One foot on the ground
After the sun went down, the southerly winds picked up and we found ourselves in a relentless lateral swell on our anchorage. Our stomachs still hadn’t settled from Sunday. After four hours of tossing there was only one thing to be done .. put our bedclothes in a bin bag and head for the beach in our dingy. After three hours sleep a resort security guard passed but kindly ignored us, but by then the midges were biting and the day started. Fortunately the beach was a five star resort, so once we’d cleaned ourselves up we settled into the luxury.
Sometimes plans have to change in response to events. The course we plotted around the Leeward Islands was easy to draw on a map, but the swell created as the Atlantic hits the continental shelf creates waves that turn the route into a fairground ride. Imagine taking a roller coaster from London to Edinburgh. That’s Antigua to Anguilla by sea. So we’ve decided we’re fair weather sailors and we’ve plotted a new course to explore the coves of Antigua with a flight to Anguilla for our meeting with the Governor.
This year has been unprecedented for change. As the world axis shifted geo-politically I found my life turned upside down. After building a software company for seventeen years, before this trip I stepped down from my executive role and I'm now charting a new course. In January, after much soul searching, Miranda and I are moving to Sydney for six months. I’ll be working with KPMG to help build their new Internet of Things (IoT) practice providing Advisory Services to help the government and enterprises apply leading edge sensor and machine learning technologies to optimise the use of resources in urban and rural environments. I'll be building on the experience, knowledge and network I have gained over the last four years developing the NFP Hypercat Alliance, creating new opportunities and partnerships. It’s a course that’s true to what I enjoy best, connecting people and things to make the world work better. And with the platform of KPMG to deliver from, it’s a very exciting move. We’ll be living around the corner from Miranda’s sister and her family in Maroubra, with a sea view. Why not plot a new course and come and visit us?