Adventures of s/v WILD HAIR


Our land life took on form, solidity, routine. We had mastery of a limited set of skills. We had habitual expectations of others and ourselves. Going sailing, we let go of our attachments to our roles, views, and rituals. We persist because we are growing in this shapeless and dynamic world.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Opting Out

Previously, I told you we were going offshore with the Caribbean 1500 this November. The nonstop 12-15 day trek from Norfolk to the British Virgin Islands would have been an extraordinary skill-building experience. But, we’ve changed our minds.

Instead, Dave and I will take the “gentleman’s passage” south. We will spend the winter island hopping through the Bahamas and Greater Antilles into the Caribbean rather than taking the distance in one gulp. Why the change?

Simply put, WILD HAIR is set up as a coastal cruiser; it’s not ready for serious offshore travel. We found ourselves stressed out and rushing in an effort to get a long list of necessary improvements done in time for the Rally. The decision to bounce southward along the coast also stretches our sailing dollars, an important consideration in these wicked financial times.

Both Dave and I will attend the Caribbean 1500’s Offshore Seminar this September to further develop our offshore skills. Maybe we’ll do the Rally at some point in the future.

We’re excited about our navigation decision and eager to explore more islands and new stretches of coast on a slower timeline. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

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