Curious about cruising? Come aboard! At HaveWindWillTravel.com, we are creating cruisers, one dreamer at a time by sharing our story through books, blogs and videos, touring other boats and our Gifts of Cruising that we previously gave through Patreon. If you love sailing videos, we produced five seasons on YouTube documenting our initial cruising days, our three-month stint in the shipyard where we re-built our rotten stringers as well as our first Atlantic-crossing (I say that because I envision many more – ha!) to our detailed preparation and voyage to Cuba in 2016. While the videos were fun to make, we did find them time-consuming and decided it was not how we wanted to spend our time going forward (12 hours a week in a video cave as opposed to out on the water sailing!). So we do not produce them any longer but Phillip and I are incredibly proud of the catalog we put out and that will be forever available for anyone to view. Here, we continue to write (which is what I truly love to do) and share photos and short videos to really shine a light on the cruising experience, the rewards and the challenges, so those of you out there who have the dream to cruise can understand and fulfill that dream too.
Get inspired. Get on board!
Five-part video series documenting our 2016 sail to Cuba:
Don’t miss our two-hour movie from our Atlantic Crossing in 2016! WHOA!
And our YouTube finale:
Now, about this writing stuff. Why a blog? Why the books? Why do I write? The simple reason is–my dad.
No matter how many times I’ve heard him tell it, I smile when he gets to the good part because I know it’s coming. He’s already built the scene. You’re sitting in the cab of his grandfather’s rusted-out old blue 1942 Ford pick-up. He’s told you about the dirt caked in the deep crevices in Grandaddy’s neck and that weird yellow foam showing in the chunks missing in the big bench seat, the kind he always picks at when he thinks no one’s looking and then denies it outright when anyone asks, his pockets full of it. You know Grandaddy always took him along when he went to Willingham’s to pick up some feed and how, every time, my dad got a penny candy and Grandaddy got a can of snuff. He would usually pinch off a wad and pack it in his gums before they even paid the cashier and then leave one big spat of it by the fuel pump before they left. But, one time, this time, my dad would say, Grandaddy got in the truck, slammed the rickety door, slowly rolled the window up and spat a huge tobacco burst onto it. My dad will tell you it splat loudly on the glass and dripped down like coffee in cane syrup and that his grandfather said and did nothing. He didn’t even flinch from the back-splash. He simply rolled the window back down like it never even happened. See? The good part. I never get tired of that one. It’s a great story because it’s a small event, a seemingly tiny, miniscule happening, that he crafted into a big story, pregnant with imagery, detail and, my favorite, humor. And, because it’s told by a great story-teller. My Old Man. The rip-roaring, shit-kicking bull rider known as “Wild Bill” or “Trickey Dickey.”
As the Captain and I set off on this quest, I know each day and each adventure we endure, both on and off the boat, will have all the makings of a great story if only it were to fall in the hands of a great story-teller. Not that I claim to be that, but I certainly aspire to. The ol’ laptop and I vow to use every bit of imagery and emotion I can conjure to take you all with us on this journey so you can experience each glorious undertaking and, the likely more plentiful, colossal mistake. With me on-board, I can assure you the latter will be a daily occurrence, I simply won’t have the time to document them all, but I promise to highlight, in excruciating detail, the really embarrassing ones for your reading pleasure.
From finding our boat to making its maiden voyage back to Pensacola, from our first weekend sails to my first attempts to make something resembling an edible meal in the galley, and everything in between, we’re certain to gather many stories worth preserving and passing on, which I feel is a very worthy endeavor. Hence, the blog, books and videos: a mere platform for our innumerable, inevitable stories.
So, with that understanding, let’s set sail, shall we?