Category: Take Your Passion Cruising
Women cruisers discuss the various ways that their hobbies and passions enrich their cruising.
When my husband Mark and I started writing cruising guides,
we called them “enriched” guides because we wanted to include more than just the “mileposts and signposts” of transiting from one port to another.
When we cruised, we most enjoyed the learning experiences along the way. Although we were busy piloting, we were curious about the stories [...]
When my husband Steve and I first talked about going cruising, one of the strong appeals for me of traveling on a boat was that I would have my kitchen with me wherever we went.
I love to cook, to try new recipes and experiment, and Steve is a willing guinea pig. And we both love to eat. The name we chose for our sailboat is a dead giveaway: Receta is [...]
Actually, it was the other way around: It was my passion that took me cruising.
I became an avid scuba diver while living in New York City. I know it sounds odd, but not only is there some excellent (and very historical) diving in the New York metro area, but the city probably has the world’s best access OUT by air to great diving [...]
My big passion as I have cruised has been exploring language and culture. I have always loved getting to know other cultures: it is what drew me to the Peace Corps in the 1970s and part of what drew me to cruising almost 15 years later.
Cruising provides a perfect pace for getting to know [...]
“A land lubber might be forgiven for thinking that when we commit to the cruising life our main and overriding passion is for sailing.
Very often this is true, of course, but we are not one-dimensional creatures. We all have other interests, other passions — some long-standing and others we’ve never had time for [...]
If you’re not an animal lover, you may as well skip this particular log entry. Just go ahead and exit the site, or move on to the next post, because what I’m about to talk about will only deeply affect those who have large hearts for God’s creatures.
Here’s a story for you
Back in [...]
Unfortunately, I can’t hide that I have a Seashell Problem.
Friends get worried when they see me walking the beach. Why keeping the eyes on the ground instead of contemplating waves and horizon as is the custom? “Have you lost something?”
Fishermen watch too. They wonder what [...]
I’m not sure that my experience of cruising is altogether normal… I dumped my maiden name, Land and its beguiling earthly forms, abandoned my job surveying wildlife and plunged into an alien world of motion and water.
David and I bowled off from the shores of Devon, England, in our ancient sailing boat who, in her heyday, had been much [...]
When my husband, Evans Starzinger, suggested sailing around the world, I had almost no sailing experience and reacted much the same way I would have if he had suggested flying a rocket to the moon.
It took him two years to convince me to sail away with him, and he never would have done [...]
It only took about 40 years and two failed marriages for me to discover my passion is sailing. The question, “Would you like to go sailing?” was not one I could ever answer in the negative. My calendar revolves around regattas and racing schedules to this day.
As a young adult, I raced every [...]
Boating life progresses at a slower pace than life on land, making a sailboat a perfect place to nurture spiritual practice. In my case, my Christian faith is complemented and enhanced by ancient Zen Buddhist teachings and the practice of meditation.
As humans, our minds jump from topic to topic even when our bodies slow [...]
My name is Elena, I’m Italian and I’ve been living on my little 33 foot sailing ship (Mabel) with my companion for about 13 years full time. I know all the difficulties and the problems that are implied in this choice.
A few years ago I started using my skills not only for varnishing interiors and rebuilding cabinets but also to do something more [...]