On starting over, again.
Over the years, when people have commented on our blog stating that they are “x” number of years into their 5 yr. plan to head out cruising, I frequently replied that they should enjoy the process of preparing for the trip, because we certainly did. Just like the build-up to Christmas is often more exciting than Christmas Day itself, the research and planning that goes into a major cruising expedition can, and should be a very positive experience. This is partly why Rebecca and I are so excited right now as it feels as if we’re starting over, and we get to do this all over again. Our first trip south was a huge step for us and at the time, way out of our comfort zone. Our next journeys look to be even more outside our now greatly-expanded comfort zone, and that’s a good thing.
Our friend Matt Thornton recently posted on Facebook:
“Proactively do things that scare you. Things that push you, by definition, move you forward.”
Well, sailing to Patagonia scares us, and as I said, that’s a good thing.
So where do we start? If you’ve ever taken a look at our Research Page, you’d note that we did a fair amount of reading to prepare ourselves for cruising. When the Patagonia idea was in its infancy, one of my internet searches took me to Noonsite where I stumbled across a couple of articles written by Miles Thompson. As it turns out, Miles is a friend that we met in Grenada but until then, I had forgotten that he’d mentioned that he cruised that area. I immediately looked him up on Facebook and contacted him, and Miles was kind enough to reply with some very detailed messages, including some book recommendations, one of which he wrote! I wisely ordered each of the volumes that he recommended, including his. Just before we were forced to box up all of our stuff, I had just passed the point in his book, a beautiful coffee-table quality volume I might add, where he and his crew had just rounded Cape Horn. Now that is a huge accomplishment for any sailor!