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What a great few days we have been having. We are here in St. Petersburg, FL. and have just completed the first portion of our Fast Track to Cruising course. Both Rebecca and I now have passed our Basic Keelboat course and have US Sailing certification (whatever that means). It was a great course though and culminated with us and our two other classmates taking our 26' boat out for a "test" sail, sans instructor. Although the wind was scarce…

After 12 hours of traveling we are now comfortably situated in our B&B in St. Petersburg, FL, awaiting tomorrow's lessons. This is a very different way for us to be spending Christmas day, but no doubt only the first of many of these non-traditional holidays.

As Christmas day for us will be spent navigating busy airports on our way South we were happy to be able to assemble our family together this past weekend. Although they know about our trip to learn to sail they know nothing of our long-term plans. Rebecca "almost" told them but once again we felt that we would have a bit more credibility if we first complete our course. The irony of this is that only minutes after arriving Rebecca's…

One week from today Rebecca and I will be deeply immersed in our study of sailing! We actually leave for St. Petersburg, FL on Christmas Day (yes, a wonderful way to spend a holiday) but our Fast Track to Cruising course begins on Boxing Day. We can't wait!

The countdown towards our sailing course is shortening, and how do we spend our days? Well, this evening, Sunday, we decided to play sailing trivia, quizzing each other on all of the various things we have read about in our books. We had set it up so that we had to take a drink with each wrong answer. The sad part is that we have studied so much that we hardly got to drink at all! 11 days and counting!!!

Yes, we have heard the expression that "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." In this case we have to believe that it's true though!  This is a photo taken just outside our house a few days ago. This is where we hope to be approx. 1 year from now. I am betting their grass isn't covered in snow!