People are always asking the wrong questions about sailing and driving around the world.
The most frequent question is how much it costs to buy a yacht or an expeditionary vehicle to make the trip.
The second question is about how much time it takes.
The third question is about the dangers of the trip.
I understand why they ask those questions, but there are other more important questions on which they need to focus.
Questions like the following:
How many lives do you get?
If you aren't living your dreams now, when are you going to start?
How many years are you guaranteed to have perfect health?
How many years are you going to be alive?
Those are the questions that really matter.
It's easy to forget the facts of life.
Here are the facts of life.
1. You only get one life.
2. There is no security
3. There are no survivors.
4. You cannot take it with you.
5. There is virtually no reason that you should not be living your dreams.
On the wall above my computer, I have a large chart that shows the timeline of human history. It goes from neolithic and paleolithic times right up to the present. It shows the major empires that for a time spread across and ruled planet earth. Some of those civilizations lasted for more than a thousand years, and now they are gone. Billions of anonymous people had their shot at life and then disappeared leaving hardly a trace.
When I traveled in the Saudi desert, I sometimes found arrowheads lying in the sand. The last person who touched that arrowhead lived in neolithic times more than eight thousand years ago. That arrowhead reminds me of the shortness of life, and that I should be living my dreams.
Your short stay on planet earth is frighteningly brief. It's like a puff of smoke or the flash of a meteor in the night sky. The facts of life are very clear. Life is way too short to not be living your dreams.
Go ahead. Live your dreams and make every day count for something good.
Even though your life is short, there is no limit to how good it can become.
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.
The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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