We have put our house on the market in the first full week of January, with a 3 week campaign, we would auction the house on 31 January. This meant we would have an Open Home 3x a week for 3 weeks! On top of packing and sorting, we now also had to make sure that the house was in pristine condition for the Open Homes to come. This also meant no cooking of smelly food the day before.
The second weekend in January we went on our first ever sailing course (the weeks leading up to the course, we spent the evenings reading the book and watching the sailing DVD Penny Whiting provided to all her students. We also tried and failed at the knots.
On the first day of the sailing course we learned about all the names on a yacht, port, starboard and 4 important knots. Then Penny divided the group up to tackle the tasks of rigging the head and main sail etc. I was terrified! First, I wasn’t able to hear her call out my name and I had no idea where I should go or what I should do and then I finally heard her say my name and I was even more terrified! She said ‘Nicola, you are on the wheel’ And I was just like ‘Aaaaaaahhhhh, me? Alone?’ I was absolutely mortified steering a 50ft yacht with no experience whatsoever! The only one who saw the terror in my eyes was Alistair (who was terrified for me as well), the rest were happily oblivious to dying a slow wet death once I sailed into a rock…..
Before I was able to steer the boat, I had to fulfill my second task…
I had to tie the red and green flags to the port and starboard side stays of the yacht with a clove hitch…. I nearly cried and left the boat then and there because the (easiest) knot just would not work and I could not tie the blooming flags to the stays. Eventually Penny came and did it for me. What a disaster that was! Never again, I said!
It all was well in the end and I had a great fun with Penny and the team. I could even tell my mum that I was able to sail a yacht and that I felt quietly confident and I was beginning to feel more excited than I was scared…
Our house sold pre-auction, which meant Open Homes stopped and we went full steam ahead: packing and storing and organising flights and vet checks for Tiny, more research on yachts, contacting the brokers in Europe,….
Once all was confirmed I could hand in my notice too and also concentrate a wee bit on the last minute wedding preparations. Countdown to our wedding – 3 weeks. Countdown to leaving New Zealand to head to Europe – 5 weeks.
It now was all go!
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