There is a tale of a sailing trip from Toronto, Canada to Cuba and back on a 25 ft. sailboat. The Polish-Canadian skipper (and according to his site, the vessel’s designated dishwasher as well), Maciek, provides lots of great information and plenty of amazing photos from the journey. He is a self-described “cubicle rat” and decided that he didn’t want to wait until “he was in his fifties with high blood pressure and wad of money to go for it”. After purchasing a 25 foot sloop he took a year-long sabbatical from his job as a web designer and network specialist to live his dream and, with little sailing experience, pushed away from port. Accompanied by his First Mate, Maciek headed across Lake Ontario, through the Erie Canal, down the Hudson River and to the great Atlantic, leagues away from the nearest cell phone or car payment.
Maciek’s tale is one of an epic vision quest, a true rite-of-passage of both mind and spirit. It’s the type of journey many people talk of doing over pub fries and ale, but never actually accomplish. Maciek’s determiniation, MacGyver-like resourcefulness, and “fuck it, we’re doing it anyway” attitude are a genuine inspiration.
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet
so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and
impatient when least effective.”
Henry David Thoreau