Changing Course: Sailing Throughout The Pacific Ocean

I am not just a natural-born sailor. The sea doesn’t phone in my experience and I don’t crave the salty air.

What I love is land; I like seeing long stretches of road from my screen, mountains outside my doorstep and high woods silhouetted contrary to the sky.

But that’sn’t to state that we don’t love the ocean, the burnt orange sunsets, the shock visits from dolphins and/or primal satisfaction I get from covering long distances by harnessing the power of the wind just like a modern-day explorer with an espresso device.

It’s exactly that I’d instead explore land.

Plus it’s maybe not because we get seasick (if iron guts had been the mark of somebody destined for a life at sea, I quickly suit you perfectly) or because we long to truly have the security of planet under my legs. it is because i enjoy run very long and far, bicycle down and up hills, clamber up mountain sides, ski down them, play soccer and go roller-skating; everything that I need vast swaths of solid ground for.

We thrive in places in which I can lace up my sneakers, step out my entry way and run in terms of my legs will take me; where i will sweat out of the day’s frustrations and hightail it with just my ideas whenever i wish to and never having to bother with reducing the dinghy into the water, fixing the cumbersome outboard on the stern, refilling the vehicle’s gas tank and waiting impatiently the crew of Cheeky Monkey to organize to attend coast, too.

Our friend’s dog, Sophie, demonstrating the dinghy-waiting game

Then when my foot finally touched land in Antigua, after 20 times of cruising over the Atlantic Ocean, we kissed the ground and grabbed my sneakers. I felt yes for the reason that moment that nothing would make me personally happier than spending an excellent long chunk of time — annually, possibly — in the Caribbean, in which a mere time sail would drop me an additional stunning anchorage off an area covered with woods and hills and roads in which i really could run and explore to my heart’s content. I became keen to spend less time at sea and much more time operating forward and backward over the lush, green Virgin Islands, which I’d only become quickly knowledgeable about a year earlier, whenever we sailed through on our old watercraft, Hideaway.

The Caribbean is well-known being an aquamarine Mecca for long-term cruisers and vacationing boaters. The USVIs plus the BVIs, especially, are famed for their consistent winds therefore the fact that all that’s necessary for “charts” is just a hand-drawn map showing approximately in which the land masses are. There’s no dependence on a depth sounder, though cruising in Virgin Isles calls for you to definitely keep a vigilant search, not the shallows you might strike, but also for the novice “credit card captains” whom may confidently cut you down or, worse, smack into you for an otherwise stunning day inside busy cut of Sir Francis Drake’s Passage.

As soon as, we made the mistake of cruising Cheeky Monkey through the famous passage while flying “The Big Banana,” our spinnaker. We viewed nervously being a chartered catamaran headed directly for our starboard hull with no one on deck or on helm. Because the motorboat approached quickly, Ryan hailed him on channel 16 with increasing anxiety in his sound.

“Tropical Island, Tropical Island, Tropical Island, this is cruising vessel Cheeky Monkey.”

No response.

“Tropical Island, Tropical Island, TROPICAL ISLAND!”

Still no response.



Plowing ahead on our fastest point of sail at a brisk 9 knots, we debated dropping the spinnaker and putting the machines onto steer far from a costly mishap, in enough time it took united states to debate a training course of action, we’d go out of the time. So we blew our foghorn and Ryan and I started screaming so as to wake up any sleeping or inebriated crew in the skipper-less motorboat.

A guy and a woman with a infant on her behalf hip ultimately emerged on deck, where point our screams expanded louder without any influence on the charter boat’s course, which was now so near to united states that i really could have slapped the skipper upside the top from where I happened to be standing on the bow.

Ryan was red within the face, bellowing about right-of-way and gesturing along with his VHF radio since the guy regarding the charter yacht gradually stepped towards the helm without any show of alarm at all. As he acquired the radio, the man just said, “It is the guideline that the boat on slot tack must cave in to your boat on starboard tack.” To which Ryan replied, “Yes, that is correct! And you’re on a PORT tack! I’m on a starboard tack! To explain, while you be seemingly confused, a slot tack is once the wind is coming on the port part of the watercraft!” That the person calmly replied, “That is not my understanding. I think you ought to check with your guideline guide once more.” Of which point Ryan wrapped the VHF radio cord around his neck and tossed himself overboard. Well, not. But that is exactly what he looked like he may do.

But I digress. The possibility of colliding with over-confident and under-skilled vacationing sailors inside Virgin Islands apart, there is a good reasons why plenty boaters flock towards the Caribbean inside cold weather to get a slice of cruising life — the islands are stunning and not anyway over-developed because many islands, apart from St. Thomas along with other cruise ship ports like Sint Maarten, can’t be reached unless by motorboat. That, therefore the fact that you are able to sleep from the many coconut Painkillers you drank the evening before, lazily raise your anchor sometime before noon, and achieve another white-sand haven in time to drop anchor and luxuriate in the sunset having cocktail at your fingertips, makes the Virgin isles the go-to option for snowed-in sailors escaping the united states and Canada.

View of Maho Bay anchorage, St. John, from the top of a really high hill

Plus, direct flights to St. Thomas and St. Maarten from nyc implied if we remained within the Caribbean for a year, friends could effortlessly visit us from the States and, being an additional bonus, we’re able to save money time along with our cruising friends who had been semi-permanently situated in the Caribbean, like Brittany and Scott (Windtraveler), Rebecca and Brian (Summertime Rolls), Genevieve and Eben (It’s absolutely essential) and Peter and Jody (where in actuality the Coconuts Grow). I say “semi-permanent” because cruisers are always on the road, but the majority of of our sailing buddies have made the Caribbean their house the foreseeable future.

But somehow, the next time we blinked, 3 months had flown by so we had spent the majority of our time anchored off some element of St. John or any other. It seemed obscene to own invested a great deal time on just one single island directly after we zipped therefore quickly from France to Spain to Ibiza, then across the Mediterranean two times (whilst also attempting to row a watercraft across the Med…twice), to a skimming stopover in Gibraltar, then on to Morocco, the Canary Islands and then over the Atlantic to Antigua, which implied we covered over 5,000 miles into the space of simply five months. So just how did we find ourselves investing three months on and around one Caribbean island?

The only way I am able to explain that is to explain just what appears to eventually me personally after long bouts of going fast and furiously. We unexpectedly have the desire to sit still for some time, develop a routine, wake up up to a consistent view and obtain off the ship every day to work out and explore. And, if you ask me, St. John could be the Goldilocks of the Caribbean islands — it is maybe not too remote (it’s supermarkets, bars and restaurants) but it’s perhaps not too touristy either, since nearby St. Thomas may be the sacrificial cruise liner port — plus, it really is covered in well-maintained climbing trails that trigger the most wonderful and secluded beaches and untouched snorkeling spots.

Basically, after five months of constantly being on the move and constantly feeling like we had been pretty quickly, it felt such as a luxury to pay 3 months going gradually from a single anchorage on St. John to another, essentially oscillating between Maho Bay regarding north part and Hansen Bay regarding the south part, with regards to the way of this swell.


You have to run uphill for a long time to have this view of Hansen Bay

It’s the topography of St. John that received me in making me want to remain a bit — the rolling hills, bleached white sand, palm woods plus the stunning, idyllic bays that i really could imagine being the back ground for those commonly shared zen-inspired quotes about life. But, moreover, I’d heard about St. John’s 8 Tuff Miles, a competition that operates yearly from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay, along a road that soars up and down hills therefore brutal that cars find it difficult to allow it to be toward top. It sounded just like the things I required after 20 days at ocean with no place to perform. And what better destination for a train for run using St. John versus killer hills of St. John by themselves?

So Ryan and I also registered for the 8 Tuff Miles and began our training on sharp hills winding along and around Hansen Bay, on south part of St. John. We got into a routine of heart-attack-inducing mountain sprints inside midday sunlight, beginning “easy” with 4 miles of quad-burning uphill panting and, after a couple of weeks, worked our means as much as 8 miles on most challenging inclines we could find, cursing every inches of road and masochist who thought this area had been the perfect location for a running race.

Then I met a die-hard regional runner who told me about an inaugural 13.6-mile path run using St. John simply two days following the 8 Tuff Miles, which sounded strangely appealing after all of the running I’d been deprived of on the Atlantic crossing. And so I enrolled in that, too. We offered to sign Ryan up, however the appearance he provided me with after he finished the 8 Tuff Miles said he’d had sufficient near-heart-attacks for just one week. Which left me personally and 33 other operating fanatics to line up for an uphill half-marathon simply two times following the brutal 8 Tuff Miles Race.

As it happens running every single trail on St. John from one end to the other isn’t just a terrific way to see the beauty and diverse geography regarding the entire area, but it’s how to gain an appreciation for just exactly how many well-maintained trails the island has to offer. It’s a runner/hiker’s paradise, which makes it a haven for Ryan and, since they can just toss my athletic shoes at me personally whenever I’m getting irritable and send me from the boat to unleash a number of my power on 13.6 kilometers of path choices. Well, 13.6 when you yourself have good feeling of way. For the directionally challenged, like myself, it could or might not have taken 15.5 kilometers of operating (off-trail, in certain cases, as I followed creek beds we thought had been tracks) to have from end of St. John to the other. Obviously, I happened to be in paradise.


