Yesterday I was at Napa Auto looking to purchase a needle gun for some rust-busting. As I was at the checkout counter, behind me I heard,
“Hey, I know you. Isn’t your name Daphne?”
I smiled. I hadn’t heard the name Daphne in a long time and it brought back wonderful memories.
“My name is Teresa,” I told him, “But my boat’s name was Daphne.”
“I watch your videos online. They inspired me to get out sailing more. What are you up to now?”
The funny thing is that despite having sold my Nor’Sea 27 and being temporarily boatless, Ben and I seem to be doing more sailing than ever… here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to in <600 words…
After we sold Elizabeth we high-tailed it to Maine, our favorite sailing grounds. We feel at home among the rocky granite coast, fog encased islands, and cold ocean dips at 0530. I sailed as captain with Outward Bound, Ben sailed as mate aboard the Lewis R. French and Mary Day.
After the summer season was over, we delivered a Caliber 35 from North Carolina to Solomons Island, Maryland. Then we holed up in Annapolis aboard a power vessel to help a friend secure her boat as we waited for hurricane Sandy to pass. Then as winter settled in, we focused on making some progress on our film for a few months while living aboard a Wuaquiez 38 in Back Creek.
In the new year, I sailed again for Outward Bound, this time in the Florida Keys. Outward Bound vessels, can be deceiving. Although small, they are incredibly rugged and designed to test you in ways you never thought possible. Its exactly why I will continue to return to work for Outward Bound for years to come. Sailing a pulling boat reminds me of what I’m capable of, and brings out the most important and real aspects of sailing—those which cannot be found aboard any other vessel.
As the weather warmed, we hopped on Aviva, a Beneateau 423 for a training delivery from Florida to Rhode Island. We sailed a mixture of offshore, coastal, and ICW but made our final landfall in the middle of the night, peering through thick fog to find the narrow entrance to Block Island’s Great Salt Pond.
After saying farewell to our new friends, Fred and Dorothy, we took a couple months to work again on One Simple Question before launching into another season in Maine aboard traditionally rigged and very modern vessels. Ben sailed as mate aboard American Promise. She was formerly Dodge Morgan’s boat, aboard which he completed a record-setting round-the-world voyage. Now she’s being used by The Rozalia Project as a research/education vessel and platform for marine debris cleanups.
I sailed and slept under the stars as Watch Officer (captain) for Outward Bound, followed by a few voyages as mate aboard the schooner Lewis R. French. We concluded the season in the boatyard. Every well-rounded sailor spends some time chipping paint, varnishing, sanding, servicing, rigging, etc and this year we did our time aboard Sea Education Association’s 134′ steel brigantine, Corwith Cramer. Now as the leaves begin to fall, we are headed for Rhode Island to begin another training delivery aboard a brand new Rustler 36. We’re bound for Annapolis just in time for the boat show. While we’re there, we probably won’t be sailing, but you can be bet we’ll be talking about sailing! Ben and I are honored to be sitting on a discussion panel of cruisers, and to be giving a seminar titled Egalitarian Couples Cruising. We’re also organizing a casual meet-up where everyone is welcome—so join our Facebook community to find out more about it.