A glutton for punishment, I reactivate my account on findacrew.net that I had suspended while I was travelling through South East Asia with DD.
Driven and rather stubborn, I am still intent on sailing before the year is out. I am stoked to see that within a couple of days I get another ‘wave’ of interest from Captain AP who I had some positive contact with before leaving New Zealand – always a good idea to have a Plan B, right?
The main selling point for Captain AP is six little words in his profile: “Happily married; fear not your captain.”
Sounds perfect to me.
Time to get back to basics, to what I initially set out to do – learn to sail! How did it all get so out of hand? Why did I let my loneliness override my common sense? That romantic notion of being able to fill the two gaps in my life with one guy; it all seems a bit ridiculous now, but I suppose I had to live it to find out. It could have been perfect. But how boring that would have been, right?
I meet AP in Magnetic Island, just off the coast of Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. I don’t think I could have planned it better.
AP is a legend; from the first smile and wave as I step off the ferry he comes across as relaxed, professional, safety conscious and chatty. He shows me around his lush 49-foot Hunter Sloop, pointing out all the high-tech navigation and safety equipment, reminding me of my motto from my ski patrolling days; safety first. Straight away I feel comfortable and confident that I am in good hands. This is how it should be!
AP openly talks about his lovely wife, they speak on the phone every night; she has decided to make the most of a job promotion in the city before joining AP back on the boat.
We go out for a few day sails, where AP explains each system and calmly hands out clear instruction and advice as we go. I get waves of comprehension and excitement as I realise the basics of sailing are not too difficult to follow.
AP seems to be happy with my progress and we begin to prepare an itinerary towards the Louisiades, an archipelago on the south eastern tip of Papua New Guinea where we will stop for a few days before heading onwards to the Solomon Islands. All we need now is to stock up the boat and wait for the perfect weather window – watch this space – the sailing mission is ON!
For up to date information and GPS points while we are out of internet range, check out AP’s website: http://screensaver49.wordpress.com/