I never would have guessed it would be such a job to write a book, but I'm glad to say that hard work has paid off and I'm nearly done. In fact, I have the 'proof' in hand.
|"An Unlikely Voyage: 2000 miles alone in a small wooden boat"|
Final (I hope) proof copy.
Which of course begs the question: what next?
I've been pondering this question for awhile now, and was getting a little discouraged because I couldn't seem to find a new project that got my juices flowing. Then I picked up an old book.
Always a dangerous thing, picking up a book.
The book was called "Tinkerbelle", by Robert Manry. Back in 1965, Robert decided to fulfill his dream of crossing the Atlantic, in the only boat he owned, the 13-foot centerboard sailboat called Tinkerbelle.
|Tinkerbelle on the Atlantic - summer 1965|
|Maintaining your blue water cruiser.|
And when her frisky behavior and a breaking wave tossed Bob out of the cockpit into the water, her low freeboard made it easy for him to climb back in. It "could have been a lot worse," he wrote after the first time this happened. "Tinkerbelle was still right side up and clear of water, and neither she nor I had suffered so much as a scratch."
So, has this little yarn got me thinking of taking Cabin Boy across the Atlantic?
No, but if tiny Tinkerbelle could make it, why not the much more substantial Blue Moon?
|Blue Moon - summer 2015|
She would need some modifications to make her handier, and a bit more comfortable for the voyage. For example, I've been doing some calculations, and believe I could make her unsinkable without losing too much cabin space, by adding a couple of waterproof bulkheads
But being the goal-oriented New Yorker that I am, I am even thinking one step further: entering the Blue Moon in the 2018 Jester Challenge -- the famous single-hander's 'race', for boats under 30 feet long, from Plymouth, England, to Newport, Rhode Island.
The Jester Challenge is run every summer, rotating between Plymouth to the Azores (2016), to Ireland (2017), and to Newport (2018).
Since the race is run in May, I'd have to get the Blue Moon across the Pond the year before, to have her at the starting line on time. That means crossing over the Summer of 2017, maybe doing a bit of cruising in France or on the Norfolk Broads, and hauling her out in Plymouth for the winter.
Doable? Helena says, if we don't ditch everything and sail off to the South Pacific, then why not?
Why not, indeed?
What do you think? A good, next adventure?
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