Around The World Voyage : Commentary

January 23, 2002 (local)

Hi Everyone,

All is well on the Good Ship "Nordhavn". I can't believe that the curtain is falling on the first leg. Dave has been out here three months, I've been out here for almost two months, and Brad, a couple of weeks. Let's not forget Tom who was out here from Hawaii all the way to Yap Island. We should be in Singapore sometime tomorrow morning. We have experienced good times and hard times, we have seen the most beautiful places and not so beautiful. When all is said and done, I would have to say that the people we met along the way was, for me, the true essence of the trip. I'll never forget them.

It has been a real gift to be able to share our adventures with you - all over the world. I've received some very nice well-wishes from all of you folks out there and I'd like to thank you for that. I've said a couple of times that I wished all of you could have joined us and personally shared the adventure. Hopefully, through these updates, you got a taste of the cruising lifestyle. I have two pieces of great advice for all of you who would like to go cruising. The first is to put together a plan, because without a plan, there's a good chance it will never happen. When you have your plan, start picking away at it. It may not happen on time but I can assure you that it will happen. For my last cruise, I had planned on taking 2 years to prepare for it, and it ended up being five years before I left. But it did happen and I spent 3 1/2 years in the South Pacific, an experience of a lifetime. My second piece of advice is for those of you can afford to go cruising now, don't put it off. Enjoy it now while you have your health. It's a lot more fun being able to hike the islands and swim the lagoons. There's a saying that goes "for every year you're cruising, add that one year to your life".

And if you have kids, that shouldn't be a deterrent, rather it should encourage you to get out there. The kids I met while cruising were more well-rounded, better spoken and very intelligent. These kids who had been cruising for 3-5 years came back into the school system 1-2 years advanced of their peers. Schooling was only 2-4 hours a day but they'd learn first-hand about geography, science/physics, culture and probably most importantly was the bond that developed between child and parent.

I could go on talking about the cruising lifestyle forever and encourage you to contact me directly when I return home if you'd like to chat more. Or, if you happen to be going to the Miami Boat Show, I'll be on another Nordhavn 40 there and would love to talk in person about the adventures I've had on the ATW.

Today's sponsors: Spurs Marine Manufacturing which provided the line cutters mounted on our prop shaft just forward of the prop. This type of hardware prevents a line from winding around the shaft and pulling the shaft right out of the boat.

Switlik Parachute Company, whose donation we hope we never need but are glad we have and Wilimington Prop which provided our propeller round out today's generous sponsors.

Before I sign off, I'd like to share a poem that has helped keep me in check - on and off the boat.

One ship drives east, another drives west,
With the self-same winds that blow.
'Tis the set of the sails and not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the waves of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life.
'Tis the set of the soul which decides the goal,
And not the calm or the strife

---Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The trip facts are as follows; The date is 01/23/2002 and the day is Wednesday. The time is 1:20 am and 0120 uct. Our position is N 02*22.544' / E 106*11.053' . Our course is 225 degrees M. Our speed 4.6knts at 1400rpm. Singapore, our final landfall is 135nm distant. The Barometer is at 1009.5 and holding steady. The wind is over our starboard aft quarter at 20knts. The seas are 4-6 feet. The skies are over cast with some rain.

Well that's about it for now, we'll do a short update tomorrow to let you know how the arrival went. Tomorrow I'll introduce the crew of the second leg. Stay tuned, the second leg through the Red Sea should be really exciting.


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