Atlantic Crossing – Stats and Lessons Learned

Snowflake’s Atlantic Crossing Stats:

Start: Mindelo, Säo Vicente, Cape Verdes Islands

Final Destination: Prickly Bay, Grenada

Days at Sea: 22 (21 nights)

Miles Sailed: 2,297

Average Speed: 4.55 knots (top speed 10 knots; slowest 0.0 knots)

Number of Changes to Sail Plan: 22 (not including reefs)

Number of Squalls Encountered: 9 (top wind speed – 27 knots)

Engine Hours: 21

Fish Caught: 3

Santo Antao on the left and Sao Vicente on the right.

As I write this from Snowflake’s cockpit, the sun is shining down over the lush, tropical island of Grenada. It’s hard to believe that just a month ago we were anchored in Mindelo in the Cape Verdes. Looking back over the last month, the feelings of accomplishment, joy, awe, and disbelief are abundant.

While Snowflake did not make as great a passage time as some boats, she did better than others and we are satisfied with our stats. Overall, we were prepared for the crossing, but there were many lessons learned. Continue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Stats and Lessons Learned”

The Ultimate Adventure — Atlantic Crossing

Wow — hard to believe the time is finally here! After years of dreaming about an ocean crossing, I now find myself on the cusp of one! Continue reading “The Ultimate Adventure — Atlantic Crossing”

What’s One More Day?

It’s an amazing and calming experience to watch a sunrise at sea. There are no objects whatsoever to block your view, and when it’s a calm sail, the peaceful swoosh of the water running along the hulls is the only sound. I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve watched a sunrise on land, there is always a good chance that something or someone is going to block my view of the full-on sunrise. Whether it’s a building, trees, mountains, cars, or something else, I never can get a full shot of a sunrise on land.

However, onboard Snowflake at sea, I get the full experience. Continue reading “What’s One More Day?”

Night Watch and Collision Course

Great. Another cargo ship. And judging by the A.I.S. system, it’s going to run us down in about twenty minutes. Continue reading “Night Watch and Collision Course”

Turning A Dream Into Reality

There has been a lengthy silence here at Prepare to Tack. I will not apologize for that silence because, to put it bluntly, I’m not sorry. Not one little bit.

Yes, I offer career coaching services through Prepare to Tack, but that’s not really what this site is all about. Prepare to Tack is all about discovering and pursuing your passion, creating a life that you’ve always dreamed of.

I want to share with you the reason why I have been silent for a while. Continue reading “Turning A Dream Into Reality”

Which Path Will You Take After College Graduation?

Are you a recent college graduate? Congratulations! What a great accomplishment after a lot of hard work over the course of two or four years! You’re probably feeling excited, successful, and … uncertain? Continue reading “Which Path Will You Take After College Graduation?”

Everything Is Better on the Boat

 

Why is it that a cup of coffee always tastes so much better on the sailboat?

It can be made using the exact same method, same coffee grounds, and even served in the same stainless steel travel mug. But for some reason, on the boat it tastes richer, fuller in flavor, and more satisfying.

For me, I find this is often the case with many things—dinner always seems to turn out better on the boat, popcorn seems like it is extra fluffy with no burnt pieces, and even my writing is better on the boat.

Why is this?

I can’t say that I’m 100% positive, but here is what I think… Continue reading “Everything Is Better on the Boat”

Time for Change . . . The Next Chapter

Are you unhappy with your career? Do you go home each day, feeling drained and like your life has become a broken record? Is something just not clicking with your job or your professional goals?

Maybe it’s time to make a change.

I have made many changes to my personal and professional life over the last several years and I’ve just made another big change. But first, let me give you some background. Continue reading “Time for Change . . . The Next Chapter”

They were normal people—like you and me…

One of the things I really enjoy doing when I am not sailing is watching one of my favorite YouTube channels—Sailing SV Delos. Watching from the beginning, as these two Americans documented their sailing journey around the world, I have always taken notice of the challenges they face and the positivity they maintain as they tackle those challenges. It helps me to get excited about my next sailing adventure.

Now, you may wonder what a YouTube sailing channel has to do with Prepare to Tack and changing your career. YouTube, per say doesn’t have anything to do with it, but the people and their story actually have quite a bit to do with many of the things I share with you on how to create a career you’re passionate about. Continue reading “They were normal people—like you and me…”

Stop the Excuses: Accountability Counts

Want to have a better chance at reaching your goals? The key to actually achieving your goals is to hold yourself accountable and stop making excuses.

In my experience, one of the best ways to hold myself accountable is to share my goal with someone. Tell someone about your goal and you will find that you are more committed towards making it happen. Trust me—it works! I’ll come back to this a little bit later…

Continue reading “Stop the Excuses: Accountability Counts”