Monthly Archives: March 2015
The unspoiled ocean I want to maintain.
Spending time on the ocean and practicing more responsible use of resources has raised my awareness of how much I can improve my “green” on land. I have recently adopted the motto in the title of this post.
Although I don’t actually stop with straws… I am also that strange person you see leaving the grocery, juggling 5 or 6 items because I forgot my reusable bag and I don’t want to use a plastic grocery sack.
I am by no means an expert in all things green, but I am trying to learn more and inform others as I find small, manageable ways to be more responsible about trash and pollution. I hope to empower you with information and easy ways to fight pollution with me.
When I delve into ocean pollution facts, it is easy to become depressed and overwhelmed, which can lead to a feeling of futility. I want to empower you, not depress you with the magnitude of the problem.
I have included two pictorials to inform you about trash:
My big step this week was writing a letter about straws to Brinker International which owns Chili’s Grill and Bar. Recently I went to Chili’s for lunch and realized that they provide every, single customer with a straw wrapped in a napkin with the silverware! I am confident that at least half of those straws are never used, but end up in a trash pile. My hope is that Chili’s will stop including the straws and thereby reduce unnecessary plastic trash!
By myself, these steps toward plastic reduction are minuscule, but they are such easy choices, that anyone, everyone, can implement them and together we can make a difference!
Here are some other very easy choices we can all make and thereby reduce our pollution:
Do you have “greens” you want to share? Let me know and I will incorporate them in future posts.
Who will help “Save the Ocean, One Straw at a Time?”
Before I actually began to sail, I thought sailing would feel like that old Christopher Cross song “Sailing” sounded.
Well that was certainly not true these last three weeks in the BVI’s where we consistently saw winds above 20 knots and our route choice caused us to slog upwind as often as not. Which meant that our sailing felt more like a ’70’s head banger than Christopher Cross!
The photo below was taken when we were flying only our spinnaker at 135 degrees port, heading to St. Thomas. 9.2 knots was not our highest speed, just the one I happened to get in a photo.
Apparent wind speed (13.1) + Boat speed (9.2) = 22.3 knots
While more seasoned sailors wouldn’t be phased by these winds and speeds, I am still pretty new to the sailing game. Despite my lack of experience, I thought this sail was pretty awesome, though I do wonder if we were stretching the limits of our spinnaker!
We sailed to St. Thomas to await delivery of an autopilot part from Garmin; which never arrived (frustrated sigh). So while cooling our heels, we toured the island and I got to spend a few days driving on the left side of the road. I was concentrating too hard to catch the views while moving, but we did stop to soak in the beauty. Here are a few of our favorite photos:
Megan’s Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
Charlotte Amalie – there were 5 cruise ships that day!
Lunch overlooking Red Hook
After 3 days in St. Thomas, we departed, sans the autopilot part, and returned to Tortola motoring directly into the 23 knot winds. Still, at this stage of my experience, every journey includes a teaching moment. Motoring into the wind, jockeying the troughs and peaks of the waves increased my confidence in Let It Be and taught me a little more about her abilities and my own.
This trip made me realize that on land, schedules dictate many decisions and it is rather common to sort of adopt the US Mail motto when completing errands and meeting deadlines: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Herodotus, 503 B.C.
Well Herodotus, I believe in the future, when sailing is my transportation, snow, rain, wind, waves and gloom of day or night shall certainly determine wether I set sail much less complete my appointed rounds! I have no desire to spend my future fighting wind and waves but prefer to accept their superior strength and work with them. Let my schedule adapt for a change instead!
This week we absolutely relished our time on LIB, especially as we received texts and photos from friends suffering the cold and snow back in Texas.
As if avoiding the snow and ice weren’t enough cause to appreciate life aboard in the Caribbean, we had the pleasure of three fabulous guests:
Deb, Teressa and Robby were great fun and they were game for any activity thrown their way!
Or lounging on the front deckThis group was up for it all! And considering the wind and waves thrashing through the BVIs this week, it’s a good thing!
Cheers to a solid crew!
At the start of the week we had greenhorns aboard, but by week’s end they were a solid crew. Thanks for spending time with us on LIB y’all.