1200 individuals resulted in to operate the 8 Tuff Miles on St. John

But that’s where Ryan and I also diverge within our traveling urges. I find a gorgeous spot I can run around for some time plus it makes me want to stay nevertheless and move on to know the destination. Ryan discovers a lovely spot (which he doesn’t mind playing around for a time) plus it makes him wonder just what else is offered, either within the next harbor or across the next ocean.

Soon, after a few months of wearing down the tracks of St. John and imbibing cocktails with friends at all our usual spots in BVIs, I could see Ryan had been obtaining the itch to move on once more. Therefore I took this as my cue to look up physical fitness choices and climbing tracks in islands further south of us, as it seemed most likely that we works our way down to Grenada and invest a glorious hurricane period going out near to land. Maybe I’d join the Hash House Harriers and/or Crossfit gymnasium in Grenada.

Except Ryan’s itchy feet seemed to be pulling him in an alternative way altogether. He started mentioning with an increase of regularity the sailboats who were headed for the Southern Pacific like he had been summarizing newsprint headlines with some not-so-subtle additions.

“Have you seen Starry Horizons gets all set through the Panama Canal? Man, the Panama Canal…that’s likely to be a great time, don’t you think?”

“Have you seen Vagabonde’s Twitter improvement today? They’re heading for the Galápagos. Exactly How incredible wouldn’t it be to sail to the Galápagos?” (see just what after all about not-so-subtle?)

As time passed over me at a pleasantly slow pace in Caribbean, for Ryan, the passing of time seemed to be driving him into an urgent madness. While the more Ryan excitedly pointed out the other ships had been doing and where these people were going, the greater it became clear that Ryan’s itch would only be treated by following within their footsteps.

“We can sail the Caribbean any time inside our everyday lives,” Ryan argued. “But we don’t understand if we’ll always be in a position to get across the Pacific. I think we ought to do it now.”

“But we simply crossed an ocean,” I whined. “i love it here. I like operating. I Love moving away from the boat.”


What’s not to ever like about any of it? (Maho Bay)

“You can perform that within the Southern Pacific!” Ryan said. “we promise. You’ll get surfing. And wind-surfing. And kite-boarding. By all accounts, the islands within the Southern Pacific are simply to-die-for.”

So he persisted, despite my protests against being marooned on a ship for days at a time with nowhere to operate. As a tactic, we reminded Ryan associated with the torture that is being stuck on a motorboat beside me losing sight of my mind from inactivity. Had he forgotten all those times I threatened to obtain my own motorboat or, at the very least, a college accommodation on land? In someplace far, far from the boat? No, he previouslyn’t forgotten. But he would never be deterred. It just increased Ryan’s motivation to research the fastest route from the Galápagos to the South Pacific then talk to me about any of it as if there have been no concern whatsoever that i may destroy him and throw him overboard fourteen days out to sea.

But, given time for you mourn my losing endless running options, we started to come around to your notion of cruising across the Pacific. Involuntarily, I began to get excited about the idea of cruising as much as ocean lions and ocean turtles and blue-footed boobies inside Galápagos and I started to desire the postcard-perfect waters associated with South Pacific and wonder that which we might find there.

Because that’s just how this motorboat life works for me personally. If you ask me, a motorboat can be an adventure-ship enabling me personally to pull my mobile house around the most extraordinary places on the planet, places i may never reach basically only traveled by airplane or automobile, locations where provide possibilities for research and learning that produce the long, inescapable journeys at sea totally worth it. And, definitely, you will find the extraordinary experiences for the journeys across oceans on their own, which I wouldn’t trade for just about any stretch of land. Those experiences at ocean, as soon as we are forced to be entirely self-sufficient, have become the Jenga blocks, stacked one along with the other, that have formed my character and informed my self-esteem. Because there’s nothing can beat solving an issue, big or small, in the ocean or within the heart of a raging storm to try your internal energy and mental fortitude.

This really is additionally how a push and pull of my and Ryan’s separate enthusiasms work to produce the tumult that’s our co-planning for the future. Ryan has a tendency to dream up insane plans, latch onto them, and introduce them like there is really no better option. To illustrate, here are a few quotes from past conversations:

“There’s a gala the Tennis Open happening over there. Hey, look, there’s Jennifer Capriatti and Monica Seles! C’mon, let’s crash it.”

“I think i would take a work in Sudan for a few months therefore I will pay down my debts.”

“My school just power down their teacher training center. I Happened To Be thinking, what if we started an instructor training center?”

“I was thinking, we should buy a sailboat. Yes, i understand we don’t understand how to sail. But from just what I’ve read, that’s not crucial. We Are Able To learn.”

“I’m tired of New York. We now have a motorboat. We say we simply sail away from here to discover what goes on. We could employ you to definitely run our organizations. Exactly How hard would it be?”

“I’ve simply registered to accomplish the Clipper across the World Yacht Race.”

“I have a notion. Let’s buy an old, beat-up vehicle in England and drive it to South Africa. Oh, it will take eleven months? Scrap that. Let’s hire a car in Johannesburg and drive it to Cape Town.”

“i’ve a concept. Let’s rent a camper van and drive across Australia.”

“Eben and I have signed up for this competition in Tanzania where we take a beat-up fishing boat with makeshift outriggers, a plywood rudder, a bamboo mast and a handkerchief for sail and we sail it to Zanzibar.”

“Let’s sell the businesses and get a bigger ship.”

“Let’s scrap the Caribbean and get straight for the Southern Pacific.”

Each one of these conversation starters were met with my instant skepticism (because some one needs to think these things through, right?). But once the seed of Ryan’s idea ended up being planted, it usually began to just take root and I also discovered myself imagining the following destination we might wind up. And I felt a gurgle of excitement within my gut when I seriously considered exactly what this next prospective stage of adventure might offer in the form of new land to explore.

Sometimes we also discovered myself incorporating my own mad-cap schemes to the mix. Just take, for instance, these option quotes:

“There’s a marathon coming in two months. I’ve never ever operate one, but i do believe we ought to do so.”

“I’m obtaining a summer time internship in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. it is just for per month or two.”

“Let’s go to ny. I’ll get my Master’s degree and we’ll be away from there in two years, tops.”

“Property in New York City is outrageously costly! Let’s buy a vacation cabin in a ski city instead.”

“i came across this adult ski rushing program i do want to join.”

“Have you seen that film Whip It? Well, there’s this roller derby team recruiting players…”

“I would like to take up a weblog. Are You Able To build me personally an internet site?”

“There’s an all-female rowing team seeking someone to row across the Atlantic with them. It could just take about 45 days. At the very least. No? Wii concept?”

“There’s an all-female rowing crew searching for you to definitely row around the Isle of Wight using them. I volunteered.”

“There’s this rowing competition throughout the Mediterranean…300 miles…”

Upon further expression, possibly it is not just Ryan who brings our plans in all kinds of crazy directions.

But I the stand by position my declaration: I’m not just a natural-born sailor.

I am a lifelong traveler and adventurer; a person who craves change — brand new experiences, new smells, new meals and new thrills — always. So cruising fits well alongside personal desires for travel and adventure. As soon as my momentary skepticism has passed away and Ryan’s enthusiasm has won, I am constantly thrilled by the outlook of discovering yet another strange, brand new place in the entire world.

This process of navigating towards the near future with Ryan includes a types of ebb and flow, like ocean — often I find myself fighting the existing to have in which I would like to go. But, sometimes, it does occur if you ask me that maybe it is better to simply relax, opt for the movement and find out where in fact the next revolution takes me.

Also it looks like this next revolution is holding me personally off to the South Pacific.

On Birds and Monotony: Sailing Over The Atlantic Ocean

In the 2nd day of our Atlantic crossing, a bird travelled in through the porthole close to our sleep within the owner’s cabin.

I happened to be on night watch with Kristi whenever Ryan appeared in the saloon having a look of dazed confusion on his face.

“There’s a bird in my own bed room,” he mumbled.

I looked over Kristi and laughed, presuming Ryan had either simply woken up from the vivid dream and hadn’t shaken off the rest yet or he had been sleep-walking round the motorboat talking nonsense. Regardless, it was funny, which is the reason why i possibly couldn’t stop laughing as I asked Ryan to clarify. “Exactly What?”

“There’s a bird within my room.”

Kristi and I also viewed one another in disbelief even as we made our method downstairs to your owner’s cabin to see what Ryan had been speaking about.

As expected, perched on to the floor next to my bed, was a little monochrome bird looking around and hopping lightly across the flooring, never fazed by the two big people bent over it, staring and giggling.

“Oh my Jesus, there really IS a bird in room!” I said.

“we told you,” said Ryan, rubbing his eyes and yawning. “It flew past my head while I happened to be sleeping and woke me personally up.”

“Aw, he’s so sweet!” We said, gradually inching towards the bird. “What are you doing in right here, small man?” I cupped my arms lightly across the little bird’s body, anticipating it to struggle and fight to travel from my grasp. But rather the bird sat calmly as I scooped it and stepped upstairs towards saloon.

The pumpkin seeds were of no interest to this bird (Photo by Kristi Wilson)

I set the bird down on our dining table exterior, again expecting it to fly frantically across the cockpit, attempting to escape, however it didn’t. The bird seemed tired, like perhaps he got lost and had stopped to obtain some remainder before continuing on towards its in the offing destination. I set a plate of water and some sunflower seeds on the table, which the bird showed simply no desire for. But used to don’t wish to be a poor host; I’d to about attempt to offer our little visitor some refreshments.

