BTW I am 48...
I have to admit that not finding Dagny that very same night puzzled me. I think we went searching too far West, not enough North. Dagny is the flush deck
version of the Frances 26. There is very little sticking out of the water
were down. It was a very dark cloudy night. I have no doubt we missed her by a hair. There isn't much here in West-End aside from the Old Bahama Bay Marina, which did not have a towing service
when I called to ask if anyone could get me in instead of anchoring
. The only person who did anything is Keith Cooper
As to writing, it comes easy to me, words flow, and I enjoy it. I suspect it has therapeutic qualities in my case, which I really need right now. My written English
is much better now than my written French. Writing for a living is something I haven't, maybe mistakenly, considered seriously. I started my blog for friends and family
, though not ignorant of the success of some popular Youtube channels. I certainly wasn't counting on such revenues to finance my adventure. I posted this thread hoping for sighting reports, not financial help, which frankly is hard to accept. I have always been very independent. The help I have received has been invaluable, but also a painful reminder that I was not able to pull my own weight these last few days. I can't thank enough anyone who has helped in their own way.
Leaving like I did with a tiny budget
might not have been the wisest thing to do but I did not expect to be separated from my home, and with Dagny would have been just fine. You hear about things like this happening, but it seems so unlikely.. Such mishaps are not simple events
. First there was the electrical
problem preventing me from starting my engine
(it worked fine during the crossing) and entering the channel. Then the lack of towing service
at WE. The anchor
dragging was certainly unexpected in such shallow water
. The weather
, time of night and location all contributed to not finding Dagny in a timely manner.
I remain in West-End for the time being, maybe two or three days, then should head
to be closer to the airlines. A fellow cruiser offered me a berth on his boat. They are crossing over on the 2nd and might be in Nassau shortly thereafter. It might be my best option.
If Dagny is no found, and even if she is, I ought to visit my parents back in France
. It has been a few years since I saw them last, and it is always a shock to see how much older they look every time. To answer one poster, no, I can't ask them for money
. Although they know of the situation, I would rather spare them the details and cause undue stress at their age.
I have done everything I thought was reasonable to find Dagny. It isn't anyone's responsibility to find her for me. The support has been overwhelming. Glenn at SSCA has been instrumental in organizing the search. I don't have thousands of dollars to send a plane flying around, risking someone's life for a boat, as important as she is to me, but I can ask people to keep their eyes opened would they happen to be in the region.
In a way, as I mentioned before, I have no regrets about trying, leaving the dock
, crossing the Gulf Stream
, then sailing back to WE on sail only. It will be a cherished memory for the rest of my life. Maybe that's worth $20K. I am not done mind you, because now I have tasted the salt
.. Whether Dagny is found or not, I suspect I will be back on the sea. I will keep on writing about it because I enjoy it. I have stumbled into the greatest community I have ever seen, and want to be part of it.