I am so pleased to introduce Robyn Dix: Emergency Preparedness Workshops: Robyn Dix our Darwin Facilitator.
I’ve been chatting to Robyn a lot over the last few weeks. And I value our conversations and her support in the Emergency Preparedness Workshops. She’s been a huge support and even generously given her time to help with graphics and great suggestions on parts of the material. Her own Safety Management System is very impressive.
I’m a sailor, both racing and cruising, and an active member of Darwin Sailing Club and Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association in Darwin NT. I have lived aboard on and off for 20 years and sailed over 30,000 NM.
Sailing has given me a love for the personal challenges and there is always something new to learn. It continues to teach me resilience – the only way home is to work it out and put the sails up! Sailing inspires freedom and open spaces while sailing alongside whales, dolphins and dugongs or night sailing under a sky full of stars. Sailing brings the opportunity of meeting new people and visiting new and exciting places. Most importantly of all for me, sailing is the joy of sharing my knowledge and skills with my crew, watching them grow, learn and begin their own exciting life on the water.
I grew up around the water in Melbourne and learnt to sail on my brother’s Elwood Junior. I advanced to his 125 until he dumped me for a heavier mate on the trapeze! With my husband and 3 boys, we purchased our first cruising yacht on the hardstand at Dinah Beach. She had been built in Darwin 30 years earlier and never splashed. We spent the next 2 years living aboard, refitting and completing the jigsaw, and finally launched Marrawudi in 2004. It was the start of a beautiful life on the water, raising a young family, learning as much as I could, while exploring the tropics and neighbouring Indonesia.
Sailing aboard our home Liquidity II includes club racing, competing while joining the fun and celebrations of local and remote regattas, with an all-high by skippering in the NT Woman’s Regatta in 2020. I am co-skipper in many of Darwin’s Blue Water Races, including eight Darwin to Ambon Yacht Races which are always followed by months cruising through the magnificent Rajah Ampat Islands and Maluku Province of Indonesia.
Living in the NT we are so fortunate to cruise the remote and beautiful Australian Top End coastline. During 2021, we spent 5 months cruising the spectacular Kimberley Coast with no shops, phones or internet – we were totally self-sufficient living off fish, the sun and the wind.
So, my advice to you, is to say YES! YES to every invitation to go sailing, YES to learning all you can, and YES to see where sailing can take you!
You can book to attend Robyn’s Workshop by clicking here, on the 12th March, and on the same link, you can register your interest in further Workshops (at the bottom).
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Who’s this course for?
This course is for anyone that wants to feel safe and confident on the water; Catamaran owners, monohull owners, motorboat owners. It’s about YOUR boat, and YOUR systems and equipment – it’s about YOU and YOUR crew. Read more here.