|Shoals and currents and inlets on the chart can seem quite daunting on your first passage|
(Plodding in Paradise)
It doesn't matter how much - or how little - experience you had before you set out, there was something, or many somethings, that you didn't expect. The lessons our bloggers learned on their first trip were in some cases about nautical technique, and in other cases philosophical.
Topic coordinator: Jaye, Life Afloat Archives
After a trip with his family from NY to the Bahamas, Chris (s/v Pelican - Following a Dream) fit himself back into the work world to discover the parallels between cruising and business:
Four years later, Tasha and Ryan (Turf to Surf) took the same route. She reflected on their growing independence:
Tammy (Plodding In Paradise) was reminded to slow down and look around:
Debbie recounted for Women and Cruising the many things she learned about cruising, and about the cruising community, on her
Thunderstorms were major players for Carl and Carly and their children (s/v Prili) in their
In this brand-new blog, the Mckissick family (Sailing Autumn's Wind) learned the importance of
Ean (More Joy Everywhere) discovered that you can learn as you go:
And not really a "cruise," but Fred and Mary (Gimme Shelter) found there were lessons to be learned even on a trip as modest as:
The first cruise for Terry (Sea Raven Sailing) included headwinds and seasickness, but also whales and dolphins as they went
Topic coordinator Jaye (Life Afloat Archives) found many life lessons from their first long trip, and advises:
- Sail the Wind You Have; and, she points out, you can even get:
- Life Lessons Learned from the Weather Report
Two new posts on this topic from a MoFi contributor:
Matt and Jessica's (Matt and Jessica's Sailing Page) first year cruising included three months on the hard after an unfortunate incident at an inlet. Jessica sums it all up
Kim and Jereme (Laho Wind) recount their maiden voyage:
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