Our farewell toast aboard Tamarisk in Marmaris with the Legend - amazing memories

Marmaris, Turkey

From the shores of southern Turkey on the same docks where we bought Tamarisk three years ago, and with no miles remaining in our voyaging plans, there’s no longer any denying that our around the world sailing dream has officially reached its end. Fortunately this end has been a cause for celebration… unlike many exotic pursuits humans might choose to undertake, ours had a clear beginning, an undeniably successful termination, and the most amazing three year experience a human could possibly ask for in between. So in recent weeks we’ve celebrated our circumnavigation with family and close friends, first in Rhodes, and then again here in Marmaris as we’ve been preparing Tamarisk for a new adventure in the hands of a new owner (shameless plug: yes, it’s for sale). So of course this is a particularly bittersweet (perhaps bi-polar) moment… in some ways the highest high we’ve experienced in our voyage, and in other ways the lowest low. There’s a famous quote we think applies particularly well to the moment we find ourselves in today: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”.

As we write the final words of this chapter of our lives, we look back on what we’ve learned, how much we’ve changed, and how appreciative we are for the new perspectives we’ve adopted along the way. Overall it’s been an extraordinarily humbling experience… the countless moments of extreme vulnerability in unknown places, with unknown people, or under unknown circumstances is no doubt at the root of this sensation. In three years of voyaging we’ve felt like fumbling amateurs almost every step of the way, constantly beyond the edge of our comfort zone, and rarely feeling any sensation of expertise or even familiarity. That experience day to day for three years in a row of living in an unknown chaos is the one that’s changed us more than any other. It’s forced us to open our eyes and our minds to wider fields of view, forced us to make an endless number of spur of the moment decisions, forced us to adapt, make allies, defend against enemies, break laws, barter with locals, scavenge, repair things, bribe officials, seek shelter, and run like hell. In a word, it’s forced us to sample, enjoy, and suffer a larger part of the human experience than most people will ever get to know. And when we add together our millions of seemingly inconsequential daily experiences, we discover a whole that’s far greater than the simple sum of its parts. The experience as a whole has changed us in one simple but profound way: it’s made us comfortable with the unfamiliar and has put us at peace, despite not knowing what’s going to happen next. That’s a perspective change that we’re incredibly grateful for, and if there’s one reason we’d encourage anyone to pursue their own adventure into the uncertainty of the big blue world, that’s the one.

So the time has come to turn the page and move on to what comes next in our lives. Saying goodbye and moving on is something we’ve become necessarily good at in recent years… circumnavigations don’t work so well any other way. That means this will be our final entry into these pages. We want to extend our gratitude to all our loyal followers who’ve watched our journey, sent words of encouragement, dispensed advice when we were in need, and brought a new dimension to our adventure that was wholly unexpected at the beginning…. your support gave meaning to our voyage, and encouraged us to build this archive that will remain permanently here on these pages.

So to borrow a phrase we’ve used to end countless conversations on the radio with the many invisible friends we’ve met at sea in recent years: Tamarisk Out.

11 Comments

  1. Richard Landers

    Sure you don’t want to do it again? If one’s good, isn’t two better?
    It was a great ride for you guys and a great read for us landlubbers. I’ll miss the blogs but look forward to seeing you back in California.

  2. Robert

    Always a successful voyage when all those who went to sea return.
    Unlike Fastnet ’79.
    Adios for now.

  3. Bernie & sSusi Lynch

    We will miss seeing your beautiful pictures of those far away places and experiencing your adventures and misadventures but grateful that all turned out OK.
    See you back in L.A.

  4. Nick Zoa

    Congratulations on your fantastic journey and thank you for your excellent descriptions along the way. I’ll miss reading your regular posts. Whatever you do next, I hope we’ll all be able to follow along with your future discoveries and successes.

  5. mark jackson

    What a thrill it has been to ride along with you from our armchairs these last three years. We have so much enjoyed your self-deprecating warts-and-all reports. I hope that it won’t be too difficult to settle down after such an action-packed period of your life.

  6. Shirley Kiley

    Oh how I will miss your beautiful photographs and vicarious thrills following your exciting, fascinating, and often scarey, journey. I’m hoping to hear all about your wonderful family reunion in Rhodes when I next see your Mum.

    I wish you both much happiness in your future loves and life.

  7. Nancy Walker

    Thank you for sharing your adventures! Reading your posts has taken me out of my much smaller world on many occasions and I am grateful. If you would be interested in speaking on your changed perspective to a group of my work colleagues, we would love to have you. Your Dad knows how to reach me. Regardless, wishing you the best on whatever is next!
    Nancy Walker

  8. Maria Smith

    Amazing journey!
    and thank you for sharing
    all the best

  9. Mom and Dad

    Tamarisk Out = Salties Home!
    As the proudest parents imaginable and our hearts filled with joy, Dad and I feel deeply blessed to have two such outstanding sons. Your dedication to achieving your challenging dream is beyond belief, and may your lives now continue with expectations being met. Your blogs have brought enlightenment, laughter and profound interest, and we will reread them and savor the wonderful photos for many years.
    Your safe return brings us enormous happiness and gratification, so … Welcome Home!

  10. Rick from Airlie Beach

    Whenever I found some time to read where you two were lately I was in awe. Purely inspiring. Thank you for sharing amazing pictures and well written posts.

    Off to the next adventure!

    See you around, Rick

  11. Sailing Yoga Family

    Well done guys, for it’s ‘Happy Dancer Over’ (not ‘out’). We are in Fethiye atm and about to head West around the world – after two wonderful years in the Med. Will you be here for a bit longer? If so, swing by for a cuppa on board. Also, if you’d like me to add a link to Tamarisk for Sale on our blog (SailingYogaFamily.com) – I’m sure many of the followers might be interested in a proven Blue Water Cruiser. Safe travels, fellow sailors and nice blog! x Dini

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