A year in review: the numbers

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a year in review the numbers

“There’s no way I’m ever living on a boat.”

Yep, I said that once. Granted, it was a long time ago, but still I said it. Out loud. Rather emphatically. I may even have stomped my feet a little.

Yet in the last year alone, I’ve not only lived on a 34-foot boat as we sailed south from New York City to the Dominican Republic, but I’ve also lived with nineteen other crew as I raced a seventy-foot yacht over five thousand miles across the Atlantic Ocean from London to Rio de Janeiro. So, yeah, I guess you could say I’ve had to eat my words.

Because of this and other things I’ve been wrong about in the past, I like to take some time each year to reflect on the trials and tribulations of the year — the wild successes, the humorous blunders and the miserable failures – and put some perspective on all those comparative highs and lows. Like the time I landed in the hospital after smashing head-first into the beach during a kiteboarding lesson. Instead of panicking and doubting whether someone my age should be taking on new sports at all, I should have reminded myself, “This isn’t nearly as bad as the time I broke both my collarbones playing roller derby. I’ll be fine.”

It’s all relative. And it’s all about perspective.

Besides, I should know better by now. Because I know what happens when you marry someone crazier than you areyou develop an appetite for adventure.

So, today, one year on from the day Ryan and I cast off our bow lines and sailed towards the unknown, I’m analyzing the numbers that make up this last year of our lives. And I’m rolling them around in my hand like a pair of Chinese medicine balls, feeling their weight.

Because these numbers tell a story…

Countries visited: 7

Continents visited: 4

Airports slept in: 2

Islands visited by boat: 17

Islands visited by plane: 1

New sports learned in foreign countries: 5

Hospitals visited in foreign countries: 2

Visitors received: 8

Weddings attended: 1

Funerals attended: 1

Miles covered by boat: 9,500

Top sailing speed: 30.7 knots

Oceans crossed by boat: 1

Torn spinnakers: 4

Longest time at sea: 28 days

Hurricanes endured: 2

Times we almost gave up cruising: 2

Pairs of running shoes worn out: 3

Pairs of shoes ruined by cat pee: 6

Electronics ruined by water: 3

$$ spent: Too much

Time spent with family: Too little

Times I vomited on boats: 6

Times I vomited in Cross-Fit class: 3

Blog posts written: 130

Magazine articles published: 3

Hours of TV watched: 24

Hours of Game of Thrones watched: 14

New adventures dreamed up for next year: 3…so far.

a year in review sailing port washington

On October 16, 2012 we said good-bye to our friends in New York…

a year in review sailing new york

And we sailed on past Manhattan with our two cats on board.

a year in review hurricane sandy

We had to strip the boat and hide from Hurricane Sandy…

a year in review visitors on board

But we were visited by friends all along the ICW… (Photo credit: Justin Dent)

a year in review ragnar relay key west 2013

And we took up as many physical challenges as we could fit in as we moved south.

a year in review sailing to the bahamas

And then, finally, we reached the Bahamas…WOO HOO!

a year in review sailing the bahamas

And we slowed down a little to take in views like this…

a year in review making cruising friends

And drink with newfound cruising friends… (Alex, Dave and Michelle from s/v Banyan)

a year in review sailing to the dominican republic

But hurricane season was upon us again, so we headed south to the D.R.

a year in review driving a motorcycle

Where I took to driving a motorcycle…

a year in review kiteboarding cabarete

And kiteboarding…

a year in review dominican hospital

Which is how I ended up in the hospital…again.

a year in review cross-fit class

But I worked my body back into shape through Cross-fit…

a year in review clipper race

To prepare for the upcoming Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

a year in review goodbye hideaway

So, we said good-bye to Hideaway and left her behind in the D.R. for now…

a year in review clipper round the world

And we went to England to train for the race of our lives.

a year in review clipper race boats

So, here we are, on another adventure… (Photo credit: Clipper Ventures Plc)

Which begs the question…what do you think the next year will bring?


Featured Photo Credit: Taken from original artwork done by Catherine Matthews-Scanlon.


The Clipper Round the World Race

Tasha and Ryan have just finished Leg 1 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which started September 1st, 2013 in London, UK, and they are racing in Leg 3 from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Australia starting November 4, 2013. Tasha is competing on CV21 (the Henri Lloyd boat) with Skipper Eric Holden and Ryan is competing on CV28 (the PSP Logistics boat) with Skipper Chris Hollis. You can read more about the crew and the boats here at www.clipperroundtheworld.com/crew

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  • Cheryl @ Mid-Life Cruising! October 30, 2013, 5:13 pm

    Wow, what a year! Time did fly, but I remember reading each of your posts at the time. How you gonna top this next year … dare I ask?! =)

  • Sheri October 30, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Awesome!! Love it! Can’t wait to hear what next year is going to bring.

  • SaiFarLiveFree November 6, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Amazing year, Tasha! Great idea to sum it all up in numbers, which makes certain things really pop for your readers (6 pairs of shoes taking down by cat pee!?). Also good to see a C34 as one of the foundations for adventure.

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