I am not sure of the exact date that I last sailed Kismet, our previous sailboat, but I know it was around the end of August. I have not sailed on any other boat during this time either. As a matter of fact, I have not been on a boat underway of any kind since then. I have had lots of invites but I will wait until Akupara is in the water. Both the admiral and I miss it tremendously. We miss our friends at the marina. We miss packing up Thursday night to be ready for Friday. We miss waking up on the boat Saturday morning. We miss being underway in the early morning and anchoring out at night. We miss the escape it provides from the hectic day to day life.
For many many years now I have dreamed about retiring and cutting the dock lines to sail away. The strange part is that I can see perfectly how it will go down. I can see us sailing away from the marina to start our great adventure, but I cannot see beyond that. Perhaps it is just too great of a dream to be able to capture it all in my thoughts but it could also be that this is the exact reason I have wanted to do this. No plans. No responsibility no deadlines or emails or text messages or phones ringing or having to finback to work Monday. Maybe it is best to just let the winds guide us to our destination and be content knowing that we have managed to break free of the chains. Every time I raise the sails I have this feeling even if it is fleeting for the time being.
Damn I can’t wait to feel that again!
Our new launch date goal is June 2017 which will make it 2.5 years since I last sailed a boat. Hopefully we remember which way is up!