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I started this blog in 2007 to simply chronicle the restoration of our first sailboat, keep myself accountable for my dreams and keep a journal of our adventures for my kids and I. I never intended to build an audience, but you've shown up nonetheless. And you've brought with you tons of inspiration and encouragement. Again, THANK YOU!
To show just a smidgen of my appreciation, I'm offering a pair of brand new recently published cruising books, As Long as It's Fun by Herb McCormick and A Sail of Two Idiots by Renee Petrillo, free for two random readers. To put your name in the hat, simply comment below on this post or send me a quick email. I'll draw out a couple of names in a week or so and mail out the books for your reading pleasure!
And just so I can still keep this post at least partially about sailing, here's a progression of sailing related numbers from 1 to 1,000,000:
1 = The number of people who had sailed singlehanded around the world when Joshua Slocum completed the feat on June 27, 1898.
10 = The Beaufort number for storm force winds of 48-55 knots (55-63 mph) and waves of 29-41ft.
100 = The number of boat designs under Bob Perry's belt when he finished the Lafitte 44.
1,000 = The year that Leif Ericson reached North America from Norway, representing the first recorded sail across the Atlantic.
10,000 = The amount of money (in USD) required to purchase 25 of our first sailboat, a 1972 Helms 25 swing keel. The best $400 I've ever spent!
100,000 = The approximate total sea miles sailed by one of my favorite sailing writers, Capt. Fatty Goodlander.
1,000,000 = The number of pageviews that SailFarLiveFree.com has amassed up through August, 2014.