Finally we opened the special bottle of South African champagne our friend Lisa Blair carried on her yacht Climate Action Now for me from Cape Town via the Southern Ocean below 45degrees south to Albany Western Australia last July.
Her mum Linda then carried it on the plane back to Queensland and presented it to me on board Valiam in Mooloolaba. We planned to open it in November but there was a lot going on then for our 40th wedding anniversary.
Today we enjoyed a quiet day on our mountain in northern NSW. We reflected on our own adventures and voyages. Just over 10 years ago we set sail around the world to complete a circumnavigation in 2 years with just the 2 of us on our homebuilt plywood yacht. For fun I shall outline where we were each January 23 for the last 10 years:
2008 - Koror, Palau. Anchored on Valiam
2009 - Simon’s Town, South Africa on Valiam in the marina
2010 - Townsville waiting for the birth of our 3rd grandchild Tahlia
2011 - Mooloolaba - back in our house and Valiam back on her pile berth mooring
2012 - Bill wins a bid on eBay for Lati in the Caribbean. Preparing for this adventure
2013 - Tasmania - sailed Valiam there for the Wooden Boat Festival
2014 - Mooloolaba - took our young grandson sailing to Tangalooma.
2015 - Sailing back from Sydney and experienced the worst lightning storms at sea off Ballina
2016 - Valiam is now in her own berth at Mooloolaba Marina. Much socialising
2017 - Returned from sailing to Lord Howe Island
2018 - Relaxing in our off the grid mountain retreat home.
One thing is for sure - more champagne in the future and more sailing. Maybe another circumnavigation....
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