Explore. Dream. Discover.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain


There is saltwater coursing through my veins—literally.

There is saltwater in all of us. The salinity of our blood is nearly identical to the salinity of the ocean. This may be a biological explanation for why I feel compelled to set sail across thousands of miles of open ocean.

When I was 25 years old, I left Florida for Europe alone in a 23-foot sloop named Betelgeuse–eight days after I was married. It was a voyage of high risk and adventure and, remarkably, 34 years later I am still married. My life has been a blessing. Now, work has begun on a new boat, the sailing vessel Flying Fish. It is a 46-foot Island Packet cutter designed for transoceanic passages.

In the next 12 to 18 months, I will raise the halyards on Flying Fish and embark on a new journey across those miles of open ocean. Many of the passages will again be sailed single handed. There will be challenges and discovery. (At age 59, I am no longer bulletproof and this time I will chart my course though different oceans.) It will be voyage of memoir and a reaffirmation of life.

Capt. Jack Sparrow said it best: “Now… bring me that horizon.”

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8 thoughts on “Explore. Dream. Discover.

  1. Jeffrey,
    I ,Iove your writing style. You perfectly convey your feelings in word to paper. I am very excited for you. I respect your ability to pursue your passion and maintain a stable and wonderful family life.
    I am putting you in my top 5 Idols next to Elvis, Sinatra, David Lee Roth and Ben Franklin


  2. I fell for the IP 460 a few years ago, but business setbacks killed my plans. Now, things are looking good, and I am thinking IP 460 again. Can you tell me the lead time on delivering yours?


  3. Jeff I’m here in Nosara thinking of our previous trip here and to Witches Rock! We had fun…still see you jamming down the line at warp speed!! Be safe my friend dave


  4. I have been enjoying your trip vicariously. At one time I too wanted to sail around the world but even with an IP 35 Cat , it is now toomuch. I have set my sights on someone else driving, preferably QE2 , but there is neither time nor money enough . Sounds like you are having a great time. Wish I were there, sometimes.
    Jeffrey L Miller MD IP35 Cat#9 Pupule 3

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    • Thank you for your comments, Jeffrey. The most perceptive of the words in your post is the final one “…sometimes.”
      Sometimes I wonder what I am doing out here alone, so far from my family.
      But then I realize the privilege of being able to view the world from the deck of Flying Fish and I am overwhelmed with gratitude.


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