The remainder of my night view passed without incident and although the sunrise had been because pretty as any sunrise I’ve seen at ocean, the sky streaked with shades of red and purple, we don’t keep in mind anything else concerning the time.

The sunsets will always stunning regarding the Atlantic Ocean, this indicates (Photo by Kristi Wilson)

Which is pretty much like each and every day that passed on our Atlantic crossing. Days consisted of long stretches to do absolutely nothing in a variety of jobs on the boat — at the helm, in cockpit, on the beanbag seat regarding the foredeck, in the saloon, on the sun lounger beside the helm — name the area and you could often find a half asleep crew member curled up there wanting to pass the time reading a book, viewing a film, playing cards or simply staring away at the waves.

The facts associated with extended hours spent doing absolutely nothing have actually slipped from my head like water through my fingers. Nevertheless the animals we encountered became the hard, vivid memories that endured out once I thought right back on each for the 20 days that passed even as we bobbed around on Atlantic Ocean. The bird that flew into my bedroom, most of the seafood we caught, the dolphins that played in our wake, your family of whales that circled our boat, the squid we within our dinghy as well as the flying fish that tossed themselves at ship during night watches; those will be the things I remember vividly concerning the crossing. My memories are marked by way of a sequence of animals on an ocean timeline.

Morgan proudly revealing their big catch

On every ocean crossing I’ve ever done (which can be 3 now — twice over the Atlantic Ocean and when across the Southern Ocean), memories from very first day or two seem to be lost on walking dead which can be the crew up to speed. As everybody adjusts with their strange sleep schedules, as well as the seasickness that always hits a sorry some of the team, there exists a large amount of stumbling around silently and brewing strong coffees to shake off the malaise with blanketed the complete motorboat.

For the very first day or two, the concern for team is always to keep carefully the boat cruising, try to eat regular dishes and remain awake the few hours we’re working during the day. Whenever we’re maybe not on view, we could all be located strewn around the motorboat in a variety of states of sleep or almost-sleep, either clutching a guide while curled on the foredeck in the beanbag chair, stretched out regarding couch half asleep hugging a laptop (that’s my usual place) or lying during intercourse wanting to view a movie.

If all this appears boring and instead uneventful, that’s because it is. And that’s precisely why I happened to ben’t at all concerned about the notion of crossing the vast Atlantic Ocean on our own boat — most likely, I’d already done it regarding the Clipper Race, and now we didn’t have the blissful luxury then of turning on our engines if the wind passed away. On the Clipper Race, we sat flailing around in the Doldrums with this sails hanging limply for 10 times, baking in sun and losing sight of our minds with boredom.

There’s absolutely nothing more boring than having no wind on an ocean race

Then when Ryan and I also got the option of having our brand new watercraft, Cheeky Monkey, delivered to the U.S. from France for the hefty cost of $15,000, I scarcely paused before stating we might get our ship in France and sail it throughout the Atlantic ourselves.

Which is sort of crazy, since I think about this, because I’m able to vividly keep in mind the thrilling terror we felt in December 2012 when we lay out on Hideaway to sail from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini, Bahamas. I happened to be imagining everything that may get wrong as we destroyed sight of land and had been out of selection of other boaters, considering we hardly knew what we were doing as sailors and had never done a landfall like that before. And that had been just a thirty-five hour sail I’d gotten myself all upset over.

Obviously, things did make a mistake, as they constantly do. Our motor began over-heating and spitting sea water out onto our cabin floor, which turned into the result of a corroded heat exchanger. But once we reached Bimini with our defective motor, we’d extended ourselves, mentally and physically, beyond the range of that which we thought we’re able to do. Therefore made us wonder just what would take place if we continued to go further.

Looking back on our learning times on Hideaway, I am awed by this newfound fearless dedication i need to cross oceans, that we understand was not something we also remotely desired to do before meeting Ryan, also it definitely was not a concept I felt anyway comfortable with also 5 years into cruising Hideaway round the harbors of New York.

And so I realize when I meet sailors and cruisers from the water whom never make an effort to sail beyond the Caribbean, or maybe even their home ports. They name the discomforts of being at sea for extended intervals and exactly how they prefer to avoid all that. Sailing is one thing they encounter for fun — the increased threat of being not even close to land and help is a thing that overshadows any idea of fun in sailing from neighborhood shores. We absolutely understand all of those sentiments.

But in some way, i’ve found myself through the years stretching just a little further than i did so prior to and working out the muscle that hopes and dreams of places even further away until I’ve found myself feeling more comfortable being away from sight of land and growing more confident in my ship and my own sailing skills.

5 years back, in the event that you asked me to achieve this, I’d be saying “HELL NO.” (Photo by Kristi Wilson)

To look right back on where we started is often amusing because I have simply described a 20-day Atlantic crossing as being, basically, boring, but for the sequence of animals that sent me shrieking and operating sporadically throughout the foredeck to enjoy a closer glance at what was splashing on top. The moments that filled the areas between those animals I can’t remember without yawning, while they had been pleasantly dull moments high in silence, lapping waves, some meals and many publications.

The bird that flew in through our window on the second day’s our Atlantic crossing hopped around our saloon and cockpit for your night, seemingly comfortable into the presence of humans, every now and then sitting nevertheless and dozing down. It made no make an effort to fly off to the darkness and we proceeded sailing on course with your little bird visitor up to speed, wondering just how long it could remain. It absolutely was like the bird had flown beyond its capacity and got lost in the dark, but had the nice fortune of locating a friendly boat in which he could sit down and rest for the bit while finding out what direction to go next.

I hope Cheeky Monkey could be hospitable to all lost birds on ocean

At the crack of dawn, since the sun crept up throughout the horizon, the bird perked up and seemed beyond the cockpit towards the sky. And without warning, the bird flapped its wings and flew off toward some not known location which perhaps, after some rest, seemed feasible to achieve after all.

Like this little bird, we had sailed out into the as yet not known often times and encountered conditions that meant we’d to get rid of and regroup before continuing onwards. However with every barrier we overcame, we found a boost in confidence as well as an upsurge in interest, wondering how far we could get the next time.

Which is why crossing the Atlantic Ocean on Cheeky Monkey is not the actual only real milestone i’m I’ve reached in my cruising experience. It’s that We find myself describing an ocean crossing as “mostly boring” apart from the animals that punctuate the times, illustrating how far and wide my comfort zone has stretched considering that the early days of sailing Hideaway.

It’s taken a long time of plenty of little leaps, along with a fair bit of sleep and regrouping between journeys, however it finally feels like our wings are at our strongest and there is no place we can’t fly to. Which begs issue, in which shall we get next?

It might be boring at times to cross oceans, but it sure is gorgeous


Revision from Tasha

Hey everyone! When you haven’t yet watched all 4 of our videos about crossing the Atlantic Ocean on our YouTube Channel, check them down! It had been an epic adventure.

Video links

There’s this 1 — Atlantic Crossing: ARE WE SET?

And then there’s this 1 — cruising the Atlantic: SHE WENT OVERBOARD!

And there’s the one in which we had been becalmed for 4 times — Atlantic Crossing: STUCK IN A WIND GAP

And, finally, that one, in which we’re ecstatic to have finally reached land — Atlantic Crossing: WE CAUSED IT TO BE!

I’ve been thinking plenty about our Atlantic crossing because we have been soon embarking on our journey over the Pacific Ocean and I’m hoping we’ll discovered from our mistakes on Atlantic and also have a level better adventure regarding the Pacific! We’ll see!

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That’s it! I’ll be getting more tales to you soon, in the meantime take pleasure in the videos we’re placing out!



5 Lessons in Outfitting a New Boat


I’ve mentioned before, in a post called The 80percent Rule, that purchasing a new ship is not like investing in a new automobile, if you do not expect your brand-new car become delivered having lacking stereo, a broken speedometer and a bumper that falls down while you grab of the dealership.

The thing is there are countless events involved with creating the finished item that’s your brand-new ship your quality varies between various the different parts of your vessel, with regards to the responsibility assumed by the manufacturer (inside our case, Fountaine-Pajot), the broker, the post-factory outfitter and the different organizations whom offer warranties for the products you’ve selected.

And even though it may seem that these events are working together towards the normal goal of providing you with a completely working ship outfitted with the devices and gizmos your heart desires and your wallet are able, the fact remains there are differences in just how each of these events approaches that goal while additionally catering for their important thing.

This range of lessons learned comes directly from our experience working with Fountaine-Pajot, our broker, our post-factory outfitter while the various businesses who offered united states products that we researched and chose for the Helia.

Of course, every brand new motorboat owner has a different sort of story to share with about their buying experience. So keep in mind that the advice listed here is no place near comprehensive and should be studied as being a pinch of salt in a mixed stew of experiences. Nonetheless, they are the true stories behind the classes we’ve discovered.


Here is a Helia in the process of being built

Lesson #1: If it may be set up by the factory, obtain it set up by the factory.

We can’t talk for many yacht manufacturers, but my hunch is this rule applies to most, if you don’t all motorboat brands. Within our experience, Fountaine-Pajot ranks near the top of the accountability list for almost any and all sorts of services and products they install. In the end, it really is their name branded on the side for the boat; maybe not the broker’s title or the outfitter installing your different gadgets.

