Preparing to sail …

We’ve all been living on our boat together now for just over 2 weeks, Anthony for nearly a month. In that time we’ve been for a couple of day sails and a couple of day trips on land and the rest of the time it’s been all about provisioning the boat with months worth of meals and making sure everything is working as it should and as we would like it to. We’ve lugged trolley loads of groceries from the supermarket (the receipt from the most recent shop was almost as long as 5 year old Beatrix is tall!), along the pontoons, hauled them into the boat and stashed them away in as organised a manner so as to not go crazy every meal time searching through the abundant hidey holes (we still need to perfect our system!). We’ve traded our life that was full of conveniences for a life on a yacht with no car, no running hot water and no dishwasher. This is definitely a different lifestyle for us all but one that we are all enjoying and adapting to. We’re two days into our boat school term and I’ve already received multiple confidence boosting comments in my new teaching role, such as “I’m bored”, “this isn’t like real school”, “I’ve had enough now, I’m going to make myself a vegemite sandwich” and even “I’m not going to school today”! Let’s hope I do better in my other new role as crew when we set sail towards the Bay of Islands tomorrow, when we get to enjoy the opportunities that our new lifestyle can offer us.

Luisa Schellens

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