The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

The Sailor’s Curse of Convenience and Time

Rick Ellis

Welcome Passage
Truant 33
March 18th, 2024

We buy sailboats imagining the joy and simplicity of travelling with the wind
We want to escape the rat race and schedules
Connect with nature and feel the elements
Slow down, appreciate beauty and do no harm
Be students of wind, wave and sky
Go with the flow


The rendezvous is tomorrow and we have to get there ASAP
We don’t have time to wait for tides, currents and favourable winds
No time for deliberate practice, building skills and confidence
We are used to getting what we want, when we want it, in an easy-to-use format
We find waiting for nature to be frustrating
We don’t like to be inconvenienced by things outside our control

What do we really want, anyway?



  1. Debra Bryant says:

    I have the pleasure of working with Rick and the rest of the team on the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Cruising working group. I am really glad that BCA is supporting this critically important strategy and I am looking forward to learning a LOT from my teammates and from other sailors in BCA.

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