Category Archives: Homeward

The New Blog

Many of you have taken a look at the new www.satisfyingsail.com website, but I think few realize that there is a blog there, and I just might have more to say that you’d like to read. I just posted an excellent essay by Liam, who crewed aboard No Regrets from Mauritius to Brazil. Please take a look at the new blog here. If you scroll to the bottom there is a button on the right to “Follow” the blog — this will get you email notifications when new content is posted.

(For those who have ordered a copy of the book, I’m very sorry for the delay getting them from the printer. Don’t give up hope! And for those who bought a copy from Amazon, if you can bring yourself to say something positive about it please write a review!)

 

Now Comes the Book!

Announcing the long-awaited (by me, at least) publication of the book that began with this blog: A Satisfying Sail Around the World! Sure, if you’ve followed the blog you already know how it turns out 🙂 but it is still a good story, especially with the addition of bits that I wasn’t willing to write about at the time.

With the book comes a new website http://www.satisfyingsail.com. This blog is done, I think. Please check out the new site…consider buying a copy of the book…write a positive review (if you enjoy the book; otherwise pass the book on to someone else who might!)…leave comments and/or contact me via the website…follow the new blog there.

I’ll end this blog with a final thought. Our Earth is not very big. You can have a satisfying sail right around it in just a year or two.  Aboard this small Earth ship is a crew of nearly eight billion humans. That’s a big crew, and it’s going to take a lot of cooperation to have a happy cruise into a shared future. We are the explorers — no chart, no book by Jimmy Cornell telling us what to expect along the way, no Rally with the support of other inhabited planets. Regardless of political boundaries, of language differences, of cultural differences, we are all “in the same boat.” Climate change makes this apparent. It’s time we started thinking like a crew…One Planet…One Future…

Fair winds,

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Back to Abaco (Bahamas)

Update to previous post about Teresa: actually she IS my next boat. I joined an existing partnership; I am 1/3 owner. Hallie and I spent three weeks in Abaco, spending the questionable weather (we had a lot of cold and high winds and rain…) at a cottage owned by one of the other owners. And we did a little sailing. It was not a “vacation” —- it was a fabulous adventure.

Thomas’s cottage on Green Turtle Cay. Thankfully John convinced me we should rent the cottage to have available in foul weather. We spent more time there than expected, and were glad to be off the boat during that time.

Below is a trimaran named Scrimshaw. It was Jim Brown’s boat, for those who know of him. I met Bruce and Charlie aboard, and really liked them, and the boat. Maybe a Searunner 31 trimaran is in my future… I sequenced the two photos so it looks like we are catching them. But in fact they were going about twice our speed!

Photos below from Green Turtle Cay and Manjack Cay and Man O War Cay.

Imagine my surprise to take a walk to the beach from Hope Town, and see this! The boat had been on the beach for two weeks. We were told the owner lost his house when Irma hit Puerto Rico, and the boat was also damaged. After some repairs he took on a crew and headed for the USA. They had minimal safety/navigation equipment. Another storm got them into trouble, and they drifted for five days uncertain of their position. Luckily, they drifted right through a narrow pass in the reef, and stepped ashore on a beautiful beach… The boat was totaled in the surf.

Remaining photos from Hope Town, where we visited the iconic lighthouse, and got my favorite photo of the boat anchored outside the harbour.

Teresa is a cool boat, with heart and soul. But sailing her made me appreciate and miss some of the qualities of No Regrets. Teresa is heavy and unresponsive in comparison. And it is a big commitment to get her sailing —- to raise the heavy sails with no winches. I found I would motor on short hops where on NR we would simply unroll the jib or screecher.

I felt like I was doing a sail training stint on a tall ship. It was fun to learn how, but I don’t think this is a long term relationship.

NOTE TO ANYONE NEW TO THIS BLOG: I realize it is awkward to try to browse through the story of my circumnavigation. The newest-to-oldest structure of the blog makes it difficult. But I am working on writing a book about the adventure, and it will be much more readable! “FOLLOW” the blog to get a notice when the book is published.