Birthdays, Beaches and Boat Motors

I turned 30 on August 24th. As has been the plan for some time now, I will celebrate by leaving my job for 5 months and sailing south through the Intracoastal Waterway to the Bahamas. I will share pictures, videos and blog along the way (mostly for myself and family since I am a full fledged amateur). I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions of things to cover, see and do. As I will be solo much of the time (more than anytime in my past) this trip will be part travel guide and part spiritual soul searching endeavor. I will be looking for what we all strive for; Sublime Sustenance.

So here is a rundown of whats been lately:

Like I said… I turned 30!


My fantastic partner Sabrina arranged a surprise party with about 40 of my closest friends. Many of whom came from hours away, without a word! A huge thanks to everyone who came, and especially to my parents who hosted such a rowdy bunch.

Check out the awesome sailboat cake!

30th Birthday Sailboat Cake

Sabrina suggested I make my wish list for the trip available before my birthday, and boy was she right. Everything I got, came from my wish list, which meant, I both wanted and needed everything I got! Check out this kick ass folding bicycle!

This past weekend we headed out to Maryland’s Eastern Shore for 2 nights of beach camping among the wild horses and biting flies. We really could not have gotten a better camp site. It was right over the dune from the beach on soft sand with water and shower facilities a stones throw away. Originally we had booked a much smaller site, much further from the beach, as places get booked for this time of year WAY in advance. We just happened to check what was available just 3 days before and were elated to find this one available.


As a gift to myself and the boat I found a 2001 Yahama Long Shaft 9.9 High Output 4 stroke outboard motor to replace my decrepit, unreliable, rusty old 1988 Johnson Sailmaster 9.9. Check it out installed. *Sorry for the F-Bombs… I was excited…

One major advantage I have for my trip is the support of my job. I cant thank Billy, Brian, and Lisa enough for their support and understanding. My coworkers are behind me too it seems. Watch out for the P cup!

Adams Welcome/Specials Board

I came across a fantastic quote by one of my favorite sailing writers John Vigor.

“Do your homework first, of course, and make sure you have an objective of some kind. Then sail away. Just have faith and sail away. You’ll find help and friendly people everywhere you go.” – John Vigor

As the pre-departure tasks pile up, this reassured me that no matter what happens, it will be worth it.


About philipstrause

Sailor, Traveler, Cook, Activist....
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