Sailing Around The World

Cursing Served Best with a Cocktail in Your Living Room

Picture a beautiful sunset 200 nautical miles out at sea and a nice 15 knot breeze blowing you along with the sound of haul cutting through the sea like knife. The boat is moving swiftly and is in complete control of every turn of helm you give her. Yes this is the life so perfect and wonderful, only a rum and coke would put the cherry on top of that Sunday.

BAA LAAA Reality check!!!!! The sun goes down and great sunset gave you a great look at the deep dark clouds descending upon your bearing and the sea begins to have swells an average 10 to 15 feet. That cloud that looked like a picture from a post card is about to drop the hammer on you like god himself decided to say hi and then smiled. The sails become stiff and the helm that could be control with your fingertips is now being controlled with a white knuckle grip and your heart is racing. Green water is now washing over the deck and you are struggling hard to grind in you r sails and balance the power of the wind and the motion of the sea as the boat heaves 15 to 20 feet in any direction but where you want. Your body and feet play a game of hop scotch as you crawl to the forward deck to clear the head sails in anticipation of the 40 knot wind you are about to have. Then youre hit with a massive 16 foot wave sending salt water at you making your clothing wet and fills your mouth with salt water. Then just as youre about to kiss your butt good bye the sea throttles back and becomes calm.

A hour later the sea is so calm its like sailing across a sheet of glass and at night the stars dancing across it which makes it hard to tell which is heaven or earth. But then you realize that with no wind and your current motor purring along at 2500 rpm it is consuming about a gallon of diesel and you have a striking distance of 600 nautical miles but your objective is 700 nautical miles. Now its time to worry again.

Know at this point youre ready to throw in the towel because multiple systems are broken and you just want to check out. Guess what man? When offshore sailing there is no pause or a time to just check out! Your living life on a razor and DRAGONBANE is your armor to Cruise through it. Life as a cruiser is tough but man, it has great highs and the greatest lows, just like the sea. The best is when you make it to the harbor and you dont hit the multiple reefs between the outside ocean and the inside harbor and finally have that living room cocktail!

Cheers,
Jacques

6 responses

  1. Maggie

    Becoming quite the wordsmith…Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 22, 2012 at 11:27 am

  2. Dan

    Great post, it almost makes me want to be there with you. I bet the rum and coke was really really good in the harbor!

    November 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  3. Kyle Krueger

    What you gave up on beer!? Haha great posts. I can tell the change your mood and perspectives as these days continue out at sea and your posts become longer and more vivid. Be safe, enjoy yourself, and keep up the awesome posts pal; you’re painting great pictures with my mind-brush.

    Hey, by the way, I’m about to drink one of your Oaked Tripel Homebrews. Thanks!

    November 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    • Thanks Man, I hope the beer was good. I would drink them here but a case is $50 US for even the bottom shelf but the rum is $10 bucks for a 5th. So rum it is!

      November 25, 2012 at 12:39 am

  4. Great description . Have a rum and coke or gin and tonic for us. Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  5. linda bleyl

    Happy Thanksgiving! 4:10 PM the new hospital sign read 58 degrees when out walking the dogs. I look forward to following your journey as I prepare to hibernate for the winter .

    November 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm