We have never been interested in a circumnavigation
, but when we were younger and still full of piss and vinegar we used to talk about cruising to the Med or doing the milk run from California
. That was when we thought we would be retiring at a much younger age.
Lance got to see a lot of the world and spent more than 50% of his time at sea during his 12 years in the Navy
. He has earned his shellback a few times over. He taught sailing at the Naval Academy for 3 years and so got offshore miles taking the midshipmen on their summer cruise
I have never been more than 30 miles offshore, the distance from Long Beach to Catalina Island
. All my miles have been around the island of Oahu
, along the coast of southern California
, and in the Chesapeake Bay
, so far. Years pass and we start to go a little easier on ourselves. I have frankly lost
interest in being underway for days on end.
plan now is the Intracoastal, the Florida Keys
and however far into the Caribbean
we make it before we don't want to go anymore. In our new modified idea of cruising, the ultimate for us would be to get to Barbados
. My husband's father is from there and he still has a lot of family
there that he hasn't seen in a long time. One of his cousins has a marina and we would just love to pull in there someday. But that just may be a dream at this point. Even the relatively nominal passages involved to get there may be more than we want to do by that point. We shall see.
It's quite possible that I will never qualify as an offshore sailor. Lance will have to tell me what it's like to belong to the club.