ANNOUNCMENT ! ! ! NEW WEBSITE ! ! !
I have created a S H I N E Y N E W W E B S I T E as it looks like this whole sailing thing is really turning into the rest of my life… with my crew Luke, and sailboat Desiree, this cruising season has a lot on the itinerary and I sure am motivated to share it with you. I’ve dropped the Katie (which I nostalgically held onto as she is still my very best friend. Don’t worry she has already forgiven me) and I’ve dropped the Jessie (because you all know me, the one who has hidden behind the screen for all these years) and I’ve dropped the .com and picked up a .net (because unfortunately, it was unavailable) AND NOW WE ARE SIMPLY :
Luke and I have just arrived back in Portugal where we left the boat in the yard last April. After a really rough sail from England to Portugal, I never even wrote a thing down because I was too busy vomiting, reefing, sleeping, packing up the boat, and then jumping right into work for the preceding 6 months. In that a short amount of time, we managed to get thrown over board, (READ THE STORY HERE) get married in Scotland, and live in America for the first time together. Luke quit his job, moved to America, became a husband, became an uncle, and lost a father – all of these changes happening for him while I had the greatest 5 month hustle of my career. It has been a wild year. Being able to be together without having to count down the days until “goodbye” has been a game changer. Feeling energized and privileged.
For all the reasons above – I’ve gone quiet here on the sailing front. But now I’m back. We’re back. And the next 6 months is dedicated to this here boat, to the sea, to repairs and preparations as we will be sailing her back to Michigan. Most importantly, to be reminded of simplicity, sustainability, and good ole fashion hard work.
So very lucky to have made it to Lagos, Portugal after one very large wave struck us in the middle of the night off Cape Sao Vicente 6 months ago. And now we are here picking up all the pieces. All further stories and images will be posted at ONABOAT.NET so for those of you who are still enjoying this stories evolution… sign on up !
I want to take a minute to thank those of you who have been around from the beginning. From the time I didn’t understand which way the arrow on the wind indicator pointed, to the time when we got towed all the way across the Gulf Stream because Katie and I didn’t trust our ability to sail, to that other time when we had leaky freeze plugs and thought we cracked our engine block…. it’s been a long journey. I never, EVER, imagined I would be crossing oceans double handed. Let alone be able to work out a way to sustain this life. It is a huge privilege. Many of you have helped. From warm meals, cold beers, heartfelt and encouraging emails, second hand boat supplies, financial donations, and the pure enthusiasm for this lifestyle. I would have never made it this many miles if it weren’t for those things, if it weren’t for you.
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