Sun, sea and silver service_My year as a yachtie
Although it was over 4 years ago, I’ve never taken the time to truly explain to people what my year of being a yachtie was like, so the next post is dedicated to this purpose. Although it was only a year, I am unable to decide whether I can honestly ever have called myself a true yachtie, knowing the absolute roller-coaster I went through during the experience, but hey, it’s all about the experience, and shaking up your life, getting out of your comfort zone, and trying something completely different.
In February 2014, I did exactly this, I woke up one morning, quit my job, enrolled for my yachting coursed in Cape Town, and left on an adventure knowing that I knew very little about what I was about to experience. It took a couple of weeks, but I managed to get a job on a yacht called SAIRAM, with a whole bunch of Saffa’s, who made life the best I could ever imagine!
I lived in Monaco for 6 months, rolling with the rich and famous, hiked through the Elps, Kayaked over the Med, travelled across the Atlantic Ocean, tripped down the Bosphorus Strait (AKA the Black Sea), enjoyed Rose in St Tropez and saw much of the world from a completely different angle to most. So yes, it was a big bloody fantastic year.
Living and working in close confined with people you wouldn’t necessarily ever have crossed paths with was at times challenging, but it was also extremely rewarding. Suffice to say I met life long friends, some not-so-great characters, but at the end of the day, it taught me how to accept people for what they are and find the “interesting” aspects (whether good or bad) over a glass of vino. My theory was that every new person I met knew something I didn’t, and it was my challenge to talk to them until I had learnt something… anything!
Yachting is an epic way to travel and see the world, but don’t be mistaken, you work your butt off!! Weeks can go by without a day off and you must be prepared somewhat to see the world through a porthole whilst ironing your life away 😊 Yes, it’s also a great way to save money, as most of your expensed are covered, but you do also have to give up a lot of what you love (i.e. running, family, friends) for the almighty dollar.
So, after a year, I most certainly made the most of what came my way, and it taught me to embrace what life offers. If you haven’t done something like this yet, whether you are 19 years old, or 30, please please please do me a favour, take a sabbatical and travel, because it is the only thing you spend your money on that truly makes you richer!