10,000 miles in 9 months on a chartered catamaran

Published on 20 july 2017 at 0h00

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My love of sailing started 45 years ago when, on my 7th birthday, I received permission from my parents to sail across the lake in our Sunfish. That journey across a lake in northern Michigan was only 1.5 miles each way but apparently left an indelible impression in my memory of challenge and success. 

My family later acquired a Hobie Cat and eventually a 26-foot sloop in which we cruised the Great Lakes when I was a teenager. 

At the age of 17, I managed to convince my parents to allow me to take my two best friends and sail to the North Channel in Canada for a week. We had a great adventure that we all look back on fondly to this day.  

After college, my attention turned to the challenges of marriage, starting a career, and raising a family along with my wife. We occasionally chartered sailboats for Caribbean vacations but sailing took a backseat to life's many other challenges. But once my children were all in college and the remaining rungs to climb in my career dwindled, I returned to my roots and formulated another big challenge: Why not sail across an ocean? While this would not necessarily be a big challenge for some people, I had very little bluewater experience. I had been driving a desk for almost 30 years with only very occasional sailing experiences, and those were generally in tame waters.   I'm not sure what originally sparked this tiny flame, but it grew the more I thought about it.  After fanning this tiny flame for a few months, I shared the ...

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