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Summertime used to be sailing time.
Now, that I live in the desert, people are surprised to learn that I know about sailing. Yes, I have done lots of it. In the days when we were young and naïve, we bought the biggest boat we could find for the money we had and could borrow. It was a 56′ long wooden sailboat. The boat was purchased in Connecticut, and we lived in Maryland. It was in the ocean that the boat started falling apart and washed up on the shore of Long Island, New York.
With the help of a lot of kind hearted people, we overcame that obstacle. Eventually the boat made its way to Annapolis. After several years of spending every spare hour working on it, we were able to go sailing again, and eventually move aboard with two small children.
Besides jobs, maintaining the boat and caring for the family, we enjoyed sailing. We lived like that for many years with the children, until they became teenagers. We moved into a house, but still enjoyed going sailing just about every weekend in the summer. Eventually we even sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, but on a friend’s boat.
We met an English couple who were cruising on their forty foot ketch. There came a time they wanted to return to Europe with the boat. The wife did not want to do another ocean crossing, and returned to England and a new job. My husband and I volunteered to help our friend to sail across. I was the only woman in the crew of five. Chores were divided equally. All of us took turns cooking, cleaning up, navigating, handling sails and steering. There was no autopilot and we all did our time at the helm for three hour shifts. That meant three hours on and twelve hours off, which rotated the shifts nicely. The worst shifts were two to five AM. After forty days traveling, that’s counting stops in Bermuda and the Azores, we reached the southern shore of Portugal. The actual sailing time from Maryland to Europe was twenty-seven days.
We had arranged to have a VW camper waiting for us in Portugal. We unloaded our belongings from the boat to the camper and toured Europe all summer. When we had enough, we bought an airline ticket to Baltimore and flew home.
This experience helps my writing. I know what it’s like to experience dirty nights at sea and the thoughts that go through the head.
Would I want to do it again? Been there, done that. But I have never jumped out of an airplane.
Charlotte thought she loved Fred, but was not quite sure if she was any more than a servant. She knew she loved his three children, but they alone could not make her happy. She knew she had to leave and explore the possibility of making a life with Klaus. At the boat’s arrived in Philadelphia she was delighted to see Klaus. When she saw who stood next to her, she almost fainted. What should she do next?
About the Author:Ellynore Seybold, Also published as Ellynore Seybold-Smith presently lives in the desert southwest. Before she took up residence in Arizona she lived in Maryland. Many years, she and her husband and two children lived aboard a sailboat. Adventures with the boat resulted in a book called THE WOODEN MISTRESS. It was first published by Books Unlimited in 1994 and republished on Createspace in both paper and kindle.
She currently has several books out including Sigrit, Erika’s Dilemma, Released, and One Cold Night and Other Stories. She has several more coming out soon.
Her books are available through Black Opal Books and The Wild Rose Press as well as all eBook retailers.
Love Across the Ocean was released on August 3. Also on the way are Love Not Departed, and Love in the Golden Years.
Buy the book at The Wild Rose Press.