Close your eyes for a second and picture a grandmother….any grandmother. You’ll probably see a little old lady with grey curly hair and glasses resting on the end of her nose. Now close them again and picture the most badass, funny, and adventurous grandma you can. That’s my grandma! I wanted to carry that spirit with me while I was sailing alone offshore, so I christened my first vessel with her name, Daphne.
Grandma lost her ability to speak, but somehow she was very expressive. She could tell stories, crack jokes, and even argue. All without saying a word. Sometimes I believed it was magic. But it wasn’t. It was resourcefulness. When others would give up, she insisted on finding creative solutions. She started out by using a Morse code-like form of communication on the telephone. One tap for yes, two for no, and endless tapping for *&%$#! When that wasn’t enough, she created her own sign language so we could talk via Skype. Even now, two years after her passing, she still cannot be silenced. I hope I inherited Grandma’s resourcefulness and persistence. It will keep me safer at sea.
I couldn’t have sold Daphne to a better person. I sold her to Ben (not my husband). Ben is a colleague of mine with Outward Bound. I know he will keep Daphne adventuring and exploring in a way that connects deeply with the environment. Ben christened her with a new name that was important to him. He called her Apollo, and went through all the formal paperwork and fees to make it official. He even changed the lettering on the hull. I had to let Nor’sea Daphne go, and keep her only as a memory. She is just a boat, afterall. But it wasn’t easy to call her Apollo.
Then, after owning Apollo for more than a year, Ben sent a short email. It was simple. He wrote,
I asked her and she said she wanted to be named Daphne. Couldn’t force it any longer. She’s happy now.
Ben (my husband) and I are planning a sail training expedition in the Caribbean. If you are interested in participating, please sign up for my e-newsletter or join the Facebook community for updates. Stay tuned….