Long before the sailboat became a desire and then a reality, I made the decision to start a vegan diet. Some say vegan and sailboat don't go together, but then again, this wasn't my first "weird" (on everyone else's eyes) choice in nutrition, I must add.
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.