And so it begins….

Hello and welcome to the first installment of my blog postings on Return to Seasons. I hope that you have read the ‘about us’ page where you will find information on why we started blogging and what you can expect to find in our posts and on our site.

For my entire life I have loved to travel. Growing up in Western NY, I had the pleasure of experiencing the distinct seasons and have planned my travel often in accord with the quarterly changes. Iceland is glorious during our summer, Egypt during our winter, Costa Rica in the spring, and the Adirondack Mountains in the fall. These treks were sometimes made for personal reasons, sometimes professional, but always for adventure. I have planned my life around my “next big trip” since I was in my early 20’s. I am now planning the biggest trip yet.

The goal is to buy a sailboat and someday, in the not so distant future, partake in the cruising lifestyle. Cruising, for those of you who are not sailors, is the adventure of living aboard a sailboat and letting the weather and the seasons determine your next port.

I must admit that I am new to sailing. I had spent very little time on boats until I met my husband. As a kid, my family had a small motorboat, but most of my memories of it include me playing captain on it while it was parked in the safety of our garage. In my 20’s, I may have stepped aboard 5 boats. I took a large catamaran between Bar Harbor and Halifax and I also photographed a wedding on a cruise ship that toured the Genesee River. This past summer I took my first sail on Helbent, my husbands’ former Catalina 22 sailboat. I was hooked. I particularly enjoyed sailing at night, in Little Egg Harbor. It was peaceful and quiet, yet simultaneously exhilarating.

When we returned to land I began devouring all the sailing books I could. I have read Cruising in Seraffyn (25th Anniversary Edition) , The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, and a Woman’s Search for the Meaning of Wife , An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude , The Cruising Woman’s Advisor, Second Edition , Changing Course : A Woman’s Guide to Choosing the Cruising Life , Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors’ Wives , and a few others. These books, often written in the form of personal reflection, have been feeding my cruising appetite and quickly growing my sailing vocabulary. In the near future, you will be able to read reviews of some of these sailing books under the “review” heading on this blog.

As I know many of my friends and family are not sailors, I thought I would end my entry today with a brief glossary of sailing terminology. Here are a few key words to get you started:

Galley: Kitchen

Head: Bathroom

Starboard: The right side of the boat when looking forward from the cockpit

Port: The left side of the boat when looking forward from the cockpit

Bow: The front of the boat

Stern: The rear part of a boat

Aft: At or toward the stern of the boat

Fore: At or toward the bow

Dinghy: A small boat, kept aboard a yacht, used to ferry sailors and provisions to and from shore

Provisions: Groceries and supplies needed for sailing

Helm: The tiller or wheel for steering

Cockpit: Aft area of the boat where steering occurs







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2 Responses to And so it begins….

  1. We’re late to discovering you and your blog, but better late than never! Nicki & I moved aboard our Triangle 32 ketch in August, ‘16, and took her down the ICW from Maine to western Florida and the Keys. We’re currently in Marathon, and debating our next phase. Looking forward to learning from your journey! Ours is mostly chronicled at

    • Jeffrey says:

      Hello Keith and Nicki! Sorry for the delayed response. Have you guys figured out what your plans are yet? If you are heading back up north, we would love to get together and find out what your favorite anchorage is. We are hoping to be up in Maine again by the tail end of June. Hope all is well.

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