Posted at 3:00 pm , on May 17, 2018
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 Baltic Sea in September – the rare sun and calm waters on our way to Bronholm. Still very cold wind!
Posted at 2:45 pm , on August 20, 2016
The distance between Shetland and Faroe Islands is similar.
After two days on Shetland I was braving myself for another passage of 55 or more hours.
At this point I knew what to expect, I knew how the seasickness felt and what 4 or less hours of sleep, every 4 hours, could do to me. I knew how hard it is to keep the boat on the course, fighting against strong winds, and how not to lose my bearings when the boat and absolutely everything, including myself, is moving violently up and down, up and down, up and down… no break… up and down…
Posted at 6:12 am , on July 14, 2015
On Friday morning we were not aware that our exam for a Yachtsman Certificate will be taking place in the afternoon. I was still battling with myself whatever to try it or not, but I am not a quitter, so even though it was a hard decision I knew I would try, there was no doubt about it. A month before we went to Poland I implemented a hard learning regime at our home driving Marcin mad with asking him to read the materials we were given at least once. At the end he just gave up and was spending some evenings on reading about Theory of Sailing and Meteorology, lying quite relaxed on our bed while I was trying not to lose my head over Yacht Construction and Sailing Regulations.
Posted at 8:15 am , on July 10, 2015
I was sailing, holding the tiller and observing the sails, constantly moving my head around like a dog following the scent in order to guess the wind direction.
– You can sit, when you sit you are sailing much much better – said Krystian for the hundredth time.
Yep, I knew that, but the problem which I had was not seeing where I was sailing if I was sitting. I needed to lift myself up from time to time to assess the situation, but I kept forgetting to sit back. When you sit you are more relaxed, your legs are not killing you in the evening, just your arms muscles and your hands from controlling the ropes.
Posted at 10:04 am , on June 29, 2015
Another night at the marina was quiet and noisy at the same time. I was lying in my bed trying to imagine how I would feel if we were in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea trying to get from Malta to Crete or from Turkey to Italy, pulling a “nighter”. It did not scare me at all. I had a feeling that I would love it – the sense of freedom and being so close with nature on my own applied to me rather strongly. Parcifal was slowly rocking me into the sleep but I kept looking thorough small skylight above my head, watching darkening sky losing its golden sunset colours. The ropes of our and neighbouring boats were banging on masts and I could hear ducks talking quietly with each other. In the evenings, when everyone apart from us and few people went home, the marina was quieting down, getting ready to sleep.