We’ve always looked upon the holidays as a time for reflection. The year is drawing to an end, a new one is dawning, the family is (hopefully) close by, plans are being made. In the old days, when the kids were younger and we were afloat full time, there would often be visitors from home, a special treat to go with the anticipation of Santa’s arrival.
Our clan has maintained a tradition of gathering for the holidays, and this year is no different. We’ll be sharing news, debating economic and political philosophy, playing some ball, and doing a bit of confiding.
The family will be as shocked, as are we, that we are no longer caretakers of Wind Horse. We did not expect this event to transpire quickly. But within a few days of our note on SetSail last week, she was getting acquainted with her new skipper.
Although we look at our yachts as tools, a means towards an end in a cruising context, when you have shared so many miles and adventures a bond develops. The yacht takes on a persona of its own. You might even say it has a soul. Saying good bye does not come easily. But we are comforted in the fact that she has a caring new owner, one who will do right by her.
So while we reflect on the future and the adventures to come, we want to wish you and yours the very best for the holidays and new year.
Linda and Steve Dashew