It’s been six months since I jumped in, took the plunge and decided to move 40 miles away from my comfort zone and in to my sailboat. Going back to doing some statistics, I’ve done 7.3 hours average per month in six months.
September came and went. With it, the peak of Hurricane Season for us in the Caribbean. After Maria last year we were definetly hoping for a quiet month and it delivered. We’ve had our share of systems getting close and the rain associated with it, but nothing major. This meant not having to tie the boat down or take the sails down, something I wasn’t looking forward to.
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.