Welcome to the cruising blog of Wayne and Michele Sharp!
If you want to learn a little bit about cruising, satisfy your curiosity, live vicariously, or be entertained, I think you've come to the right place.
Feel free to ask questions or post comments in the comment section of each post; I will respond to all of them. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've written a book based on the blog from our first journey in 2007 - Adventures of a Once Reluctant Sailor: A Journey of Guts, Growth, and Grace. It is available online from my website at reluctantsailor.net, and from Apostle Islands Booksellers, Copperfish Books, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Your local bookstore can also order it for you. We've included over 170 color and black and white photos.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
We are incredibly thankful for the ideal conditions we have had from the start of this trip. God has blessed us with perfect weather and blissfully calm water. True, with almost no wind we've sailed very little, but God knew we needed a few days to find our sea legs and acquaint ourselves with the new boat and equipment. This will sound strange, but it's been a blessing to not have the distraction and commotion of sailing; even Wayne agrees with that (well, somewhat). It's also been a treat to just veg out and relax after months of nonstop preparation activity. We so appreciate the opportunity to sit and do nothing without a long to-do list hanging over our heads.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
|This is perhaps the most typical view I've had of Wayne recently.|
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
- Fear: the thought of being in water with no land in sight terrified me, as did the thought of being caught in a storm and countless other Vague Unknowns.
- Inexperience: the longest sailing trip I had ever done was a week; 3-4 months seemed like too much of a jump. I had no idea how I'd do on a trip like that and was afraid I would be more of a liability than an asset to Wayne.
- Lack of interest: Unlike Wayne, sailing is not my passion.
- Homesickness: I just didn't want to be gone that long; I like my land life too much and didn’t want to be away from friends and family for several months at a time.
- Uncertainties with communication: On previous sailing trips Wayne had done just in Lake Superior, cell phone service or any other type of communication was almost non-existent. I was concerned that we wouldn’t have contact with loved ones.
- Too much togetherness: I am used to, and appreciate, having lots of alone time, and frankly, the thought of being with someone - even my husband - 24/7 for 3-4 months made me very nervous.