Quetzal - Kaufman 47 "... Never lost, just hard to find ..."

John Kretschmer Sailing

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A Serious Ocean

You know it by the northern look of the shore,
by the salt-worried faces,
by an absence of trees, an abundance of lighthouses.
It's a serious ocean.

North Sea off Carnoustie by Anne Stevenson

Tomorrow will have an island
by William Stafford

Tomorrow will have an island. Before night
I always find it. Then on to the next island.
These places hidden in the day separate
and come forward if you beckon.
But you have to know they are there before they exist.

Some time there will be a tomorrow without any island,
So far, I haven't let that happen, but after
I'm gone others may become faithless and careless.
Before them will tumble the wide unbroken sea,
and without any hope they will stare at the horizon.

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:
to be a discoverer you hold close whatever
you find, and after a while you decide
what it is. Then, secure in where you have been,
you turn to the open sea and let go.

More Poetry...

John Kretschmer Sailing Books! I have written seven books, and contributed to a couple of others over of the years. The ongoing success of my memoir, Flirting with Mermaids, surprises me. It was first published in 1999 and continues to sell in a trade paperback edition that was released in 2003. The Used Boat Notebook, reprints of my popular column in Sailing Magazine, was published in a new edition in 2006. Signed copies of all my books can be purchased here, although you'll save money buying them at Amazon.com and I can just sign them when we go sailing.

Front Cover of Sailing to the Edge of Time 

Sailing to the Edge of Time
Front Cover of Sailing a Serious Ocean 

Sailing a Serious Ocean
Front Cover of The Best Used Boat Notebook 

The Best Used Boat Notebook
Front Cover of At the Mercy of the Sea 

At The Mercy of the Sea
Front Cover of Used Boat Notebook 

Used Boat Notebook
Front cover of Flirting with Mermaids 

Flirting with Mermaids
Front Cover of Cape Horn to Starboard 

Cape Horn to Starboard

John Kretschmer Sailing T-Shirts! Be the most fashionable sailor on your dock with one of my new T-shirts. The front of the shirt displays my logo and the back has a great line drawing of Quetzal (my beloved Kaufman 47) and my tagline, "... never lost, just hard to find" -- no explanation necessary for those of you who have tried to contact me. --JK

The shirts are available in grey or navy blue. They are very nice quality, made of 50% pre-shrunk cotton and 50% polyester. The shirts are available in men's large and extra large, other sizes by special order. The cost is $19.95 plus $5 shipping.

Navy T-Shirt Men's Large

Navy T-Shirt Men's XL

Grey T-Shirt Men's Large

Grey T-Shirt Men's XL

I also have a special shirt available for the ladies, available by special order. The shirt is cut a little tighter and is made of 95% cotton and 5% Spandex. It has the same graphics and is only available in black. The cost is $24.95 plus $5 shipping.

What's New

Two new trips have been added for 2019: Trans Caribe 3 and Adriatic/ Ionian Passage. Click here for details.


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