"Adventure is our life," Cindy Beach of Cedaredge says. Cruising on sailing ships is an important part of that adventure.
Dave Beach began his cruising adventure before he and Cindy met.
Dave was inducted into "The Ancient and Honorable Order of Sons and Daughters of Magellan" by virtue of joining the Windjammer 'Round the World cruise aboard the 180 foot motor/sailer Yankee Trader.
Some of the accomplishments his certificate of induction sets out are "traveled over 30,000 miles ... visited 59 ports ... crossed the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and dived into the depths of said oceans ... crossed the International Date Line and the Greenwich Meridian ... crossed the Equator four times ... spliced the main brace on many occasions ... waded ashore in far away places and conversed in foreign tongues with natives everywhere ... feasted on hithertounknown food and drink ... avoided bankruptcy while handling foreign currency."
An exciting dive for Dave was from the remains of the ship Bounty on Britain's colony Pitcairn Island. Following the renowned mutiny by the crew, the Bounty was burned and sank. Dave says it remains where it sank, is corroded and filled with marine life. He found old charred pieces of the wood and nails and kept some of the nails as a souvenir.
With a compressor on board the Yankee Trader, scuba divers could fill their tanks. The dive master was a marine biologist, very knowledgeable and handledeverything under water. Dave dived from almost every port during the cruise. His favorites were the Seychelles, New Guinea and the Bahamas.
His fellow passengers came from all over the world.
Cindy grew up in Florida, in Tampa and Miami. She was a travel agent for a time. She loves to travel, loves history and places and people, and is interested in the culture of all the places she visits or lives.
Dave said, "Cindy did all the research for our cruises."
Cindy and Dave met on a charter cruise to the Bahamas on the sailing ship Dolphin, the first time Cindy had been on a sailing ship. The people who ran the cruise became Cindy and Dave's best friends. After they became friends, Cindy was hired to prepare food for subsequent charters, including "Best Girls" cruises.
Back home in Florida, Dave asked Cindy, "Do you want to go for a ride?" Cindy did.
Dave bought a boat, Patachou, a 44-foot ketch sailboat. Dave and Cindy sailed Patachou among theFlorida Keys, to Mexico and on a memorable trans-Atlantic cruise.
Their trans-Atlantic cruises occurred before all the technology that is available now. They were using a sextant, satellite navigation and celestial navigation. "It was fun, a great adventure," Dave said.
With no refrigeration aboard, Dave praises Cindy for her planning in storing six months of food aboard Patachou. They caught fish to complement Cindy's pantry.
They left on Patachou from St. Petersburg, sailed the Florida Keys to the Bahamas, to Bermuda, and on to the Azores islands in the North Atlantic — "the nicest place in the world," Cindy says. Their voyage continued to Lisbon, Cape Vicente and into Portugal.
While in the Azores they spent most of their time in Horta, the main town on the island of Faial, located directly west of Spain. Cindy said, "Some of our best memories are of the time we spent in Horta."
Horta and neighboring island Pico, which rises 7,000 feet straight up from the ocean, contain every climate zone. Flowers, vegetables and fruits of all varieties grow there. A great variety of wine is produced there.
The island sits on the Gulf Stream and has a whaling history. Today industrial boats fish for tuna. "There is a great scrimshaw industry there," Dave said, displaying a handsome piece he had purchased in Horta.
"You see sailing boats from Europe, the United States, Africa, Australia and South America."
Seafaring visitors are encouraged to paint the name of their boats on the quay, a long white wall along the seafront. Cindy painted Patachou's name on the wall.
"There is a small restaurant on the wharf. We met so many interesting people in that restaurant," Cindy said. "When you go in, the manager seats you wherever there is an empty seat. We talked with people from all over the world."
Dave added, "Cruisers are self-sufficient, smart, curious, adventurous. Kids from many countries are schooled aboard their boats. They pick up languages and are bilingual by age ten."
Dave and Cindy sailed along the Algarve Coast, the medieval Moorish kingdom that is now a province of Portugal. They sailed up the river in Spain from which Columbus sailed when he left in search of what became America.
They next sailed into the Strait of Gibraltar, the passage between Spain and Africa connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Cindy said, "It was like rush hour with all the freighters at sea."
They sailed to Puerto Banus, Spain, "where all the sheiks keep their yachts," Cindy said. They took a side trip to the Balearic Islands, east of Spain, visiting Majorca and Minorca.
They left the sea and bought a car for $1,000 in Spain. They visited almost every country in Europe, missing only Norway. "The dollar was still strong at that time," Dave said.
Having started their land tour in September, winter was approaching. Dave and Cindy flew home from England to go to work to replenish their "cruising kitty."
They had sold Patachou to a Norwegian family they met in the Azores.
Dave recalls that he and Cindy were returning four years later from that "ride" they agreed to take while in St. Petersburg.
Dave was an air traffic controller for 12 years. He had worked for an electrical and plumbing company. He had done other jobs in construction. He was in the process of building a house when he sold it to cruise around the world on the Yankee Trader.
Dave and Cindy left Florida for Arkansas to go to work. Dave's high school friend, Harry Halvorson, was building houses in Little Rock at that time. Little Rock became their base of operation.
Dave had some tools ... a Skilsaw, a wheelbarrow and a hammer. He borrowed a few more tools.
Dave and Cindy bought six lots in a subdivision that had gone bankrupt in a rural town outside Little Rock. They designed and built houses to code. Other builders came in and bought other vacant lots and the subdivision took off.
During the next few years they bought and sailed two more boats, Sirenia and Ariel. And in time sold both.
In 1992 they visited Dave's brother in Montrose and put a contract on property on Cedar Mesa. They moved to Colorado in 1996 and bought their house in Cedaredge in 1997, which they are remodeling into a special place.
Dave's widowed mother and Cindy's widowed mother both live in Florida. They visit them often.
"Our home is in Colorado. We love the mountains but we also love the sea," Cindy says. "We have lots of friends with boats and one has a chartering service in the Bahamas and we really love the Bahamas."blog comments powered by Disqus