The tallship on the horizon is STS "Tenacious". She is the second tall ship in the bay over the last two days.
On my morning break in the local outside cafe, whilst sipping at my morning coffee, I realised that there is a tenuous link between the BMW and tall ships.
10 years ago I was entering in to a job that was to become an real burden. During that time my wife realised the effect it was having. Everything, almost, had taken second place to the relentless commitment to work that was all enveloping and oppressive.
So, with a huge thank you to my wife, I found myself stepping off a gang plank on to the square sailed "Phoenix" for a great adventure as a crew member, although only a four day trip, it was about to change my life.
|with thanks to Square Sail Ltd Charlestown|
Soon I settled in to the carefree way of life on board, punctuated by reassuringly disciplined routines.
The eclectic mix of crew members including the girls on gap years, the older gentleman fulfilling a lifelong dream. The antipodean ex motorcycle drag racer and record breaker who now travels with the seasons and the sun from ship to ship. The Polish bosun, working his qualifying hours toward an officer position on an ocean going tanker. And, the mother of the ship, the ships cook, a rotund, tender, loving and colourful lady, who settled and fed her family around a large wooden table below deck..
As I sat at the mast foot during a late evening watch, I contemplated the people that already seemed a family, I absorbed the relaxed lolling, creaking mood of this living wooden vessel and I made my decision!
Six weeks later I walked out and closed the door on the oppressive, life draining environment, leaving ruffled feathers but breathing the summers air, a new start.
Again I became my own person, again my interests returned, I was back working for myself and alive!.
Well time I finish this coffee and get back on the smile inducing cafe racer and back to my little workshop, how lucky I am.......... Tenacious and Phoenix, very apt!