After 18 months of beginning our 'learn to sail plan' after purchasing
and bashing about in Botany Bay at every opportunity we've been given, yesterday we completed our first little coastal cruise
hop from Sans Souci (Botany Bay) to Sydney
Harbour without an instructor aboard. Its been a great feeling.
We took a few good friends who all enjoyed themselves on the way up and got to practice reefing quite a few times, dodged a few container ships, gave everyone a bash at the helm
and generally had an amazing time taking in the sites of all the beaches leading to Sydney
Harbour, it's a beautiful coastline! Even with a few rain showers everyone couldn't stop smiling and nobody shouted, not once.
We made the decision to leave our toddler with Nanna for this trip, or rather Nanna told us her grandson was staying put while we got the practice in.
Unfortunately I've been removed from the boat
this morning and taken to the doctors then home after getting a severe case of acute tonsillitis. The pain has been and still is horrendous, sipping soup through a straw is like drinking razor blades.
So tonight the other half gets to enjoy the delights of the Harbour with his best mate and a fully stocked galley
while I wait for all the tablets to kick in. Hopefully tomorrow afternoon I can get back aboard with our little guy, he loves being on 'daddy's boat'. Still, it's nice for the guys to have some time out too.
Thank you to all the CF's for all the inspiration, advice and guidance you have provided us with. Having a boat is a fantastic learning
experience from tides and weather
on board, how to survive a toddler, VHF
training, fixing and maintaining and how little water
you really need compared to how much we waste. Being 'off the grid' is a pleasure
We'll continue to take baby steps and enjoy almost every minute.
Thanks and kind regards,