And allow me to end up being the first to say that the overall quality of this work done by Fountaine-Pajot was top-notch. And, more importantly, whenever things went incorrect (while they constantly do having ship, whether it is old or brand new), FP took care for the repairs, replacements and labor immediately, irrespective of where we were on the planet. For instance, we’d an issue having a terrible creaking noise into the hull, which was via our slot stern when underway. FP identified it as being a problem they’d seen where the window ended up beingn’t bedded correctly within the fiberglass, causing friction, so they really immediately over-nighted a fresh window to Menorca and paid for it to be replaced and reinstalled correctly. The service was prompt, thorough so we never ever touched the bill.

One thing we’ve learned is for big installments like generator, water-maker and air-conditioners, there clearly was a great deal crucial wiring included that it’s best to have these products set up by the factory as the hull is in the procedure of being built, perhaps not after the ship actually finished item.

Thank goodness for people, our generator, water-maker and air-conditioners were installed by Fountaine-Pajot. Nevertheless the a number of installments that wound up being commissioned by our post-factory outfitter had not been discussed around, and when we’d known then that which we know now, we’d have specified what the factory should install; simply speaking, exactly what the factory was providing to set up. And now we could have done our very own research into whom should install those items not set up by the factory.

Just take the ice-maker, like. As we ordered our ship from FP, with an FP dealer, it never took place to us that it wouldn’t be installed by FP. But the work of setting up our ice-maker was handed to our post-factory outfitter. Which meant that after the ice-maker was delivered broken, set up broken and not worked, there was plenty of shrugging, scraping of minds and never responding to emails requesting a fresh ice-maker.

We considered attempting to sell the ice-maker for scrap steel or making it an extra anchor, but really all we wanted was for the outfitter to simply take obligation for a broken product they installed. But, because the post-factory outfitters are in the bottom of the list of events that maintain accountability because of their services and products, we still don’t have a working ice-maker.

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No number of glaring at this ice-maker is going to take it alive

If FP had installed an ice-maker that didn’t work, they would have instantly shipped united states a brand new machine and covered the installation. It could were a no-hassle demand and, almost certainly, we’d have experienced an operating ice-maker within a month.

In the end, after eight months of battling with the outfitters to just take responsibility for the faulty item they installed, we eventually gave up and took a refund from our broker the ice-maker. But I’d trade that cash in any day for working ice-maker and all sorts of the lost hours invested delivering emails that triggered no improvement in their state of our ice-maker.

And whilst I have undoubtedly your first G&Ts we afin de over ice from our future working ice-maker will taste all better for needing to wait; let us face it, eight months actually pretty number of years to be drinking warm gin.

Lesson #2: Buy specialty services and products from an authorized dealer (or direct from the manufacturer).

Being the fast-walking, coffee-guzzling, appointment-juggling, I’ll-pay-more-if-it-saves-me-time form of New Yorker that i’m, I appreciate a one-stop-shop possibility once I see one.

Once we surely got to La Rochelle, France last summer time, I had a growing variety of overwhelming jobs on my dish, besides the proven fact that we’d taken on colossal task of establishing, outfitting and stocking Cheeky Monkey on her round-the-world voyage within over a month. Then when the outfitter our broker hired wanted to purchase every thing we’d scribbled on our growing set of necessities, we purchased the opportunity to pay the logistical burden.

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Schlepping and organizing just isn’t my concept of enjoyable

And maybe it is possible that, someplace on the market, at the conclusion of the rainbow, there’s a pot of silver and a perfect outfitter who can behave as your one-stop search for every bit of motorboat gear you need. In my dreams, this outfitter would conserve me personally all the miles invested driving around in search of dealers and endless calls to traditions offices to trace down packages. In my aspirations, every thing is magically delivered to my motorboat with legitimate warranties and legit enrollment documents.

While you might have guessed through the way this thread is taking, but that didn’t happen.

And also this is in which we bring up the sore topic of our autopilot.

(Note: should anyone ever encounter me during the bar and desire to see my blood circulation pressure go from zero to sixty in under a second, simply mention either the autopilot and/or ice-maker. Or, even better, just purchase me personally a drink and don’t inquire about the autopilot.)

After all, exactly how could we be on a brand new boat and not have a working autopilot, you ask?

That’s a very good question having a two-part solution:

We have been significantly to be culpable for our stubborn selection of brand name because we decided to go for Garmin based solely regarding the hell we went through by having a Raymarine autopilot on Hideaway, our old motorboat.

However in hindsight, which a lot like determining you can never ever date another Brit because your last Uk boyfriend cheated for you. Maybe it had beenn’t British guys? Maybe it had been just that one autopilot?

You will get what I mean…and why is, all my research says Raymarine has one of the better cruising autopilots available on the market now, and now we ignored all that info due to a bad experience we once had with Raymarine. It absolutely was like we’d torched all our ex’s pictures and told our friends not to utter the title “Raymarine” inside our presence.

But, the fact is, we decided on a brand for the explanation – albeit a negative one – so we had every right as owners to set up whatever brand autopilot we wanted. it is simply unfortunate that people went with Garmin because the outfitter our broker hired to install our Garmin turned out to not be a certified Garmin dealer. To phrase it differently, there was clearly an authorized Garmin dealer in La Rochelle, but that wasn’t the business our broker hired – simply speaking, he hired similar outfitter whom burned us in the ice-maker. And I’m sure imaginable just how that story finished.

Therefore take this as being a cautionary story and understand what happens in this situation: in the event your broker employs a non-authorized dealer to install your electronics, then any warranty the installing that item is null and void. Assuming your broker fails to simply take duty for that error while your outfitter entirely and utterly screws up the installation to the point where your autopilot will do nothing but drive such as your drunken British ex towards a crash jibe (which is what happens whenever wiring is all incorrect while the compass is installed along with the motor), then you are not just kept having a mixed metaphor, but you’re stuck with a broken electronic system you paid tens of thousands of bucks for plus bill for repairs that your manufacturer wont protect. How’s that for the expensive concept?

Which provides a fantastic segue to another location tutorial about the marine industry generally…

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it is therefore stressful telling this tale that i will be using this moment to highlight an important success: buying this bean case seat

Lesson #3: Expect to fork out a lot of time babysitting marine workers…unless you’re okay with random holes being drilled around your motorboat.

Remember how I said purchasing a new watercraft is nothing beats purchasing a brand new car? Well, imagine in the event that you brought your brand-new Mercedes in to the store because you desired to upgrade your stereo to a state-of-the-art Bose system for the sole purpose of rocking out to high-quality tunes in your morning commute to function.

And imagine you assumed – while you do – that the store guys have see the installation instructions and know in which a vehicle stereo goes. Nevertheless when you show up a week later to grab your new car, excited to blast the newest speakers within kick-ass stereo, you will find the stereo isn’t on the center system, in which you expected that it is. Instead, there’s a gap within the glove box where the mechanics have actually randomly shoved the stereo and glued it down with silicone. And you’re standing here with your head within fingers saying, “Why in hell did you cut a gap in my own glove package?!”

Meanwhile, the mechanics are shrugging their shoulders saying, “Well, you won’t ever said we couldn’t place the stereo in glove field. After all, if you’d like united states to move it, we can…we’ll just tape on the gap and put some plastic spray on it…no biggie. Or Perhaps You pays for a brand new glove box.”

Which can be as soon as your mind starts fermenting such as an overripe tomato through the blood circulation pressure accumulating in your neck, and your broker calls an ambulance because he believes either you’re having a coronary attack or, judging through the crazed try looking in your attention, he could function as one who results in the hospital.

This will be pretty much just what took place to us everyday for thirty days on our new watercraft in Los Angeles Rochelle. We might awaken each day with this blood pressure levels really low, thinking “Today, we’ll manage things better and we will preempt the stupid places individuals might cut holes within our hull.”

And every day, we discovered brand new techniques to define “stupid.”

Because right here’s the one thing — we had been physically on our watercraft, available for assessment everyday, and any moment we turned our backs, we’d discover another hole being drilled where it didn’t belong, in a completely various spot from where an installation ended up being designed to happen. Easily had a buck for every time We heard Ryan scream within the din of power tools, “What are you doing? That doesn’t get there!” we would are able to afford to cover a brand new autopilot.

And while you have got hardly any power to influence the task force at a boat factory like Fountaine-Pajot, you ought to be in a position to control any post-factory work which being done in your boat once it’s left the factory. I know, I know, you have better things to do rather than babysit – that dudes are compensated specialists, right? Which means you should just be capable keep the watercraft and go run all of the errands being mounting up on your own dish and allow them to manage the jobs you’ve offered them, appropriate?

Incorrect. You hope that the dudes working on your motorboat are 100percent expert and none of them are senior school kids whom just discovered how exactly to wire an autopilot by viewing a YouTube movie, ignoring all of the instructions that essentially say “DON’T INSTALL THE COMPASS CLOSE A BIG HUNK OF METAL…AND, YES, THE MOTOR IS REALLY A BIG HUNK OF METAL”  But our experience informs united states which you can’t leave your motorboat when work is going on. And also you can’t trust that the workers on your own motorboat know what they’re doing 100percent as you don’t know who’s the expert and who’s on the first-ever ship task until you’ve spent sometime watching them work.

Leading me personally to another location course we learned way back when from being burned by the marine industry in numerous areas of the world…

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When Ryan ended up being told the autopilot ended up being working – such false hope inside picture

Lesson no. 4: Never buy everything at the start and always withhold your final installment before the task is completed along with that which you taken care of in hand.

