Captain Steve Brenner and First Mate Sherri Brenner reconnected, fell back in love, and finally married each other after 17 years of searching for something that we left behind when we parted. A partner to depend on, a friend to trust, a lover to share with, a mate with whom we could live out our dreams.
Shortly after getting back together we would sit on Steve’s Ericson 25 and read stories in Latitude 38 of people sailing away to far off places. We would look at each other and say “That sounds lovely”and “Wouldn’t that be nice”. As we continued to read and follow along on the journey of others, our conversations soon became more like “We could do that” and “Those people don’t look like super heroes”. It was not long before we decided that “Yes, we would do that”. And so the dreams began.
We started investigating different boats to determine what would best fit our needs and abilities to our budget. We purchased a wall map and hung it on the wall of our bedroom and started putting pins on the locations we wanted to go. We read blogs, watched you tube videos, and researched until we finally decided that the Westsail was the right boat for us. She was sea worthy and strong; roomy and comfortable; and within our price range. So the search began.
We got married in June 2013 and while on our honeymoon found an ad for a Westsail 32 that fit most of our list of requirements. Of coarse, we had not really thought we would be purchasing a boat so soon, but she was so perfect that we had to at least take a look. Needless to say, we purchased her and shortly thereafter the hard work began.
Now we spend our weekends working on the boat, taking classes and attending seminars. Reading and researching constantly. And usually grinning with the satisfaction that soon we will cast off the dock lines and follow the wind. Our departure date is set. Our calendar is filling up with deadlines. Our bank account is getting smaller. Our dream is getting closer. And so this part of the journey has begun!