D is for Departure…Dunkirk…Dimanche!

2014 is finally the year where we could finally tell ourselves…this is THE year that we are sailing off! The year started off with a thesis completed, a few small refit projects  completed and loose ends tied up in Switzerland, it was only a matter of good weather that we needed to finally set sail. Unfortunately, the winds and the sun decided NOT to help us out. Typical regional weather around Dunkirk. 🙁

We decided to take La Nomade for a small daysail since it was several months since we last took her out to sea. I was a bit apprehensive because the weather report announced rain and periodical gusty winds, but Yves reassured me that all would be ok…can’t you tell from my face?

Of course I don't look worried

Of course I don’t look worried!

However, for the first time, we encountered our very first storm. Of course, it was not at all like what one would see in the film “A Perfect Storm”, but I can assure you, it was definitely what I felt! In the end, I can proudly tell myself that I survived it…Yves even told me that I survived with flying colors! But I wasn’t so sure if I wanted to get back into sea just yet…

After some hesitation and some last-minute anxiety (thanks to the aforementioned experience), we finally left on Sunday. I could tell that it was about time that we left the port. We said our goodbyes to our local friends, convinced the marina officials that we were really truly ‘cross my heart’ leaving, and thankfully with a little wind and sun, we were off!!

Bye-bye Dunkirk, hello adventure!

Bye-bye Dunkirk, HELLO ADVENTURE!

We finally arrived at Boulogne -sur -Mer after 10 hours of navigation. This trip was the longest that Yves and I have ever sailed together and ALONE. This was the first test for the both of us since we’ve only sailed for a couple of hours at a time. Yves has quite a bit of experience, but me?!? Not so much. Needless to say, when we arrived at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, you would think we just crossed the Atlantic ocean. Oh, did I mention that one can travel from Dunkirk to Boulogne-sur-Mer in an hour and a half by car?

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?

 

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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’!

 

Are you ready!?

Hello! Welcome to our new website where you will have the possibility to follow us on our GREAT adventure around the oceans of our planet! But! This is not just about sailing and exploring the great unknown (as well as the known!). We will also talk about sailing, food (Joanna’s great passion), kitesurf (but not to confuse with Caïpisurf!)  and many many more subjects…

So sit back, get comfortable and enjoy!

With love,

Joanna & Yves

 

P.S. Joanna is a newbie at this website thing…so please bear with us as we start to write our posts! Thanks!