Have you ever wondered what it might be like to cast off your docklines, leave your job, family, friends, and lawn mower behind to sail across wide oceans and visit exotic places? What could you learn? Would you be able to face the challenges? Would you have any regrets? How could you even begin to tackle a goal that is so far afield from anything you ever expected from yourself?
I can never tell you might experience, but Oddgodfrey is a blog designed to let you peer into the dirty details of our adventure - the good, the bad, the truly ugly and the utterly amazing. The hatching of our own plan started, February 28.
Hatch a Plan to Sail Around the World, Step One.
Find Your Adventure Buddy (Or Go it Alone.)
February 28, 2003, Captain Andrew Godfrey and I ventured out on our first date. We hiked to Flintstone's Living Room, just above Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah. While sitting on large slabs of rock strategically shaped like a couch, we snacked on apples, cheese and a Red Tail Ale. We hit it off right away, so that evening we added a stop at a coffee shop and attended the symphony at Abravenal Hall just for good measure. Both natives of the U.S. Mountain West, sailboats, sailing, and open ocean were the furthest thing from our minds. But, by the end of this evening, we both suspected we'd make pretty good adventure buddies.
Hatch a Plan to Sail Around the World, Step Two.
Get a desk job.
Fast forward a few months to Christmas of 2004, I was wrapping Christmas presents for the upcoming holiday, and Andrew was "supervising", i.e. drinking beer and watching me wrap. Snow accumulated in the Salt Lake Valley, the ski season was just about to get good in the mountains that completely surround the area. Andrew recently graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering and had started his first desk job. He was already fussing around for a new goal.
Andrew: What would you think about sailing around the world?Leslie: Do you know how to sail?Andrew: No, do you?Leslie: No.
Hatch a Plan to Sail Around the World, Step 3.
Learn the First Thing About Sailing.
A week later, Andrew found a class at the Salt Lake Library put on by sailors at the Great Salt Lake Yacht Club. The first class we went to was all about tying a bowline knot. Andrew won a book about how to sail, and he considered that a good sign. As luck would have it, on February 28, 2005 we stepped foot on a sailboat for the very first time. We raced as crew in the Frostbite race that year. After the race was over, we ate chili on deck from a slow cooker that had been braced down and bubbling away below decks. It was a perfect start to our sailing career.
Hatch a Plan to Sail Around the World, Step Four.
Convince the Travel Buddy its a Good Idea.
There is no way I could have known the full meaning of such a decision, but I returned home that night to make a starry-eyed promise to do everything in my power cast off our dock lines for a circumnavigation. I rolled up my promise and stuck it in a bottle that I painted as a gift for Andrew. (How else would you deliver a promise to sail around the world?) And our plan was hatched.
From February 28, 2005 forward, we thought about sailing every single day: how to sail, how to travel great distances by sail, what type of boat to sail, how to fund a large trip under sail, the value of traveling by sail, what we might lose and what we might gain as we travel by sail. By the time we complete our circumnavigation - if we complete our circumnavigation - we will be at it for over eighteen years.
This is your chance to come along with us; see how it goes. We'll spill all our secrets and together we can find the answers to the two questions we really want to know: