NO MORE MONDAYS
One of the best things about cruising around the world on a sailboat is that there are no more Mondays. Wednesday is no longer hump day, and every day is the weekend.
When I was working as a Flying Doctor with the Indian Health Service in Arizona, Monday mornings came early when I had to get up at 5:30 am so that I could fly out to the Apache Indian Reservation to see patients.
I really liked taking care of my patients, but getting up at 5:30 am was not high on my list of things that I looked forward to each week.
Now that I am a Real Ocean Cruiser, rising up at 5:30 in the morning doesn’t seem so onerous. Getting up at 5:30 is a treat because I get to see the sun rise above the horizon in the glorious morning sky.
When I am sailing offshore, sunrise is even more awesome because I no longer am sailing blind in the dark of night. I can actually see what lies ahead as Exit Only tracks across the sea.
Some goal oriented people have trouble with the cruising lifestyle because they feel like their life is slipping into insignificance. In their former life, they prowled like a tiger on planet earth - they made things happen. Now they feel like a stalk of celery sitting around accomplishing nothing.
I feel sorry for the celery stalks that used to be tigers. They need to have Mondays in their lives, and usually it’s hard for these folks to make the transition to becoming happy Real Ocean Cruisers.
Most of the former tigers suffer from an accountant mentality. They need to be making more money, accomplishing more stuff, getting more recognition, and that sort of thing. They need to have Mondays in their lives. They need mountains to climb.
I am doing fine without any Mondays to challenge me. I have plenty of challenges to face each day, and better yet, I have tasted the sweet nectar of freedom.
Once you have a taste of freedom, nothing else will do.
When you have no more Mondays, you are finally free.
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.
The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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