|Boys on the bow of s/v Lyr (On the Horizon Line)|
"Cruisers'' actually spend most of their time staying put - whether at anchor or in a marina. But when they are on the move... well, as Capt. Ron famously proclaimed, "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen out there." In the posts linked below, you can read about the pleasure and the pain of passagemaking. Some of these posts contain practical advice. In all you will sense the joy and the despair, the boredom and terror, and above all a sense of wonder that we small humans, in our tiny specks that we call boats, can be carried from one port to the next.
"It's not so much what we do when we are sailing, but what we do before we set sail," say Brittany and Scott of Windtraveler,like, for instance, keeping baby Isla safe and happy and leveraging dumb luck with "smart" luck.
On passage from Panama to The Galapagos, Diana of One White Tree lyrically describes a not-so-lyrical scene.
The wonderful stuff may only account for 10%, but it's enough to compensate for the pain of passage-making according to Bri and Rob of On the Horizon Line.
Jessica of Matt and Jessica's Sailing Page candidly depicts the "ups and downs" of passage making as a series of flashmoments.
By days and by numbers, Jane of more JOY everywhere! recounts the events of the family's first passage from Port Royal, SC to Treasure Cay, Abaco.
Storyville enjoys the quintessential passage from Luperon to Boqueron...until Something Happens.
Rebecca of Summertime Rolls reports on the unique--except to every other sailor--events of her first offshore passage.
Rare fog, big swells, wind on the nose, hours of hand steering, you know, just another day in paradise for Tammy and Chip of Plodding in Paradise. And if that's not enough to convince you to go live the dream, how about a flying fish in your ear?
Though the pain has faded, the memory of It's Our Necessity's trial-by-water passage is still sharp. But "normally," having enough hands and the kids always close at hand makes for smoother sailing.
Verena of PacificSailors "dissects" her overnight passage from Tenacatita to Banderas Bay.
Katie of Tenaya takes readers on a textbook passage from Fiji to NZ, complete with semi-predictable weather, playful dolphins, and bootie-clad customs dogs.
"Blissful" is how Laurie of So Many Beaches describes their passage from Isla Mujeras to Freeport. Admit it, you're envious.
Crossing the Bay of Bengal at the start of cyclone season is just like The Ride, a virtual reality pod that simulates an upwind passage, says Danika of Mata'irea, except that it never stops and you can't ever get off and IT SUCKS SO BAD...until you arrive at your destination. Later, a race against the clock to round Cape Agulhas, seeing the Atlantic from the other side feels like home.
S/v BeBe has put a lot of nautical miles under her keel. One "passage through hell" was from Thailand to Sri Lanka. To find recountings of other (less hell-ish) passages, look for the word "Passage" on BeBe's sidebar index.
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