I started Curious Creek Fibers because I wanted to operate a business that allowed me to be creative in my daily pursuits, carve out my own time to work and play, to experience life in a way that was more free-form. Most importantly, I started it because of my love for the fiber arts and the the community that celebrates them. I have grown, stretched and become enriched by my experiences tending Curious Creek during the past five years, and I plan to continue doing so in the future.
This being said, I have been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that my family and I don't think I should pass by. I have been asked by good friends I met through Curious Creek to crew on their 40-foot Sea Coast sailboat on four upcoming legs of their journey circumnavigating the globe. I will fly into Panama City, Panama, on February 24, 2010, and join Bob and Sue Cross on their s/v (Sailing Vessel) Fugue. We will sail to the Galapagos Islands and French Polynesia, first to the Marquesas and then the Society Islands. I will be part of the crew, which means learning how to operate the sails, read water and wind, and night watches alone above deck to assure the auto-pilot keeps the boat on course, or in rough weather, steering the boat by hand. For 30 to 35 days, depending on the wind, we will be able to see only ocean - known as blue water sailing - between the Galapagos and French Polynesia.
S/v Fugue will join a small fleet of private yachts of varied sizes which are currently 'free-cruising' toward the San Blas Islands in Panama. The group is organized by Blue Water Rallies, a company well known for world class support and coordination.
http://www.yachtrallies.co.uk/index.php/blue-water-rally/aboutbwr.html. Sailing requires open ended dates and I don't have an exact return date. I will fly out of Papeete, Tahiti, some time between late May and mid-June.
I have not made this decision lightly, and I have thought a lot about the implications for my clients and their clients. Every day since the offer came in, I've known that my only choice is to make this trip work. I have dreamed of the colors of the Islands of Galapagos and the South Pacific all of my life, and now is my chance to experience them in a very special and rare way. The spectacular array of color in my future, from tropical green interiors layered with white sand and blue sea to the glittering rainbow of coral reefs and South Pacific cultures, promises an inspired line of hand-painted yarn upon my return. The Curious Creek Fibers studios will be up and running by late June or early July.
While sailing, I will be thinking on class curricula, new products and events. I will use the quiet, peaceful blue water time to continue to find the best way to efficiently bring quality events and products to you. If you have any comments or suggestions for me, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your past and continued support for me, my business and our endeavors together. Your support is what makes this opportunity possible. I look forward to sharing my experiences and rejuvenated soul with you this summer.
Owner ~ Artist
February 23, 2010