Solitaire Spirit

One of the (many) sailing books I’m currently reading is Solitaire Spirit by Les Powles. It was on the recommended list after I finished a previous book.

I just started it and already in the foreword, it’s hit exactly on something that is very personal and dear to me. The foreword, written by Paul Gelder, says…

The inspiration to cast off comes in many forms. For some it might be a book, like this one, or a hero they have met, or some more intangible, divine intervention.

That last part where he mentions an intangible, divine intervention, is what struck me the most because that’s exactly how my desire to set sail was planted inside me. As I mentioned in another post, the inspiration came from within a dream I had, which I can only describe as divine intervention.

I’ve had such a sense of peace and serenity about this ever since that morning.

Are you currently sailing/cruising? If so, how did your inspiration begin?

Leave a comment and please let us know. Thanks!




p.s., In case you were wondering, I’m not receiving any compensation from anyone for mentioning this book. I enjoy reading and I like to share my thoughts.

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    September 30, 2012

    Mike – My husband and I have been cruising for 2 years and we love it. We are currently in the Dominican Republic and planning to head south as soon as hurricane season is over. Good luck – it’s so much fun to start the planning process!

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      Mike Author
      September 30, 2012

      Thanks Deana, it’s so good to hear of successes. How did you guys start your plan?

      I’ve created a spreadsheet with different tabs (food provisions, safety items, ditch bag contents, medical, etc.). Yes, I know…kind of OCD, but I’ve got so much information to keep track of and I learn more from people and blogs every day.

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    September 30, 2012

    I guess we started with a dream just like you. Then we started planning how we could afford to make it happen. We lived on our boat in a marina and leased our house for a couple of years before we cut the dock lines. We had some major setbacks along the way but we eventually sold our house and gave all of our furniture and most other belongings to our children and sail off into the horizon.

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