Ok, its almost impossible to eliminate a schedule completely. We know how damaging a schedule can be to having a relaxed time and reaching that place of freedom, the reason why we go cruising in the first place. Not only damaging, but schedules can be downright dangerous as well, subjecting us to making decisions that override weather judgments and other fundamentals. So if we can’t eliminate them, what can we do ? Best option is to have a fallback timeline, pre-planned and in the breach, if Plan A goes to pot. That makes it easier for us to let go of our precious, but lets face it, completely arbitrary as far as nature is concerned, schedule. This is how it played out in the lead up to crossing the Atlantic from Cape Town to the Caribbean.
A schedule emerged, quite of its own accord, about 3 months ahead of our approximate departure from South Africa. A number of factors aligned, the expiration of Luckyfish‘s safety certificate on Dec 27, the opening of the summer weather window, 90 day visa expiration, etc. It all pointed to leaving South Africa early in December 2015. Then, I recalled Moitessier’s plan was to always try arrive in a new port on a full moon. A quick check of the phases of the moon for St Helena showed a day or two either side of Christmas Day would be perfect. Subtract 9 days from Dec 25 and suddenly we had a schedule. Lets leave Walvis no later than 16 Dec, which meant clearing Cape Town early December. We now had a Plan A.
Plan B revealed itself a short time later.
There really is no use in sweating on the When, the Why or the How to do things. When the reason is clear, and the time is right, how to deal with the problem will be clear. It always solves itself and no amount of hand wringing or planning will make a jot of difference.
Today I rang my boss and offered my resignation from a job I thoroughly enjoyed on many levels. It was a task I had been putting off. To mis-quote Derek and Clive, this was the best job I ever had.
I offered an alternative option which today, of all days, seemed completely appropriate. The alternative was an offer to take 7 months leave without pay (LWOP) as a cheeky attempt to keep my job reserved for our return, just ahead of the Hurricane Season in the Caribbean. Or resign.
He chose the alternative option so I am totally stoked !.
At last some good news from the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa. Or rather, our lawyers dealing with the DHA. An overstay appeal similar to ours, submitted by our lawyer just 1 week before ours, was upheld today. Nadine of Craig Smith Immigration Lawyers is optimistic ours is just days away. This is the first positive news we have heard after 7 months of struggle and bad news from DHA. We have everything crossed our turn is next.
T minus 54. Just 54 days left on the countdown clock, then I board the plane (actually several planes, about 36 hours flying in all) and fly from Ulaanbaatar back to Luckyfish in sunny Sth Africa.
Today I have cracked open the door and installed wordpress on svluckyfish.com! Autumn is just around the corner and its time to let some cruising sunshine in. If that isn’t worthy of commemorating with the first post, then what is?
Now the fun really begins: we can start sharing the adventures of Luckyfish and our journey in Mother Nature with you. We are excited about what lay on the other side of this door – not least because we haven’t a clue where it will lead us. One thing is for sure though, the desire to communicate is ancient and we’ve got the urge to say something.
So we hope you enjoy the journey with us, without you dear readers we would just be writing to ourselves… and they put you away for that sort of thing. Just as other paths led us here, we hope our path may help you on your journey, hopefully in a catamaran. But first things first.
There is much to prepare on Luckyfish if we are to have her ocean ready by early back to nature. Now where is that ToDo list? …