After the author’s adventures crewing from Zihuantanejo, Mexico to Costa Rica for her friend Jack, she was back in the Northwest. Her land-sickness— the inability to walk on solid ground without looking drunk—had subsided, but her desire to be back on the ocean was stronger than ever. Looking for a crewing job, she unexpectedly connected with Cap, an experienced sailor who needed help because of a disability.
The first year’s ultimate goal was to sail south to Margarita Island, Venezuela and back to Baltimore, Maryland. Detailed in this book is the travel from Baltimore to the Virgin Islands, where the pair experienced intense storms, equipment breakdowns, and unreliable weather forecasts. But the rewards were great: the opportunity for the author to again explore and photograph the world beneath the surface, to explore a famous shipwreck, and to increase her self-confidence and sailing skills under Cap’s tutelage. Cap’s gourmet cooking was an added bonus.
About the Author
Growing up in Washington State, the author spent her summers boating, water skiing, swimming, ﬁshing, and crabbing at the family cabin on Port Susan Bay. As an adult, she was very content with her life, raising three children with her husband and living on a small farm in Enumclaw. She had no desire to travel. When cancer took her husband of 21 years, she struggled with what to do next. But, along with the searching and the struggles came opportunities and choices. This book grew out of her choice to reach out of her comfort zone and experience the ocean from an unusual viewpoint. Her journals and photographs have allowed her to share her sailing travel experiences with you as part of a planned series, For the Love of Oceans.