamous Red Back spider to flying cockroaches the size of a human fist!
All in all, Dan has thoroughly enjoyed his time out in Australia; sailing, kayaking, meeting new people and visiting many of the local attractions. It is safe to say that Dan is not over the moon at the prospect of returning to the UK in a couple of weeks – leaving behind the sunshine, excitement and warmth of Australia.