During the 15 years that John and I have been voyaging together, most of our passagemaking has been done double-handed, which, as any of you who have sailed double-handed know, means passing each other in the cockpit at watch changes on the ecstatic journey towards the sea berth or the less-than-ecstatic journey towards the cockpit! In other words, there’s not a lot of time spent discussing the meaning of life.
Well, this spring we changed all that! We took 5 weeks to get from Charleston to Nova Scotia and we only did 3 overnights during that 5 weeks. We daysailed (that means we were actually in the cockpit at the same time!), and we even daysailed in smooth water (Chesapeake Bay), which I could really get used to!
And we talked a lot about sailing and life: where we’ve been and where we want to go; how we’ve traveled and how and if we want to keep traveling; where and how we’ve lived and where and how we want to live; how we’ve grown and changed and how we want to grow and change…anyway, you get the idea. And, at some point during this discussion, we roughly figured out how many offshore miles we’ve sailed.
Overall, John has sailed around 120,000 miles and, of that, we’ve sailed about 60,000 miles together. At 7 knots, that means I’ve been underway for 8572 hours; which means approximately 4000 hours in the cockpit looking at the water go by (or looking at stars, birds, dolphins and whales). That’s not quite the 10,000 hours of mastery, but it’s getting there! And, historically, it’s right about now, in the accumulation of experience in a specific area, that I get itchy feet and start looking to make a change.
Our discussions about where to go from here have been challenging, exciting, and interesting! The only thing we’re committed to right now is moving slowly this summer. After that, well, we’ll keep you informed!