Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing off into the sunset, traveling the world, new adventures in every port?
Your billowing sail, an Akoya pearl, creamy soft-white, gliding across a sun-dappled sea of diamond light.
Leave Portland, Maine – hug the coastline south to get our sea legs; destination Charleston, SC. Enjoy some southern charm before the real adventure begins.
From Charleston it’s a straight shot out to Bermuda, 10 days with favorable conditions. Regroup, relax, then it’s another 20 days to the Azores before landing in Portugal… Porto, Portugal – with medieval castles, cobblestone streets and port wine.
We’d make our way into the Mediterranean, hop and skip along the southern coast of Spain then meander along the Cote D’Azure of southern France. Italy of course, the Almafi Coast and a week in Capri, why not two? Cappuccino mornings, Prosecco afternoons – time ebbs, time flows, no particular place to go.
All of us dream. We have big dreams and small dreams. Some dreams remain just that: dreams, while others blossom into reality.
A young couple came into the store on an early September afternoon. They were looking for an engagement ring. We looked at diamonds, we explored Maine tourmaline, but quickly settled at the blue sapphire case.
She had dusty blond hair, was quick to smile and enthused. He was tall, thin, friendly and focused.
As we looked at different ring options I asked a few questions and learned that they grew up in a landlocked mid-western state. I was curious what they were doing in Maine.
The young man said he had become interested in sailing. He had acquired a small boat to play around with on a lake near his home. He knew next to nothing of sailing before he got the boat and didn’t know much more when the two of them left less than a year later for a sailing adventure.
They flew to Florida, signed up for a three-week sailing course, then bought a sailboat and headed for the Caribbean. It was late winter when their adventure really began: island hoping, snorkeling off small island cays, enjoying the sun of youth. They learned as they went. I imagine there were many surprises.
As the sun’s warmth crept north they sailed up the eastern seaboard. It was late August when they made it to Maine and eventually found a mooring in Sommes Sound on Mount Desert Island. I asked where their favorite place had been along their journey. They both smiled and without a moment’s pause said Maine.
They’d fallen in love with Penobscot Bay which, in their opinion, had the best sailing of their trip. They’d also fallen in love with Sommes Sound, a fjord carved into the island. She told of early morning coffee on deck with porpoises playing just off the boat. He talked about days exploring carriage trails and hiking mountain paths by the sea.
They were starting their journey back to the Caribbean for the winter. Maine had come to hold a special place in their hearts, which was why they were in our store that day; they wanted her engagement ring to be from Maine. They said after their wanderlust had been satisfied, they could see themselves establishing roots somewhere along Maine’s mid-coast.
She chose a blue sapphire ring. I imagine their mutual love of the ocean influenced her decision. I think of this young couple often. The freedom of youth is an opportune time for exploration, but it’s really never too late to sail away and make a dream come true.
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