As time goes by, Then and Now
April 27th 2015
Tick Tock, Tick Tock, goes the clock in our saloon. It’s a rhythmical, soothing type of sound and it is up there with the soft sound of waves gently rolling onto a crescent shaped beach. Apart from a brief period last year, our clock has been religiously doing it’s thing every day and night since it was installed when GWTW was launched back in October 2004. That’s a lot of ticking. Strangely, it doesn’t age or even show signs of aging, unlike it’s owners, and it keeps perfect time.
It was ticking on April 27th 2006 as we sailed out of Sydney Heads bound for a lifetime of adventure and is still ticking today as I sit here nine years and five days on, May 1st 2015, looking out at my current backyard. A perfect white sandy beach on Great Harbor Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas.
In those nine years of cruising on GWTW trillions of gallons of water have flowed beneath our keels and the sights and sounds of the forty seven countries that we have visited so far, both above and below the water, have given us everlasting memories. We’ve shared anchorages and airwaves with cruisers from all over the world and all walks of life and have made firm friendships with the many of them. Even though we may not see them often we know that we will bump into them in an anchorage somewhere along the way.
The life that we now live has it’s ups and downs but the ups always outweigh the downs. It is rich and rewarding and apart from what some people think, we never get board.
So long as our health keeps up, ahead of us lies many more years of cruising with thousands of miles of oceans to cross and unexplored lands that beckon our arrival. New friendships will be formed with people whose names we don’t yet know. Our cruising family will once again expand.
It is an exciting future that we look forward to and we can’t wait for the next nine years to begin.