Why Sailing?

by Sara on January 25, 2012

“You can do anything in the world you want, but you can’t do everything in the world you want.”  I’m not sure who actually said that quote but Chris said it to me soon after we met.  It really struck home that our time to do “everything” is more limited then ever.  Last April Chris and I started chatting about our dreams, our goals, and our adventures we wanted to fit into this lifetime.  Two words that kept coming up were TRAVEL and ADVENTURE.  We both wanted to see the world, take in new cultures, and have new adventurous experiences.  Bottom line… We were not ready to “settle down.”  We were both ready for new adventures that included lots of travel.  

How did we pick sailing??  I think the conversation went something like this…

Chris:  “What about a circumnavigation of the globe in a sailboat?”

Sara:  “Have you ever sailed before? My dad always wanted a sailboat, but that’s the extent of my sailing knowledge.  Where all can we go?”

Chris:  “Anywhere with a coastline.”

Sara:  “Do you get sea sick?”us on the tramp 300x225 Why Sailing?

Chris:  “I don’t know.”

Sara:  “Well let’s book a trip on a sail boat and find out!”


We then booked sailing lessons down in the Abacos Islands of the Bahamas.  It was 7 days on a 45′ Prout Catamaran in paradise, and we were sold.  We wanted to live the cruising lifestyle and we worked every minute from that point forward to make it happen.  I don’t know if either of us thought it would happen this quickly, but if there is anything that our friends and family know about us, its that we get things done and we make sure things happen.  That we did. 


We now are getting our own 42′ Manta Catamaran ready to not only be our new home, but to be our new means of travel and adventure.  Right now we are still going back and forth between Bozeman (where we have no house and crashing on my bestie’s floor) and Palmetto, FL where the boat is in the marina.  There is no timeline right now as to when we will set sail to cruise for good, but keep checking back on the website to see how our progress is coming along! 


The boat name is Tumbleweed… a symbol of the Wild, Wild West blowing around in the wind.  For us though, the name originated as I was driving my parents, who were visiting us in Bozeman, to Sola Cafe.  I had to break for a big wad of Tumbleweed to blow over Kagy and my dad said, “Wow, it’s not everyday you break for Tumbleweed.”  I text Chris when we got to Sola and he said, “I like it.”  Done and done.  Just like our decision to live on a boat!

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Andy Macrae March 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

You two are awesome. Sounds super fun. I’ll be reading all of the blogs! – Andy


Sara March 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Thanks for following Andy!


inky mark, MP(ret.) June 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

all the best in your new adventure, life is short, i started sailing in a dinghy model name was tumbleweed,
13 footer with a jib, lots of fun , still have it, will put her in the water again this summer, both of us are retired and we live in northwestern manitoba, best to do these exciting things before the kids come along, save sailing


Sara June 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Thanks for following our adventure on our Tumbleweed! It’s a bit bigger but all the fun, I’m sure!


Randy Mascharka June 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Congrats Sara! Sounds like you both are having a great adventure. Gelita and I joined the grosse Ile yacht Club this spring and we’re still sailing out 32′ O’Day 322 around Lake erie. that’s enough adventure for me! Ok, I’m a wuss! I can’t wait to read more of your posts!



Sara June 18, 2012 at 12:44 am

Hi Randy! I wish I had your photography skills on this trip, that’s for sure! And growing up on Lake Erie, I know that that lake can offer enough great experiences to last a life time, so enjoy! Thanks for following!


mimi September 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

wow!!! I knew chris when he was a little boy!!!! It makes all your adventures more amazing. You are both incredible!!!!!!


Sara October 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Thanks so much for following Mimi! I can only imagine Chris as a little boy, but I’m sure he was just as tenacious as he is now!


mimi lylee October 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

oh yes!!!! I can remember one evening at kurowski’s house, Bob sat in front of chris’s bedroom door and was just carrying on a conversation with us. He had to sit there so chris would not get up out of bed AGAIN!!!! He never gave up and Bob never moved!!!! Happy travels!!! Mimi Lyle


Sara October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

So funny! Thanks for sharing :)


Jon Nofziger September 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Just found your site! We will be following you closely as our plans are very similar and we are still 2-3 years out. We have close friends who have a Manta 42 and are completely sold that it is the right boat for our trip. We went cruising when we were younger and had kids. Now its time for me and the Admiral to do it on our own!

Fair winds!



Sara September 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Hi Jon – Thanks for following. Our Manta has been the PERFECT boat for us. We have learned sooo much throughout our journey and if we were to do it again, we would actually change quite a bit. BUT not the boat. We keep saying that this boat has been the perfect choice for us. It is everything we could want and need (plus a bit more as I feel very spoiled at times). Chris did a ton of research before we purchased (all on catamarans and not monohulls though). That paid off for us, as Tumbleweed is our comfy and seaworthy home. Good luck on setting your plans into action and thanks again for following! -SARA


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