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“So Where the Bloody Hell are you?”

That was the first line of a email I received this week from a cruising friend. (Echoing of course the words of Lara Bingle in that ill fated Australian tourism campaign).

The truth is we have been rather quiet on the inter webs – both by happenstance and design.

After the sale of our boat we decided to give ourselves somewhat of a forced six month break from boat shopping. With our daughter starting her first year of schooling and an active toddler on the go, the day to day of life seems to have kept us busy enough lately.

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The worst thing about not owning a boat is not having a boat.

“Thats what a ship is, you know. Its not a keel and a hull and a deck and sails. Thats what a ship needs. But what a ship is. What the Black Pearl really is . . . is freedom.” – Jack Sparrow

Because most obviously the ability to go sailing is suddenly greatly diminished!

Despite life getting in the way of our more significant cruising plans last year, still if we had a free weekend (heck even a free afternoon) we could and did get out on the boat. I have owned sailing boats since I was 22 and they have always  been an escape, my happy place and besides without a list of boat projects I am just bored. I have always been one to also simply enjoy “Messing around in boats”.

The best thing about not having a boat is not owning a boat.

Boats do cost money. Boats do cost time. Boats can break your heart. All of these realities can be justified and romanticised but they are still the realities of owning what was in our case an older cruising yacht. There is just a responsibility in owning a boat. We have enjoyed taking a break from boat ownership.

Decisions

Ok so confession time – we cracked. We didn’t actually last the 6 months, the first opportunity we got we went sailing.

When an opportunity came up we chartered a boat in Thailand for 2 weeks with a good friend. Warm water, good sailing, friendly people.The kids loved it.

It also confirmed that we were not ‘over sailing’. So for now we are back boat shopping with plans to do some extended cruising.

As fun as sitting in front of a globe of the world, with Yachtworld open and a calculator in my hand is, we do now need to get on with it. As we do we hope to post here about our experience of looking for and purchasing the right boat for us.

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Koh Hong, Chartering in Thailand

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Sophie at Phi Phi Don trying to find our Tender

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Phuket, Chartering in Thailand

Antarctic Vortex on Pittwater

The Australian media has been all abuzz this week about an ‘Antarctic Vortex’.  A  bad cold front that has been heading up the coast. IMG_2984 While a little cool it mean’t some decent westerly winds for a fast sail up Pittwater. By the time we settled down for the evening in a deserted Coaster’s Retreat ( This place is usually like a floating caravan park in summer) the winds were easing and it was warm enough for some fun ashore amongst the local swamp wallabies and Kookaburra’s before Spaghetti Bolognese back onboard. IMG_5803 IMG_5798 IMG_5813 IMG_5830   Sophie is pretty good at driving the tender these days!

Sammy turns 2 (weeks)

2 weeks old with a Christmas under his belt and a new year begun and Sammy seems to be taking life his stride so far.  

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Between the four of us,  some of the time, some of us are getting some sleep. Which is about all that can be hoped for if my blurry recollection of Sophie’s first few months are anything to go by. 

Sammy met the boat today. Josie is quite keen to get out sailing.  Balmy weather, regular sea breezes it is hard not to want to. 

Which does mean that yes the title of our blog was perhaps a little shortsighted and will need modification in the future! ( Notepad is at the ready for brainstorming during 2am feeds).

When it was initially created Sailing with Sophie was basically for friends/relatives to find photos of Sophie and us while we were cruising and so was thus named! 

Meanwhile the list of boat jobs is quietly building steadily, we will be out of the water early Feb, there are new electronics to install( dedicated post coming on this) a new dodger, the genoa needs repairs, the liferaft needs a service and there are a 101 little jobs that seem to never end .

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An Update

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We have spent a bit of time this year enjoying cruising the NSW coast.

We kind of rushed past alot of great spots on the way north in 2011 and although there are challenges sailing the NSW coast, it is good cruising in a part of the world to explore closer to home.

We have also been topping up the cruising kitty and are now working through  a major refit in addition to just being busy parents, which is why there has been a bit of a lack of cute Sophie photos on here lately!

There is a plan, head north up the east coast of Australia again, and then head into either Asia or the Pacific?…..and then????  Stay tuned!!