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Haul-out at Essington PA (Fox Grove Marina) schedule for a 7.5ft high tide at 1:30 on Monday October 28.

Only a handful of day sails this year.

This is the earliest haul-out I have had for at least 10 years. I usually haul-out late November.

This years work schedule has been good for the wallet but not good for sailing and November is going to leave me with no time for sailing.

Semi-retired is not the same as retired. I have promised myself that 2020 will be part time teaching and no new projects, so I will be free to sail long weekends April, May and September, October with longer sails June, July and August.

So how do others handle the transition from work to retirement. Not picking up the phone, changing the phone number, moving with no forwarding address, learning to say NO?

I'm semi-retired:took a part time job in my field. I find the biggest problem is me. I catch myself putting in more than my 20 hour/week commitment. I say, "Sure I can do that," without mentioning I'd planned to go sailing. So... my hope for next year: fix me! Like you, I did very little sailing this year and am commiting to more next year.

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I’m trying to figure this out now also. When you find out let me rknow😃😃😃😃


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...Semi-retired is not the same as retired. I have promised myself that 2020 will be part time teaching and no new projects, so I will be free to sail long weekends April, May and September, October with longer sails June, July and August...
If you get down to Rock Hall area, let me know your plans. I'd love to meet up with you like we did several years ago when we sailed the Delaware.

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...So how do others handle the transition from work to retirement. Not picking up the phone, changing the phone number, moving with no forwarding address, learning to say NO?
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I’m trying to figure this out now also. When you find out let me know��������
This topic probably deserves its own thread, since I have a feeling that many of us are in a similar stage of life. I'd love to get out of the daily whirlwind, but I've got a dozen reasons why it's not time yet. However, those reasons will never go away - I just have to decide to ignore them. Without getting into a laundry list, here are a few major points:

As Dave noted about himself on another thread, sailing does not define me. I enjoy it as a hard-earned escape from the pressures of work, but without those pressures it might just become perpetual escapism. Plus, it's awfully expensive with my current boat, and having such a large expense on a "fixed income" may play games with my psyche, even though my retirement advisor tells me I'll be able to afford it. Even now it plays games with my psyche, but I feel I need to do it while my mind and body are still able.

I really want a greater sense of purpose, and haven't figured out what my next step should be to get me there. I'm finishing my third term on School Board, where I was President and had served alongside our newly elected Congresswoman. I've seen her a few times since she went to DC, and everytime I run into her she says, "You're next. You should do what I did and move from School Board to Congress." (Last time my reply to her was, "find me a district to run in.") With my frequent travels to Milwaukee, I'm already feeling too detached from my community, and my next step needs to be something that brings me home.

In the end, what forces me to retire may be something more personal like my father taking ill and needing my help. He's alone down in Virginia, about 4-5 hours away by car. My sister is only about an hour from him, but there's a lot of tension there, and I could imagine walking away from work to help him.

First, baby steps: For the first time in my life, I'm going to "buy" an extra week of vacation in 2020. Hey, it's a start. With a daughter in Japan, a son in Seattle, and another son that could end up anywhere, there's a lot I should do with the extra week...maybe even do a week-long sail, which we've never done.

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If you get down to Rock Hall area, let me know your plans. I'd love to meet up with you like we did several years ago when we sailed the Delaware.





This topic probably deserves its own thread, since I have a feeling that many of us are in a similar stage of life. I'd love to get out of the daily whirlwind, but I've got a dozen reasons why it's not time yet. However, those reasons will never go away - I just have to decide to ignore them. Without getting into a laundry list, here are a few major points:

As Dave noted about himself on another thread, sailing does not define me. I enjoy it as a hard-earned escape from the pressures of work, but without those pressures it might just become perpetual escapism. Plus, it's awfully expensive with my current boat, and having such a large expense on a "fixed income" may play games with my psyche, even though my retirement advisor tells me I'll be able to afford it. Even now it plays games with my psyche, but I feel I need to do it while my mind and body are still able.

