Moving On!

We have finished our practical lessons on the J/22.  Our last lesson in the basic keelboat and coastal cruising line will be on a J/30.  It’s made by the same company, but is about 8’ longer.  There are also some other differences, including the sail set up as well as steering and anchoring.  I’m lookingContinue reading “Moving On!”

Trade Offs

Last week we transitioned from the Basic Keelboat practical lessons to the Basic Coastal cruising lessons.  So we’ve moved on from, how does a boat work to, if your sailing here’s some more advanced techniques you need to be aware of to operate a boat safely.  It was an interesting transition.  We know the pointsContinue reading “Trade Offs”

We had wind!

We’ve had a few sailing lessons now, the first one did not have any wind, so it was more of an exercise in learning the parts of the boat, running the motor, when there was wind, trying to figure out where it was coming from.  The next two lessons had wind!  So, we could sail! Continue reading “We had wind!”

Sailing is fun…when there’s wind!

Grandad said, “When I tell you, push the tiller until the bow is pointed at that point, I’ll trim the mainsail from there.  We can’t sail into the wind, so this is called tacking.” I said, “Yeah, if we pointed the bow directly into the wind, we’d go backwards, right?” Grandad, “No, we can’t sailContinue reading “Sailing is fun…when there’s wind!”

Knots…and a little more

The past few weeks have been a series of first steps in our sailing journey.  Step 1: Know Your Knots!  Step 2: Our first practical sailing lesson. Step 3: Our first introduction to scuba diving.  Step 4: Booking a trip to Florida to look at boats.  Sometimes the newness and excitement of it all isContinue reading “Knots…and a little more”

The Beginning

When I was 11 or 12, my grandfather took my brother and I out to his sailboat to spend the night.  His boat was moored in Connecticut.  I don’t remember how big his boat was, but I can’t imagine it was more than 26 feet long.  I remember there was a cabin in the front,Continue reading “The Beginning”

The Joy of Storms

As a small girl growing up in Texas, I vividly remember the power of the thunderstorms.  The lightening casting shadows in the dark and the ensuing crack of thunder.  I remember feeling scared, mostly of the unknown, but also feeling awed and amazed by the sheer force of nature.  I always knew I was smallContinue reading “The Joy of Storms”

Where will you go?

Where will we go? As we dare to dream and give voice to our visions, we get two big questions: Where are you going to go? How are you paying for this? I clearly remember the excitement and awe I felt when I graduated from high school.  I was inspired to live big…    “Congratulations!Continue reading “Where will you go?”