Amid the mess that is the 1000 days at sea voyage, it's easy to lose track of one important nautical fact. People should go to sea. They should say "what the fudge", pack up their belongings and cross an ocean. They should learn as they go. And they should experience everything that this voyage offers.
There's one such voyage that I've been following for several months. A young Australian was living/working in Northern Europe, got the itch to sail home, bought a boat, learned to sail, and had a heck of a time financing this voyage. He laid it all out completely honestly in his blog and worked his ass off to make it work.
The fascinating thing to me is the amount of goodwill that comes his way from people he's meeting in ports along the way. Every time he thinks he's stuck, he finds a way to make it work, either he gets a job or someone helps him and he keeps moving on.
Well, he has started his trip and has a great story of his stay in Laxe. I don't want to give away too much since I really want people to click on that link but the gist of the story is that in troubling weather conditions, he makes his way into port, has his boat in a difficult position but meets enough people who out of pure goodness help him out so that he and his boat make it through nicely.
I've been in many (a dozen maybe) foreign ports and have met many people but never have I been so welcomed and helped out the way this guy has. I'm sure Nick is a super-nice guy but I have to think it's the cool red boat, I have to get me some flashy red topsides.
People like this make up the majority of sailors on the open ocean and not the 1000 day crackpots. Bookmark Bigoceans to read the ongoing story of how it should be done.