Deciding to realize an old dream
“We have done it all wrong…”. This thought has often appeared when we with great interest have followed the Beta-Family in “Kurs mod fjerne kyster” (Sailing to distant shores), as they have arranged their life around being able to sail a lot. All five of us love sailing and the adventures that are included in this. And ever since June and I met each other, and realized we both loved sailing, the dream has been to do it a lot, preferably in foreign climes.
Somehow, for many different reasons, this dream was put to sleep over the years. Yes, we did buy a Maxi 77 in 2008, which we can squeeze 5 people into, as long as the kids are not too big. We have had a lot of good time in Mira (as the boat is named), but have also realized that the time sailing has been less over the years. The original plan when buying the boat was it should be a startup boat, but we never really moved on.
When following the travel documentary “Kurs mod fjerne kyster” on danish television, the dreams came to life again. A catalyst for this was a presentation made by Mikkel Beha from the TV show. He addressed two topics; Realizing your dreams, and as a skipper it is ok to be a bit worried when sailing. It is the best skippers that double check everything and never take anything for granted. The latter talked right into something I have been thinking about for a while, as I spend most time sailing processing situations and predicting all kinds of scenarios, so I was beginning to doubt my abilities as a skipper. But it is actually a quality as a skipper, and it was nice getting that point of view.
So now we are searching for a boat. This includes checking boats for sale abroad. This has always seemed risky and overwhelming to me, but if we are thorough then why not? There might be a lot of money to save if we are careful, and get more boat for the money.
Maybe we haven’t done it all wrong – we just put the dreams on standby until now where we seem to be able to find what it takes to start realizing them again. We will see what happens, and what we need to do different to make the dreams of sailing more come true.