Apologies in advance – this is going to be an emotional post.
I have been with my father for the past 4 weeks, at his bedside almost all the time. All the staff at his care home have been wonderful, supporting me and caring for him. He passed away on Friday evening whilst I held his hand and it has been a privilege to spend so much time with him in the final weeks. He told me last year that he had had an interesting and happy life but the stroke took away all that he enjoyed and so he was ready to leave us. He gave me so much, not least a love of the sea and sense of adventure, enabling me to live my dreams with his blessing.
In hindsight I wondered if a delay of a year to our sailing plans would have been better but it was his wish we carried on and he was incredibly proud of our Atlantic crossing, following our progress on his laptop. It gave him something to focus on. A couple of weeks ago I was describing how amazing the ocean was and he smiled. He knows we will continue sailing and I hope he is able to watch over us.
For me, losing dad has been very traumatic following my mum’s death just 6 months ago and especially as Rob could not leave Beyzano to join me, as her safety is paramount for our cruising life; but we welsh girls are bred strong and friends and family have been wonderful 🙂
Rob and Mikaela are still making good progress south, having spent a few days in Nevis before heading for Guadeloupe and Dominica. As soon as Beyzano is safely tied up in a marina Rob will fly back to the UK – I am looking forward to seeing him and very proud of the way he has taken on all the responsibility of the boat and not fallen out with any customs officials! Thanks also to Mikaela for looking after them both and keeping Rob company and out of trouble 🙂