Made It!

A recent outing to Bruny Island, a spectacular place and only an hour from Hobart by road and ferry.

A recent outing to Bruny Island, a spectacular place and only an hour from Hobart by road and ferry.

 

As the title might suggest I have at last overcome the after effects of my heart sugery and am feeling fine again once more.

I went under the knife on the 9th of September 2014, now some 14 weeks ago and my health has been slowly improving ever since. From deep pain and depressed states I now feel fully engaged with life and all its beauty once more. Its a wonderful thing.

Dini looks out to the vast Tasman Sea from the Bruny Island viewing platform.

Dini looks out to the vast Tasman Sea from the Bruny Island viewing platform.

Blessed to be close to excellent facilities and in comfortable circumstances, I am further honoured to have the love and companionship of my partner Dini. Without her compassion and loving care I would have been in real strife with the onset and resolution of my heart troubles.

We have grown very close and are happy together wherever we may be. Its a fantastic thing.

This Christmas past was the second we have shared together and it too was happily spent with relatives in Northern Tasmania, where Dini comes from.

Out for a sail on the Derwent River

Out for a sail on the Derwent River

Yesterday we took Freespirit out into the mouth of the Derwent River for a gentle sail.

This was also the day when the two maxi yachts leading this years’ Sydney to Hobart race came in to finish and we were in the mad flotilla out there to welcome them.

wild-oatsIt was an amazing sight and a bucket list moment for all three of us on board.

In addition to Dini was an old mate of mine from way, way back David Meikle. I know I have mentioned him before here in a previous blog entry, but he is a keen photographer and was up for a day out on the harbour on my boat so he came along too.

Second placed Comanche had a strong race.

Second placed Comanche had a strong race.

This little jaunt was also a landmark outing for me, post surgery. It was the first time I had taken my Freespirit out for a sail since being diagnosed with heart disease and I swear we both enjoyed it very much.

The breeze fluctuated between 7 and 15 knots, the sun shone brilliantly all day and you found yourself saying it doesn’t get any better than this!

Caio

Caio

Plans for next year are up in the air at the moment with many possibilites available to us, will let you know when/what is planned when that decision is made.

Till then, Happy New Year and fondest regards.

Col

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5 Responses to Made It!

  1. Jason Stock says:

    So glad to head you “made it”. Have a happy new year. Jason and Katrina

  2. Greg says:

    Wonderful experience for you all. I am very jealous. At 15 knots it would have been perfect for my little boat too. Just need to move the finishing line a little further west 😛

  3. Julie & Kevin says:

    Hello Dear Colin, it is so nice to here news once again from you. We wish you a wonderful and greatful New Year 2015! We all think about you often even if we don’t see you in person anymore:( We are also glad you’re surgery went well and that you are feeling better to be able to continue your wonderful journey on the sea with Freespirit.
    Kevin, Julie & the family
    Take Care and sail safe lol

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