Warning, when running off on an adventure to the other side of the world, be prepared to be occupied with a new level of busy. Especially an adventure where you purchase a Yacht from France that has to be fully equipped and ready to sail in June. Numerous tasks involved to get to this stage, plus so much to attend to in Tasmania, things to finalise and a few short weeks before we fly to France.
This Is Where You Might Think I Am Whinging…
I hope not as I hate it when people tell me how busy they are, how long their To Do List is and just how special their existence is on this planet. You know the person, the multi tasker nutcase who simultaneously is cross training, cooking gourmet meals, producing perfect children and cleaning their wardrobe out for the third world hungry!
So I promise to make the below short and sweet.
Next Weekend Is A Big One For The Miss
Not quite “panic now people” but certainly a new level of anxiousness has moved into my mind as I prepare for a 6 day practical sailing course in my quest to get my RYA Skippers day course. In preparation, for the past few weeks I have been studying charts, calculations, tides, depths and oversized maps which have consumed most of my spare time as well as the kitchen table. The online course says 40 hours. Utter rubbish. Try 80 or even 100 hours if starting from base level. Or perhaps I the Miss am slow and just haven’t caught on.
It concerns me that I go to the practical not having completed all the theory components. Gordon, Commander and Master of the sailing school tells me this will be fine and it won’t matter too much on the day… Hmm I will certainly update you on my return as to how it all went, but I am a little worried.
So What Else?
Miss Catana had her first sail and test of the rigging this week. Apparently by all accounts she performed as expected and in a speedy manner. Here is the first photo I have seen of her in the water with mast and sails attached. A big moment from the email inbox.
(Are you starting to tire of these photos, updates?)
Final details are in progress to fit the boat out with all the goodies ordered from England. After some delay, the goods should arrive in France by Wednesday. Our boat departs March the 15th to her new home in the south of France until we collect her in June!!!!
The search for Turkish accommodation in July continues. Wow, mooring a boat in the European summer is an expensive privilege, even when putting your boat on the hard. (out of water).
My sailing lessons and crewing continues –
Captain Conduct did a stellar job as he led his team to victory on the all-day sail last Saturday. One of my tasks this week was to play with varying spinnaker sails that went up and down throughout the day. A sore neck at days end was well worth it to watch those beautiful sails accelerate us toward the finish line.
This Sunday whilst having a sailing lesson in a small laser, I was going pretty well until my mind caught up with me and a mini melt down followed. Needless to say the unforgiving nature of a laser, meant I was in the water quick smart, punished for being a twatt. My nimble instructor, a cat sailor extraordinaire simply climbed over the boat as it upturned. As I went underwater I was trying to think of a suitable French word to communicate the moment.
(I think everyone should have at least one good foreign word that accommodates the moment when you hit your thumb or get thrown in the deep end…)
My French update, I am now starting to make some progress with the basics of greet and meet, telling the time, ordering a cup of tea in a café. I still don’t know how to find the toilets, doctors or train stations yet, this will come eventually. However progress continues as counting involves fewer fingers than it has in previous times.
I am currently working on my next article. I did an interview with Richard Bennett, well known for his Sydney to Hobart photos among other things. Interesting tale from a man who has lived an uncompromised life. Watch this space as it will be my next article for kiss the fish.
The Big Event Of Today
I’ve left the best to last! The big event in my life right now, is the news that today our youngest child turns 18. This day marks the first day all three of our offspring are adults. It also means legally, our Last Will and Testament no longer requires a children’s guardian if some major mishap should happen as sea.
The fact that the Captain and I have managed to get our three through to adulthood, alive and breathing is cause for major celebration.
Our adventure will be theirs also, as they will be making their own decisions through the journey of life, on their own, for the first time. “A sobering thought depending on the mood I’m in.”
On that note I will leave you and look forward to the next update where there will be much to tell!