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Sailing to Spain: A Homecoming

When we pull into Cala Benirras in Ibiza, after 1400 nautical miles and eleven days at sea, it's hard to fathom where exactly we are in the world and how far we've come. It feels warm and familiar, like we could be pulling up to any island in the Caribbean. It's the closely packed boats full of naked people that…

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Dodging a waterspout in Almerimar

When Ryan wakes me up at 6 am for my watch, he looks tired and defeated. "I've been motoring at full speed for the last four hours and we've made barely any headway," he says. "And now we're almost out of fuel." He shows me on the charts where we are. We'd passed Malaga a few hours earlier and the…

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As the sun rises over Gibraltar

As the morning light starts to crack open the cloud-covered sky over the Strait of Gibraltar, I make Ryan a strong cappuccino and give him his 15-minute warning to start his watch. We dropped our mainsail during the night, expecting to hit strong gusts and messy waves near Tarifa with sea states predicted to get worse as the ocean funneled…

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Holy shit, we’re sailing around the world? (Thoughts on adventure and anxiety)

When our Coast Guard registration papers for Cheeky Monkey finally arrive by FedEx, Ryan and I pop open some beers and dance around the cockpit while flashing our blue lights on and off like we're some kind of floating disco tied to the Fountaine-Pajot docks in La Rochelle. Once that silliness is out of the way, we settle down to…

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The 80 Percent Rule

Having spent the last seven years on an older (1986) sailboat, which has required us to replace pretty much every moving part on board (some of them twice), I've been feeling pretty darned smug about our new boat, s/v Cheeky Monkey. I mean, she is three weeks old. Three weeks! I have underwear older than this boat. Wait, what am…

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Testing the Parasailor

Ryan and I are both visibly stressed when we arrive to Pierre's office at Uchimata Sailing Services. We've been running through everything that needs to get done on Cheeky Monkey before Pierre's team of workers finish at noon tomorrow to go on vacation for a month, along with the rest of France. I am holding a scrawled list of outstanding…