Stay Gold Pony Boy

Today marks the 16th day of this voyage. Mentally, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that. Seems like we were just leaving Gig Harbor yesterday.

It might have something to do with the fact that each day is relatively the same. We stand the same watches. Have the same routine. The view consists of clouds, sun, sky, waves, the occasional flying fish and more occasional bit of random plastic.

Speaking of that. Fun fact; we have had our fishing line out for the past 16 days. We have caught one small Dorado. The guys fried it up for fish tacos, I abstained as I don’t eat meat. Now for the sad fact: we have caught more pieces of plastic on our lure than fish. We have seen 10 times the plastic floating by us. We are killing our oceans. It’s not an “alternative fact”; it’s simply the truth. If you don’t believe me, get in your boat and come out here to check it out. In the meantime, feel free to reduce the use of plastic and recycle. The flying fish out here will appreciate it.

Anyway, I digress. Stand by for a bunch of sailing jargon…The sailing today has been epic. Sunny skies, 15-20 knots out of the NNE. Swells out of the east at 8-10 seconds, Stay Gold is charging along on a broad reach, port tack, under a full mainsail and a 110% genoa, she’s taking the swells in stride – this is her time to shine. She loves this weather, it’s what she was made for. At the helm, she feels alive and full of energy, perfectly balanced. So much fun to sail. All those super light air buoy races aren’t so much fun with a boat made to take on the ocean. Conditions like today make me proud of her and are just too much fun to sail in.

To wax philosophical…I’ve been working hard to learn the lessons that this voyage is trying to teach me. As I type this, I’m not sure which one I want to talk about as the past few days have been a quite the learning curve.

A big part of the reason for undertaking this endeavor is not only fulfillment of a dream, but to discover more about who my true character is. Without some level of adversity I won’t be challenged to move out of my comfort zone and see who I really am.

I’ve learned, that sometimes what I find, after coming through a challenge is that I am not who I thought was, or at least my “self view” is a bit skewed. And I might not like the result. But that’s a good place to be, I think. To some degree, that’s where I’m at now and it gives the opportunity for growth and improvement, if that’s what I decide to do with it.

I had set some expectations for what this experience would give me. Reality hasn’t matched what I thought those expectations should be and part of my “suffering” is coming to terms with that. The interesting thing is, even though my unrealistic expectations aren’t being matched, this is still been a life changing experience. Acceptance of what is, not expecting what I think should be.

We are getting close to finishing this adventure. I’ll have to start planning the next one, earmuffs Ashley! Closing in on 600 miles left…we expect to make landfall on the 26th or 27th. In the meantime, thank you all for reading, sharing, liking, commenting, etc. We love it! Keep it up! By the way, we can’t read the comments, no internet – just email. We will respond when we can.

Until then…Stay Gold

  1. I know the ocean is riddled with trash but do you think some of it is from the Fukushima incident. I’ve read where California coasts have been hit with a lot of debris from that over the years with more to come.

What do you think?