March – Mexico

Getting from A to B with only a sail

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for ~ Grace Hopper, scientist

The plan: To spend one month sailing on a “pirate’’ ship from Seattle in the US to Cabo in Mexico and perhaps beyond.

I love the ocean. As a child I grew up about 100m from the beach and practically lived in water during my youth. These days I am a little bit more cautious. I now know the dangers of the ocean that I was once blissfully naïve to.

That’s what makes stepping aboard Reality so daunting and, yet, exciting at the same time.

I want to be a seaman; I want to tackle the wind and the waves and whatever else comes my way and see how I come out the other side.

Fast facts:

– Six crew, a porpoise hulled wooden boat and an almighty adventure.

– The distance from Port Townsend, Washington State to Los Cabos in Mexico is more than 3800km.

– Out of the six people on board, I am the only female

– Out of the six crew on board, only the Captain, “Wild” Bill has any real seagoing experience. Al, the first mate is a lake sailor.

– Can we tie knots? At boy scout level yes, but there is a lot to learn.

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