From the Bay of Biscay across an entire ocean to the BVIs,
Under our belt now a full Atlantic Circle lies!
My mind firing, my knuckles cracked and loose,
I’m certain this event warrants a famous ditty by Annie Seuss!
With our biggest voyage to date behind us (albeit with many more the world to span)
I thought it was time to share with you the night when it all began:
When I met a man with a dream, who was so ablaze, so vivid, so itching to go.
That my words leapt before me in agreement. That was 14,000 nautical miles ago.
“There’s someone I want you to meet,” she said, a line we all immediately dread.
Lord, who now? I thought. A sad co-worker, a weird cousin with cats, probably a red head.
“Trust me,” my well-intentioned friend demanded. “He’s not you standard fare.”
And in my neck of the woods, Polos, Croakies, and Crocs was all they would wear.
When she pointed him out at the end of the bar,
My eyes blinked unbelievingly, my mouth flew ajar.
He was different, regal, commanding attention, demanding my stare.
I can tell you this: he most certainly did not have red hair.
I sauntered over cautiously, cosmopolitan in hand,
My instincts telling me I was stepping into new, wild land
Both of us practical, straightforward, we cut right to the chase,
Telling one another about our goals, our desires, time we did not waste.
“I want to travel,” I said. “Go, see, adventure, explore.”
I’m certain he decided at that moment he needn’t hear any more.
“I’m going to live on a boat,” he countered. “And sail around the world.”
I eyed him curiously, as my thoughts unfurled.
On a boat? I thought. Confused, taken aback, my forehead scored.
Country to country by boat, my mind wandered. “You mean live aboard?”
“Obviously,” he chuckled. “That’s typically how it’s done.”
Typically? I thought. “You mean you’re not the only one?”
Looking back now, this moment makes me laugh with him, too.
Phillip knew neither the vastness of my ignorance, nor my thirst for any experience new.
“Well, you shouldn’t have told me,” I said, simultaneously grasping and craving his irresistible plan
Knowing in that moment he had gained a life-long, utterly-smitten fan.
“Because I’m coming with you now,” I boldly announced,
And promptly flagged down the bartender for another courage ounce.
Phillip stood there, eyeing me slowly, now the one struck with bewilderment.
“I’ll have a martini, filthy,” I told the bartender. “When you have a minute.”
Relishing Phillip’s attention, his curious, piercing stare,
I wondered if he believed I would truly hop on a boat and go with him anywhere.
I did not wander at all myself, as I believe I made my mind up then and there,
And I’m confident our next exchange solidified it for Phillip, as well
For I, too, was not his standard fare.
“A martini to follow your cosmo?” he asked, as he finally settled into his seat.
“Obviously,” I said, mimicking his previous line. “I like things salty and sweet.”
You have my absolute honest word followers: this story is in no way fiction!
I’ve recited mine and Phillip’s first exchange, down to the very diction.
In our first conversation, during our very first meeting,
We spoke of this dream that felt neither imaginary or fleeting,
Of our mutual desire to travel, wander, venture, and explore,
I simply did not know until I met Phillip I would be doing it on a boat, shore to shore.
But, Phillip’s intriguing proposal for world travel only encouraged me further,
And I know now: as friend, companion, and captain, I could not have chosen any worthier.
For all our blue water voyages and the many more adventure seeds we still have to sow,
It still humbles and thrills me to this day to know it all unfolded over a dream and a drink, in a moment when I was immediately willing to go.
With five sailing years, many voyages, and a complete Atlantic Circle now behind us: Behold and lo!
It’s fun to remember how Phillip and I began, only 14,000 miles ago.
Photo taken January 9, 2019, with only 100 more nm to go!
N: 18° 079’ W: 61° 129′
Hope you all enjoyed this little HaveWind ditty.
I’ll be back with more to share from our travels in a jiffy!
Until then, know Phillip and I have made it back, our hearts full and swell,
Thinking: Another ocean crossed under sail!
What a testament to a life lived well!
10 thoughts on “Our First Atlantic Circle Complete! This Calls for an Annie Seuss Treat!”
Nice! Looking forward to reading more about the crossing.
Well done! looking forward to more! Welcome home, even if its a little cold right now?
One day soon I need to buy you guys a drink for all the great advice and motivation. maybe Jaco’s once it warms up?
Indeed! It was tough to come from the island temps (bikinis and flip-flops) to this blizzard chill. Thanks for the kind words. Drinks when the ice starts melting again for sure! ; )
Well done and Bravo…. Annie, you have done it again in words that do well flow. So a toast you Both on an adventure that does grow. From afar or near it is a please to hear.
Rick & Elizabeth
I haven’t better words except to say cheers cheers to you both for sharing your fabulous years!!!
Well my, my look at you! A newly-discovered poet, through and through! Thanks Sandra!
Annie we warned you about the old salts that hang around the marinas. They tell tall tales of their sea going adventures to entice you into a life like theirs. You can resist but to no avail. The first story you listen to you will be intrigued, the second you are hooked and they will have you crossing oceans. The three words that control you, want to go. The monkey on your back says you can’t say no. Congratulations on your latest crossing. We will now address you as Annie the old salt. Tell us a tale so that we can chase our dreams.
Another terrific post. Thanks. Keep it up and you’ll have an epic poem to rival Homer’s.
Look forward to reading the long version of the circle.
BTW Been looking at boats. The Annie and Phil boat is on the list since we now know all about the type! (time to retire and go for a voyage…)
Love this so much!!! Glad you made it back. We are in Georgetown right now and hope to see you guys in a few months! Big hugs for your successful passage! Cara
On Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 9:42 AM Have Wind Will Travel anniedike posted: “From the Bay of Biscay across an entire ocean to the > BVIs, Under our belt now a full Atlantic Circle lies! My mind firing, my > knuckles cracked and loose, I’m certain this event warrants a famous ditty > by Annie Seuss! With o” >
Thank you Sunny Sailor! We’ve been very proud watching you guys as well. See, you didn’t need us! You guys rocked the Bahamas all on your own. Aren’t they absolutely amazing. Such a gem so close to home! Glad you guys are out there enjoying it. Keep sailing on salty friends! Hope to see you down south soon!