I have just realized I have not written anything new for ages now! The date of the last post is 1 September 2017, and so much happened in our life since then! We had a great sailing trip in the third week of September last year and have passed our RYA Coastal training and got our certificates. I have found the best way to deal with my seasickness (I have written an article gathering all remedies I could find and for me personally number 5 combined with number 7 is the real deal (https://windtravelers.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/seasickness-remedies-do-they-really-work/). I have managed to cook pasta for everyone while we were slowly drifting on a Baltic Sea, so our friend could catch some cod! It was delicious!
Our plan to sail in April 2020 is slowly getting real. I still travel too much though! Saying no to the travelling is the hardest thing to do. I do realize that this year is the last one we travel a lot, but I am still hoping to be able to sail next year. Perhaps not as a member of a crew with the sailing school as we usually did our sailing but as a member of a crew for someone who needs a hand. When I look at different sailing related FB groups I am a member of I can see few such chances at the moment. I am hoping that when I look next year, we will be able to land one or two of them. If not, I will just wait for our own boat to sail on 🙂
Besides that for the next year we are planning on doing diesel engine, first aid and sea survival trainings. And whatever else we are going to find to be useful for our new lifestyle. We must consider as well where do we want to register our boat, which is very tricky. With the UK leaving the EU we do not want to put any restrictions on ourselves while sailing the Meds in our first year, so probably we will not be registering our boat under the UK flag. There are few other countries we want to consider, but I will have to look at our options closely later on.
We are as well in the process of preparing our flat for rent or to be sold. Hence the drilling in my head! At the moment we are redoing the bathroom and will be changing all the windows, plus creating the door to our back garden from our bedroom. This will give us more privacy and will save us as well getting to the garden through the front door only. I have seen it done at my friends’ flat and it does look great! As the lovely weather is approaching I cannot wait to be able to get out from the bedroom in the morning and have my coffee in the garden!
In just few weeks we will be flying as well to Athens and will be sailing for two weeks in Greek waters! I am full of worry and joy at the same time. We have never chartered the boat ourselves, always sailing as a crew. Now we have a chance to taste the captain bread and see how we do! I hope this experience will give us all the right skills to be able to sail independently in the near future. Besides, if we do not try, how would we know?
In Greece we will be sailing on Bavaria 49. The biggest sailing boat we have ever been on was 13 m long, so more than 15 m is a scary business! This trip will be our next learning curve, although we do not plan to buy anything that big for our sailing needs. I think we will go for something around 12 to 13 meters. But it is good to have an opportunity to sail on a big boat (yes, this one is big for me!), to step out of the box, to see if we like it and if we can mange it as well as 10 m. Luckily for us our friend Wojtek, with whom we have sailed in Malta for two weeks, and who taught us a lot, is coming with us! So we are covered so to speak!
I have decided as well to equip myself with another language – I am learning Italian! Perhaps Spanish would be a better choice, but I found that I am not enjoying learning Spanish at all and that Italian is such a charming language that learning it is a pure pleasure. I am hoping to master it within the next two years, as we plan to sail in Italy for at least few months! Greek was on the cards as well, but it seems so difficult that I have not even tried!
We still need to learn more about sailing, I am still straggling with few things and my planning the passage skills are not up to scratch. But the feeling of freedom when sailing is so good, that I will overcome whatever there is to overcome for this incredible lifestyle!