08 June 2009 | 36 45'N:11 45'W, 1 1/2 days to Gibraltar
In March of 2004 I did my first delivery. I thought I was crossing an ocean. Turns out I was merely sailing from Nassau Bahamas to Miami. 220 or so miles traveled in 30 or so knots of breeze. I remember getting violently seasick about an hour in and for the entire 24 hours being green as hell. That delivery felt like an eternity. But I began racking up some epic stories about ocean sailing, and I set a speed record on the boat I was onÉ I think it still stands today.
Later that year I thought it would be a good idea to do a proper delivery. So I signed on as crew to deliver a 43 catamaran from Cape Town South Africa to the British Virgin Islands. 35 days at sea and Just under 7000 miles. I got to see NapoleonŐs tomb on St Helena, I had my first real dolphin experience at sea, was seasick for 20 of the 35 days, and went 21 days without seeing land. I had the opportunity to do lots of writing on that trip. I wrote the entire trip in 4 line rhyme (15 pages worth) and wrote a whole bunch of other abstract poetry and such. All told by the time I was done I had been away for almost 2 months and traveled some 20,000 miles roundtrip. It was quite an experience.
Since then I have traveled the east coast of US spent some time in the ICW, Long Island Sound, The Hudson River, and loads of time in the Caribbean. Very soon I will complete my first delivery as captain which will have included almost 4000 miles, 8 crew members on board and a couple shore based helpers.
In my times at sea I have been fortunate to be aware. In every case I come away from my travels with a renewed vigor for being at home. Every trip away reinforces the fact that I am not a lifelong ocean-goer or nomad. I believe I first sought sailing as an escape from a place where I was not myself. It is a peaceful awareness to find answers to questions I did not even know to ask, while sailing but not in sailing. I will continue to soak up every moment while I am here and when I am done I will return home happy and content that I found perspective. I will always sail and I will always relish the moments it provides to be introspective and will be grateful for those who have shared the journey with me.
No trivia today, but rather send an email firstname.lastname@example.org with your favorite joke, short story, funny story, or personal empowerment tale so we can hear what moves you? We will read them over the next couple days and the crewŐs favorite submission getŐs a One Two Many tee shirtÉ
PS - Hello shout out to Peter, providing us land based support (many thanks), and my second cousin Chloe who i think might be our youngest reader and a U2 fan!