Has it been this long??

Hello there…
It’s been a long while since we’ve showed any signs of life on this blog but the time in-between has been wisely spent. La Nomade is finally in the water after four long years of being on the dry dock in Dunkirk, FR!

In midst of working (Yves) and trying to finish her PhD (Joanna), La Nomade was finally fit to float on water on May 18, 2013. I can’t describe enough the emotion felt the few days before the launch…how the boat was actually going to be in the marina and not on concrete like we were so used to. That morning I was so stressed in thinking that it would rain but finally sunshine prevailed and all went without a hitch, motor and all. Even now, it almost feels surreal all the hardship that was endured to get La Nomade into the shipsail shape she is presently.

Our sailing adventure is getting closer than ever finally. A few loose things to tie up (like a PhD…) and we are off! Of course, crossing the English channel is not my first sailing course of choice but I hear it can be a memorable experience to coast on down to Brittany…and of course, what doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger, right?



Happy to be back in the water!

Heigh ho heigh ho, it’s off to work we go!

Bonjour tertous! (i.e. ‘Bonjour tout le monde!’ en Ch’ti)
Nous sommes enfin à Dunkerque! On s’est bien installé dans un appartement à Malo les Bains où on est 15 min à pied du port et notre bateau! Les travaux commencent bien et par miracle Joanna a cassé aucun outil…toc toc sur le bois! On attaque les travaux à l’intérieur du bateau pour le moment afin qu’on soit protégé par le vent et le froid!

Tout d’abord, notre ‘salon’!