I really want a greater sense of purpose, and haven't figured out what my next step should be to get me there. I'm finishing my third term on School Board, where I was President and had served alongside our newly elected Congresswoman. I've seen her a few times since she went to DC, and everytime I run into her she says, "You're next. You should do what I did and move from School Board to Congress." (Last time my reply to her was, "find me a district to run in.") With my frequent travels to Milwaukee, I'm already feeling too detached from my community, and my next step needs to be something that brings me home.

In the end, what forces me to retire may be something more personal like my father taking ill and needing my help. He's alone down in Virginia, about 4-5 hours away by car. My sister is only about an hour from him, but there's a lot of tension there, and I could imagine walking away from work to help him.

First, baby steps: For the first time in my life, I'm going to "buy" an extra week of vacation in 2021. Hey, it's a start. With a daughter in Japan, a son in Seattle, and another son that could end up anywhere, there's a lot I should do with the extra week...maybe even do a week-long sail, which we've never done.

Funny how our lives parallel at times. I was also on the School BOard for 6 years. Was very rewarding . DC on the other hand is a cesspool .

I’ve had a front row seat at the House of Representatives for 12 years . They all come with best intentions . But they need 6-12 million every two years to get elected. ITs a patronage’s system. You can do good at a local level, but in DC . Your a money whore to special interest and deals making sausage.

Keep your eyes open. I never liked the idea of owing someone.


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I started a new thread under General Discussion "Transition to retirement"

I plan on a Chesapeake trip May or June 2020 with at least one stop in Rock Hall.
I will let you know when after the 2020 splash.

We are tentatively planning renting a villa in Italy in May or June for a large family reunion (relatives in Ireland, UK, Spain and Italy), so that will determine if my Chesapeake trip will be May or June.

I get to research and book a villa for two to three weeks, so it will be on a coast with maybe a sailboat for one week.

This I would assume is the start of my transition from semi-retirement to retirement.

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We made it into the Chesapeake yesterday through the C and D Canal, so I can post on this thread now! So far the upper Chesapeake is lovely. The crab pots are my only complaint. Sorry for the random post. This has been a dream of a few years. This sure beats hauling and winterizing.
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We made it into the Chesapeake yesterday through the C and D Canal, so I can post on this thread now! So far the upper Chesapeake is lovely. The crab pots are my only complaint. Sorry for the random post. This has been a dream of a few years. This sure beats hauling and winterizing.
Welcome

Most of the crabbers are done. Should have been here in August and September. The ride up the Delaware River is one my least favorite treks.

Do you have itinerary yet?
How long you staying?
Many really nice places to see.

You’ve come at one of the prettiest time, and no shortage of wind.


And yes, nice not to HAVE to pull the boat in the winter.


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Looking ahead to 2020...Save the date! The Mariners Museum in Newport News, VA and Landfall Navigation have opened registration for their 2020 SAFETY AT SEA SEMINAR! To be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020, the seminar will once again offer the US Sailing OFFSHORE certification (classroom only, not the in-water program). Topics include emergency communications, crew overboard and recovery, safety equipment, life rafts, signal flares, dealing with large ships, crew health, cold water exposure and marine weather. Come see presentations from the National Weather Service, Virginia Pilots, retired USCG and Naval officers and experts in boating safety. Featured again will be nearly every type of safety gear and equipment for you to see, touch and ask questions about. See a liferaft-- from the inside out! New this year all attendees will receive a copy of US Sailing's Safety at Sea: A Guide to Safety Under Sail and Personal Survival (retail value $25.95). Register early for a discount. More info and to register, go to: https://www.marinersmuseum.org/safety-at-sea/
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Do you have itinerary yet?
How long you staying?
Many really nice places to see.
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We don’t have a hard and fast itinerary. We are mostly just skipping our way South. I am sure you could spend a lifetime exploring here. So far we stopped at Elk Neck State Park, Betterton, and are currently enjoying Rock Hall. We will likely head to Annapolis tomorrow. Thanks for the welcome!
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Check out St Micheals and in the same area the Wye River
On the Choptank. Heck out Oxford
Solomon’s is worth a couple Days
Rapahannock is nice

Make sure you visit Yorktown and go to the new center. If you stay a couple days and rent a cheap Enterprise car...they will pick you up visit the first colony at Jamestown, Williamsburg

Lastly Newport News Maritime Museum has the Civil War Monitor in it. Fascinating museum
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