I am realizing after nearly 5 years that I have not been giving this trip the due diligence, attention and work it deserves. I have allowed myself to be influenced by all the people who say this can’t or shouldn’t be done. I have not dug in and done the work because I have been constantly waiting for other people to do it for me. That mindset has to stop.
I watch the dozens of sailing YouTube channels and see all these wonderfully adventurous millennials who just jump on a boat and set sail. This is why people throw money at them and they get free boats. I imagine that elders like me and older see their younger more adventurous selves and are answering the wish they had at that age that someone would help them. Plus all the fellow younger people who wish they could do it and are living vicariously through these seeming outliers.
What is hard for me as a child of the 70s who lived adolescence in the 80s is that for Dovid and I (and others like us), it seems that we are expected to only embark on this type of journey if we had spent our lives planning for it and could finance it ourselves. Even though we have the potential to make sailing history, the interest in our adventure seems pretty limited. I have not heard back from any of the African American organizations about my possible status as the first Black American woman to sail around the world. I don’t know if Dovid is as ambitious with contacting organizations for his possible status as first Jewish-American of any gender identity to sail around the world.
We need to make a definitive plan in order to get outside funding. Otherwise, we will still sail but it will just be our own personal adventure chronicled for our friends and families. Hundreds of people have sailed around the world. Now we have to get our act together and do what is needed to be ready to do the same.
If you have sailed around the world or are further along in the planning than we are, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Let us know in the comments below.
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