Yockman here from Tasmania, small island state below the Australian mainland.
I've always wanted to do a sailing trip and thought one day I might be offered a trip to Sydney
or perhaps if I was really lucky, all the way to new Zealand
. A mate of 25 years has bought a yacht in Italy
which he has been sailing there for the last few months. He's leaving Gibraltar
soon to cross the Atlantic. This is where I get lucky.
He has asked me to join him in the Carribbean for a few months, to take the boat through Panama
. I'll get off there and fly home.
The plan is to meet around Christmas
, and to be in Tahiti
by late March. It's not really a problem if we only get to the Marquesas
I have very little sailing experience but have spent 25 years in tough southern waters tuna fishing
, so i understand rough, cold and wet. No experience in extended times at sea, no experience of tropical conditions apart from a bit of time in Darwin, about 11S.
The boat is a 43' aluminium job, which came up A1 on the survey
I plan to fly to Miami
, have a look round for a few days, then catch a flight to Martinique
I guess I'll have a lot of questions in the coming weeks, about everything - what to take (and not), how to prepare, what to do before departing, etc, etc.
I look forward to hearing from you, and who knows, we might meet up somewhere along the way.