This is a quick note to introduce myself to the forum as I just signed up a few days ago.
I'm Mark, 59, from southeastern Michigan. I keep my boat, a 1970 Westerly Cirrus, at Bolles Harbor in Monroe, Michigan just a few miles north of Toledo, Ohio
. I started sailing only about 15 years ago, but I've pretty much let it take over my life. No regrets on that account!
I first rescued a 16' sloop
from a classified ad, fixed her up nicely, and spent a year flopping around on local lakes. I wanted to learn more and got into an online Sailing Chatroom where I met people from all over the globe, including the folks who invited me to crew on their 33' racing sloop
. For two seasons I crewed for club races on the Detroit River and other races on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair and am grateful for all of the skills I learned. I also learned that I prefer the spontaneity of cruising over racing
. I bought my current
boat over ten years ago and spend as much time as I can sailing.
I have some blue water
for friends in Florida
and crossed the Gulf from Lake Charles, LA to Sarasota
, FL several years ago. An incredible trip fraught with tales of dolphins
, drama, storms, and bonded friendships.
My Westerly is only 22', but it's the perfect boat for my style of sailing. I often sail singlehanded, but the boat can sleep four and has 6' headroom
in the saloon
, enclosed head
with holding tank
, etc. Like everyone else, I hope to move up to a larger boat someday (after early retirement), but for now my Nautila serves my needs very well. She's a little slow, but when I'm aboard I'm already where I want to be.
I would enjoy connecting with other sailors in my area for forum chats, sailing together, or whatever. (Did I mention I was single
) I work as a computer tech for a local non-profit and have a pretty happy life. I'm a lifelong musician having played in local rock bands for years, but mostly do a solo acoustic act now. I don't drink, but I don't mind if others do. Feel free to drop me a note if you want to learn more.
All the best,