We arrived in France on the 16th of July, we left La Rochelle on 4th of August, we arrived in the Islas Baleares (Formentera to be precise) on 8th of September – we are here! The first 5 weeks has been all about getting here (the Med, or more precisely the Balearics) to catch the tail end of the summer season. Yes we enjoyed our trip down the Atlantic coast, we learned a lot about our boat, ourselves and working together, but this was always the destination we had in mind. Now we can stop getting here and start being here. Now we are here we can relax and enjoy right? Well…. Yeah actually we can!
After “doing” Porto Keith and I decided we needed to go it alone. PJ stayed on to meet some friends arriving that day and Keith and I set off early morning into the breach - literally as it was blowing 30kts++ We had several legs planned with just the two of us, including 1 overnight. That would get us into a routine of managing the boat together, and set the scene going forward.
We have now been on ITIKI for 5 weeks, and underway for 4. Seems strange to say I have not slept "on land" for all that time! La Rochelle seems like a lifetime ago and we have done 1302nm, Sydney to Hobart and back (plus a bit!) I felt a little queasy on our first day in the Med, with a whole new roly-poly easterly swell to get used to, but otherwise no real issues on that front.
Here is an article I wrote in La Rochelle for SAILS magazine introducing our journey. It seems like a lifetime ago! If you are not already a subscriber I can highly recommend it. Always a great read!
And of course look out for an update in the November issue...