How this all started   Leave a comment

In spring of 2009 my boyfriend, Lee, and I decided it was time to leave our landlocked lives in Denver, CO and take on a bit of adventure. We wanted to move around, see new places, challenge ourselves physically and mentally, and have as much fun as possible. Sailing was the obvious choice.

I grew up sailing my family’s Hallberg-Rassey in California and racing dinghies in college. Lee’s parents had a Bristol 35 in Connecticut when he was a kid but most of his sailing experience is through windsurfing. We both missed the ocean while living in Colorado.

Our boat, Pirat, is a Baltic 38 designed by Doug Peterson. We settled on this Finnish-built racer/cruiser after an extensive and frustrating search spanning both coasts and many months. Pirat should be an excellent home for the next few years.


Update: A few things have changed since I started this blog! Firstly, Lee and I are now husband and wife. We were married on St. John in 2010. Second, our time cruising the Caribbean has come to an end and we are now working in San Francisco. That does not mean that Pirat’s voyages are over. The boat is now safely tucked away in Maine. We plan to return for some adventures in Maine and Nova Scotia and hope to eventually cross the Atlantic (eek!). Our Finnish boat needs to go home to the Baltic!

Posted September 21, 2009 by Rachel

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