A Walk in the Jungle

View of Clarkes Court Bay where Snowflake is anchored.

The crew on s/v Snowflake loves a bit of adventure and exploration. After a long week or varnishing, writing and editing, and various other projects, we decided it was time to explore our new backyard in Clarkes Court Bay. Continue reading “A Walk in the Jungle”

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”

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”

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”

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…”