We are now living in some sort of in which we want to trust everybody to accomplish the proper thing. Nevertheless, life gets in the manner, other jobs come up, individual dilemmas arise or, into the worst-case scenario, you’re dealing with an unscrupulous person or business. And when that occurs, the only device you have for negotiating with someone who is failing continually to finish the work you hired them doing, is money.

As soon as we sailed out of Los Angeles Rochelle in August 2015, we nevertheless owed the outfitter one final payment of $4,000, pending two items which still needed to be settled – our broken ice-maker and missing registration papers for our new AB dinghy and Yamaha outboard.


We had been like kids at Christmas when our new dinghy arrived

After months of pestering the outfitter for the official enrollment papers, he fundamentally reacted which he didn’t keep these things and stated, shortly, “You don’t require them.”

Which, obviously, is ridiculous. Exactly what does he suggest, we don’t need evidence of ownership for the brand-new dinghy and motor we’ll be driving through harbors all over the globe? If we ever bring our boat toward U.S., I will be required to register Bananas, our dinghy, with the DMV. And we can’t do that without official registration documents.

A backwards and forwards ensued using the outfitter for months over this matter, frustrating us to no end, to make certain that once we got to Menorca, we chose to visit the Yamaha dealer in Mahon to inquire of exactly what documents they offer to clients once they purchase a new dinghy or outboard. The Yamaha dealer graciously revealed united states the official registration documents, so we sent copies to your outfitter, demanding we have the exact same for our dinghy and outboard.

That is where the tale takes a strange change. After days of saying he didn’t have our enrollment papers, sooner or later we received e-mail attachments of scanned documents that seemed much like the enrollment copies we’d delivered them for example. So we stated, “Great! Forward united states the originals.”

To which the outfitter refused. He’d just offer united states their newly “found” scans, yet not the originals, even though we were clear that people wouldn’t manage to register the dinghy with a scan for the document and that we now had severe issues how these “copies” out of the blue materialized.

Therefore once again, Ryan published straight back insisting we obtain the correct, initial documents. To which the outfitter responded he would do absolutely nothing more until we paid him the final $4,000 we owed for outstanding work.

So far as we could work-out, the truth that the reason why kept changing for why these registration papers couldn’t be produced could only mean 1 of 2 things:

1) Our outfitter unintentionally scribbled their Swiss bank-account numbers regarding the back of our enrollment documents, therefore he stressed if he paid our papers, we’d take his whole fortune.


2) the true registration documents never ever existed.

As per Lesson #2, if we’d attended an AB or Yamaha dealer for the outboard and dinghy, we might have found ourselves within situation.


Seriously, this might be our dream dinghy – 25 HP!

In the long run, the $4,000 we withheld ended up being the only real reason, after eight months, that individuals got our enrollment papers in hand. But even the $4,000 wasn’t inspiration enough the outfitter to do the proper thing by himself. It took our broker’s participation to track down the documents from AB and Yamaha and, as soon as which was done, we transferred the amount of money we owed. But not an additional sooner.

What we didn’t get to withhold, but ended up being settlement the lost hours spent badgering our broker and outfitter for eight months to manage this unreasonable problem.

We additionally weren’t compensated for the stress of investing our life’s cost savings on a boat and then obtain an email like this from our outfitter:

“As you realize i’m a fighter, I promises you that i will release nothing…i suppose that you didn’t realize that I work since many years because of the D.O.D. (Division des Operations Douanières). They truly are very efficient throughout the world, therefore don’t be shock if, 1 day, you should have your motorboat under seizure by the local traditions.”

Yep. That’s the stuff of regrets. Whenever you spend your hard-earned money on a fantasy therefore find yourself being threatened.

Lesson no. 5: contact other motorboat owners and get reviews regarding outfitters who’ll be doing your post-factory work.

Ryan chatted to a range Helia owners (a large thank-you to Amy and David of Out Chasing movie stars) to achieve insight into the entire process of buying a brand new ship and working with a brokerage. It aided immensely in areas we knew to look out for, but obviously it didn’t avoid us from making all errors I’ve called in the previous lessons. However the more understanding, the better — it’ll offer you a leg up in negotiating along with your broker and avoiding a number of the errors we’ve manufactured in the process of purchasing our motorboat.

The reality is we love our motorboat and wouldn’t trade it for almost any other ship available on the market. Nevertheless the strife we experienced to have the watercraft we love could have been prevented.


We possibly may perhaps not need an ice-maker, but what I certainly don’t need is this opening

With all the countless discussion boards on Facebook, Reddit and boating-specific web sites like, all it requires is one concern posted online throughout your coffee break plus twenty-minute pause before lots of communications will put in, answering your questions regarding the standard of marine work with ports all over the world. Along with the overflowing number of sailing blog sites online, you’re bound to find a blogger cruising on simply the watercraft you want to buy.

Almost certainly, your broker won’t be forthcoming about bad client reviews of the outfitter because he does not wish you to have doubts about buying your new motorboat from him/her. But you can do your research and contact customers straight due to their tales before you make your decision about whom have to do the work you will need in your ship. At the end associated with the day, it really is your hard-earned cash, time along with your fantasy that’s at risk.

We’ve discovered the difficult means your understanding of the fantasy could be smooth or torturous, dependent on whom you use.

I’m like there’s a public solution announcement in most this: Don’t be considered a Cheeky Monkey. Get ice and registration documents, too.

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Change from Tasha

Hey everybody else!

I should add to this post that if you are thinking about purchasing a Fountaine-Pajot catamaran, you need to reach out to me personally at tasha (at) — i’m always pleased to respond to questions about our buying experience. We’re incredibly delighted watercraft owners, despite all the teething dilemmas we’ve had with the post-factory work and we’re very open to assisting people have an improved buying experience than we’d.

You could have seen a youthful form of this post — sorry about that! I had to pull the post for a few edits, which took a while as I didn’t wish to say any such thing inaccurate. Therefore I apologize if you are looking over this again.

We would also like to express thank-you for reading and time for this web site over and over to wonder whenever into the hell I’m about to get my weblog updated to present – soon! I’ve been working hard in my own sunny workplace within Panama, tapping away on my computer in order to enable you to get more tales.

Though, i must admit I’ve gotten only a little side-tracked recently by telling stories on movie.

Therefore, if you haven’t seen all 22 of our movie tales so far, join the 18,000+ subscribers on our YouTube Channel, Chase the Story, for once a week movie updates. I’m having lots of fun reliving this journey we’re on through films we make.

And when you don’t already stick to the tale of Cheeky Monkey cruising all over the world on my other news, here’s and you’ll discover me:

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Many thanks once more, every person, for reading, observing, following and supporting this small dream of ours.



Questions from My mother about Life for a Boat

My Facebook Page may be confusing, i understand. 1 minute I’m showing images of me lounging in a hammock on a Caribbean beach and, a few hours later on, I’m posting an revision of me personally eating sushi in nyc with friends I made throughout the Clipper around the World Race…for example.

Even we believe it is difficult to record in which i’m on my weblog, on my Facebook page as well as on my videos, let alone in which i’m in real world. Which explains why I should be sympathetic when I call my mom and she asks questions like, “in which have you been for the last month?”

“Crossing the Atlantic, Ma.”

“Oh, where are you currently now?”

“The Caribbean.”

“Oh, therefore you’re in the U.S., that’s wonderful!”

“No, not quite…”

I am nowhere close to the U.S. right now, but I have been back again to ny to see my mother three times since I have arrived toward Caribbean. And every time, she has told me how grateful she actually is for my YouTube videos because now she is able to see for herself what I do with my times since I no longer have a work.

(I don’t have one’s heart to inform my mom we don’t make the videos on her behalf alone – though I’m grateful they assist the girl realize my crazy life more.)

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It’s this that my mother feeds me personally — I should actually check out more frequently.

The stark reality is my mother does not care why I create videos for YouTube; she’s simply excited she can watch them and show me all of the adventures I’ve been having each and every time we see her. Yes, you read that correctly – my mom wants to play my videos on her tv for me personally so I can observe the things I’ve done…and made videos of.

It’s type of sweet, in fact – it’s like she makes use of YouTube as a means of linking beside me and showing me personally all amazing stuff she really loves in regards to the internet…which is simply cats and viewing me personally sail worldwide. It will be like J.K. Rowling’s mother insisting on reading aloud all her favorite Harry Potter passages every time she came across up with J.K for brunch. Not that i’m comparing myself to J.K. Rowling – however have the idea. It’s weird and adorable.

I should point out here that my mom is Korean and English is not the woman first language so, occasionally, reading all words We post right here on my blog could be tedious on her.

“Thank Jesus for YouTube!” my mother states whenever she watches Chase the Story. “It makes me feel just like I’m right next to you!”

It’s cute how she’s taken regarding the mission of viewing and sharing everything We create on YouTube. That is, until I, actually, am sitting in my own mother’s family area, working away on modifying a video clip, and I look up to see my mom is broadcasting a video clip I made on her Chrome Cast.

“Have you seen that one? Because Of The dolphins?!” She exclaims.

“Yes, mother. I have seen it. I happened to be there. We managed to get.”

