Send-off Fiesta!!

Lewis and I are so excited to start our journey around the world and see where we end up. As Lewis mentioned in “The Route” section of the website, our approximate planned route is just that, approximate. This means that it may take us 4 years to make it around or 7 years, depending on if we take longer detours than expected or even love a place so much we decide to stay for an extra season. We are hoping this blog will be a way for us to keep in touch, allowing everyone to follow our adventure, hopefully learning from our experiences and laughing at the mishaps I’m sure we’ll have along the way.

So what better a way to say goodbye to all of our closest friends and family than throw a send-off fiesta! As with many dock parties to come, we were ready to practice our cruising lifestyle, seeing how much (or should I say, how little) we could spend to throw a rager while staying on budget. After all, we had just provisioned for a month in the delta, so the fridge was pretty full. A couple cases of beer and marg mix from Costco, we were all set. Calling it a BBQ potluck on the e-vite, everyone was overwhelmingly gracious with their contributions. Thank you!

We also only had time to “de-name” the boat while we were on the hard in Sausalito, so this was the perfect opportunity to have a little show, praise the ocean gods and rename our Tartan 37. Here’s a clip of our renaming ceremony:

Renaming Ceremony, Aug 10th, 2013

We will greatly miss all of our friends from the marina. Docks can quickly become a close-knit community, and we appreciate all of the advice people have given us, whether it be varnishing tricks, wheat grass growing tips, or just the simple “stop working and leave already!” Lewis wants to add, he will forever be indebted to the legendary Captain Bob of Gypsy Wind for his advice and knowledge of boat repair and maintenance.


Feel free to post more advice, comments and shared experiences…here we go!




  1. mama-doupoulos's Gravatar mama-doupoulos
    August 20, 2013    

    Hi there! Just tried your page…looking good! Post pictures soon!

    • September 7, 2013    

      Hey guys, Slove here, loving the blog! i’m sitting here drinking moonshine and reading up on the adventures life without the 9-5! I wish you guys the best and I’ll be in touch! love you guys! xoxoxoxo Adios y vaya con dios!

  2. Liz's Gravatar Liz
    September 7, 2013    

    Nice job on the blog! Hope we can catch up with you in Half moon before you disappear for the next however many years.

  3. Bob and Miriam's Gravatar Bob and Miriam
    September 7, 2013    

    Always nice to get a complement as heartfelt as that one. I’ve enjoyed
    seeing Ellie’s brightwork evolution take hold as well as all the never seen
    but always necessary maintenance you’ve tackled with such passion and
    vigilance. Also refreshing to see a skipper damn the expense, full speed
    ahead policy to get a project done in time and done right.

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