Time is running out if you want to enter your 50-100 words. The competition closes on November 14th. We all look forward to reading your entry or entries.
You can smell them, long before you see them.
I look out but don’t see them yet.
I smell them again, much stronger this time, they are close.
Then on my right side I see an eye.
I turn my head slowly, she has come to visit me.
She is a massive humpback whale, with her calf.
She is so close to the side of Matilda, I could reach out and touch her.
But I don’t move, I sit still, frozen.
I silently call my Captain.
For a brief moment in time, the three of us are connected.
If someone said to me 30 years ago I would be a sailor exploring the world’s oceans in my 50’s, I would have laughed in their face!
Until the year 2000 my entire boating experience was an overnight trip on a ferry from Melbourne to Tasmania at the tender age of 12.
During 2000 to 2009 we pottered about Moreton Bay, Queensland in three different sailing boats.
In 2010 we sold our home and moved on to our beloved Matilda.
We retired in 2014 to enjoy sailing the east coast of Australia. We have sailed south to Eden, New South Wales and to the most northern point of Queensland to Cape York.
2016 was the year we left Australia bound for South East Asia.
My sailing experiences are what I base my entries on.