We have often been asked what our cruising plans are – cruisers typically don’t really like plans, but must plan.
“Plans are best written in the sand at low tide”
It’s taken the better part of two years to define, decide and implement our plan to upgrade our yacht to one suitable for long-term cruising. The next step was to extricate ourselves from the working world and relocate on to the boat, whilst renting out our home to fund our travelling and cruising.
We have already explored the coastal waters around Sydney and the Hawkesbury since 2008, and so it was time to venture northwards to explore the nooks and crannies of the East Coast of Australia. After that, we wanted to sail to the Louisiades in Papua new Guinea to do some longer distance sailing.
In between. we would do some travel to the UK and Europe to spend the Oz winters there – having done that and having spent three months in PNG, we thought “now what next?”.
So one thing led to another and we signed up for the “Sail Indonesia Rally” which took three months after leaving Darwin, followed by the “Sail Malaysia Rally” which took another month. Before we knew it, we had made a lot of new friends, seen a lot of new places and were in Thailand.
Annie said “Why don’t we go to the Med? – it will be more interesting than going back to our house in Sydney”. So on we sailed to India, then through the Red Sea to Eritrea, the Sudan, Egypt and through the Suez canal to Cyprus.
Having now spent the European summer of 2018 cruising Turkey and Greece, we will go back to visit South Africa and Australia, before the summer of 2019. After that “who knows what happens next – maybe a circumnavigation?”
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