V: Miami to the Bahamas

Miami to The Bahamas. Finally, I head out to sea.

Nearly four years ago, in a boatyard in Reedville, Virginia, I came across a tatty old Rawson sailboat called Ave del Mar. Unable to resist, I bought Ave, and so began an adventure that’s taken me from the hippest neighbourhoods in DC, across the Chesapeake Bay, down the Intra-Coastal Waterway and now, at last, into the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, I have developed all manner of new skills and Ave has undergone a painstaking restoration. Together we will aspire to circumnavigate the globe although I am keen to point out I have no particular destination in mind.

This is a story of reinvention. This is adventure. This is Boat Radio

IV: Mark Firestone Gets No Money From Tires

This edition comes from Lake Sylvia, Florida, where I chat to Gozzard owner Mark Firestone.
Three years ago, I bought a tatty, sun-bleached old sailboat called Ave del Mar. Slowly and with great attention to detail I revived Ave and have embarked on a voyage. There’s no real plan; no particular destination in mind. All we know is that I would like to see the whole world and that someday he might turn up at Boat Radio headquarters in Mallorca.
This is a story about how a chance discovery in a boatyard in Reedville, Virginia led to a new lease of life for both a 1967 Rawson 30′ cutter and me, her former restaurateur owner.

III: More Feta Cheese, Please

From Boat Radio’s website:

“John’s eldest daughter, Alex, joins him to discuss cribbage, blanket forts, lighting design and possible itineraries for his circumnavigation.

Three years ago, in a boatyard in Reedville, Virginia, John Herlig stumbled across a shabby, sun-bleached old sailboat called Ave del Mar. She’d been around the world a couple of times and had sat neglected, on the hard, for a few years before John came along. Unable to resist, he bought her and embarked on a painstaking restoration. The work is now finished – or as finished as work on a fifty-year-old sailboat ever can be – and John and Ave have travelled down the Intra-Coastal Waterway to Florida. In the next few weeks, they’ll set sail on the trip of a lifetime, into foreign waters and ultimately all the way around the globe. All that remains is for John to make a few decisions about where he’d like to visit.

John’s artful self-deprecation and infectious laugh made him a favourite among Boat Radio’s listeners when he featured in an edition of The Life Aquatic. Now he’s back with his own series, introducing the people he meets and the places he visits as he and Ave explore the world together.”

To read more about John’s adventures, visit his wonderful blog, http://www.avedelmar.com

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