I JOINED A sailing cooperative started by my high school friend Sabrina and her fiancé Kristian, quit my desk job and hopped onboard their 42 foot trimaran for what would be our first open ocean crossing. After a month at sea, sailing from Panama to the Galapagos archipelago, I had learned more than I could have imagined.
1. Less is more.
When I got to the boat it was hot and humid. Kristian and I started unloading a truck full of provisions, including a gallon of diesel that inadvertently spilled all over my Patagonia duffle. My belongings reeked, no matter how many times I washed or soaked them in Coca Cola and baking soda. We had a good laugh that evening and hid my bag deep within a lazarette. Kristian made me something with rum in it to lift my spirits. I glanced at my current outfit and realized that everything I truly needed, I was wearing.