2022 a year of surprises
L'Esprit de la Mer
Dr Chris Bates
Thu 24 Nov 2022 15:23
As expected New Zealand maintained closed borders untill early summer . Much to late for us to sail this season . Our advance planing had anticipated this and we were able to enjoy home and family . Fortunately, we have remained covid free . In fact, life in the UK was back to normal with no restrictions .
Being in Europe allowed us to consider our future and after much deliberation we decided that post Brexit UK holds little attraction for us . To that effect we visited Andalucia (Spain) in late February to look for a villa . We found this quite quickly leaving plenty of time to admire the almond and orange blossums. We have just returned to Wales after 3 months in the villa .
We now fly next week to New Zealand to spend the European winter sailing .L'Esprit de la Mer has been having a refit in Whangarei and should be ready to launch in early December