Making friends in a new land

Leaving Bonaire was difficult. Having spent so much time there, the place had become a home away from home. But coming to Curaçao was necessary for a host of reasons. My visa in Bonaire had expired, Tarka needs to be hauled-out for bottom paint, being on a mooring ball is expensive, and most of all,…

By barolfe September 3, 2018 Off

14-hours into rough seas

The reason people mostly sail west around the world, and not east, is because no sane sailor enjoys beating into the wind. The people who do sail east around the globe do so with the wind behind them, but in order to do that, they go to extreme latitudes, where the winds blow hard, and…

By barolfe July 4, 2018 Off

Why I sail alone

I have been in Bonaire now for almost two months. I’ve snorkeled, dived, hiked, biked, sailed, and even did a bit of kitesurfing, and I’m still not tired of this little island. I’ve also had a lot of time to think, and consider old, frequent questions, like “Why are you sailing by yourself?”. Let me…

By tony March 20, 2018 Off

It doesn’t get much better than this!

Last week I announced that Bonaire will become home for a little while, giving me time get my dive certifications and become a better sailor before journeying to the South Pacific. This week, after sailing, snorkeling, diving, and even some land-adventuring, I feel confident that I made the right choice. And boy, what a week…

By tony February 24, 2018 Off

And the verdict is…

I ended last week’s blog on a bit of a cliffhanger, and for that I apologize. When TV shows do it, it drives me crazy, and I should know better than to subject my audience to such emotional turmoil — I mean, your life revolves around these updates, right? The truth is, I didn’t know…

By tony February 17, 2018 Off

Should I stay or should I go?

Though a weather window briefly opened this week, allowing passage to Panama, it closed right up. The good news though, is that this delay has allowed me to meet an array of new people – including someone who circumnavigated on an Albin Vega! – and has also allowed me to see more of this wonderful…

By tony February 10, 2018 Off