This was a melancholy morning. Our friends, Tim and Annie, aboard their 40′ Island Packet, You Bet, motored passed Beatitude around 8:45 a.m. Conflicting emotions of excitement and yearning welled up in us. We were excited for our friends as they embarked on a dream several years in the making. Earlier this year they sold their home and belongings, moved aboard You Bet, and made preparations to sail around the world. Today, their adventure began in earnest. All the necessary planning accomplished, they set out for distant horizons. In a few months, they will transit the Panama Canal to cross the South Pacific. I am so happy for them and will eagerly await updates of their travels as they circumnavigate this beautiful planet. We have enjoyed the occasions when we have been able to sit down together and discuss our future cruising plans. We have gleaned much from their preparations to set off on an extended voyage that will help us as we prepare for our own.
We will miss the camaraderie and the excitement we felt as we would sit and talk about our plans to cross oceans. Hence, the yearning. The yearning to throw off our dock lines and explore. To visit new places. To experience the open sea. To explore. To experience other cultures. To set out ourselves for unknown, far-off places. To do what few others have ever done. To cross oceans under the power of our own sails. To follow in the footsteps of the great ocean explorers of times past, Columbus, Magellan, Drake, Cook, and others. Aaahh… to dream. Until the time comes for our departure, I read as much as I can and make and revise lists of those things we need to do before we leave.
To Tim and Annie, Bon Voyage. We hope to meet you in the islands.