Sometimes when you sail offshore, the horizon disappears, and you can't tell where the water ends, and the heavens begin.  You feel like you are floating in space.  Once you're out of sight of land and the sun goes down, there's blackness beneath you and the Milky Way above.  Billions of galaxies twinkle in the darkness and surround you on all sides.   A feeling of mystery and oneness with the universe descends on you as your yacht sails on through the night.

Did you ever want to leave your earth-bound existence behind and travel in outer space to the far reaches of the galaxy?  I have felt that way too many times to count, and I suspect the thought has crossed your mind as well.  The good news is that you can do it - sort of.  I'll explain how.

When astronauts blast off into orbit on the space shuttle, they end up only a few hundred miles above planet earth.  In the space station they are less than three-hundred miles from the nearest land (directly beneath them).  When I blasted off across the Pacific Ocean in Exit Only, I was fifteen hundred miles from the nearest land as I sailed to French Polynesia.  My crew and I were on our own; there was no mission control to guide us on our way.  Just like the space shuttle, we had to be self-sufficient in all areas.  Although we didn't have to carry oxygen like space travelers, we had to take food, water, and enough survival supplies to last several months in case something went wrong.

I realize Exit Only isn't the Millennium Falcon and that we are traveling at substantially less than the speed of light.  Nevertheless, we are out there on our own in our small part of the Milky Way Galaxy.  The fact that we are floating on the interface between two fluids (water and air) does not diminish the adventure we feel as we travel through near space.  The fact that we are flying at only six knots on our journey does not erase our sense of achievement when we return from near space and place our feet on dry land.


Although most people don't think of themselves as intergalactic travelers, all of us are living on spaceship earth.  Our planet hurtles through the galaxy at  thousands of miles per hour.  When city folks look up in the sky at night they can't see the stars because of the light pollution, and they forget they traveling on a spaceship.  Sailor are different.  When sailors look up in the night sky, they know that they are space travelers immersed in the Milky Way.


Just because you're not riding in the space shuttle doesn't mean you are not an astronaut.  Every time you weigh anchor and sail into the unknown, you blast off in your spaceship.  An astronaut in the space shuttle and a sailor on a dark night at sea both see the same thing.  Although the astronaut is in near space, and the sailor in nearer space, both of them see millions of miles in every direction with their naked eyes.

Those of you who feel like your life is going nowhere need to go out in wilderness far from the cities and look up into the night sky.  You will instantly understand what I'm talking about.  You'll forget about your woes, and a sense of awe will overwhelm your heart and mind, because you too are a space traveler.  You might even give up your land-locked existence and explore the galaxy in a spaceship of your own.  Just raise your sails and point the bow of your small ship toward the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia, and before long, near space will be your home.


Space travel....... I love it.

Life is good.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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