For Fawkes it’s been so long since we’ve moved the boat strictly by wind. You see we’ve spent the last three months moving the boat east. There’s a reason they’re called the Trade Winds.
Once upon a time the pirates plied the Caribbean waters looking for treasure. Some were sanctioned by governments or more commonly called Privateers and given a letter of marque which meant they weren’t hung on the spot when captured. They were all looking for the same thing. The Trade routes moved rum, slaves and manufactured goods. They moved with the wind, not against it. There’s a pattern and it blows consistently in a circle. Between the wind and the flow of oceans, the sailing ships moved from Britain, France and Spain down to Africa, across to the Caribbean and north to the United States.
This path wasn’t without it’s challenges, but minimized the dangers greatly.
So why is it we took what’s commonly called the Thorny Path to get to our version of paradise?
Mostly because we weren’t going to Europe first. We chose to minimize our time at sea. It meant changing our rhumb line from an 8 day sail south to a three month journey. It meant we waited for favorable weather and motored east, against the trade winds.
We’re almost to the north end of the Leeward Islands and can use the sails. I can’t wait to feel the wind aloft and the seas below, taste the freedom of sailing once again.
How often do you choose a path contrary to the norm? How has it worked for you? Is it better to take the path well traveled?