How to turn your mid-life crisis into something memorable!

What is a mid-life crisis anyway? Isn’t it just a point where you take a step back and evaluate your journey so far on this little rock called planet ‘Earth’? Well, some people have built entire businesses as life-coaches doing this. Why pay someone when you can do it yourself, easily and intuitively?

My name is Ian, in my early 50’s with a single purpose in this life … “save at least ONE life before I die!”

sailing offshore
Ian – author (Left), Oliver – crewmate (Right)

Leading an Intentional life is the goal. Start with the end in mind, and ‘intentionally’ make progress towards it. Simple, right?

Currently, living in the UK with an amazingly tolerant wife and family. What drives me is knowing that my time on earth has made a positive difference to another human being (outside my immediate family clearly) before disappearing into space dust.

Working life is spent protecting people from the harmful effects of high voltage through an engineering design consultancy set up some years ago. Intentionally setting a course to save a life in my professional journey has been a blast – but this site is not about work … it is about the next course to plot, a sailing adventure of a lifetime.

I’m an offshore virgin, set for an adventure to share the trials, tribulations and learnings of someone who has never sailed more than a couple of hundred metres in a Sea Scout dinghy until my last mid-life crisis 2-years ago. And who knows – maybe make a difference in the process.

It seemed like a great idea to learn more about this sailing stuff. So, my daughter and I, as fully fledged offshore virgins, signed up for a race across the Southern and Pacific Oceans in a 70-foot ocean racer courtesy of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Clipper Round the World Race. After all, life is built on memories – And a wonderful piece of advice given to me during a training session was …

… when presented with a choice of two options in life, do the one that will make for a better story” 

Simon Phillips – Skipper

This advice certainly resonated – so I’m sharing this story with you so you can decide if you’d also like to pop your Sailing Offshore Virgin cherry and cross an ocean … and become a sailing offshore virgin too!