I’m writing from our box strewn house as we enter the final week of our transition from landlubbers to sailing family. I started sailing on a leaky M scow called the “Nosebleed” back in Wisconsin. Later, after moving to Idaho, my wife and I bought a Catalina 22 and started racing with SISA, the local sailing club in Boise. We stopped sailing for a time when our children were young but then reconnected with the purchase of an O’day 23. We began to do more cruising than racing with our O’day and slowly started laying the groundwork to take that next big step! About a year ago we decided to work towards pulling the plug on my 18 year career in the semiconductor industry and set out on a 1 year sailing sabbatical. As I make the transition from failure analysis to failure avoidance my posts will document our journey and I hope to provide useful information about the process of turning the dream into a reality.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain