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Sailing In The Antipodes…

Published on 01 april 2016 at 0h00

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Setting out on a round the world journey and all the unknown pleasures which it will offer, also means understanding that one will have to accept confronting the vastness of, and sometimes a duel with Mother Nature. It's about understanding that one day we will have to face the uncertainties of an existence which we had wished for in an attempt to get away from the humdrum, everyday, politically correct and socially conforming projects of our life. But setting out isn't about running away either. Only those die-hard stay at home folks who have never set out and never will, are likely to say it is, misunderstanding what those who do dare to leave are all about. No - setting out isn't running away, it's all about taking on a challenge. And it begins with challenging oneself. Some people won't go any further than that, as this act alone implies courage, determination, steadfastness and enthusiasm.
I obviously talk a lot about our stopovers. However, if we want to get around the world by boat, there has to be some sailing involved! You leave your wake on the seas. Stubbornly. Mile after hundreds of miles. Over weeks and months. It's not always easy.
However, there is a kind of handbook for dealing with this kind of rediscovered freedom. Making sure that you're always in the right place at the right time is one of the golden rules. Another is to never be overcome with doubt. But, each to their own. Long ocean crossings aren't really my favorite thing. Don't get me ...

This article appeared in issue 147. To read the article in full, buy this issue individually

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