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Old 27-01-2011, 15:54   #1
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Hello to All

I have never done this official welcome page on this site so I thought it is about time I did!

Hi to all,

This is James and his beloved Black Wind, currently sailing around SW USA and the West coast of Mexico. I am heading down and around to the Caribbean soon, but thoroughly enjoying Mexico right now. If there is anyone out there in the area I would look forward to saying hi, and come and say hello if you see the boat.

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Old 27-01-2011, 15:56   #2
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Old 27-01-2011, 16:33   #3
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Hey James
Welcome to the forum. Its always cool meeting new people. Fancy meeting you! )
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Old 27-01-2011, 16:52   #4
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Old 27-01-2011, 18:02   #5
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I'm interested in your signature: Voyaging. Not Cruising. Would love to know what the impetus for that distinction has been.
cruising is entirely about showing up--in boat shoes.
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Old 28-01-2011, 13:14   #6
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Thanks for all of the replies - you wondered about the signature? The following quote I think kinda sums me up pretty well...

"To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea... cruising, it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about. "I've always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone. What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie
caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?"

Sterling Hayden... Actor, author, wanderer
Sterling Hayden was an up and coming Hollywood star who quit, bought a sailboat, and took off with his children for a jaunt around the world.

Well, add some rum and biscuits and my hammock, and that's me...

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Old 28-01-2011, 13:19   #7
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G'Day James and can I add my welcome also.
Enjoy the voyage.
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Old 06-02-2011, 13:39   #8
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Aloha and welcome aboard,

Sterling Haydon wrote a great book that I can't remember the name of but was a good seafaring tale. A lot of controversy about how he took his children but he certainly was an interesting character.

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