Sunday, November 28, 2010

Inspirations...

I wonder if those bold statements that used to come out so easily when young and full of youthful confidence are completely forgotten by our older selves or if somehow they perhaps linger in the back of our minds to haunt and taunt us when we realize we may not have lived up to them.

I remember making many... Statements that were directly oriented towards cruising, that involved a dislike of rallies and the moneyed nature of how cruising is portrayed in slick magazines like Cruising World. ¨One´s equipment shouldn´t be better than one´s skill level! ¨ ¨Purchased experiences do not count!¨

I guess the advantage of being a bit older is that I don´t feel so individually responsible anymore, instead I now just feel sad to see things generally tilted toward one side...

Below is a photo of Robin Lee Graham who set out to sail around the world in 1965 on a 24 foot boat at the age of sixteen.

I love the details in the pic... The non self tailing winch that is so small. The narrowness of the beam at the transom. What brand of safety harness is that?

Did you know that Wild Eyes (the boat used by 16 year old Abby Sunderland to attempt to set a record as the youngest circumnavigator in 2010) was worth about 400,000 dollars?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Beginning of year five

I have been out sailing for over four years now.

I posted not so long ago that the most difficult part of going cruising is leaving. I am starting to realize that I may have been mistaken. I now think the hardest part of going cruising is stopping...


Clip is of eastern Coco Banderas, Kuna Yala, right behind the nice 12 meter spot south of the main Bauhaus anchorage.


video

Monday, November 15, 2010

In Cartagena, Colombia

Made it in today after a less than 48 hour passage. Fastest crossing yet...

I will not be sailing back to Panama via the San Blas unless plans change. Instead I am looking for crew for a direct sail to Utila, Honduras. If you are interested in crewing, contact me via email found through my profile.

I will be here in Cartagena for a few weeks...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The nature of plans...

I am off for Cartagena via the San Blas today.

Seems the latest idea is to head towards the Bay Islands and Rio Dulce. Cuba is interesting and might still be in the works but who knows...

More later when I get to Colombia. I will resume normal blogging as this should be my last San Blas trip for awhile.