After we applied fresh paint to the topsides and cabin top and bottom paint to the bare keel, Meggie looked smashing, especially with her new nameplates proudly placed at her bow. She was ready to go, and so were we. On July 31, 2006, after three years of work and preparation and after delaying our departure date three times, we headed out of Thornbury's harbor for the last time, beginning what we hoped would be a long journey. We hoisted sails on that beautiful day, and we haven't stopped sailing since. As I write this, we've been cruising for nine months, and we've been married for five years. We're currently preparing to leave the Dominican Republic for Puerto Rico, and we're planning to spend hurricane season in Venezuela. We'll keep going as long as we can and as long as it's fun.