“Everyday I choose to live in connection with the earth, the ocean, and the inhabitants who live on her. I’m here to share my journey with you in the hopes it may inspire you to live in alignment with your passion too.”
A little about me
Finding freedom through tragedy
I started sailing in effort to become the first double amputee to circumnavigate the world solo. On June 18th 2014, with limited sailing knowledge and even more limited funds, I casted the dock lines on my $12,000, seen-better-days, 1968 35ft Alberg sloop. My journey may have started with some heartbreak, a little ignorance, and a massive chip on my shoulder. This same journey and I have evolved to what I hope becomes a lifelong platform for adventure and exploration. I no longer care about a record, being first, or any publicity about my trip. I think what has made my journey to date so interesting is becoming part of a tight sailing community and my interactions with island peoples through the pacific and Asia. Many places I visit don’t have internet, hospitals, antibiotics, or any reliable source of outside information. One of the most unique experiences I have is interacting with remote islanders whom have never seen a person survive injuries as serious as mine, let alone see them sail solo to their home. Misadventures with my love life seem to also be entertaining for my fellow sailors.
My journey began October 18th 2008 though i didn’t know it at the time. In the early hours of the morning I was in a head on collision with a drunk driver which cost me my left arm, left leg, and nearly my life.
I celebrate this day every year.
On this day I was left for dead on the side of the road with my arm ripped from my body. Doctors told my parents, my friends, and me that I would likely die. I heard my mother and fathers voices tremble and shake over the phone from thousands of miles away as they tried to be strong for me. I was on a hospital bed with a punctured spleen, punctured lung, aspirated, traumatically amputated arm, broken scapula, and foot broken beyond repair.
On this day I chose to live, and I celebrate it every year. Through a difficult recovery process, financial despair, bouts of depression, and constant frustration I had no choice but to seek a different way of life.
At the time of my accident I had a very comfortable western lifestyle. Nice house, business, Mercedes, fishing boat, and an Ill-fated Honda RC-51 motorcycle. Through poverty, bankruptcy, and an IRS offer and compromise I find myself knocking on the door of understanding abundance in its true form. Though I still have very little money or assists, by my definition I’m nearly completely self-supporting simply by not needing much or consuming. Tiama and her contents are everything I own on this planet but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
In most countries I can live comfortably on less than $200 usd if I don’t buy beer. I consider my life to be rich because I am owned by no-one and a soldier of fortune and come and go as I please. I’ll be adding experiences along the way and if you like my content then please follow me on Instagram or like my Facebook page The Single Handed Sailor
There are many more adventures to be had and I’d like to show you spectacular parts of the world so perhaps you can generate some of your own ideas for (mis)adventures.
If you’d like to drop me a line to say hello, feel free to email me. If you would like to support by contributing to supplies and other necessities, your donations will be graciously accepted via GoFundMe.
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