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On Oct 13, 2008, a little under 2 years ago, we “penned” the first post in this blog. Back then, sailing, let alone cruising, was just a vague idea for us, but we were pretty sure that we would do it. Now, here we are, Blast Off Day!

For the people who have helped to make this come together, we want to once again offer our most sincere thanks. First, to our daughter Cass… you are intelligent, beautiful and talented and we both love you immensely. To Rebecca’s parents… thank you for believing in us. To our families and friends… we appreciate all you have done for us and your support. To our friends at Collin’s Bay Marina including the great staff, Terry, Anneke, Mike, Patti, Paul, Hub, Michele, Hans, Mel, Ian, etc. etc., etc. (the list goes on and on)… thanks for taking care of us Newbies! To S and J, our guardians in the Caribbean, thanks for being such great coaches. And to the supportive and intelligent posters on our blog, we have been both inspired by and have learned so much from you. Gracias!

The last two days have been a blur, with us trying to tie up all the loose ends and complete last-minute projects. We “think” most of it has been done. If not, we’ll deal with it on route. Our plan today, after the fuel dock opens and we can top up our tanks, has us sailing towards Main Duck island. If, when we get there, we don’t think it’s suitable due to lack of room in the bay or unfavorable winds, we’ll continue on towards Oswego. We’ll make our first “out cruising” blog post when we next find some internet access.

Believe in your dreams kids… they can come true. 🙂


  1. The day is now here. The one that you guys looked forward to so much. The one that we didn’t. We will miss you guys!!!
    We had a wonderful summer full adventure and fun. So it’s solong and not goodbye.
    Friends forever!!!

    Got to run. You’re leaving the dock in 10 minutes!!!!

    Terry & Anneke
    Pirate Jenny

  2. Fair winds and following seas!

  3. Wow, congratulations! We are very excited for you.

  4. Hey – congratulations, guys – I’m sure that all the hard work, preparation and learning will have you out there living and loving it in no time!

    Am looking forward to your posts enroute, for sure.

    I want to know if your Countdown Timer is going to go into negative numbers from now on? ;.)

  5. HUZZAH!
    We’ll keep a sharp eye out for ya.

  6. Bon Voyage! So happy and proud for you guys!

  7. Bon Voyage and fair winds. Write often and may your dreams come true
    love mom and dad

  8. Hooray! Bon voyage, fair winds and following seas! And we’ll see ya when you get down to the Chesapeake. Congratulations!

  9. The day has finally come! Two years ago, and now it’s here. Congratulations! We have about two years to go so we’re envious and so excited for ya’ll. You did it!

  10. Good luck guy’s I have been reading your blog from time to time wishing I wasn’t locked in work all day!! lol hope you have a great adventure!! Be safe and have fun. I will be still reading when you guy’s post.

    Scott Lewis

  11. Mike and Rebecca…

    Good luck, safe passages and unlimited journeys…

  12. Helen A. Spalding

    Hurrah! Congratulations! I hope to join you soon!

  13. I am SO SO happy for you two! What an accomplishment!!!

    A Prayer for Sailors

    Sailors pray,
    For fair winds and a following sea

    The smell of salt in the air,
    The feel of their skin as it’s touched by the spray

    An albatross soaring above,
    Dolphins in the ship’s wake at play

    To witness a work of art that only God can create,
    The sunset at the end of day

    At night a million stars in the sky,
    Safe anchorage in an islands lee

    When the time comes to die as for all it must,
    To awake in Sailors Heaven where nothing ever rusts

    And always there would be,
    Fair winds and a following sea.

    C. D. Williams.COM


  14. Oh fantastic! I thought I would be offline when this event happened but I actually get to congratulate you in a timely manner. Keep in touch and let me know when/if you get SSB set up. I’m very happy for you two, Livia (VA7LIV)

  15. Woo Hoo! I have followed you guys through all your preparations and this post just gave me goosebumps. Congratulations you two, live that dream!

  16. Good Luck Ihave been following you for awhile all the best hope to see u out there one day


    I thought there might be one or two comments on this post but not this many. This is overwhelming and we really appreciate it!!!

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