It is a retired person’s dream – to spend the winters sailing the Keys and the Tropics, and the summers in a small northern village, surrounded by a large extended family.
Perfect, you might think.
In the winter and spring of 2000, two Canadian sisters in their fifties, Vonny and I (Sharon), went sailing in Florida, and to the Bahamas and back, on a thirty-foot Nonsuch that belonged to Vonny and her husband, Ray. There were some problems, but we fell in love with cruising. The next year I retired, bought my own cruising boat, and continued the adventure on my own.
There have been accidents (the most notable one a collision with a bridge), many groundings, countless hours of boat maintenance, the replacement of three motors and lots of ripped sails. And all those unexpected stories about the places, the people, and the truths discovered along the way.
This website has my for the most recent four years of the journey, and information about the books that have grown out of it, with excerpts and pictures from them.
For most of my life, I have painted, and a page of this website is dedicated to my art.
There have been different boats, too. A couple of years ago, I met another single-handed sailor, and both of us quickly realized how wonderful it would be to sail together on one boat. When two people who have been single, and single sailors for a large part of their lives move in together, you might think that would be perfect too. Let’s just say that the pros outweigh the cons.