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!
The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is something every sailor thinking about chartering a boat and sailing must have. This course is an absolute minimum, as using the radio on a boat is essential. As our dream is to sail away (perhaps around the world) in our own boat in 3 years time, in February Marcin and I flew to Poland to take part in one of the trainings.
My father was a sailor.
I tried to remember that when I was bent over the railings and throwing up on Brego, during our sailing trip from Bergen to Shetland. Someone was holding my legs, as I did not have much time to attach myself to the boat. No one wanted to test their sailing skills on doing MOB manoeuvre. Even though my father was sailing on huge boats, transporting containers from Europe to Africa and vice versa, he hated the seasickness, which kept coming back every time he sailed away. I thought – if he could do it I cannot give up.
“Filipek” – one of the boats from the same school we were preparing for our exam with, suffered an engine failure and on Friday afternoon our “Parcifal” helped tow poor “Filipek” to the marina, since the wind around was slowly dying out. I remember two phone calls coming to Krystian that day – one from Ania, an instructor preparing two more people for the exam at “Filipek”, asking for a tow and from Slawek, updating Krystian about the changes to the exam date. The exam was happening on Friday, 5 June in the afternoon and I was still feeling unprepared for the challenge. But that is life, is it not? You cannot predict everything, you need to learn to deal with unpredictable too.