Born in SoCal and lived there until age 8. Lot's of beach trips. I have pictures af Mai Pei - a huge freakin' boat that Dad planned to refit
and sail off with his family
. Never happened.
Moved to Oz in 1968. Lived in Pittwater (Lovett Bay), where the only access was by ferry
. That's me in the sailor hat in front of the family sedan circa 1971(?)
Probably the coolest time of my life. We had an 18 foot wooden sailboat. Wonderfully fond memories of what probably was a piece of junk. I do recall
the one cylinder diesel
that was started with a white nylon rope
wrapped around the front wheel
I remember a trip up to Palm Beach with my brothers, trip planning non-existent, totally becalmed coming back, the diesel
won't start and getting home well after midnight - Mom never worried for some reason...
Exploring Ku-ring-gai chase national park - all the time. Taking the family sedan up around the corner and into the Hawkesbury. Coming back into 10 foot swells with storms and almost crapping ourselves.
Exploring little creeks and inlets in the 10ft aluminum
runabout, lifting it over blockages and going as high as possible like junior Lewis and Clarkes.
The sailboat was always there and I don't remember "not" being able to sail. I also don't ever remember not being able to handle a boat. Just grew up with it.
Eventually, school and work got in the way and although I have always lived as near the water as possible, boating
was a hit and miss affair, primarily rentals.
After moving to Singapore
, I was convinced I would buy a power boat
. Sailing didn't really occur to me as I always figured sailing as a "crewed" affair and a power boat was a single
handed proposition - wrong...
Sailed with my brother in his force 5 - lake sailing photo
- and rented catlinas in san diego
a few times - catalina photo
After not finding my "perfect" power boat, I met a guy with a really cool family and we clicked. He was looking for a sailboat and I said, "Why not?" so we partnered up.
The rest is history
. Since aquiring the boat we average 2 days a week on the water and often we are 3, 4 and 5 days out - See the deck
dance photo that comes as a result of the pure joy of a) not being at work and b) sailing your own boat.
My son is sailing optimists and Picos and enjoying what I enjoyed as a kid. I get out in dinghy's once in a while for fun and the social scene at our club is fantastic!
I used to plan where I would fly the family for vacations and holidays. Now we plan to stay home or take the boat to Malaysia
. It's a huge savings and more fun than a hotel
Does it show that I am hooked?