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

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Welcome aboard Flying Fish. This is a newsletter about a youthful spirit cocooned in an aging body sailing around the world trying to make sense of a changing planet.


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. The other reasons are still not so clear.

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, 40 years later we are still married. My life has been a blessing. I sailed in my youth. Then, I worked hard. Now, I am sailing again. Today, I am en route around the world aboard a new boat, Flying Fish, a 46-foot Island Packet cutter designed for transoceanic passages.

Join me as I will raise the halyards on Flying Fish and embark on new journeys across miles of open ocean. Sailing is not just about the wind and the sea; equally important are the places where Flying Fish carries me. Many of the passages will again be sailed single-handed. There will be challenges and discoveries. (At age 65, I am no longer bulletproof, and this time I will chart my course through different oceans.) It will be a voyage of memoir, and a reaffirmation of life on this planet.

Now, onward! Capt. Jack Sparrow said it best: “Bring me that horizon.”


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You can follow the daily progress of Flying Fish, boat speed (or lack thereof), and current weather as I sail by clicking this satellite uplink: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Flyingfish. A Bonus: Click the “Show Legends and Blogs” box on the right side of the tracking page for passage notes while I am sailing offshore. 

To see where Flying Fish has sailed since leaving Key West in 2017, click here: https://cruisersat.net/track/Flying%20Fish.

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Text and Photography © Jeffrey Cardenas 2021

Let this be a time of grace and peace in our lives   – Fr. John Baker

11 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

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  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?

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  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

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  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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  5. Hi Jeff. I am in the same waiting room where we last spoke and realized I had not received any updates on your fantastic voyage. I looked up flying fish and am happy to be caught up again. Your passage in the shipping lanes was scary. I hope I am back on your update list. Be careful and enjoy the thrill. I hope you have caught up on your sleep. ⛴🚢🛳🛥⛵️⛴🚢

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  6. Hi Jeffery, I’m an old Key Wester, friend of Janey and Harlan Franklin and once a avid fly fisherman. As a kid running around the Sun & Sand club there was a family friend who was a Navy pilot who’s name was Buddy Cardenas. I just wonder if you were related. I’m greatly enjoying your trip!

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    • Hello Mike, Thank you for following Flying Fish. I didn’t know a Buddy Cardenas but the Franklins were kind to me in the early Key West years. Harlan was a fishing mentor although he had a curmudgeonous streak to his personality. I learned quickly not to ask him where he was seeing fish.

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