Finally, some internet service. Before I start the catch up process of the past two weeks, let me share the story of the littlest boat on our rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. Tom, Captain and owner of the littlest boat (BlueBird a 19′ pocket cruiser) and his 24-year-old crew mate Wynn.
Wynn has never sailed before, and although not obvious to some, most boat Captains would never consider taking aboard such a novice crew member, no matter how good-looking. Tom posted that he was looking for crew, some people responded but when they found out how small BlueBird was they quickly changed their mind. Wynn on the other hand wanted to see if she liked sailing.
Wynn responded before the start of the rally; each knowing the others limitations (tiny boat) (novice) (+can cook great Vietnamese food)
While sitting on the deck of the Western Flyer one fine beautiful Turtle Bay morning, I suddenly spot the tiny boat at anchorage. I quickly fired up my dingy (The Flyer) and headed over to the tiny boat. The first person I see on the deck is Wynn looking like (mal de mar warmed over). I say, you look like you had a rough night; she says I thought I was going to die!! I’ve never been so scared in my life. In no time flat I won both over and brought them over to the Western Flyer for coffee and Patti’s homemade pancakes.
Fast forward another beautiful sail from Turtle Bay to our second wonderful anchorage at Magdalena Bay and the same thing occurs. I scan the horizon of boats and spot BlueBird. This time I find out from Tom that while making anchorage the night before his alternator craps out and he has no lights or power. A quick word to the Baja fleet on the VHF and the second to respond (Pipe Dream) provides a Honda 2000 generator. I bring the generator over but now we are looking for the cables to make the DC connection. Beach Access, a Lagoon 40 catamaran responds; I race over, pick up the cables and in no time flat Tom is charging his batteries and we are teaching Wynn how to stand up paddleboard.
– If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death.