The reality of life aboard a sailboat
I was supposed to have sailed to Panama by now…but instead I’m home again and planning the trip for Spring 2018 instead.
Trying a new approach! Instead of putting a lot of words to paper with a few photos scattered here and there, why not just watch this six-minute video!?
I’ve had to yet again change my cruising “plans” due to the awful 2017 hurricane season. Here’s the latest change to where I’ll be taking Saoirse next.
“The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” So true. Here’s my best estimate of my immediate sailing plans.
Cruising on a small sailboat isn’t the glamorous vacation that some people think it is. It’s dirty, hard work with no sleep. But totally worth it.
Here’s a summary of my much-anticipated return to sailing, taking a nice easy stroll through the southern Windward islands.
It was a difficult decision to leave Bequia, but I had to take advantage of the weather and make a quick stop in Dominica, next year’s major destination.
I try to be carefree here in paradise but there are just some things…some things that, well, you know. And I know others agree with this list.
That time I was trying to fall asleep but something kept telling me that the boat anchored right in front of me was about to hit me. And it did.
It was just one of those “why am I doing this” days! I got my ass handed to me during this daysail but at least it ended on a high note.
Small sailboats don’t have many easy options for getting the dinghy out of the water at night – the hip hoist seems to be the only practical option.
It seems the bottom of my dinghy has been harvesting an entire ecosystem the past few weeks. Time to clean that dinghy bottom!