“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 are: you 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.
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.
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