Maiden Voyage

Sarasota Bay was the playground for the maiden voyage of the new yellow yak. It went great. This boat tracks so much better than the old one and the skeg drops lower too. That could definitely come in handy.

The headwinds returned today. Plus the waters had some heavy chop to contend with. About the only folks who really dig this kind of wind are the parasailers and there were at least three of them out frolicking around.

Jim was so mad at the wind he spent the last 3 miles of the paddle cursing it. Marc just tried to embrace it.

Pass the Vitamin I (ibuprofen) please.

Marc and Jim.

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11 Responses to Maiden Voyage

  1. Maryellen says:

    Yes, I hope # three is a charm for you, Marc, as you paddle around Florida! I’m continually praying for your safety. Yes, it’s hard to face that wind and the challenges it presents as you paddle and it impedes your progress. A singer/songwriter friend has a CD of paddling songs called True and Deep (he’s also a paddler/Jerry Vandiver). One song “Headwind” ~ no matter which direction you are going, “north, south, east, west, you know you’re going in the right direction if you have a headwind.” The whole CD is filled with very cleverly written and inspired paddling songs …worth a listen, but when you talk about the headwind, it makes me think of that song, and smile.
    Embrace the journey…you will get to your destination. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you 2guys!

    • The music sounds great, would love to have a listen sometime.

      All the Best,

      Marc and Jim

      Sent from my Verizon iPhone4

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      • Maryellen says:

        Of course, the music makes it even better, but this ONE’s for you JIM!!!
        It’s called…ta dah…HEADWIND
        Whitecaps, rollers, gonna tip over

        Middle of the lake and just my luck
        Clouds moving in and winds pickin’ up
        No trees, no leaves, no breakers in sight
        Gonna be a sore back in camp tonight

        Whitecaps, rollers, gonna tip over
        Dig the paddle down and square up the shoulders
        Keep it straight ahead and get a little lower
        It doesn’t matter just where you’re going
        North, south, east, west
        You’re in the right direction
        If you have a headwind

        Going in reverse, don’t look at the shore
        Coming over the bow, now dig a little more
        One good thing about the wind today
        You don’t need a map to point the way

        Whitecaps, rollers, gonna tip over
        Dig the paddle down and square up the shoulders
        Keep it straight ahead and get a little lower
        It doesn’t matter just where you’re going
        North, south, east, west
        You’re in the right direction
        If you have a headwind

        See a little bay just around the bend
        Think you’re gonna rest
        Well, better think again
        Guess what happens when you go the other way
        Should be no surprise what’s blowing in your face

        Whitecaps, rollers, gonna tip over
        Dig the paddle down and square up the shoulders
        Keep it straight ahead and get a little lower
        It doesn’t matter just where you’re going
        North, south, east, west
        You’re in the right direction
        If you have a headwind
        (by Jerry Vandiver)

      • Excellent! That about sums it up. 🙂

        Sent from my Verizon iPhone4

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  2. Ross Stutts says:

    It’s fun reading about your adventures. What an experience. Envy is an ugly thing! Continue to have fun and wear out those kayaks…..

  3. JOHN O'HARE says:

    Marc, is this the third yak? The original, Kim’s replacement and the new Perception? Good grief buddy! Sorry I missed your call the other day. Continue to follow you guys each day. Merry Christmas to both of you! And Advance Around!

  4. Becky Evans says:

    Sorry this wasnt a great day for you….My mom grew up in that area, on the land portion of course, and I grew up swimming in the Gulf. Happy that Jim got the new yak, softer more compatible winds will find you guys soon, and it will be a real treat for the voyage. I have so enjoyed reading the posts and sharing them with my boys, they think its so cool that you guys are doing this! I try and explain that it has not been all fun and games, that there is alot of pain and suffering to be had during the trip, and i think they kinda get it. It is so exciting to see the updates waiting in my Inbox, so keep em coming and what’s that thing you say, ” Advance Around” guys and fair sailing and good health and warm, smooth waters to you both. I have loved hearing how those good people have come to your aid on this trip, kinda restores my faith in humanity…somewhat anyway!!

  5. Marge says:

    Missing you Marc..just isn’t the same…glad you are loving your new kayak..may the wind continue to push you along your fantastic journey…Happy Christmas to you both….

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