Friends, boats, and cruising

By Mike Jastrzebski

A couple of things happened this week that made me think about making friends and cruising. One of those things was a visit by Chris Kling and her new boyfriend, the other was an email from marina neighbors, Tim and JoAnn.

Those of you who read the blog regularly know Chris took a trip out to Fiji to meet a guy, Wayne, who she had been corresponding with. They hit it off and Chris is planning to move out to the Pacific and cruise with Wayne. This is good for Chris and good for Wayne, but unfortunately as is often the case with cruising friends who tend to wander at different speeds and in different directions, it’s not as good for us.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy for both Chris and Wayne, it’s just that we’re going to miss having Chris around. Over the past eight or nine years, since we met at a SleuthFest mystery writer’s conference, we’ve become good friends. We buddy-boated twice to the Bahamas with her, exchanged manuscripts for critiquing, and spent alot of time walking our dogs together. We’ll miss having Chris around, and although we have no clue when we’ll meet again, when you’re boating anything can happen, which brings me to the email from Tim and JoAnn.

While at happy hour one day last week on the beach at Long Island in the Bahamas, Tim and JoAnn met up with a couple, Graham and Valerie, who they had met two years ago. They got to talking and Graham and Valerie mentioned that they didn’t make it out to the Bahamas last year because they had their boat on the hard in Titusville having their bottom stripped and redone. Tim mentioned that they had friends (us) doing the same thing this year. He told them our names and they said that they had met us nearly eight years earlier in Key West. It would have been nice to run into them ourselves, but this just goes to show that when you’re cruising you never know who you’ll run into. We hope that when we get the boat moving we’ll run into Graham and Valerie, or Tim and JoAnn, or Chris and Wayne, or any one of a hundred cruisers we’ve met over the last ten years. After all, isn’t that part of what cruising is all about?

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About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.
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2 Responses to Friends, boats, and cruising

  1. Thanks for the kind words and wishes Mike. It was wonderful to meet and get some time, albeit all too brief with you and Mary after all the wonderful stories Christine has shared with me about you. Looking forward to when our wakes will next cross.

  2. I meant every word of it, Wayne. Good luck to the both of you.

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