**Note – the crew of Amandla are comfortably anchored off the boat friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island. We will lift anchor tomorrow and sail onward to Heron Island with limited internet access along the way so response to comments may be delayed **
The decision is made. The boat and crew are ready. The wait is over.
We are throwing off the dock lines on May 2nd and sailing to Singapore via Torres Strait, Darwin and Indonesia.
I am very sad to leave everything Sydney behind, but the best time for me to sail away is when I am desperately clinging to shore.
The sea is calling and new adventures await!
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!
Arquitectura de Feria is a traveling fairground with rides fashioned from recycled objects such as sinks, toilets, pipes and gas stoves.
Humans power the rides with the assistance of hand cranks and bicycles.
A European family of artisans, led by founder Jordà Ferré and Oscar de Paz (who became partner in 2009) set out to build rides that connect children to adults through play.
They definitely succeed in delivering fun for all ages.
In my last post, I promised to share some sailing pictures. Given that Sydney Harbor is all about sailing, and knowing that ‘Act 8’ of the Extreme Sailing Series would be held in Sydney from 10 – 13 December 2015, I had no doubt that I could deliver.
Other commitments kept me away from Day 1 of the races, but I headed over first thing on Day 2 to enjoy some time in the Race Village before the sailing got underway.
Unlike the wonderful, welcoming, ‘fun for the whole family’ Volvo Ocean Race Village that I enjoyed over many days in New Zealand earlier this year, the Extreme Sailing Race Village had a bit of an ‘Us and Them’ feel to it….
…and offered only minimal pre-race entertainment. A friend and fellow sailor of mine was so put off and bored by the whole thing that she left before the racing got underway.
But I am glad that I stayed. All was forgiven when I saw the beautiful Extreme 40 Catamarans, crewed by talented teams of ‘World Champions, Olympic heroes, America’s Cup winners, and Round the World sailing legends’, head off from the start line.
It was well worth standing outside in the beating sun to catch a glimpse of the action. The only disappointment I had once the race got underway was my decision to add a polarizing lens to my camera at the very moment Line Sonego Team Italia capsized in 30 knots of wind.
I heard that bodies were flying through the air (I was too busy futzing with my lens to witness this). Luckily no one got hurt, and after a time, the team was able to right their Extreme 40 Catamaran and participate in the next race.
Expect more fun to come as Sydney gets into the full swing of summer holidays.