With help I recovered from some serious foot surgery. I will hate crutches for the rest of my life.
My divorce was finalized.
A friend died and I didn't care who saw me cry.
Many upgrades were done to S/V Ava Chantel, my Cal 29 in Newport. Study, acquire, install, test, modify. This is how I learn.
Testing of the above upgrades in real life settings. On the hook. At the dock. How much power? How much water? We learned so much and had fun doing it.
I accepted the inevitable fact I'd have a crew member for my journey north and beyond. I'm a very lucky captain.
I realized I didn't have to sail Ava North. She could be trucked for a reasonable fee. The end of teeth grinding and open ocean planning.
In what could almost be called a cosmic event, Ava no longer needed to go north. We found our ideal boat already in the islands and she was for sale.
We became the proud owners of a beautiful BaBa 35, S/V Odyssey.
I've made no secret that one of my dreams was to have it snow on the boat. I've more then fulfilled that. It's snowing as I write this.
Disconnect. I never had been a big social media fan, but I didn't realized how cell phones, emails and texting still chained a part of my attention. I started to disconnect this year. Unsubscribing from countless lists, committees and groups. The quiet was unnerving. I don't turn my phone on unless I need to make a call.
Explore new foods and seek out new kitchen seasonings. Sarah has broadened my horizons with food I never new existed. It's all good.
The world got smaller. You can read about far away places like the San Juan Islands, but going there and seeing the scale and scope, the tides and weather, had a profound affect on my confidence. I could do this. We could do this. It wasn't so big or scary that we had to fear anything. By the end of 2016 we knew how to sail, and sail well. The Islands and explorations ahead will be met with wonder and adventurous spirits, but not fear.