WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA
This has been a very strange year, and somewhat of a strange voyage.
Two years ago, we planned to set sail for Australia from Fort Pierce, Florida.
Everything was set and ready to go. Donna and I drove our vehicles back to Phoenix, and the day we were scheduled to fly back to Florida to start our voyage things took an unusual turn.
I ended up in the emergency room in Phoenix with an inflamed gall bladder that urgently needed to come out. I also had large impacted stones in my common bile duct which made things even more complicated. I ended up having four surgical procedures over more than eight weeks, lost forty pounds in the process, and had a few complications along the way. Needless to say, that delayed the sailing voyage.
By the time I was fit as a fiddle and ready for another shot at Australia, we flew to Florida to get on Exit Only and set sail.
Four days before we were scheduled to leave, I fell and fractured my hip socket which required ten weeks of treatment before we could make another attempt at dropping the dock lines and sailing to Australia.
When I could get around with the help of crutches, and when I was able to climb back on board Exit Only, we set sail for the South Pacific. I finally disposed of my crutches in Panama when we arrived there several months later after cruising through the Bahamas.
Once the refit on my body was complete, we set sail for Cartagena, Colombia and had a great time exploring the old city of Cartagena with all its fortifications.
We followed that up with cruising the San Blas Islands for a month, and then spent more than a month cruising Bocas Del Toro near the Costa Rican Border.
After that, we transited the Panama Canal, and cruised in the Perlas Islands for a month. Finally, we set sail for the Galapagos, and we had a rollicking six day sail to San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.
We explored the Galapagos for three weeks before the Covid19 quarantine struck, and we spent 40 days at anchor in quarantine in Santa Cruz.
Twenty-four days ago we set sail for the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
We have now sailed two thousand miles up to the sea of Cortez because French Polynesia was closed to world cruisers. In fact, all the South Pacific islands were shut down from Coronavirus quarantine including Australia and New Zealand.
And that’s how we ended up in Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. It took twenty-two days to reach the Sea of Cortez which is the same amount of time required to sail to French Polynesia.
If I wouldn’t have had emergency gall bladder surgery, if I had not blown out my hip socket, if there was no Coronavirus, then we coulda and shoulda had a different adventure.
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
Woulda, coulda and shoulda are a trip to fantasy land.
In the real world we never know where our adventures will take us, and in this case we ended up in the Sea of Cortez.
Life is still good.
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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