¨You are not allowed to touch the land for 14 days. Must go direct to your boat at anchor and stay there mentioned period of time. Since today these are the new rules, we apply for our islands to avoid the Covid-19 ¨
This was our reaction to what we were told by the officials on early morning of Monday, 16 of March, 2020, after our arrival to the harbour of Bonacca, the little cay and the capital of Guanaja, Bay islands, Honduras. It took us 3 days of beautiful broad reach sail to get here from our last port in Caymans. In reality we arrived to the bay day earlier, on Sunday, but as on weekends all official institutions are closed we decided stay on boat and instead relax and celebrate Egoi 40th birthday.
That Monday morning, we could not believe what we heard. Before leaving the Caymans we already heard something about Covid in Italy. But we were so concern about checking the weather and planning the trip that did not pay big attention to news. To be honest, we were thinking its another type of Flue and it will end soon.
SAILING FROM ARUBA TO CAYMAN ISLANDS WITH A STOP IN JAMAICA ´ON ROAD´ (2019 DECEMBER UPDATE)
In early November of 2019 we flew back to our Grain de Sable in Aruba. Jura was 13 month old, already walking and with lots of curiosity for discovering the World. He loved the water and sun so we could not wait to start sailing and coming back on life a float. This time in Aruba Grain de Sable crew joined my parents and the plan was to prepare the boat, leave Aruba, sail to Jamaica and enjoy Jamaican southern coast as long as possible.
WOULD BE A CRIME TO COMPLAIN:)
We were very exited and having my father and mother aboard was amazing help for both of us. Jura loved traveling, but life on boat with a toddler can be quite hard sometimes. At least in the very beginning. All of us had to get use to new way of cruising😊 Slowing down, being clear about each one responsibilities, keeping eye on our boy in every moment and forgeting about usual tidiness were some of the new things which become casual when you have baby on board.
Thankfully with five of us on board my mother could dedicate time to Jura, me do some small tasks on boat and Egoi with my father fully prepare the boat.
THE NEW BEGINNING
Yes!!! We are back! In our floating house Grain de Sable… And for me there were moments in the last years that to think of beeing back here togather and with the best present the life can offer you it was possible just in my best dreams.
JURA, this is the name of the most important crew member- our almost 17 month old baby boy . He is… (I'm the father so for sure not objective…) THE BEST..
Now everything on board is different: We sail in total different way, the boat doesn't look the same (now is prepared for a non stop moving baby), our routine is no routine at all… It is not possible to program anything now for us!!! Jura is onboard:)...
Everything is different with plenty plenty plusses and very little minuses. OF COURSE we are more tired but continue smiling and enjoying life afloat.
So this season we started in Aruba. And at the moment we are still in Cayman Islands preparing to leave very soon to Honduras bay islands . On the way to Caymans we stopped and spend whole month sailing in the wild and wonderful Jamaica. The sailing was great- easterly winds and happy Genoa-Jib-Pole sail with Lithuanian grandparents on board giving us a very very BIG help!
But we promise will try to write more about that soon ( baby on board means BABY on board...means BABY ON BOARD:). No time in other words:)
This is a story about our life journey or better said is a story about our life afloat a sailing boat. Our trips, our adventures, our challenges and problems found on the way. Our everyday life floating and our unforgettable moments of sailing and tasting the worldl!
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"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters."
"The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use."
"There are more sharks on the land than in the sea"
If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.
Don't worry about the world ending today. It's already tomorrow in Fiji.
" Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit."
"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway."
"A bad day at SEA is still better than a good day at work"
"The perfection of a yacht's beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty's sake."
"Remember 'It was a professional who built the Titanic, It was an amateur who built Noah's Ark"
"Sailing - The art of slowly going nowhere at great expense. "
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.