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Old 22-09-2011, 18:24   #1
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The Winter Blues . . .

I haven't ever felt them so early than I do this year. A new world just opened itself to us last June when we started our sailing class. If everything goes according to plan, we will be off sailing next year after selling our house, our furniture and our car. We have been talking about moving to the Caribbeans for several years and now, we will be visiting them in our home before setting off to visit the world.

We still have two more sailling weekend before leaving for Annapolis where we will work on preparing our future. After that, we will have at least 6 months to wait before our next sail. We'll use that time to study coastal and celestial navigation in order to be ready if ever our electronics fail on us. We also will have to learn to scuba dive and get physically ready to climb our mast.

The more I think about it, the more I realize our winter will be quite buzy
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Old 22-09-2011, 21:08   #2
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

And quite pretty in your neck of the woods
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Old 23-09-2011, 07:57   #3
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

I agree but when you are stuck with arthritis in your spinal cord around your neck and your lower back, in your knee, your hand, your wrist and your jaw, the winter cold can be very hard to live with. Having lived with this problem for about two decades is hard.

I still appreciate a nice winter scenery but that's about it.
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Old 23-09-2011, 08:11   #4
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

I suggest that you make sure that your winter plans include taking your open water certification dives in either the Caribbean or the Florida Keys. And while at Annapolis schedule some sailing classes in the Spanish, U.S. Or British Virgin Islands.

That way you get out of the cold and get closer to setting your plan in motion.

I developed an allergy to snow on my many business trips to Montreal so now I stay between 32 degrees North and South unless the temperatures are above a low of 60 degrees.


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Old 23-09-2011, 12:59   #5
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

Thanks Larry, you bring a good point
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

The September issue of either Sail or water sailing">Blue Water Sailing had an entire article of things to do during the Winter season, stuff like tinkering with your outboard, mastering your chartplotter, cleaning lines, etc. Pretty interesting read.
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

Not having a boat nor an outboard yet limits me but I will study navigation a lot. Thanks for the ideas.
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

I've had some great sailing days in January to March in the Solent. Much less traffic, much more layers, but still great to be out there with the engine OFF.
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

come south!!!!! helps a lot!!!!
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Re: The Winter Blues . . .

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I've had some great sailing days in January to March in the Solent. Much less traffic, much more layers, but still great to be out there with the engine OFF.
You must have had such a great time!!

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come south!!!!! helps a lot!!!!
Yeah!! That's what I'll do on my new boat next year
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