Hi Amazing Peeps,
Yep! You read it right, we have been on the boat as a family for a year. What a year it has been!
We left Tassie on the 3rd December last year, took a day sailing to Melbourne where Steve had caught 2 buses and a train to meet up with us.
After tears of joy, laughter and delight, we had F&C’s (fish and chips) for dinner then headed straight off. We wanted to see how far back to Eden we could get before stopping.
We drove through to Trafalgar where we stopped at McDonalds for a snack. The staff was so impressed with the kids, one of the members paid for all the kids ice creams and another paid for Steve’s and mine.
It was a wonderful start to our new adventure.
We ended up making it just past Caan River before we needed to sleep. This was about 2am.
We awoke at around 4.30 and continued onto Eden.
So on the 4th of December, we officially moved onboard.
We moved aboard with only the smallest of lessons under our belt. We were newbies for sure.
So a whole year has passed and look at us now.
We not only learned to sail and repair sails in Eden but how to handle the boat.
We have sailed all the way from Eden to Sydney and have enjoyed all the fantastic towns and beautiful people along the way.
We discovered Ulladulla and what it was to be tied to a dock for a week.
We saw the beauty of Jervis Bay along with its ferocious wind tunnel entrance.
We experienced wonderful Cronulla and met amazing friends.
We saw our first whales up close and have experienced dolphins jumping around the boat while underway.
The kids discovered the wonderment of public transport and still love going on all the trains, buses and trams.
Then we all experienced the excitement, the majesty and the awe of Sydney.
We discovered that Sydney from the water is truly majestic. The Harbour Bridge and the Opera House have an amazing aire about them. That sailing past them gives us a WOW feeling everytime.
We also discovered the people.
People everywhere are Amazing!
So our celebrations on our first year aboard were simple. I was gifted with a HUGE Toblerone, we had cake with ice cream and we gifted Sumbawa with her upgraded alternator….finally.
There was a man we met here in Blackwattle Bay a few weeks ago and he came back this week.
His name is Sam and he offered to buy the kids a box of chocolates. We said that was fine and this is what he came back with.
10 Boxes of chocolate, 1 for each child and a HUGE fruit bread for Steve and I.
He has invited us aboard his boat. It is a 92 foot power cruiser. He wants to show us around it and spend some time with the kids as we head north.
This was a spectacular end to our 1 year birthday aboard Sumbawa.
We have learned so much about the world around us living like this. We have removed all tv and the like. We rediscovered the beauty and kindness of people. We have found gorgeous places and seen spectacular wildlife. This year has shown us just how wonderful this planet of ours is.
We look forward to finding more of its hidden gems throughout the next year.
Happy First Birthday for all of us.
Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle