Looking at the date of my last post, I have not written anything on Turf to Surf for two and a half years. What?! TWO AND A HALF YEARS?!
That sounds about right, actually. I kind of feel like I’m just waking up from a coma.
In any case, I apologize for disappearing so abruptly and without explanation (apart from this post on Facebook). When my life took a drastic U-turn a few years ago, I found myself suddenly without a boat, a family, or ownership of this blog, where I’ve been writing about my sailing and travel adventures since 2012.
Side note: If you want to know more about what happened, you can read about it here – Believe: A New Chapter. I have created a new site called Tasha’s Turf (www.tashasturf.com), where I write about things much broader than sailing and travel – life changes, my on-going projects (one of which is writing a book) and things that are generally more life-related, rather than just sailing and travel-related.
One of the reasons for building another site was to motivate me to get back to writing, especially since ownership of this site has been in dispute since the start of my divorce proceedings two years ago.
But as the long, arduous (not to mention, expensive) process of getting divorced is finally coming to a close, I am finding my feet again, and starting to come out of hiding.
For most of the last two years, I’ve been hibernating up in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, trying to heal. When I left s/v Cheeky Monkey in Tahiti, after my marriage fell apart, I think I just wanted to do the opposite of sailing and living on a boat. And skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking seemed like just the thing to make me forget my past life on the high seas for a while.
But I haven’t stayed away from boats entirely. In fact, I’ve been slowing dipping my toes back in the water, checking to see if I still like it.
And it turns out, I do! In the last two years, I’ve sailed with friends from the Bahamas to Cuba, then on to Jamaica. I’ve raced boats in the Caribbean. And I studied for and passed my exams for my US Coast Guard Captain’s License.
Little by little, over the past two years, I’ve taken baby steps towards becoming the captain of my own ship, both literally and metaphorically. And I have some exciting plans on that front, which I will be writing about here.
Most recently, I was invited down to Sint Maarten to do media coverage for the Heineken Regatta, which turned out to be an incredible week of sailing, photographing racing yachts, meeting some amazing boaters and writers, and catching up with many friends who have been cruising in the Caribbean and all over the world since I last saw them. It was just the thing I needed to remind me how much I love the sailing community, and how much I’ve missed my boating life.
And now that I’ve earned the official title of “Captain Tasha,” I have plans…oh, do I have plans!
I’ll be posting about all of that, including stories about my week at the Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten here on Turf to Surf.
But I thought it would be weird to just pop up here, after two and a half years of silence, telling stories of my sailing exploits as though nothing happened. Because a LOT has happened. And a lot of it was too difficult for me to write about for a very long time.
So I’m here to let you know, “I’m baaaaack!”
And with that little update, I’m signing off to that tune by Chumbawumba… “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…”