After six months in the NZ winter, and a California summer with Grandma for Kia and the children, we returned to ATEA in late 2015, for a refit in a Thai shipyard and frantic preparations for a voyage out into the Indian Ocean in January 2016.
This was not to be, and Braca was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on the verge of our planned departure. After a traumatic period in Thailand, and returning to NZ, we returned to the boat in June 2016 for our third attempt at the Indian Ocean.
The season that followed was a spectacular success – out of season and unplanned – and a fantastic reminder that lifes unexpected paths can sometimes be the most amazing.
We loved the hospitality of Sumatra, enjoyed the comic Cocos Keeling, the breathtaking isolation and wildlife of Chagos, and a rewarding friendly time in the Maldives. Our year ended in the colours and energy of southern India. It was truly a year where a terrible low for us was followed by a succession of amazing highs.