I’ve been absent from these pages in the past month and sadly missing out on many of my favorite blogs.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since I last published here as I’ve been busily taking in all that Sydney has on offer.
Sydney’s friendliness and diversity make it the perfect place to transition from island life back into city life.
I’ve often managed to enjoy elegance, edge, and earthiness all in one day.
I’ve spent my free time walking the coastline (Bondi to Coogee and Spit to Manly), photographing the sprawling city streets (Paddington, Darlinghurst, Kings Cross, CBD, Balmain, The Glebe, Newtown, Erskineville, Saint Peters), viewing art in its many forms, and enjoying the company of good friends.
I’ve had visitors from New Zealand (Charlotte) and Oregon (Carol, Chase and Bucky), and spent time with local friends old (Marion) and new (Mark, Stephanie, Patrick, Harrison, Cameron, Stephie, Chris, Stephan, Nathan, Louis and Lewis).
And I’ve joined a sailboat racing team lead by Captain Robert aboard SY Leeward, a Beneteau First 40. I’ve been out with the team on three occasions, and we took 1st Place in our last race (with the help of the talented and calm Dayne Sharp).
Unlike cruising, where we often sail on one tack for many days and do whatever we can to keep comfortable, in racing, we push the boat to its limit and frequently tack and jibe as we work our way around the course.
I haven’t raced since 2011 and am in heaven. No pictures of our outings so far as I’ve been fully engaged in race mode, but expect some sailing photos in upcoming posts.
On the job search front, I’ve developed a strong network here in Sydney and continue to interview for roles.
Prospects look very promising although work seems to come to a bit of a standstill in Sydney between Christmas and Australia Day (January 26th) so I may not start a role until after then.
The Captain remains in Italy enjoying the company of good friends. He’s happily received a clean bill of health from his doctors.
He also signed a contract to publish the story of his Atlantic sailing journey. The Italian version is due out this September.
Amandla and I are happily awaiting his return on 16 December.
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