Re: Chapter 1: Our first cruise
Sounds like sailing - mess up a bit, learned a lesson or two, had a great time, and became further addicted.
I have been sailing for 40+ years and sailed for tens of thousands of miles and the summary above still applies.
In South Africa doing lots of boat stuff. Departure north from Cape Town around December 15th. Arrival in the Caribbean around the beginning of February, after 5300 miles or so.