On Wednesday, we prepared. We stowed items and filled tanks, all that was left was to push off. Sadly, after a wind and tide check we learned that we would gain more by leaving the next day. The saddening part of this was that I was freezing! I had been wearing a sweatshirt that day and the next was suppose to be even colder! I was itching to leave the marina more than anyone else, for the obvious reasons and also because my friends had already left for the Keys. On Thursday, we took off! The day was spent with everyone rotating to the helm (the place to steer the boat), except for me since I don't know how to yet. While everyone was at the helm I would do school if we had WiFi, read, and sometimes put on makeup (just because I felt like it). We ended up having some issues with our navigation system and had to anchor out for the nigh, then on Friday, we continued our journey. The navigation system wasn't completely fixed but it was good enough. Night had come along and I realized the issues with having a forward cabin. IT'S LOUD! I could hear us crash against the waves, I wasn't able to sleep. Sooner or later I moved into the salon (living room) and slept on the couch. On Saturday, we arrived in Key West! About an hour and a half after I woke up we had joined our friends from SV Stargazer in a mooring field, which is an area where boats can connect to a floating ball that's connected to the ground instead of using an anchor. After some well-deserved naps, we went onto land with our friends from Stargazer. On Sunday, we were off again, along with Stargazer we began our journey to the Bahamas! I spent most of this day drawing and reading, but I did get to steer for a few minutes. On Monday, we made landfall at a Cat Cay. After going through the process of being checked in, we relaxed and had drinks at a bar (mine was non-alcoholic obviously). On Tuesday, Stargazer joined us at the marina. They came over to our boat and had dinner, we all needed a break.
Hello! I'm Addison Roberts and I'm 12 years old. I live on a boat with my parents and we're sailing around the world, or at least headed in that general direction, but you probably know that from the author bio on the side of the screen! So, I think you should know more about me, what lead my parents to get the boat, and preparing for our journey. You already know my name and my age, but you don't know that I have lived in a total of four states in the U.S., I was born in Illinois, moved to Mississippi when I was about 2, I moved to Virginia when I was 7, and at last, when I was 10, I was warm in Florida! Moving around from place to place made it easier to move onto a boat because I was already use to leaving places and people, though I still keep in contact with some of my friends from when I was younger. I am in seventh grade, I'm not home schooled (yet) and I don't go to public school, so how do I learn? Well, I'm taught through FLVS (Florida Virtual School), and I love it! FLVS has real teachers and I'm able to talk to them throughout the week to help me with homework, to make it even better it gives me the opportunity to skip a grade in subjects so I can "reach my full potential". Sadly, this is my first and last year with FLVS Full Time, starting next year my mom will home school me. Speaking of my parents, I think it's a good time to tell the story of when they decided to buy a boat. It all started when my dad went on a trip with my uncle on a charter sailboat to the Bahamas over 10 years ago. My dad had such a great time travelling that he somehow convinced my mom to buy a boat with him and travel the world, and that's exactly what they've done. At the moment, we are preparing to go, we are doing last minute projects, buying necessities, and preparing for "Captain Mark" to join us. Fun fact: Captain Mark was the captain of the boat my dad went on originally when he decided to buy a boat. It's funny how things come full circle, isn't it? We're in a marina right now, I've met two other boat girls here: Aeriss and Ella. There's a picture of us together to the right. Ella is on the left, Aeriss is in the middle, and I'm on the right. If you are on a mobile this will be at the top.
Aeriss has a channel on youtube, you should check it out.