This entry is an excert of an e-mail response I sent to a new sailing friend from the UK. Imagine him being interested in a 35/36 foot trimaran. Yea, I am not alone. Anyway, here's the recent musing,,,

The big test will come this summer when I sail solo from Port Canaveral, Florida to New York Harbor - another 1200 mile hitch. Challenging the gulf stream, for me is pretty daunting. As my plans are to do more distant sailing I thought this would be a good way to find out if the boat and I are up for longer passages. If I have to seek refuge at least it will be in countries where I speak the language... :-) 

Should I survive this rite of passage, I will then cruise south through the canal and across the Pacific. Big dreams, I know, for a widow on a beer budget and no prior offshore experience. I'm retiring in a few months and can't fathom dying on my front porch, despite its beautiful location. So, hi ho, hi ho, it's off to sea I go!
Back to preparing SPRAY here is a pix of my wonderfully talented and helpful sister figuring out the most efficient way to secure the new nets. She flew down from New Jersey to spend two days with me in the boat yard. Now, that's a good sister!




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