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January 2016-October 2016

View PART 1 Anita Goes Sailing (and does other stuff too) on anuschka's travel map.

Before embarking on a multi-year circumnavigation of the globe in a sailboat, there are a few things you need to take care of first.

#1 – Learn to sail! I traveled to Puerto Vallarta in January of 2016 to take some boating courses. It was tough but I learned to tack and jib. Unfortunately, I also learned how to run aground and send a man overboard (everyone’s OK). Took a Day Skipper course in Southampton in April 2016 to really make sure I had all my skills sharpened up!
I spent some time doing a different kind of boating in August with Joe and Anuschka and friends and family in Lake Powell. I don't think wakeboarding will be one of my watersports but I did have a go on the tube.

#2 – Get in shape. I thought skiing was as good as anything to increase my fitness levels. This meant a trip to Joe and Anuschka to hit the slopes of Vail at the end of January and beginning of February. I may have got my ski legs but I also got a bit of a fine dining belly and didn't get much of an upper body workout since Anuschka carried my skis!
For some more strength training, I headed to the Cariboos in Canada for some heli-skiing in the middle of February followed by some European skiing in Meribel in March.

#3 – Learn how not to die. I headed to Portsmouth at the end of March for some intensive training in Emergency First Aid. I’ve got the certificate to prove it! Went to Southampton in April to take a radio course so if all the other training fails, I will know how to call for help!

#4 – Go to the doctor. Who knew there were that many jabs to get? Hep A, Typhoid, Hep B, Rabies, Tetanus, Polio, Diptheria. (too bad no COVID-19 one yet)

#5 – Get to the boat and get it ready. I was off to Mallorca in early May to start getting Yacht Venture ready for her big journey later in the year. Prep, load, rearrange, repair, repeat. Returned in October to do it all again. Prep, load, rearrange, repair, repeat (oh, and run to the shop again). The stuffed full six foot container that greeted me on the dock did not get organized on its way in to the boat when as soon as you had something stowed, a workman needed it pulled out to run a wire or to stow an engine part. Shopping trips were frantic with unexpected holiday closures and Nigel adding to the shopping list (I could have opened my own shop specializing in chocolate Hob Nobs and marmalade).

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