As you set out for Ithaca
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
angry Poseidon - don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
wild Poseidon - you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony
sensual perfume of every kind
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars
Keep Ithaca always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what those Ithacas mean.
“Whoever you are… come sail with me, this adventure is especially for you.”
“Shared misfortune is only half the pain, shared joy is doubled.”
Time has come to return to Ithaca. Two weeks on a 43 foot Catamaran at the end of June 2011. Contrary to the Cyclades, The Ionian Islands are lush and green. The ancient Italian and Greek cultures meet there, the weather conditions are welcoming and the natural wonders up to the expectations that you are trying hard to not allow.
The sailing voyage includes the Isles of Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos, Leucade & Cephalonie.
If you are candidate for that pleasant exploration, please let us know by the end of September for pre-registration. Full registration will be confirmed after receiving your 30% down payment by October 25th at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may then embrace Penelope after reducing her suitors:
“Out of the cradle endlessly rocking… I, chanter of pains and joys, uniter of here and hereafter, taking all hints to use them, but swiftly leaping beyond them, a reminiscence sing.”
So long Camerado, so long,
Marc & Susie
JUNE 2011: From dream to Reality
Thankyou to the WWSS for a wonderfully recharging two weeks around the Ionian Islands with many unforgettable moments, laughs and joy! Thankyou all for for welcoming me so warmly as a first timer to your “club”. Hoping this is the start of many more to come !! Love & blessings. Bernd - Sydney, Australia, July 1st 2011
Yet again, another wonderful sailing adventure. Thank you for the warm family atmosphere, and for your openness to the changing dynamics of having the younger generation of adults on-board. I look forward to more shared adventures in the future. Thank you for keeping sailing in my life. Much love, Zohar Perla, US California, July 1st 2011.
“…I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with fore thoughts of grief, I come into presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
Much love and gratitude to Walt Whitman and all of you sharing and becoming. Rulik, California, July 1st 2011.
Vathi, Ithaca harbour
Return to Ithaca - last voyage ?
- A last voyage should not be planned for as life calls for more for as long we have the heart to continue - Another beautiful adventure with its laughter & few tears - Francis, July 2nd 2011
Return to Ithaca crew
Odysseus meeting Penelope