Friday afternoon, with only hours left on our slip rental, we untied from the docks and slid out of the marina into open waters. By this time in our sailing life we were feeling like this act was routine – the motor out of the marina – but once the sails went up everything changed. This would mark the first time we were sailing away – for good – to an unknown life of new adventures on the water. It took a few miles of sailing for it to set in. The smiles crept across both our faces as it felt good to be nomads again. We did this! We *are* doing this! Only nine months ago we had no clue we would be sailing in 2019. And now we were leaving land for good.
Our sail that afternoon was only an hour and a half. We only planned to return to Inati Bay for an undetermined number of days as a shakedown. As has been true for the entire time we have been in Bellingham, the wind was coming from the exact direction we want to travel. To get there, to our first destination as full-time sailors, we planned a route That included two tacks. The first tack put us nearly on a 120 degree heading (away from our destination) thanks to a wind shift, but the second pointed us right at our target. We were close-hauled the entire time, which meant we were heeled over at 20 degrees. It’s an exciting way to sail – looks cool – but not really the most comfortable. Kerri seems to really enjoy it though. Moose, not so much.