Hello everyone, my name is Lucas Bates and I am 24 years old and a senior at Berea College. I myself have absolutely zero sailing experience - this is anomalous for my family
as they are from Long Island
(Oyster Bay) and moved to St. Thomas when my father was around 7 years old. He spent his childhood dinghy racing
and sailing around the Virgin Islands
. But enough talking about my pops.
I have one more semester, I graduate in December. And I have just been accepted into a sailing certification
program through Seamester. In mid January i will be in Cape Town
, stepping onto the S/Y Argo (112ft. schooner) as one of the 26 crew-in-training. The plan is to sail across the Atlantic and over to Brazil
, and then up the coast and into Antigua
, totaling a little over 6,300 miles. I am very excited about this first step into the life aquatic and have been trying to get as prepared as possible for the journey ahead. I found this forum and figured it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to say hello and make my presence known to the community.
Sincerely, Lucas Bates