Throw Off the Lines


Jan. 17, 2015: I thought I’d share some of my musings as we start on this next adventure.

001First, I take off my rings and cut my fingernails; these hands have a lot of work to do. Nail polish and long nails are not part of it. I’ve realized if you’re compulsive about clean, don’t like wet and must have wrinkle-free clothes, you are not going to enjoy sailing. No matter what, water is part of boating. Decks wet from dew, drips from a hose, or water onboard, you will find your clothes, at least parts of them, damp. It’s life onboard. Hair is styled by the wind047 and “matching clothes” has a new meaning. On a boat, if it’s clean; it matches.

Halifax Harbor 019Throwing off the lines isn’t as quick and easy as it sounds. First there is provisioning (for me). On Sable I have a nice big freezer so we carry steak, lamb chops, hamburger, frozen vegetables and even potatoes. Then of course there is wine. And beer, when the weather gets warmer. Then there is checking the engine, coolant, oil, transmission (for Ed). Then all the navigational instruments and radio. Since we haven’t been out since our trip last year, there is that bit of anxiety. Will we remember everything we need to do to look like experienced sailors? What have we forgotten? Whatever it is, we will go without or buy it along the way. Ready except to check and recheck weather.

Finally on Jan. 18 the sunrise was beautiful and at 7:47 we were away from the dock with no problem and no help. 006

Lines are stowed, electric cord coiled. Weather is cold (for fair weather sailors like us) but wind was behind us and it was comfortable. A short day to Titusville, 47.6 miles. Sun is shining and so are we. A successful send off.043

“Oh, oh, what a beautiful day/Oh, oh, won’t you come out and play/Think of what you might miss/It don’t get better than this.”

More to come.

J&E on Sable

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About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to Throw Off the Lines

  1. Randy J says:

    I’m sailing vicariously with you however my clothes are dry and my wind blown hair is courtesy if my hair blower without salt! Have fun

  2. Janice and Chuck says:

    Have a great time – you both rock!! xo Janice and Chuck

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