We missed it so much: feeling the wind in our sails and our speed through the ocean. Sailing to Fraser Island has been fun, even if the weather to get there has been capricious: rain, swell, strong wind… That was the downside, but even in these conditions we were in such a state of withdrawal after weeks of inactivity that we enjoyed the sailing and the freedom.
We have had to wrestle Anui again. She keeps reminding us she is an 18 year old lady which was starved of TLC for a couple of years. Mainsail replacement, A frame replacement, re-bedding of the perspex on all the hatches and now replacement of half of the flexible solar panels are some of the unexpected tasks we have had to tackle.
It is good to be back home with Wade, although with the jetlag, a cold and an aching body, I am not convinced I am good company! It is also back to a rather soggy Anui, as the weather in Australia is very wet! We will just say two words: monsoon and leaks… get the picture?
For our third and last post on life at the antipodes, we bring you an update that could be entitled “slow and steady”. Both of us are finding that our time apart feels a little long but it has been precious family time for me and my Dad.
Our second episode in the “Life at the Antipodes” series relates Wade’s woes with Anui’s A-frame and the precious time Chris is enjoying with her Dad.
In our last post, we mentioned we might keep you up to date with what Wade and I are up to while we spend 3 weeks at different ends of the world. Well, here is the first episode of our “life at the antipodes” series! The 20th of February marked Chris’s departure for France and Wade’s cyclone watch preparation in Australia!
We are nearly through our third month of living aboard in a sub-tropical region in summer. So how have we found it? Well we have to admit that this season has been a bit of a struggle. Where in the south you tend to soak up the rays, in the tropics or subtropics you do…
Shakedown cruises are typically conducted to test new vessels and their crew before they enter service or after a major overhaul. Well although Anui is far from new, it was a good test of her performance after spending nearly two years out of the water, and it certainly was a great opportunity for us to…