Farewell to Drimia
09 February 2010 | Pittwater, Sydney
Well, we are officially land lubbers! We sold Drimia and moved off last weekend. I had hoped to have time to make her clean and shiny and then spend the weekend sailing around Pittwater, anchoring overnight in a pretty bay, have a last night sitting in the cockpit sipping G&Ts and musing on the past year. But in the end, she came out to have some work done on the rudder and the new owner decided to have her anti-fouled (again) at the same time which meant she had to stay out of the water over the weekend. We spent two days emptying all the lockers and carrying vast quantities of stuff down the ladder! I have to say I was a little weepy when we put the hatch in for the last time and our last look at her was up in a cradle in the yard!
We have moved into a granny flat for a couple of months until the unit we've bought becomes available. It's OK. You can get things out of the fridge without having to move several baskets out of the way first. You can make a cup of tea and the mug stays where you put it. You can flush the toilet as many times as you want! But there's no cockpit to lie with a cup of tea watching the world go by, no changing view out of the shower window, no people dropping by around 5 pm for a sundowner. Very strange.
I think we've realised that we'll have to do it again. We have been to such fabulous places and met such amazing people that we'll have to do it again. Thanks to everyone we met who made it such a great trip. From those of you in the Caribbean who have watched our progress and stayed in touch and wished us well to our fellow Pacific crossers who we had such good times with and shared so many experiences. Keep in touch and wherever you are, we wish you fair winds and calm seas.
Jane and Andy