This is certainly adorable naturally, however the the truth is that my mother is seeing a chance to display my work if you ask me AND interrupt me personally every 30 seconds to inquire of me personally what exactly is taking place on display screen at any moment. It’s both endearing and aggravating.

And since I don’t have the wherewithal to video record my mother viewing my own YouTube videos while asking me personally questions regarding what exactly is happening in my own videos, I thought I would personally share a number of the gems my mom is throwing at me while I’m attempting to do work in her family area.

  • You don’t really use those activities, would you? (talking about the sails)
  • You can’t guide whenever you are cruising, are you able to?
  • What kind of seafood usually? Mahi Mahi? How will you spell that? (Looks up in Korean dictionary) Do you have another name? it is maybe not within my dictionary.
  • Is it possible to eat that seafood?
  • WOW, YOU MADE THAT DINNER?! (discussing footage of us eating in a restaurant. I’d to indicate that we are not on the boat.)
  • What’s that you’re pulling on, does that help you sail? (discussing footage of me reeling in a fish — I’d to point out that this particular activity has nothing to do with cruising).
  • Exactly how did you receive that image of the dolphins under water?
  • Why is Ryan afraid of horses?
  • How will you know they in your watercraft?
  • Who’s that girl?
  • How does that man talk funny? (discussing our French crew’s accent).
  • Did the bird consume anything?
  • That does not look difficult. Is he stupid? (discussing a team member’s efforts to understand to connect a knot.)
  • Is it possible to sail during the night?

In light that i will get absolutely nothing finished with my mother into the space, I have started initially to look at the notion of AMA (Ask me personally any such thing) and wondered if some of you out there might also have questions regarding my entire life at ocean – just what it involves, how we eat, where we go directly to the bathroom (a common question from children under five) together with problems we experience.

Therefore let this be the opportunity for my mother to start up the table to concerns from anyone exactly how we reside our lives at sea and just what its we do along with our time once we sail across the world.

I am on the road (as usual) for the next few days, but I’d want to read and answer your concerns – post your thinking inside remarks below and I’ll do my better to respond to!

And, mom, try to not to ever overload the comments area here…i am aware it’s hard. Plenty concerns 😉



5 Lessons Learned from building a Crew

When Cheeky Monkey reached the Canary isles after five days at ocean, it had been clear the team required a rigid drink and some room.

It was our “shakedown,” our test run the Atlantic crossing with this complete crew of six: Meg and Kristi, our friends from ’13-14 Clipper Round the World Race, Morgan, a French solo sailor we came across sailing in the Bahamas, and Xavier, an in depth friend of Morgan’s who fleetingly sailed with him within the Caribbean. Our team didn’t all understand both, as Ryan and I had been the sole common denominators, but we were excited for them all to make it to understand both during our passage towards the Canary isles.

As soon as we hit the gas dock in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Kristi’s 29th birthday, we popped open a container of champagne not merely to celebrate, but to let off a few of the steam that had been building throughout the last five times at ocean. For better or for worse, alcohol tends to behave as a release valve for pressurized circumstances on a boat; it lubricates the tongue in order that all blocked-up grievances of the last few days and weeks come gushing down, filling the awkward spaces between crew. Which can be precisely what occurred on our first particular date in Las Palmas.

If I ever thought presenting friends from some other part of my life ended up being tricky on land, inviting virtual strangers to reside together for a ship for the thirty days once we crossed the Atlantic Ocean had the dramatic fat of launching a real possibility tv program.

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In the Canary Islands: Ryan, Xavier, Tasha, Meg, Kristi (holding digital camera), Morgan

I viewed since the ingesting progressed and crew began to let loose a number of the complaints they had regarding how the final five times at ocean went, which makes it clear we might have to amend a few of the rules and schedules Ryan and I also had founded at the start with this journey.

In our previous everyday lives, before we offered everything in 2015, Ryan and I also had been the bosses of a number of effective schools that we built from the seed of $800 and grew in to a multi-million-dollar enterprise that succeeded in large component because of the talented individuals we’d hired and motivated to show our academic and entrepreneurial visions right into a reality.

And today it all of a sudden dawned on me personally that managing a watercraft is very similar to running a business – basically, some one needs to become the top to establish the vision, the direction as well as the short-term objectives that cause the fruition associated with big photo, the fantasy. Regarding a business, that dream could be to expand its operations in the united states. Or, in cruising, it could be to get across an ocean, winnings a competition, or circumnavigate the planet.

But let’s say you discovered your self responsible for several close friends? How can you manage people who aren’t your employees? How will you become the pinnacle of the vision without acting as being a “boss” to your buddies? These were questions we asked ourselves as soon as we finally reached the Canary Islands because, demonstrably, there have been a couple of things we screwed through to that passage from Morocco.

It took some experimentation plus little hindsight to work through our successes and our errors building a team of buddies for the first time, but here’s just a little understanding of that which we learned on that first passage…

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Top-of-mast view of Cheeky Monkey within the Canary Islands

1. Crew joy depends on team objectives…

…And it’s your job as Captain to control those expectations. In the event that you tell your crew they’ll have personal cabin to by themselves while stick them with a roommate if they arrive, they’ll be upset no matter how luxurious the area is you let them have. If you tell your team they might have to sleep into the cockpit and, when they arrive, they will have a queen-sized bed to snuggle up in, they’ll obviously be delighted.

That’s just how expectations work – if you’re transparent about the cons, folks are often happily surprised by the professionals.

A few of our team, having only experienced cruising into the Clipper Race agreeable 70-foot ocean racing yachts with no comforts to speak of, had been thrilled to get on their own up to speed Cheeky Monkey with queen-sized beds, en suite heads as well as an espresso device. These people were used to prolonged, 4 to 6-week passages while crammed right into a smelly motorboat full of 20 crew whose individual hygiene depended solely on regular use of baby wipes.

Being a solamente sailor, however, makes it tougher to fully adjust to a boat filled with people. It’s nothing like having a complete ship to yourself, enjoying long watches in solitude and establishing your schedules. Coming aboard Cheeky Monkey to find watch schedules had been drawn randomly away from a hat and that we banned drinking during passages had been a shock with a of this team — it was maybe not the carefree cruise with buddies they were expecting. And though Ryan and I also like our drink, we have constantly done dry passages because we don’t feel safe drinking at sea in not known territories, so we never considered this rule would cause problems up to speed.

Just what exactly did we learn from our error? We must be explicit in what the team can expect with regards to accommodation, jobs and rules aboard Cheeky Monkey before they get anywhere near the ship. If our crew have enough time to mentally prepare for what to anticipate aboard, they’re more likely to enjoy a their circumstances if they arrive.

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Girls on Cheeky Monkey are happiest whenever there’s good WiFi 🙂

2. The skipper is the employer associated with boat…

…that will be harder to ascertain for a motorboat packed with friends in place of compensated crew.

On Cheeky Monkey, the employer is Ryan which’s as it’s our ship, our duty and, between me personally and Ryan, Ryan gets the many experience as skipper. Finally, every person should feel in charge of the security associated with watercraft, the team and its particular gear, but no body seems the weight of duty since heavily whilst the individual who has the watercraft.

Whenever we set strict parameters for when to reef or drop a sail, it is because Ryan and I also discover how much it costs whenever we harm the sails, the watercraft or any of our equipment. The Parasailor, for instance, is a $13,000.00 spinnaker. To rip the spinnaker because we didn’t drop it early sufficient would be a blunder that will tear a gap inside our pockets alone, maybe not the pockets regarding the team aboard.

Even in the event team feel they’ve more than enough cruising experience doing maneuvers on their own, Ryan usually insists he be woken up for any change in direction, sails, etc. It may look excessive or unnecessary, or even a bit too bossy for our cruising friends agreeable, but eventually we have been the ones that are responsible for the boat, the equipment and safety for the crew.

So, in this case, being bossy is an unfortunate prerequisite.

 5 classes in managing a crew cruisingRyan has the tough task to be a supervisor to his buddies

3. Being too calm causes anxiety.

That sounds like a contradiction, nevertheless when it comes down to guidelines and schedules agreeable a ship, it’s true. Whenever we set out from Canary isles, everyone else drew their watch schedules away from a cap. If you got the crappy 2 have always been – 4 am watch, that has been life. Drawing away from a hat ended up being the only real fair method to circulate the great and bad watches.

Once we established the dinner schedule aboard, but we weren’t strict at all about whom did exactly what when. We reported that everybody was independently for morning meal, but meal is served between 12 – 1 pm and dinner would be offered between 6 – 7 pm. And also the guideline for clean-up had been in the event that you made a dinner, you didn’t have to clean up through the meal. And we figured individuals would just rotate the obligation of cooking meal and dinner because they felt appropriate.

It seemed like a straightforward enough action to take with six individuals on board — to fairly share out the cooking — leaving enough time for me to learn, compose and sunbathe.

But just what in fact took place had been that dinner times had a types of halo of stress hovering over them, when I never ever knew for sure whether I was off the hook or regarding the hook to prepare meals on a time. So, as lunch or dinner would approach, I would find myself unable to focus on whatever I became doing because I’d be preoccupied having a kind of interior monologue. “Who’s cooking today? Is it my turn? No, wait, I cooked meal yesterday, therefore it’s some one else’s turn. Nonetheless it’s noon…has anyone decided things to prepare? Basically made meal now, then I’m certainly off the hook for dinner. Can I simply make lunch now?”

