Thanks for reading my post. I'm a Canadian writer in the midst of a travel / life adventure. Have finished a month of sailing Vanuatu
from Port Vila to Santo, visiting remote
islands and meeting villagers. Along the way we performed Reef Check surveys and, at one village in Malakula, collaborated with the villagers to remove 511 coral-reef destroying crown of thorn starfish. Have had one proposal of marriage, two offers of unlimited accommodation and have enjoyed many precious connections with people.
Sailing experience, in addition to the one month aboard a 37m, ferro-concrete ketch
, includes several seasons of fresh water
sailing on Lake Ontario
, one the five Great Lakes
, including a crossing. Certifications: CYA Cruising Standard, Marine
First Aid, and VHF-DSC. Also, Open Water
and have all equipment
except tank and weights, both of which I'd be happy to purchase
. I am keen to learn more about navigation
and sailing in general.
My former belief, "home" is the place our children
were born, is currently under revision as I realize flags
breed walls and we have too many divisions as it is.
Not yet ready to return to North America, I'd first like to explore South East Asia
(or wherever). I'd be happy to fly to Australia
to meet a vessel, and dive the Great Barrier Reef
before departure, or can fly anywhere within 5,000 nm of Vanuatu
Also compelling is a trans-oceanic passage
to South or Central America
and, depending on the route
and timing, either via Pacific or Atlantic would be equally attractive. The Caribbean
, particularly Mexico's Mayan Peninsula, would make for a major milestone destination
Strongly biased toward a safe, comfortable journey on a > 50 ft yacht with a seasoned skipper
over whether SV or MV or, where the actual itinerary leads. The locale is a smaller part of the journey.
I'm a non-smoker, though can appreciate a fine cigar on occasion, eat pretty much anything and make an effort to balance good with healthy. Would follow a vegan diet if a full-time chef
who is without an agenda and capable of creating a good-tasting menu, was available. I did eat that mangrove snail while visiting Malakula.
I'm indifferent about "social drinking" though am equipped to create the yet-uncontested finest dirty, sapphire martini in the universe and I do enjoy a cold beer
on a hot afternoon.