Loukia was definitely my fat-bottomed-girl. Permit me to explain. As many know a boat of any kind is affectionately referred to as She, Her, like it or not. I like it. Loukia is a 32-foot long cutter rigged sailboat with a hearty 11-foot beam (bottom), and a beautiful presence from, unfortunately, an era fading into the past. A true beauty to behold if you have not been possessed by the recent fad of ugly skinny fast hulls destined only to ‘finish’ first. Tramps!
Loukia was, is I suspect still, a roomy, easy to get about on an under, strong, stable, and yes, slow, capable blue-water ocean crosser. As much at home confidently climbing raging seas as she is attempting to sail off her hook. That latter bit, for which she was often chastised, still brings a smile to my face as might a puppy who won’t stop chasing a ball.
Aahhhh… Sailing! If only Joanne were as enamoured with it as Loukia and I had been.
The adventures we would have had… Okay, okay, I’m back from my trip down memory lane, my vision is clearing. You can’t blame a person for reminiscing a forlorn love!
Without hesitation…, in the end…, after much contemplation… My vision is drifting again, I may need a splash of sea-water to bring me back. Well, perhaps not sea-water after all. To the point! I would trade Joanne for nothing worldly or otherwise. She is the best of the best of all wonders I’ve ever found while tripping over myself wading through life. She, as you will read eventually, is my Compass Rose, and I find myself thinking about her when I’m not in fact tuned into her. It’s just the way it is, and I wish similarly for all of you reading this. She makes travel and life the utmost fun, and in hindsight, our trials in this travel adventure have actually been made easy, because of her.
This is where you will find Joanne and my sailing life-related stories. They cover slightly less than 5-years at the beginning of our long-term travel lives and end with the realization that, if partnered, travel and life experience need be a shared and equally enjoyed the opportunity. Today it is. Thank you, Girlfriend, for that part of an adventure. I’m looking forward to our next one!
Adventuring on the High Seas,
Capt’n Brad ‘n the Admiral
Sharing aTravelife With You!