Given the circumstances, March has been a great month for the crew of Amandla.
After three rounds of chemo, The Captain had mid-treatment scans which were CLEAR. The treatment is working!!! Better news than either of us expected. He celebrated with a fourth round of chemo for good measure. It knocked him back a bit initially, but now he is recovering nicely.
The Captain has been feeling well enough this month to make some significant improvements to Amandla including replacing her coach house roof window (no easy job) and sewing additional rain shields so that the cockpit is now almost completely protected from the elements. Our friend Ray, a sailor and talented electronics expert, provided a much welcomed helping hand by installing a battery monitor, connecting an engine extractor pump, repairing the autopilot and trouble shooting a problem with the radar.
And I chipped in by cleaning Amandla’s bilges and floorboards. But I also managed to enjoy a bit of sight seeing.
One day, I took the three-hour round-trip commute from Sydney to The Blue Mountains for a visit. While my time was limited, I did manage to hike from the Echo Point to the Katoomba Cascades and was treated to delightful scenery.
Another day, I mustered up the courage to cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge as a pedestrian. While I’ve traveled across it many times in a car, a train and a bus, and have sailed under it often, walking it is another thing altogether as I have a terrible fear of heights.
But after a bit of meditative contemplation in the peaceful setting of Wendy’s Secret Garden, I thought ‘I can do this!’ So with a lot of deep breathing, and my camera to distract me, I did.
As expected, the views were spectacular. I even managed to climb the South Pylon to have a better look.
I also continued to look for work in Australia but no offers yet.
So The Captain and I have come up with a compromise. If I can not find a suitable role here soon, we will sail to Singapore via Indonesia in the upcoming season, dipping our toes / Amandla’s keel into the Indian Ocean, continuing on with the circumnavigation and heading to a place where I am more likely to find the role I want.
As I said near the end of my February post, all things are possible!