Sailing

500 Miles at Sea

500 Miles at Sea

By Jackie Leavitt Even 500 miles away from any sign of land, it’s difficult to shake the feeling that you’re not truly at sea. You look in front of you — at the bow of the sailboat cutting slowly through the blue, rippled salt water […]

Señorita Isabela

Señorita Isabela

By Jackie Leavitt As we approach at daybreak on our sailboat, Isla Isabela rises from the sea with the sun, silhouetted in the glowing pink and purple clouds. We turn around to the southeast side to anchor next to two five-story-tall rock islands: volcanic statues twisting toward […]

Light Oasis

Light Oasis

By Jackie Leavitt The blackness is complete. The sailboat rocks back and forth, the breeze pushing us along from behind, and the vessel feels like an island in outer space. We sail through a void. I can’t tell where the inky ocean meets the black […]

Ghost-Pepper Honey

Ghost-Pepper Honey

By Jackie Leavitt Seaward. I’ve begun to think of her as an evil four-year-old who will gleefully throw everything on the ground, when given the opportunity. I think everything should be in its special spot in the galley. She thinks everything belongs on the floor. […]

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By Jackie Leavitt I sit here, on Seaward off the coast of Southern California, taking in one of the most beautiful sunrises of my life. The sky turned from mysterious dark navy to indigo with cotton candy-colored wispy clouds to a gentle baby blue with golden […]

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving

By Jackie Leavitt I am thankful for so many things. It’s true every year, but this one especially. A year ago, I would have never imagined what I would have done and what I’d currently be doing. It wasn’t even in the realm of possibility. Last […]

Why I’m Seeking the Sea

Why I’m Seeking the Sea

Or, My Sailing Cover Letter By Jackie Leavitt “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships […]

Sunny Salutations

Sunny Salutations

By Jackie Leavitt I wake up in bed and feel all of my muscles tight. I’m stiff all over. I stretch my arms up and crack my wrists — not something I can usually do. Yoga time, I think as I drag myself up and […]

A Bird May Love a Fish

A Bird May Love a Fish

By Jackie Leavitt The bird circles once, twice, before it stops. It lifts up its shoulders in a movement-stopping shrug. It hugs itself, balling up before catapulting down, down, down to the surface of the water. Dropping, and dropping further. You are caught, mid-step, mid-heartbeat, […]

Bananas in Grenada

Bananas in Grenada

By Jackie Leavitt It’s been 45 minutes since the last time I walked slowly and carefully down the marina pool steps into the shallow, four-foot water. Time for another dip. Each stair drops me further and further into the cooling water, washing away the heat […]