Greetings from the Old Country. I am in England, didn't sail but flew on the big tin budgie.
I have had a change of plans since my last letter.
As John Lennon said,'life is what happens to you while you are making other plans'.
I have taken Eliana out of the water again and she is back on the hard for the duration of the hurricane season. I will fly back to Australia from England in September and plan to return to Trinidad mid January,and head north to see the Caribbean, Windward and Leeward Islands probably up to the British Virgin Islands before June and decide where to from there.I will most likely head down towards Panama ( or Colombia, San Blas, Bocas del Tora?) but it may be too late to start a Pacific crossing.
Watch this space !
Contrary to my expectations, I am really loving England this time. I was last here in 1974 for nine months and did not enjoy it then.However,Alan and I arrived at Gatwick airport to a perfect summers day, had the best cup of coffee since leaving Aust. and his wife Diane picked us up and drove us to the country house in Alderholt, Dorset which they are minding for a retired couple of doctors who are on their canal boat somewhere in England. On Saturday there was a music concert by a group of young people from the district at St James Church and afterwards while having cups of tea and scones in the hall spoke to the Vicar who invited me to sing during communion on Sunday.
I borrowed a guitar and sang 'A Bushman Can't Survive on City Lights' which seemed to go down well. One of the chaps there knew the song and was a great John Williamson fan.
Greetings friends and family, just a quick update as to our progress and plans here. Eliana is fortunately, back in the water with a clean bottom and prop. Sails have been repaired and 4th reef installed so that the mainsailcan become a storm sail easily.I have had my spray dodger/clears repaired and having a piece fitted to the rear so it will fully enclose the cockpit during inclement weather. I still have a page and a half of repairs in my 'boat to do ' list but that's boating.
I am in the marina at Coral Cove, Chaguaramas , Trinidad next to the beautiful Australian built 'Moon.eet' a Van de Stadt, Samoa , 48 feet, and 'Elevation' a $2m. Aust. built Buzon 48. I have other neighbours from Sweden, USA, Britain, Canada, Israel +? And friends from Poland and France so as you can imagine its a very international group.I was nearly persuaded by my latter friends, Matthew and John- Louis, to leave the boat here for the hurricane season as most do then return early next year to cruise the Caribbean . However, that would add another 2 years to this trip if I wanted to spend the season here or would mean a quick trip then getting a little late to Panama and cut my time in the Pacific too short.