After which, after an hour of getting this psychological conversation with myself, frequently Meg or Kristi would step-up on dish and save your self us all from needing to think of creating a dinner. Which will make me feel responsible since it appeared like Meg and Kristi had been cooking the majority of the dishes.

So it wasn’t the cooking which was cutting into my guilt-free alone-time, it absolutely was the entire process of contemplating cooking which was interfering with all the current things I’d instead be doing. Not forgetting, it didn’t appear to be the dinner rotation had beenn’t being provided down fairly and equally.

We fixed that issue within the last few day or two of passage by simply assigning lunch and dinner duties to crew in accordance with a schedule and applying the rule that whoever had been assigned to cook the following meal would perform some washing up the meal before it. It had been easy, it worked, and it stopped the pointless conversations in my mind for hours every day about whether I should or shouldn’t get right up making meals for all.

My spare time came back to its blissful, guilt-free state because I knew exactly once I ended up being in the hook.

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As you care able to see, it is a big job to feed 6 individuals aboard Cheeky Monkey

4. Also experienced crew need training.

The first few days of our passage with team, we pulled Ryan out from the view rotation and had him be considered a “roamer.” The idea was that he is woken up any moment there clearly was a concern about whether wind speeds had been picking up, whether we have to reef or change a sail or whether we should worry about a ship beingshown to people there.

Additionally designed Ryan could wake up periodically to check on team at the helm during evening view to make sure they were following security procedures (like having a personal AIS clipped onto them) rather than dropping off to sleep on the view. It was the maximum amount of to instill self-confidence in the skipper that the team could manage their duties since it was to make certain the crew got to learn all maneuvers aboard, like sail modifications, reefing, tacking, jibing, etc.

Having the skipper be well-rested so they can invest ample time training crew is just a important process that we undergo with any brand new team up to speed therefore’s worked well for all of us so far. Like in, we now haven’t sunk the watercraft or lost any team overboard as of yet. Success!

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The Parasailor is an amazing sail, nonetheless it’s expensive — it requires TLC and team training

5. Put as much procedures / rules in writing as you can.

You can find things we’ve gotten regularly aboard Cheeky Monkey that people don’t also think about and, therefore, we believe it is hard to keep in mind what things to inform brand new team people if they come on board the very first time.

We now have a written “departure checklist” in the front address of our logbook so anyone up to speed can run through record and work out yes we’ve done all of the motor checks and various products required before we leave port.

We’ve also now written down our security protocols, along with talking our team through them, and posted them in the galley so crew can recharge their memory on where in fact the EPIRB and fire extinguishers are found and what to do in the event of a guy overboard.

One item we consult daily could be the reefing chart for the sails, which was included with our watercraft. Having absorbed all of the tragedy tales about catamarans being dismasted in high winds, I simply take our reefing chart really seriously and talk it through aided by the team so that they understand how important it really is to reef early. Having a written directory of apparent wind thresholds simply allows you to learn when you should reef and never have to contemplate it excessively.

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The pleased team of Cheeky Monkey

Overall, our team shakedown from Morocco on Canary isles went well. Despite some arguments and rips in the bar when we arrived, everybody on board did actually get along well and understand what their roles agreeable had been.

Our French team got on the alcohol ban so we allowed them to bring a few bottles of Pastis up to speed for the Atlantic Crossing, so we stocked on wine and rum, so long as the crew promised never to drink while on watch. Meal obligations were mapped from a rigid routine so everyone knew when you should prepare so when to clean, and we decided new watch schedules would be slow of a hat every week so that no one got stuck by having a bad watch for too long.

The fact is, owning a crew of friends can be tricky since you want to please everyone but, as skipper and owner of boat, much of your responsibility is always to keep carefully the boat as well as the crew safe.

Coming up with the ship rules can be a democratic process, but the final decisions ought to be predicated on just what the skipper is comfortable permitting predicated on his/her experiences.

Those decisions may be disliked by compensated crew but, ultimately, compensated team do just what they’re told. When those decisions are disliked by friends up to speed, it could make things uncomfortable and more hard to justify, as disagreements may have an psychological impact among friends.

There’s no effortless way to working with disputes up to speed a boat full of buddies but, no matter, the skipper reserves the right doing whatever he/she feels is right. After all, it is his/her watercraft.

But I am able to state something I’ve learned in most this will be, whenever we can, don’t attempt to take away a Frenchman’s Pastis.

Morocco Markets: Objects of My Desire

Sailing into Rabat, Morocco

It was difficult to concentrate on helming even as we pulled to the harbor in Rabat, Morocco, when I stared with wonder within ancient rock structures lining the best part of the entry and colorful wood fishing boats bobbing along on the moorings. I sensed that people hadn’t just kept Europe; we’d sailed into another era from the distant past.

Fishermen focusing on their small ships stopped for minute to stare at Cheeky Monkey as we motored previous. A couple of males smiled and waved and I wondered if they had been transfixed by the arrival of the foreign vessel or the spectacle of what looked like a female-run motorboat beside me during the helm and Kristi and Meg planning the fenders and lines for docking at Bouregreg Marina. Ryan, the male minority on board, was in the radio getting docking directions from marina while we seemed around and noticed the lack of ladies regarding the many boats we passed inside harbor. I smiled and waved at the fishermen as their mouths hung available, their jaws involuntarily unhinged.


Our jaws also hung slack once we pulled into this adorable harbor in Rabat.

We weren’t sure what to expect from the marina that only charged $15/day for a 44-foot catamaran, but we definitely weren’t anticipating a inviting committee of eight officials to move agreeable bearing gifts of baseball caps, pens and key chains emblazoned using the marina’s logo design for each of team. Two for the officials excitedly thumbed through our passports and asked united states questions regarding ourselves and exactly how on earth we’re able to all endure without jobs, as the other officials agreeable looked around silently. I wondered if the extra men were having a dull time in the office and so they chose to tag along merely to have better go through the ship and its particular team.

Our amusing clearing-in experience motivated us to get from the watercraft and go explore what Morocco must provide beyond the waterfront of Rabat. Therefore when our French buddies, Morgan and Xavier, arrived from Paris, ready and loaded for the Atlantic-crossing, we shut up the boat, rented a car or truck and hit the trail for a objective to get see Casablanca and Marrakesh, two towns and cities that were near sufficient to explore inside three days we had extra before sailing away towards the Canary isles.


Xavier and Morgan were thrilled to join us in Rabat for the Atlantic crossing.

Morocco markets: Shopping in Casablanca

I’m yes Casablanca has a many more to own keen tourist than simply bazaar shopping, but once we only possessed a couple of hours to get rid of there on our option to Marrakesh, we dove in to the heart regarding the old-fashioned marketplace so that they can absorb our surroundings within the best way possible. We were planning to shock our senses and plunge into the connection with our unexpected departure from European countries.


How to plunge into any foreign tradition would be to EAT!

The crafts exhibited in small market cubicles formed a tapestry of colors, textures and smells that drew me in once we moved through the gates regarding the Casablanca Bazaar. There clearly was silver jewelry with colored stones, carts piled high with roasted almonds and times, handmade leather-based bags and slippers dangled above our heads, them all too breathtaking to not touch base and touch. Vendors pleaded for people in the future have closer view their wares inside their direct but mild method, searching united states in the eyes and smiling because they held down pretty objects to entice us to their shops once we stepped past.


“Must touch…so pretty…how a great deal will they be?”

Before we also got some steps in to the market, Meg and I also were interested in a stall which was intricately stacked with polished wooden bins of all shapes and sizes. The containers begged to be moved and opened and held, and also the merchant took full advantageous asset of the effectiveness of his breathtaking handicrafts by encouraging us in an attempt to open one of is own numerous “magic bins,” clever small situations with hidden keys that needed puzzle-solving abilities to get. Without once you understand that which we would want a secret box for, and before Ryan could whine that little wood bins haven’t any use for a boat, Meg and I purchased three of them.

Resisting the irresistible

it is moments like these once I very long to be able to gather things, when it may seem like a shame that I can’t keep much on a motorboat. I ran my hands through multi-colored woven cloths and reached as much as touch the gleaming metal lights above my mind and, for a 2nd, We wished I had a home i really could fill with exclusive objects from Morocco. But then we remembered that being liberated to roam means to be able to carry everything i want in one case or using one ship. I remembered that losing objects and making the weight of possessions at the rear of is what has permitted us to help keep going in one breathtaking experience to a different.


So many beautiful things and thus little space to help keep all of it.

And with that idea, the shiny metal lights, however breathtaking, changed into heavy burdens that will need somewhere to be housed and someone to polish them. And so I pulled my hand away, smiled during the vendor and kept walking.

This might be Meg. She’s a sizable family members and 3 sisters, so she purchased everything.


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Cheeky Monkey is Searching For Adventurous Crew!

Announcement: Cheeky Monkey is cruising throughout the Pacific Ocean!


Our company is in search of crew!

S/V Cheeky Monkey is approximately to attempt the greatest cruising adventure through the Caribbean to Panama to the Galapagos south Pacific islands so we are seeking the best crew to join us with this adventure!

If you’re a Turf to Surf Newsletter customer, you could remember me personally recently composing that “I’d always slow down in 2016 and appearance around more” – well, that perspective lasted a complete month before we decided we’d had sufficient pause and, as opposed to spending annually in Caribbean on Cheeky Monkey, we’re heading towards the South Pacific instead! (By the way, when you yourself haven’t yet subscribed to my monthly publication, you certainly can do therefore here at Turf to Surf’s Subscription Page by entering your email.)

