It’s the people you meet, not the personal triumphs you achieve that make a journey special ….. Nigel was from Poolbeg, now lived in Arklow and was the proud owner of CoCo, all 38 feet of her. No mean sailor he had done a leg of the BT Global Challenge, through which he had met Pete Goss.
He handed the keys of his car to Pete and so began a memorable day out in the mountains inland from Wicklow. Fortunately more pub lunch and cream tea than yomping, I was pleased to note. It was nice to be able to actually see the scenery for once, though Irish rain could not leave us entirely alone.
Sipping a Coke that evening, I listened to the proprietor’s story. Made redundant when times were hard he declined to take his company pension, trusting that things would remain as they were, but things worsened and what he expected would be his monthly income became his annual income. Time to put bad luck aside and find work again, which he did with resolution and a smile.
This will be the last notes written here for some time as I sense Team A-Jay will be at sea awhile, so the rest of this blog will be born from scruffy notes along the way. Meanwhile the sun is my friend, Fair winds are expected, so tomorrow we leave though I expect to see little of Pete and Tracey Goss, except the fast disappearing, elegant stern of Pippin for I suspect Pete is a tad competitive!☺