Ever since my mom took me sailing on a small sailboat on Lake Tahoe when I was about eleven I have always had the dream to own a sailboat one day. Preferably like the one in Captain Ron. My little knowledge of sailboats back then it seemed like a great idea and an awesome looking boat.
Well the cards were not in my favor of owning a boat until two and a half years ago when hubby and I purchased our first sailboat, Cheoy Lee Bermuda 30 that we named “Slurricane”. I love that boat. Always will. I have put a lot of time and sweat into that boat. It is an awesome boat and will forever have a special place in my heart.
As you all know we sold the Slurricane and bought our Westsail 32 “Rad Mode”. Oh she is rad alright and we have learned so much from Rad Mode. Biggest thing I have learned is it is A LOT easier to fix a boat then to build one. What were we thinking?!?!
Progress has been going really well on Rad Mode since we bought her a little over a year ago. However, it has now come to the point where we have almost everything we need to complete the boat and so many projects to complete I don’t even want to begin to count them. Actually I can’t think about it to much or I might have a panic attack with all the things we need to complete on Rad Mode just to get her sailing. Sometimes it seems to get daunting working on the boat all day every day.
My brother invited me sailing on his boat SV Plan B to go to San Francisco and out the Golden Gate for about a week long trip. It was hard to leave Hubby to go on this trip, but I was dying to go. The trip changed me. I went from really really liking sailing to LOVING to sail. I was born to be a sailor. It was an amazing trip that I will never forget. Everything that could possibly happen, happened. I mean hey , “if it’s gonna happen it’s gonna happen out there” Captain Ron. Oh and it sure did. I was challenged on the trip, which I needed. I realized that things that use to make me nervous on a sailboat didn’t even make me worried in the slightest, nerves of steel. Most of all I realized that I was born to sail. I haven’t found something in my life that I desire so much and a sense of direction so strong like I feel about sailing, except my hubby of course 😉
I got back from my trip a week ago and I have a fire burning so big I can’t hardly see straight. I want Rad Mode done more then ever. I want to take our never sailed before Westsail 32 and circumnavigate the world like the sailboat she was designed and made to do.
Below are a few photos from my trip to San Francisco. Keep a look out for an upcoming episode of the awesome sailing trip!