If you’re thinking about crewing for all of us and want to find out more about us (Tasha & Ryan), the crew we’ve had agreeable thus far, as well as the forms of activities we’re out chasing, catch up on our tale by viewing our YouTube Channel, Chase the Story:


Therefore, let’s have down seriously to it — have you been the following team member we’re searching for to participate the party on Cheeky Monkey?

Take a good look at record of characteristics we’re looking below, and tell us if you’re intent on joining us on this adventure!

Essential Characteristics

  • Adventurous
  • Good sense of humor
  • Open-minded
  • Young in mind
  • Fun
  • Sporty
  • Friendly
  • Easy-going
  • Good individual hygiene
  • Not allergic to or afraid of cats


Additional Qualities

  • YouTube creator / Videography experience
  • Creative abilities
  • Social Media / PR expertise
  • Sailing experience
  • Great at repairing things
  • Good chef
  • Great at water sports (and tend to be willing to teach us several things)

Application Needs

  • Please submit the following 2 things by e-mail: (1) answer comprehensively the question “how come you need to become a part of this adventure?” in the shape of either a 2-minute personal video clip (consist of link to video clip) or perhaps a 300-word personal written statement. And feel free become imaginative together with your answer and exactly how you determine to respond to it either in video or in terms. (2) application / C.V. – we request this because you want to get an concept of your professional experience and/or adventuring experience.
  • Application Deadline: March 23rd, 2016
  • Email submissions to


  • Simply how much does it price? You merely must protect the expense of your flights and any individual necessities you worry to shop for in ports. Board, food, booze and adventures covered by united states.
  • The length of time am I going to be crewing for? No adventure with this magnitude can be achieved on a two-week getaway. We are trying to find team who is able to invest in a crossing or two.

Crew Objectives

  • All crew share equally into the duties aboard Cheeky Monkey, including keeping view, cleansing, cooking, keeping the watercraft, repairs, provisioning runs and cocktail generating.
  • We expect crew to play a role in the imaginative process aboard, making use of whatever skills they will have or are willing to discover – in other words. video-making, posting on social networking, photography, web site building, etc.
  • We expect team to have enjoyable and enjoy the experience!

Note from Tasha & Ryan

We enjoy hearing from you and having to learn more of your tale! We’ve had great experiences thus far with crew aboard who embody all of the characteristics we’ve in the list above. Therefore tell us if you’re the lacking website link inside next great adventure — we’d want to satisfy you! Or if you know a person who would love to sail with us on Cheeky Monkey, share this opportunity together!


Tasha & Ryan


Sailing to Morocco: Stress within the TSS

As we quickly tidied up the motorboat to get ready to sail from Gibraltar to Rabat, Morocco, we examined the charts closely to comprehend the route we might be using across the busy traffic channels inside Strait of Gibraltar. There have been a lot of frighteningly big ships moving throughout the display on AIS that our chart plotter appeared as if an arcade game of Frogger with red-outlined cars transferring two organized channels, threatening to squash me when I attempted to go over the strait.


If perhaps you were a child of this ’80s and ’90s, you could remember the overall game Frogger.

We might need certainly to pull in with the traffic movement going west, then nudge ourselves gradually south until an opening appeared wide sufficient for us to produce a 90-degree bee-line over the hectic traffic separation scheme (TSS) on north side of Africa. But I’d been viewing the cargo ships moving quickly throughout the display for the past half hour and there didn’t appear to be numerous possibilities for the little cruising ship to cut properly from one part to the other.

You will find few places in the world to purchase commercial traffic because hefty since it is in the Strait of Gibraltar, a slim conveyor belt operating vessels between Europe and Africa. But New York Harbor, in which we first learned to sail, is certainly one of those busy ports, so I ended up beingn’t extremely worried about the traffic we’d be experiencing. After many years of cruising close to nyc, we were used to being constantly vigilant, tacking and weaving between cargo vessels and ferries as we made our way out to Sandy Hook to anchor the week-end or headed up the Hudson River for the time.


Ryan, keeping a search for oncoming traffic to avoid.

As soon as we first started cruising, we conversed with every experienced sailor we met, gathering tips on weather, navigation, engine trouble and sailing to faraway places. And now we had been amazed within wide range of times we were told “never sail during the night when you can help it; it’s really dangerous.” We laughed because evening sailing in ny Harbor was certainly one of our favorite pastimes. With the famous Manhattan skyline lit up along the Hudson River, our watercraft had been constantly blanketed inside radiance of the town as if we were cruising under 100 moons. That which was everyone talking about – “sailing through the night is dangerous”? Sailing in busy traffic of New York was all we knew at that time, so that it scarcely seemed dangerous to united states.

It had beenn’t until we sailed away from nyc towards Bahamas and Caribbean in 2012 that people noticed how small sailing traffic exists on the market when you move away from New York Harbor. If you jump from the ocean, the thing is less than a number of ships on a daily basis. If you stay in the Intracoastal Waterway, you could spot some more ships, but between ports, traffic is scarce set alongside the areas around new york.

When I nudged the bow of Cheeky Monkey out into the Strait of Gibraltar, however, I was reminded how greatly surrounded with traffic we was previously and exactly how blissfully spacious the seas have been since we left ny. Pulling into oncoming cargo ship traffic into the strait ended up being instantly foreign and stressful and needed being vigilant on movements of countless vessels who all had right-of-way over our slow-moving vessel.


These vessels may look heavy and slow-moving, nonetheless they bear straight down quickly.

Kristi and I sat within helm, examining the AIS information of oncoming vessels and vessels whom approached quickly from all instructions, attempting our better to navigate a path that could be the least nuisance toward priority commercial traffic surrounding united states.

As we traveled west over the south coast of Spain with the movement, it seemed like there clearly was never likely to be a break inside shipping lanes for us cleanly from a single side of this purple TSS musical organization, which was marked clearly regarding the chart plotter, to the other. So we took 1st tiny opening we’d to show Cheeky Monkey at a 90-degree angle to your TSS.

To me, the TSS on my chart plotter seemed slim and easy sufficient to cross, though the traffic on either side for the purple musical organization did actually still be speeding densely at united states both in guidelines. TSS traffic moves such as a highway – the north type of traffic techniques from eastern to west additionally the south line of traffic moves from western to east. My challenge was to get across the traffic going west to east at rates 3 times faster than Cheeky Monkey so I could continue going southwest over the coast of Africa without getting into the way of anyone.

So when Cheeky Monkey’s little ship symbol reached others part associated with purple band on my on-screen game of cargo-ship Frogger, I breathed a sigh of relief and switched the ship to mind southwest again. Which is each time a noisy, stern sound came over VHF channel 16 saying, “Cheeky Monkey, Cheeky Monkey, Cheeky Monkey, you’re to maintain a 90-degree angle until you cross the TSS!”


Bird’s attention view associated with the Strait of Gibraltar from the scenic point in Gibraltar.

We looked over Kristi, confused. “We crossed it, didn’t we?” We zoomed in regarding the chart and looked again at purple band marking the traffic zone. I became pointing to a purple line running over the screen when Kristi zoomed away and pointed up to a second purple line operating over the bottom regarding the display screen just north of this coastline of Africa.

“Whoa! I thought that purple musical organization there was the TSS! It goes from that musical organization to the other musical organization?” We stated, with my hand upgrading and down the length of the display screen. “Shit!”

I had unexpectedly recognized my error if the radio piped up again, “Cheeky Monkey, Cheeky Monkey, Cheeky Monkey, what exactly are your motives?”

“Um, you want to go to Morocco?” I reacted in to the radio, flustered, as Kristi laughed hysterically at ridiculousness of my answer. Wear the spot, I had no concept what the yelling man meant by my “intentions,” but it most likely had beenn’t a journal of my day’s plans, or what I had been craving for lunch.

Having recognized I’d not, in reality, crossed the traffic separation scheme, I switched Cheeky Monkey back to a 90-degree angle and continued on a hair-raising course cutting between cargo vessels, placing both engines on complete throttle and speeding towards the North African coast as fast as I could go to avoid being hailed on the radio again.


Cheeky Monkey, pulling into the harbor in Rabat, well away from the TSS traffic.

99% of the time our company is out sailing, no matter what the waters our company is in, there is certainly ample room to go, cope with mishaps, change program and flake out, enabling the way associated with wind to determine the program towards our next location. it is often a peaceful, slow-moving process with this ship sailing along comfortably at a modest 6-7 knots without any one else coming.

But the traffic separation scheme inside Strait of Gibraltar jarred me personally out of that calm reverie and reminded me personally that vigilance and accuracy are paramount where traffic is dense and strict rules govern a safe crossing. We’d been sailing in empty waters for so long that i did son’t correctly anticipate just how hefty the traffic will be getting from Spain to Morocco.

If sailing inside ny Harbor was like addressing degree 3 of Frogger, then Strait of Gibraltar was Level 10. And I also didn’t have sufficient training in this game to consider exactly how not to ever get smashed by the oncoming automobile. Luckily, we got properly throughout the TSS and pulled into Rabat with no damage done. But next time i may just review my book of navigational rules before scuba diving to the delivery lanes once again.


After we got south of the TSS, it was smooth sailing all the way to Rabat, Morocco.