Hey, wait, isn’t this blog about sailing?
Well, as it turns out, cruising wasn’t for us, so HB is in Thailand working with UNICEF while Pip gets the boat ready for sale in Puerto Rico, planning to come to Thailand in June. I (HB) have decided to continue to document my adventures. Someday, once the trauma has faded, we’ll write a post about our experiences with cruising and decision to quit, but for now, just continue to enjoy the ride.
There’s lots of good stuff back in the archives, though, for anyone thinking of chasing the cruising dream themselves — all 8 years of planning, getting a starter boat, buying the cruising boat and refitting it, and our adventures on the East Coast and in the Caribbean.
OLD ABOUT US:
We started with a dream – one day we would retire from the rat race and sail around the world on a sailboat. While we prepared, we documented the adventures of our first boat, the 26-foot sloop Picaroon, on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
In 2010, we realised with some surprise that we were ready to go–HB wanted to stop trying to save the world and take some time to see it, and Pip was, well, still a slacker.
So we exchanged the old Picaroon for the new one, and began the process of dismantling our life in Washington, DC and remantling [really? -ed] it on the boat.
We started this blog with two aims: to keep friends and family up to date on our progress; and as a resource for people who have a mind to do the same thing.
HB has been sailing since she was a teenager, when she crewed her father’s 32-foot sloop, Incognito. Bill and HB’s step-monster, Stef, recently returned to shore-life after their long Mexican adventure aboard the 40-foot ketch, Summerwind–now Picaroon–which remains our principal inspiration.
Heather has published several articles in Blue Water Sailing and Caribbean Compass magazines, and has forthcoming articles in both those and Cruising World.
Pip came to these shores to establish a 1300 square-foot colony of Merrie Englande in the heart of the American capital. Since that was easily achieved with relatively little bloodshed and a small mortgage, he has been working hard to counterbalance HB’s drive and dynamism with his own distinctive style of dilettante idleness, as befits an English gentleman in a barbarian country.
Pip has sailed since he was a wee laddie in the Lake District of northern England. He honed his skills as one-man skipper and crew aboard the 14-foot Puffin, on the frigid waters of Windermere.
HB and Pip moved aboard the Picaroon in November of 2010, sailed to Long Island Sound in the summer of 2011, and are currently cruising the Caribbean.
Thanks for visiting. Hope you enjoy the site.
Pip & HB
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