If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...
Friday, December 5, 2008
Pay My Way Book Review
I'm still trying to formulate my opinion on this one...
Jim said from the get go: "Spoiled, whiny 20-nothing."
I think I will go with: "If you want to go cruising, go. Don't expect to have someone else pay your way. There aren't sponsers for your living."
So this kid who sailed around the world by himself non-stop at the ripe age of 17 decided he wanted to "adventure" his way around the world with 4 friends on a sailboat. And have sponsers pay for it. He would do a documentary. A website. Film things. Write a book. Ok, well there are 1000's of us adventuring around, cruising, doing a website, filming, taking pics etc, and yes some of us will write a book. But we didn't expect others to foot the bill or sponser us.
They made it from Southern Australia to Thailand, before the crew all jumped ship. Including the captain.
So parts of it I liked ~ the reading about the places they stopped and explored. The personalities and pettiness I could do without. Ignore that part of it and it's a decent read.
We cruised Mexico's West Coast for 3 years on our prior boat, "Thistle" a Columbia 50. Went back to California in 2000 and bought the "new boat" in 2004. We then spent a year and a half cruising in Mexico. We just did the "Baja Bash" ~ sailed up the outside of Baja and returned to SoCal! We are We are now back to work for awhile...
A thought we say to ourselves everyday:
"You'll only regret the things you didn't do".
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain
"Life is either a daring adventure or Nothing." ~ Helen Keller
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." ~ John A. Shedd
"Make it happen." ~ Alan Burg of the sailing vessel Toshal
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away." ~ Anonymous
“Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.” ~ Rabbi Hyman Schachtel
"Make 'someday' today." ~ From inside a Dove candy wrapper