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.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


It’s not about the sailing.
It’s about slowing down enough to experience the unexpected.

This fall, Dave and I sailed the Chesapeake Bay aboard sailing vessel WILD HAIR. We explored seaports by foot, golf cart, and loaned cars. We visited museums and state fairs, mended broken ribs, twice dragged anchor, and followed our Badger Football team via satellite radio. We saw the homes of John and Yoko and Dick Cheney. After 6 weeks of adventuring in ever-cooling temperatures, we headed south in three legs.

First, we traveled offshore from Portsmouth, Virginia (around the elbow of Cape Hatteras) to Southport, North Carolina. That leg ended as we got ourselves towed from “Frying Pan Shoals” up the “Cape Fear River” to spend three days cleaning fuel lines and diesel tanks.

On the second leg, we motored the Intercoastal Waterway from North to South Carolina, avoiding the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and proving to ourselves that the engine was happy again.

For the third leg, we traveled offshore from Georgetown, South Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida.

Today, the boat is resting at a marina in Jacksonville while Dave and I make merry holidays in Madison, Wisconsin. Photos here reveal good-looking towns and distinctive doings from our cruising life. Stories take time to describe our most remarkable goings-on.
By scrolling down the right-hand side of this page, you'll find "Blog Archives." I invite you to check out past postings of our travels.

Happy Holidays to you and yours. Please stay in touch!

1 comment:

The pale observer said...

Hi Heather - just found you through the Women and Cruising website.

It's so interesting for me to read about your adventures and the day to day life of cruising.

I'm Canadian and currently living and working in Ghana, West Africa, but my husband and I have bought a cruising Cat which is currently in Grenada, and we will set off on a life of live-aboard in 2011.

I will be reading about your experiences between now and then and will hopefully start to contribute through blogging the lifestyle once I get there!!!

Take care
Holli in Ghana