Sail with Us to the Miami Boat Show!

Very exciting video for you here guys.  Our 4th Gift of Cruising will be a five-day offshore adventure sail from Pensacola to Miami with us on s/v Libra to attend the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show, boat show tickets included.  Super cool, right?  We will depart out  of Pensacola February 10th and sail to the show.  I will be speaking at the show (so you can come heckle me!) and Libra will be IN the boat show so you can come walk the docks, tour her and meet Phillip and I while you are there.  We will give this gift away at the $500 Patron reward level — help us make this happen by becoming a Patron and emailing me to let me know you are available during the passage dates and you want to go on an offshore voyage.  In addition, if you would simply like to go ahead and book this passage to make the trip with us, feel free at SailLibra.com!  We would be excited to have you!  Thank Captain Ryan with SailLibra for this generous donation as well as my many Patrons who make these Gifts of Cruising possible.  Get inspired.  Get on board.

Also, because it is the season of giving, I put together another full-length video for you all on the channel in our Boat Tours section.  It’s my first motor vessel tour!  I didn’t even know Gulfstar made motor yachts, but this one was certainly impressive.  Twin Perkins diesels, a generator, water-maker, 500 gallons of fuel, 250 gallons of water and insane amounts of storage.  Thank Phil for the tour of his 1979 Gulfstar 44, m/v After Five.  I blame all Video Annie comments in the outtakes on the wine he kept feeding me while I was working!  Enjoy the tour!

Monthly “Extra! Extra!”

“Read all about it!”  Hey HaveWind followers.  I hope you’ve got a BIG cup of coffee in hand, because there is enough awesome cruising content here to keep you entertained for hours.  If only you had more hours, right?  I wanted to share with you all the “Patron’s Extras” I’ve been putting together each week for my Patrons which includes an up-to-date newsletter covering our sailing, boat projects and cruising activities for the week, a Cuba Prep update (only 37 days to go, Holy Schnikes Batman!), offshore voyage opportunities, a sneak peek of each Friday’s video and TONS of footage from our everyday adventures, big and small.  Become a Patron if you’d like to receive these “Extras” hot off the press!  Or wait for them each month here.  Either way, kick back, enjoy your java and BINGE!

Patron’s Extra 10.6.16 — “Sail to Isla”pe1a

Patron’s Extra Photos 10.6.16

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Patron’s Extra 10.13.16 – “Offshore Voyages”

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Patron’s Extra Photos 10.13.16

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Patron’s Extra 10.20.16 – “Boozer Cruiser”

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Patron’s Extra Photos 10.20.16

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Patron’s Extra 10.27.16 – “Sail on Libra”

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Patron’s Extra Photos 10.27.16

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Patron’s Extra 11.3.16 – “Naples Delivery”

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Patron’s Extra Photos 11.3.16

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#83: How to Get More Sailing Experience

It’s simple: meet sailors, make friends, then offer to crew and bring good booze and snacks!  I just returned from crewing on a pretty spur of the moment yacht delivery on a Leopard 48 and I can’t wait to share the footage, lessons learned and boat tour with you:

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But, the last time I was in the Gulf prior to that trip was when my good friend Captain Ryan took Phillip and I and a handful of friends and Patrons out for a day sail in the Gulf on the gallant s/v Libra.  We had a great time taking a break from work, boat projects and Cuba prep (only 42 days to go!) and enjoying the beautiful blue waters we have right in our backyard in Pensacola.  Thank Captain Ryan for making this fun footage possible by checking out his offshore passages at SailLibra.com.  Then join a trip on Libra yourself and come have turkey tacos with me in Mexico for Thanksgiving or join us for New Years in Havana!  There’s still room!  Jump on it  voyages@havewindwilltravel.com!

#80: How to Find Out if Offshore Voyaging is for You

If the thought of going offshore overnight makes you a little hesitant to go cruising, that is the very reason you should do it.  And, I’m about to give you 250 reasons to book an offshore voyage today!  The benefit of going on an extended, offshore passage with a competent captain is something Phillip and I discussed at length (before the Atlantic crossing opportunity came up) as a way to find out if blue water voyaging was truly for us.  I am proud, honored and excited that I can now offer that experience to YOU.  Some very exciting news guys.  I have partnered with Captain Ryan Rayfield at SailLibra.com to help him fill his offshore passages with student sailors and adventurers from my audience and GUESS WHAT.  He agreed to offer each of my Patrons a $250 discount on any of his offshore voyages.  I will be making a trip with Ryan on s/v Libra with a handful of lucky followers to Isla Mujeres this Thanksgiving and Ryan will be bringing a group down to meet up with me and Phillip in Cuba to celebrate New Years Eve in Havana!

Want to come?  You can!  

Watch the videos (two for you this week!), go to my new “Voyages” tab and book today!

Wait until you see the amazing boat you will be going on!  A 1969 Bill Tripp custom-designed 60′ ketch.  Libra has circumnavigated the globe twice in her life, and is still as fast, powerful, and comfortable as she was then.  Because of her hull design, length, and weight, she performs like a rocket on the water, hitting double digit speeds in conditions lighter vessels would typically avoid.  Libra is ready to share the experience of blue water sailing with you.