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First Time Sailing With Pirates, in Arizona

If you’re going to get on a sail boat for the first time, it might as well be with self proclaimed Pirates.  Right?


You may have gathered this by now but we almost never turn down an invitation…to just about anything.  So while we were in Lake Havasu our newly acquainted friends John and Suzie invited us out on their boat, we only asked one question.  “Can we bring our friend Cass?”  Not “how long have you been sailing” or “do you have a tendency to say arrrg”.

sailing with friends

We have a habit of committing ourselves before we even know what we are committing to.  Saying “YES” to life is not a problem we have, however we might (maybe) advise being a bit more inquiring along the way.


Good news is we didn’t rape, pillage or require anyone to surrender their booty.  We did however endure a good amount of pirate banter.  It could have turned annoying but luckily their jokes were funny and their pirate impressions were impressive.

pirate hook

John and Suzie were happy to show us the ropes and even let Jason take the Captains Spot for bit.  He looks like a natural…however, we all know there can only be one Captain and I don’t think there will be any debates as to who that will be on our boat!

captain Jason

first mate nikki

looking on land

Now of course the experience wouldn’t have been complete with out a beautiful sunset and….

beautiful sunset

a good sunset pee!

sunset pee

If this is any indication as to what sailing life and most sailors are like, I think we’ll fit right in!  After all, it’s better to sail with Pirates than not to sail at all.  Well, at least that’s our logic.

after sail drinks

Thanks John and Suzie for an unforgettable first! (and to Cass for picking up the tab for our local brews at bites at College Street Brewhouse, a perfect way to celebrate our Virgin Voyage).

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (15)

  • Tim

    Hey Nikki, your blog is amazing and has inspired me to someday take a trip also. I would love to hear about how much experience and training you felt you needed before jumping in (or before setting off). Unless I’m missing it, it would be a great early blog post topic!

    • Curious Minion

      Hey Tim. There’s a “sailing schooled” tab on the sailing page which walks you through their thought process about taking classes and why they chose to wait until they had their own boat. This early vid also talks about their experience going in Happy watching!
      Curious Minion

  • John Bradbury

    We are going to try to go out today as well. Wish you could go with us; winds are supposed to be much better, and the temps are nearly record highs! Bad day for our Third Annual Balloon Festival, but a good day for Pirates!

  • Your pics are great! I love your format. This is really one of the classiest blogs I have ever seen. I don’t know how I found this but I love it. I want to sail with my wife and 5 girls for our next adventure. You look like you are having so much fun. Keep up the good posts.


  • Irene

    I love your spirit! Saying yes before I think about it is more my style, too! I’m so glad to hear again about a great experience!! Keep up the good fun!

  • Churchie

    Awesome looking, just love your pic’s , We have started our trip south from the frozen Nova Scotia . First night at Wally World Calais was cold Brrrrrrrrrr , into our second day. This is a great post of yours and we look 4 ward 2 your next one Thank U for Sharing
    Churchie 10 – 7

  • mary

    Looks like a good time! Was there any wind, it looks
    pretty calm.

  • David

    It looks like a good start,, Remember there are no ropes on a sail boat and nobody throwing up is a bonus.Chocolate is the best thing for sea sickness, it tastes just as good comming up as it did going down.

  • Looks like great fun but me thinks you got a lotta practising to do before you can cross the might Atlantic maties!! har har har…

  • Mike

    Beautiful oictures!! Looks cold? What kind/size of boat???
    What lake were u on??


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