Six weeks ago I sat on the beach watching what was meant to be my last Cape Town sunset. Surrounded by so many of my favourite people, my heart yelled at me to stay!
Why did I want to drift away from the most beautiful city in the world?
From the closest thing that I have to a home?
I scanned my gang of legends, truly blessed to have so many of them in my life.
As the evening progressed, I hugged them goodbye; one by one.
It’s often hard to explain and justify the things that we do with our lives.
But when something feels right you need to do it.
Even if it doesn’t make sense to your friends.
Or your family.
Or your self!
-“The waves of the sea.”
When I went to meet her, I had no intention on joining her ranks.
I’d already crossed the Atlantic.
I’d already crewed enough boats.
But she was beautiful.
Not just visually;
She had swagger, she had vibrancies, she whispered warm welcomes.
And although her gentle skipper assured me he needed my help, I knew he was someone I needed to learn from.
I joined the crew.
We stocked her full.
And found inventive means of storing away three months of supplies.
We built things.
And rebuilt them (because we did them wrong the first time).
We sorted her.
Filled her tanks.
Prepared her to cross oceans.
Things went wrong.
Our engine broke.
We fixed it.
Our engine broke again.
We fixed it again.
Our oil tank filled with water.
New Years. 2018.
And then another break-down.
Finally ready to embark on adventure (both mentally and physically),
we were informed that the South African maritime authorities had changed their rules;
My skipper was no longer qualified to sail his own boat out of the country.
There were tears in the laughter last Thursday!
Instead of being defeated, we went for a day sail.
She survived the test!
To legally clear out of South Africa,
we’ve just imported Tim, “Our paperwork,” onto our crew.
And today [all of us, including all the friend’s I’ve dragged through far too many farewells, hope] we finally depart!
Next stop Namibia!
Today smells like an adventure. Like a new chapter.
It’s time to be a sea gypsy again!
Morwenna; she’s a lady alright!
She’s really kept us waiting!
But patience is an important thing; and the best things in life are always worth waiting for!