I am a member of a Facebook group of women sailors. We share stories, information on everything from which head is best to where to sail to sharing recipes & our thoughts on all things boat related. It's a great group and I have learned a lot from the members.
Several weeks ago I saw a post from Laura looking for crew to join her moving her boat (an 83 Sabre 34-1) from Oriental, NC south to somewhere in SC. On a whim I replied and after a few conversations, some figuring if it would work for me to be gone for a few weeks we had a plan. I was going on an adventure!
I was so excited and anxious. This was a trip of many "firsts" for me. I have never traveled much on my own. I have never sailed without Stan with me and I have never done any coastal sailing. Not to mention I was doing this with someone I had only met on-line a few times. Yep, this was a stress free trip!
I began to plan what I needed and realized that my wardrobe is short on springtime coastal cruising wear. I needed some warmer, quick dry things as well as some rain gear. While searching for rain pants that wouldn't break the bank and that would fit, I was doubting my decision to make this trip. I was about to talk myself out of going when I found this inspirational top.
It was just what I needed to push ahead.
It was a nice boat and Laura was great. Unfortunately, we were on hold waiting for some boat parts to come in. We spent 5 days getting to know each other, doing small boat chores and exploring Oriental. It is a real nice town with some amazing views. The people were friendly and we could walk almost everywhere we needed to go.
The town mascot is a dragon.(of course!)
We never got to leave the dock as the parts were going to be delayed a few weeks, so we decided to each head home. Although this was not the sailing trip I had imagined I learned some things about myself, about boats and about practicing patience. I needed to step outside my comfort zone and I did that with or without the actual sailing. I reminded myself that I don't want "shoulda, woulda or coulda"
I want "DID"! And I did... Well sorta