The Future of AAC

When we listed Morgan’s Cloud for sale, several members expressed concern that this would be a negative for Attainable Adventure Cruising, or maybe even the end of the site.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Owning, maintaining, and cruising a boat the size of Morgan’s Cloud, while hugely rewarding, takes a lot of time and energy, and, further, it tends to make us focused on one boat and one way of doing things.

And it’s not as if the day Morgan’s Cloud is sold all the knowledge and experience we have gained over the last 28 years will go with her—I probably have a year backlog of MC-related posts in my head, with associated photos already taken.

And my years with her will enhance everything I write for years to come, just as my years with the Fastnet 45 I sold 28 years ago and the years I ocean raced with others still contribute.

Instead, as we figure out what boat to own next, and then get to know that boat, Phyllis and I will gain new and different knowledge and experience that can only broaden our perspective and inspire new and fresh articles—it probably won’t hurt to own and write about a smaller, less expensive boat, either. “Attainable” comes in many flavours.

For example, because, for the first time in many years, we did not go on a long  cruise last summer, we had the time and energy to visit and report on the US Sailboat Show in the fall. And, despite having written eight articles inspired by that trip—including five of our most popular ever…and most controversial—that well is still half full.

I also got to sail a smaller and completely different boat, which also broadened my perspective, and resulted in several articles.

Bottom line, having more time will let us investigate more things and get a more diverse perspective. In fact, it already has, in the form of the indepth series I have been researching and writing on refitting older boats—nothing to do with Morgan’s Cloud.

Our hope is that there will be more of these sorts of diverse projects in the future.

And our enthusiasm for improving this site has not waned at all. Last winter we completed phase one of a major redesign as well as reorganized our over 1000 articles and 12 Online Books. All going well we will get phase two of the project done next winter.

In short, our retirement strategy is to keep working. And, yes, we plan to go on “Adventuring”, albeit in a more “Attainable” way than cruising East Greenland…and that’s all good, too.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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