In April 2004, Paul Martin became the first deaf sailor to circumnavigate Australia. This year, he’s trying to conquer the whole world. Before he sets off, the Wollongong local is prepping his yacht ‘Amber Rose’ in Wollongong harbour, and searching for someone to sponsor his trip.  Working alongside co-workers and friends, the harbour family is close-knit, and the crew are adamant that Wollongong is a busy working port. Both fishermen and sailors alike think it should stay that way.

Words and Pictures: LORIN REID