We have a real dilemma tonight because at 11pm we (UK citizens) leave Europe. We really did not want this. We did not vote for it and regret massively the decision made by the British majority. We enter 2021 with huge uncertainty about our eligibility to continue working in Alghero, Sardinia. Will Colin’s UK skipper qualifications be recognised in Italy on 1st January 2021 as they have been for the last 5 years? We just don’t know. Will our British registered ship be able to stay in Italian waters? These are questions we have asked many organisations for the last 4 years and nobody can give us the answers. This has put huge strain on Colin in particular. We have to remain optimistic however and have to carry on with the winter maintenance on Andrea Jensen and the plans to have her recoded and licenced next year.
Of course we will welcome 2021 with open arms and a glass of vino and even more importantly say a resounding farewell to the dreadful year that was 2020. This is being celebrated first in New Zealand as I write this. We must wait, along with the rest of the locals for the vaccine to give us a protective shot in our arm. We hope this will bring this infection to an end and allow tourists to return to this magical island. We look forward to welcoming many of our friends and family back here next year and back onboard Andrea Jensen. Happy New Year everybody XXX