After months of preparation and hard work, after short sailing trips at the sunset or snorkeling on nearby reefs, we are now set to go on our first sailing week on Kokomo. For the occasion, few friends joined us from Germany and we are now preparing all the things we need to sail for 7 days.
Coming from a person that never really packed for a week sailing, I thought I would share my shopping list to know if we packed too much or too little.
7 days sailing – 5 people
12 sausages – 5 beef steaks – carrots 3kg – potatoes 5kg – onions (lots) – lattice & cabbage – pasta 3kg – 15 eggs – bread 2kg or so – several kind of sauces (hoping in some great fishing days) ham – cheese – jams – muesli 2pkt – quite a variety of soft drinks and beers.
The sailing plan starts in South Ari Atoll – departure at 07:00 – direction Meemu Atoll.
The wind forecast is not as positive as it was in the last few days, there might be some rain during the crossing but we believe we can reach the entry channel of Raabondhihuraa by midday or so and find an anchoring place nearby the little bacardi island that we saw on the map.
just few hours left before departure, at the meantime some are getting digitally-ready to leave.
Oh well, while we were happily enjoying swimming with the dolphins not so long ago, we actually started thinking that such short time on the boat wasn’t really doing any justice to the experience itself.
It was the first time for us being together in such a small ‘space’ but I have to say we did pretty good and basically managed not to step on each others things while sharing the cabin. But life on a boat is much more than how you store your toothpaste in the bathroom and I can’t tell you enough how great it was to wake up on the first morning at sunrise and set the start of our day with a morning swim in blue waters. Bahamas are truly beautiful, but living on a boat convinced us that there was more than just simple enjoyment behind the slow passing by of each single day. We felt that it could be something that would make us happy regardless on where we could be at any given time, and yes..we do travel a lot, believe me. It was also very useful to have a closer look on the kind of food you can store on a boat and a smart way to cook so to manage the supplies, or for example how important are kettles or bottles with a clip, so you don’t spill your drinks everywhere when you want to have an ice tea (silly to mention but wait until you spill liquids on something that is not supposed to get wet…). Not to mention all the precautions against mosquitoes! So as we tend to ignore many small details in our daily life on land, this was overall a full experience to make us aware that everything on a boat has its place for a reason.
Now, one week was indeed too short but we came back with one of the most beautiful experience one could ever have, we got to swim with wild dolphins and for passionate snorkelers like us, that was a real treat – as they tend to be very sketchy in the Maldives. Here a short video of what we did in the Bahamas. Life is good!