We love sailing holidays, and we really envy and admire the people who have turned their love of the sea into a full-time lifestyle.
This is why each month we’ll be interviewing the sailors behind our favourite sailing and travel blogs, to give you some insight into what sailing full-time is like.
Our first guests featured in this new series are Mike and Rebecca Sweeney, the people behind Zero to Cruising.
1. What sparked your passion for sailing and what made you decide to adopt sailing as a lifestyle?
To tell you the truth, when things started out, sailing was not our passion, travel was. Sailing for us was simply a vehicle that allowed us to travel relatively inexpensively. Our sailboat, a 32′ catamaran, was both our ocean-crossing car and our home.
2. What kind of boat do you sail and what has been the biggest challenge with it?
Our boat, Zero To Cruising, is a Canadian-built PDQ 32 catamaran. She is an extremely well-thought-out coastal cruising cat and we have had very little issues with her. Unlike many other large boats, her systems are simple, which, for people who prefer cruising to fixing things, is perfect.
That said, the boat’s design, with its unique full-width sliding salon hatch (a feature that makes it perfect for the tropics), is what makes it less suitable for higher-latitude sailing. Considering that is our next goal – to sail to Patagonia, southern Chile and Argentina – we have just listed our catamaran for sale (http://www.zerotocruising.
3. What are the three things you love most about sailing?
I guess the first thing that I love about sailing is the sounds, especially the sound when we first turn off the engines. The sound of the wind in the rigging taking the place of that of the engines chugging away is wonderful.
The second thing I love about sailing is the challenge. Of course, when everything is going well, there is little challenge at all. There are occasionally issues to deal with though, and I love how travelling on a boat tests our ability to be creative and problem solve.
The third thing I love about sailing is actually not sailing at all, it is making landfall in new and unique places. As I said, for us, a boat is really a vehicle to travel.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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