On board are Wade, Chris and Bengie
Wade is the skipper and jack of all trades. That is what you become on a boat to stay out of mischief. He often says: “Cruising is the art of running minor repairs and maintenance in exotic places.” Wade is a safe, conservative, patient sailor, a good navigator and careful weatherman. His motto is “we are in it for fun not fright.” We don’t like to scare ourselves. We only go when the weather is right. Wade’s favourite thing is sails trimming. If he can extract a little more performance out of our sails, he fiddles with those strings!
Chris is the first mate, willing to do anything and everything as Wade’s right hand. As much as possible we share the running of the boat. We have a rule on board: both of us need to be capable of doing most things interchangeably. It is as much about safety as it is about enjoyment. We make a good team. Chris’s favourite thing is manoeuvring in and out of jetties, marinas and tight spots. Her motto is “proceed slowly into danger.” Well actually it’s “Avance tout doucement vers le danger” – she was born and grew up in France… For her sailing is about adventures, discovery and the opportunity to muse, dream, capture our experiences in writing or through the camera lens. She is a keen photographer and a published author.
And we must not forget Bengie, our ship’s cat, and a very talkative one at that. She is a Bengal, a striking leopard looking cat with bright green eyes. Bengals supposedly like water and happily jump in and swim. Bengie is somewhat of an exception! She does not mind the water, but from a distance, which is probably safer. Obsessions: butterflies and dragonflies. Naughtiest deed: climbing up anything and everything, including the mast. Favourite food: any, she could be mistaken for a Labrador. Favourite past time: hiding in bags, green bags, sail bags, rope bags (very tasty salty bits of string in there), shopping bags (sure to be food inside), and more bags. Favourite toy: bird feathers, preferably large ones like those of pelicans or cape barren geese. She also has the rare distinction of being a published author, having had two articles published in Cruising Helmsman: Cat on a Cat, and Weather forecasting and other ship’s cat jobs.
Sailing has been our passion for many years. We love the sea, we relish an adventure, we enjoy nature. The ocean, the seabirds and fascinating marine life, the pristine anchorages are an endless source of pleasure and we like sharing this with friends, either as they accompany us on our escapades or through our photography and chronicles.
Cruising is a mix of things for us: the joy of sailing, the excitement of exploring new destinations and revisiting favourite anchorages, the challenge of stretching the boundaries and learning along the way, the intense pleasure of reaching places less travelled, and the fun of meeting like-minded yachties. It was an absorbing past-time for many years, but now it is our life. We gave up work in July 2017 and live aboard full time.