I have been lurking here for the past few weeks, reading as much as I can read about all topics regarding sailing. Everyone here seems really friendly and I hope to meet everyone at the SF Bay
Rendezvous in July.
My fiance and I were planning on moving to Europe
when we fell onto a posting
on the Internet
about a man who sailed around the world with his brother. We both thought sailing around the world was for millionaires, but after some extensive research
on the Internet
and in paperback we realize everyone can cruise
. Then we decided since we are still in our twenties (me, barely.. t-minus 10 months till my thirties), now is as good as any other time.
We signed up for US Sailing training at OCSC in Berkeley and plan on taking all of the certification
courses between now and mid-2009. When we are not attending class, we will be sailing on OPB (other people's boats) as much as possible. We will be training on smaller 20ish foot boats this summer and by this Winter moving up the mid-30 foot boats. Over Christmas
we are trying to find a nice place to bareboat charter
a ship for the entire week and cruise
We are getting married in August and decided to forgo those material things like new blenders, china
, and place settings. We are asking for certificates to OCSC and cash to help us get our sailing adventure underway. Hopefully this will be a nice padding to our cruise kitty.
We are putting together a aggressive schedule to leave in May 2010, cruise along down to the Galapagos
and eventually through the many islands of the Pacific. After Australia
& NZ, we will head
through the Indian Ocean
, along South Africa
and up to the Caribbean
. Then a short jaunt through the Panama Canal
, and we will return to Seattle
our 'real' home (don't get me wrong, we love the Bay Area, but Seattle
is where we are both from and both love it).
I hope that after we gain some more practical knowledge from classes
and can be more of use, that we can sneak ourselves onto your boat for a day or weekend and help out.
If you have circumnavigated around the world, we would love to buy you a bottle of wine and hear your tails. Drop me a PM, the offer is always valid.
We both look forward to meeting everyone and seeing you on the open seas in 2010.
Aaron & Jen
PS: In truly geek form, I am blogging about our adventure. Keep your eyes on our blog to see our progress.