30th June 2014 Lincoln Cove Marina, Port Lincoln South Australia
It’s official from today. Our sailing around Australia adventures will continue within the next week. For the foreseeable future though, “Easy Tiger” will be sailing alone.
We had a farewell sundowner (that finished at 11.00pm) for the crew of Zofia, who headed off to Port St Vincent this morning. They are eventually headed for Tasmania. We will be heading for Adelaide (probably on Saturday) with a vague plan of Sydney by Christmas and the Urchin crew are staying a little longer in Port Lincoln.
Our “last supper” for the time being, was a good way to consummate our separation, with quite a few rounds of question and answer bringing us all to the realization that together, we had achieved and experienced some pretty amazing things.
The questions ranged from the best place we had been, the best experience we had enjoyed, the worst moments or anchorages, and went to, if you were to write an article for a magazine to describe our adventures so far, what would be the title?
Interestingly, there was only one unanimous answer. It was the people that we have met along the way have been the real highlights for all of us.
Someone told us before we left that they did not think that 6 crew aboard three boats would be able to cruise together for long. That has now come true as each boat crew has different ideals and plans for the immediate future.
I think we have done particularly well to spend so much time with people who, let’s face it, were just acquaintances not so long ago.
What has come to light during our sailing around Australia adventures is that our mix and blend of six very different personalities has made for an “internal” adventure as well. As each personality has shone or dimmed at different times we have seen the best and otherwise in each other and so we have become friends. A bit like a family.
As in a “family” we have appreciated, recognized, encouraged, discouraged, accepted, ignored, annoyed, counseled, applauded and commiserated with each other on numerous occasions. I think that our biggest test has been giving each other “the shits” while sitting idle in the Port Lincoln marina for 2 months.
So last night’s sundowner was very fitting way to see off two members of the family as they venture off into the unknown by themselves. It was indeed a bit sad to see them go, but strangely, we are glad they did.
Knowing we are next to leave the comfort of our sailing family, we feel like Leanne said, “it’s time for us to grow up”. There will be no more borrowing bits and pieces from the others, no more splicing, sewing and knot help , no other boat to share bad weather with, no entertainment when anchoring, no-one to share anxiety with and dangerously for us, no-one to rescue our escapee dinghy.
When we do catch up with Zofia or Urchin again it will be a reunion of our sailing family. The memories of leaving Quindalup on a full moon among many shooting stars, Arrival
We will have new tall tales to tell, we will have a few laughs and maybe another session of Question and Answer. We look forward to that.