This is my last post since I am flying out of Grenada on Sunday and going to rejoin the work force. I appreciate all the compliments on my writing, and have thoroughly enjoyed using this medium to document the trip and share our adventure with all of you.
When we started the trip, we knew how to sail the boat, and had some experience with long passages, but we’re not sure what to expect on some of these remote islands, and hoped we had enough spares for the year long voyage. We thought we knew more than we did, and this trip was a wonderful learning experience for both my dad and me. We learned the boat and it’s systems inside and out (mostly by fixing everything that broke).
The highlights of the trip for me were free diving with manta rays in Bora Bora; exploring Vanuatu, hiking La Chapelle on Reunion Island, Cape Town in general, and snorkeling with whale sharks in Saint Helena. The other highlights were the friends I made, many of whom I will keep in touch with for years to come. Honorable mention goes to the fish we caught and ate, and the monsters that got away. My rough count of the keepers was approximately 25 tuna, 8 mahi mahi, and 1 wahoo. We hooked 3-4 Marlin, landed 4 barracuda and released them all, and one sailfish.
Completing the trip was a monumental accomplishment and the biggest item on my bucket list. Accomplishing it at 28 with my father (and staying on speaking terms) makes it even better. Although our relationship probably has not changed, I think we understand each other better, which was a great takeaway. We will always look back on this trip fondly because as sailors know, the bad never seems as bad looking back, and the good keeps it’s luster.
When I leave the boat, I am flying to Fort Lauderdale for an engineering course, then to Antigua for my Yachtmaster Offshore exam. Following completion of my courses, I will look for work as mate or mate/engineer on a 80-120 foot sailing yacht, preferably going around the world again (although I wouldn’t hate a Mediterranean season). I also plan to buy my first investment property once my savings recover, so it will be a busy and exciting year, full of new and interesting challenges.
Your readership has meant a lot to me and I hope the first quarter of 2020 has treated you all as well as it has treated me. If I have time after these next three weeks of insanity, I will post some articles that I have partially written about the Atlantic crossing and the first two weeks exploring the Caribbean. Otherwise, I am passing the torch to my dad, to do as he pleases with the blog, since he still is going up through the Caribbean, to Bermuda, and on to New England. Hopefully he finds time to write, if he doesn’t, then bug him about it and that may produce content.
Over and out,
P.s. I got a haircut and shaved, so I no longer look like a homeless hippie.