Acting started 8 years or so ago for me. My son Guille expressed some interest in doing commercials and I took him to a couple of Talent Agencies in San Juan I was able to get referrals to. Once there, I ventured with him and filled out some forms for myself. I had done some acting in High School, but nothing formal. I’ve always said that a Masters in Architecture prepares you for much more than Architecture. Surprisingly, calls started coming and I was sent out to casting calls and gigs. I started booking extra roles in Hollywood productions on the Island. I really liked the experience.
When I started this blog almost two months ago, I visualized it to be a blog about the sailboat, sailing, living aboard a sailboat and technical issues. All that goes into running and fixing a floating home. For some reason it has taken an unexpected turn every time I sit down to write. It became more personal and more spiritual.
Yesterday I received news that my birthmother died 20 years ago. She was 64 years old. Thanks to a special person in my life, I began my quest based on some documents my father gave me when I graduated College in 1985. I remember the time as if was today and Elton John’s Nikita made it all much palpable.
Searching for a sailboat
It all started right after Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico, September 20, 2017, or maybe a little bit before that for me. Looking into old Affirmation and Planning documents I keep writing once in a while, I found that back in 2015 and 2016 I was already visualizing myself owning a sailboat.
First Sail Trip outside my comfort zone
No, I did not visit the Southern Hemisphere and witnessed the Southern Cross while sailing the Cool Change... but it felt like it.
I did cross my mental and physical boundary of Icacos and Palominos Keys and ventured almost 20 miles east from Fajardo to Culebra Island with three close friends. Being a newbie at sailing and still decided to give it my all to motorless sailing, what was programmed to be a 3 hour sail turned out to be a 6 hour into the wind sailing. I managed to get there and the experience was magical.
Back in April 2018 and less than a week after I turned 56, I bought my first sailboat. A beautiful 1999 Beneteau 411 docked at Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. It took me about four months to find my floating home after I decided to buy a sailboat to call home. Being a pilot and in love with airplanes, it came as a surprise the fact that I bought a sailboat before an airplane, but then again, this wasn’t just a boat, it was home for me. Just short of two days of finishing my American Sailing Association courses, I was already sleeping over water.