I'm a 29-year-old male working stiff, college-educated, and my sailing experience is limited to a fun weekend sailing a Laser on an inland lake with a friend in college. I come from a working-class background, and grew up out in the country working with my hands and doing real, honest work. Now, at 29, like many other people (I assume many on this board), I've found the 40 hour a week desk job to be turning into a slog. Call it a quarter-life crisis or whatever.
I've always been a "water dog." I love the ocean, love to swim, snorkel, and dive (I'm a PADI Open Water
Diver). I love the beach, and having visited the Caribbean
a couple of times, have found that I love the slow pace of life and the beautiful weather
(Save for the hurricanes, of course).
Somehow a couple of years ago I ended up reading James Baldwin's account of his circumnavigation
, which I'm pretty sure planted a seed in my mind.
So here I am. I probably won't be posting
much, but just soaking up the knowledge of those that have been there and done that. I don't necessarily have designs on making landfall in the Marquesas
, amazing though it would be; I think having a sundowner in the cockpit
on the Chesapeake would be a more realistic first step! I'm just here trying to take the first steps toward determining if the cruising life is both something I want to venture into, and something that's feasible to me.
Best wishes to all of you out on the water