Taking Chances (On People)

A Guest Blog from Zero to Cruising

Note from Carl:  The biggest reason I am so drawn to the island lifestyle is to be friends with people who slow down to hear the waves, who yearn to feel the sand and smell the fresh tropical rain. Last week I reached out to Mike and Rebecca sailing Zero to Cruising from Canada to somewhere warm.  They took a big chance by inviting me down.  I arrived to two friendly faces and left having made two friends for life.  Please take a look at their blog “Zero to Cruising” and follow along.  I know you’ll enjoy their daily dose of insights and reality checks when it comes to life adrift.  Thank you Rebecca, thank you Mike. 


It’s interesting to note that in the year that we’ve been traveling, we’ve had only two guests come to see us on our boat. The first, Christian, is a friend who we knew from our days of running a martial arts gym. Maybe half a dozen times, the three of us would end up in the same city to train for a few days. On another occasion, during one of his trips to Canada (Christian is from Denmark), he dropped by our gym for a week or so. So, although I wouldn’t hesitate to call Christian a friend, we couldn’t honestly say that we knew him all that well before his visit.


Relax! ©2011 Carl Grooms

As for our latest guest, Carl, the subject of several of our most recent blog posts, we didn’t know him at all prior to his visit, save for some internet correspondence. We really just took a chance by inviting him to visit, hoping that he would turn out to be as cool as we thought he would be.

As you might have gathered from our posts, we aren’t all that afraid of taking chances. By saying that, I don’t mean that we take risks unnecessarily, such as climbing the mast without being attached to a safety line (or two), but we really aren’t afraid of pushing the limits either, especially when it comes to people. Our last week was a great example of this. If we hadn’t taken the chance on inviting Carl to Grenada, we would have missed out on some really fun and memorable experiences.

Note to anyone else hoping to visit us though: You’d better be super cool, as both of our previous guests have been. They set the bar pretty high. You’d also better email us with a really great pitch on why we should clean up our “garage” to accommodate you. That is a lot of work.












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3 Responses to “Taking Chances (On People)”

  1. chris August 26, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I don’t think you could’ve picked a better couple to go hand out with Carl. I’ve been following their blog for awhile, and they are the real deal it sounds like! Genuine people that know how to enjoy life! Plus I think a party starts the moment they show up someplace! :)

    • Carl Grooms
      Carl Grooms August 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      Chris. Real deal indeed. The island life is what you make of it. Thanks for the comment.

  2. RumShopRyan August 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Great read. It definitely is a chance inviting someone you “really” don’t know to sail with you. But if you don’t take those risks like you mentioned, then you don’t get the reward either.

    I might just have to fill out the same “guest” application Carl did. I won’t get some weird tropical disease on my legs though, I’m tougher than Carl. :)

    Cheers guys!

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