About the adventure
My friends Anna-Marie and Cato had bought a sailing boat without having the knowledge about how to sail. They dreamed of sailing from New Zealand, where the boat was, to Fiji and then sailing around in the arcipelago of Fiji. When I read about their plans, there was a relentless voice in my mind, saying – I want to come along! A few minutes after I se-mailed them the question I received their answer – YEEEEES! I was welcome to join them.
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I was afraid of how it would be to have more than 4000 meters of water underneath me and no land within sight, that one of us would fall overboard and the others could not find his or her little head, bouncing around in the waves in the great ocean and that I would not be enough competent to sail “Duva”. I tried to learn how to sail through practicing sailing smaller sailboat with friends.
We arrived, exactly as planned, but I did not learn how to sail. My action of taking a coastal shipping course, there is no coast between Fiji and New Zealand, was of no use. It is good to learn to sail smaller sailing boats, but it did not mean that I understood how to handle the myriads of ropes on the 40-feet long “Duva”. Thank goodness, we had nice weather. I trusted Anna-Marie’s and Cato’s skills when I could not do much myself. It was a great feeling to sit in the middle of the ocean that seemed like a big, blue disc and no matter how long time we were sailing, we were the only ones in the whole world and we were always in the middle of that blue disc. The lessons were that I needed to prepare my adventure better, do more research, learn more. And also that I maybe prepare too much sometimes. Sometimes good luck, good weather and friends are what it takes to handle things.