Mind if we pull up a chair? We're Dave & Amy, and very happy to find this community called Cruiser Log!
We're still kind of involved in "regular life", but are new empty-nesters and are now finding more and more time to pursue what we remember we loved: the ocean and sailing. We're hoping to listen in and learn from all of you, since we're pretty overstuffed at this point with "book knowledge" and need to get out and feel the wind, swells and spray -- or at least learn from those of you who do.
Our big sailing adventure, each year, is currently a week-long flotilla charter in Lake Huron's North Channel, skippering a boat with 8-10 highschoolers aboard from our church's youth group. Contrary to what you might be imagining, it's awesome and we love it! Beyond this adventure, we get some day sailing on Lake Michigan occasionally with our friend's Catalina 30 that we "babysit". We dream about what boat we might someday own and love as the transport to imagined -- and unimagined -- adventures.
This past January, Amy and I celebrated our 25th Aniversary by taking bareboat certification classes in the BVI -- Just the 2 of us. Such a big boat! No highschoolers! The marine life! It was fantastic!!! Now we're trying to rationalize how often, after a special 25th celebration, we should celebrate by sailing in the Caribbean? Would EVERY year be too often?
We're also hoping to take our 2 kids on a charter in the Aegean (maybe S. Cyclades?) as a "college graduation gift" (i.e. excuse for dream charter). Would love to hear of any recommendations for anchorages & sites.
We're excited to explore the forums! We'll be mostly learning from you, but we actually can contribute some if you're interested in how to manage guy/girl sleeping arrangements for 10 highschoolers on a Hunter 34. It CAN be done! Oh -- and Amy is AWESOME provisioning for that sort of crew, seriously!
Excited to get to know all of you,
Dave & Amy Werner