Long distance sailing is something you have to experience for yourself to truly understand. Nothing I had read fully prepared me for this. The distances and time periods are enormous – measured in 1000’s of miles and weeks – and you need to decide on a philosphical approach to the voyage. You can treat it as a giant race and try to get the most out of the boat each day, focusing on goals like miles run or you can do the minimum to keep things moving and lay back and enjoy the relaxing solitude.
We love sailing around the world, just for the purpose of traveling. Yes, sailing became a love affair for me! To see the worlds remotest shorelines and the lost islands and do all the adventures one has read and heard of. Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
Long distance sailing is not like taking short trips along the coast. You’ll need a boat that can handle seriously rough water and that’s comfortable enough to be your home for weeks or months, as well as having room to store your supplies. It will need to be a manageable size for your crew but not too large to get into the ports you plan to visit. Other features to prioritise include a sheltered watch keeping position, good engine room access and an autopilot you can rely on at time when conditions are good enough to allow you a break.
2014 we found our beautiful Hallberg Rassy 43 in Germany. Hallberg-Rassy is the number one brand most sailors dream of. There was an opportunity to change a pattern of a live and reach out to make a plan more than a dream. A decision that required to leave many things behind and start something completely new.
The unpredictability of sailing is, of course, part of its charm, and a voyage like this is always an adventure. There will be good times and times when you feel overwhelmed, but in the end, you’ll be thrilled that you did it and eagerly looking forward to the next time.
Another thing that you cannot understand by reading about it is how big and empty the oceans of this world really are. After leaving France to cross the bay of Biscaya, we saw no other vessels in nearly 3 days of sailing. There really is almost no traffic out here. Sometimes I look out, I see no other vessels and that fact still amazes me. There is simply nothing out here! And all this expanse of water is truly blue – a brilliant indigo colour that still looks unreal to me.
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
The secret to finding your passion is to create something new. When you create something new, you’re inventing something to be passionate about. Whether you design cushions, or write Short stories, or start a Instagram account dedicated to sailing issues. However, success is key to finding one’s true passion. If your new Instagram account only has five followers after a year, you probably won’t be too passionate about it. If you had 5m, you’d have quit your job. You must find success to fuel your passion.