Hi There All
I have been lurking around for a little while and thought it best to at least say hello and introduce myself.
My story is a little diversified, and goes something like this:
I grew up in Hobart,Tasmania, Australia
. I spent my teenage years & early 20's doing all the things that people do, like Sailing, Boating
, Surfing, Fishing
, Camping etc etc. Then life moved me on which took me away from the ocean.
I now live in Switzerland, as you all probably know, a landlocked country. There a number of sizeable lakes (not like Huron, Ontario
Eirie and the like) on which there are sailing enthusiasts. I went a number of times with a guy who has a Dragon Class yacht, however I never had the same feeling of being out on the Blue Water
My work takes me to many places in the world, and 2 weeks ago, a sequence of events
happened which led me to register here, and elsewhere. I ended up in Sweden
(Malmö) during the week, and had the opportunity to spend the rest of week at a friends beachouse. (The first mistake)
On my evening jogs, I was going past a small marina, and decided 1 evening to stop and look at some of the yachts tied up. (second mistake) I noticed that many were set up for water
sailing">Blue Water sailing, and not just your average coastal cruising. This then brought up memories of the watching the Sydney
to Hobart entrants coming in. Not the sponsored race
team Maxies, but the smaller 30-40 footers of private individuals.
All while this was happening, we were experiencing a typical Autumn storm, with around 30kt winds, gusting to 40kts. The grey skies, scudding clouds, and fresh smell of salt
in the air, in a sense became too much, and started all the memories to come flooding back...
It came as a shock to me how strong these memories were, and in many ways was sad at all the years I had missed the ocean and not actually realising it. So here I am...
What am I going to do about it? First thing is to find work near the ocean. 2nd thing is to find someone who will let me crew so I can relearn all tricks of sailing, and if I end up in Sweden
, this might be a new language thing. And last but not least, look at getting something I can call my own.
Well, that sums it up, I hope I have not bored who read to tears.