Crusing

Prepare for your return so you can make the most of your sabbatical year!

Published on 24 january 2018 at 0h00

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Whether you’re setting out for a few months, a year or five years, your way of life will change quickly while sailing.  Suddenly, following the news simply doesn’t interest you. You will check your emails once a week at most, you pay much more attention to your lures or your rig than your cellphone, and the daily sundowner with your boat-buddies has advantageously replaced the meeting with the boss at the end of the day... In short, you have been both “tropicalized”, and become aware that some things are worth experiencing more than others.  Especially the latter.  But, how will it be at the end of your journey, when you have to go back to a so-called "normal" life?

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The golden rule for a smooth return is to anticipate. This is the general opinion of all sailors in the long run. To return one morning to your home port after a few months or a few years, without knowing what you are going to do is a guarantee you will quickly sink into depression...

Before departure, you have a multitude of problems to solve. You must try to answer many questions that are all more essential than others for your forthcoming journey. During the trip, there is the daily routine: maintenance on the boat, choosing the next anchorage, finding the right recipe to prepare the fish that you just caught, doing customs clearance, scheduling family and friends who are coming to visit, and finding your boat buddies.  Basically, a life so full that it leaves little time to ask that ...

This article appeared in issue 158. To read the article in full, buy this issue individually

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