In our adventure so far, we have managed to see and talk to a few sailing vessels. Maybe we see them on the horizon, maybe we are docked with them, or maybe only on our AIS. Either way, we’ve been writing down the names, and I spent some time looking up these boats now that we have internet!
I was pleasantly surprised to find a very special project and blog that happened on Seabbatical MMXV, an Australian Lipari we met in La Rochelle. We met the owner, Owen, and I knew he had a timeline to stick to, but we didn’t know why! Turns out, Owen’s son and nephew (Finn and Will) were joining along with the other dad and one other person to cross the Atlantic to raise money for cancer research. Their blog is a great read from the boys’ perspective, and they were successful in raising over $22,000 AUD for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre!
I thought it would be fun to point out the differences in our Atlantic passage – most of these things we are jealous about, but not the seasickness or the forks!
- The two boys kept a vomit tally – their seasickness was much worse than mine. (final score Finn 4, Will 12)
- Twice they got their fishing poles pulling out of the rod holders but saved it by having the rods tied in. I state this because when I suggested it David said he had never heard of rods being pulled out of holders. 😉
- They saw a pod of orca whales.
- They lost 3 lures versus our 2….they also had their rods out much more than us, and it shows because…
- They caught 9 fish! We are jealous of the tuna and mahi mahi they enjoyed.
- They went for a swim!
- They sent out a message in a bottle – great idea! We didn’t think of it until we hit the Bahamas.
- They accidentally lost all their forks except for one overboard. 5 people sharing one fork!
It sounds like they had quite the time and we are impressed by the boys!