Help me go to sea & finish my film!

I've done something awful. I've become involved in a personal creative endeavor that I now must complete. 

My name is Emily. I'm a 28-year-old solo sailor on a mission to journey my boat from Lake Champlain in Vermont  back to the sea.

When I first launched my boat and was charging to weather with a half rotten backstay, whispering to my boat "please don't break," I came up with a question.

When I experienced malfunction after malfunction, hands bloodied and bruised, hours spent crawling in bilges and lockers, hands caked in paint and chemicals, I asked the question again.

Why do I do this for fun?

It kept coming up, my query.

My boat was decommissioned for weeks. I bought and sold a succession of three engines before finding the right one. I fixed my rigging just in time for a gale. I rebuilt hatches. I took off hardware. I put it back on. I sewed tears in my sails. I took measurements. I ordered parts. And I'm not even done. Not even close. 

I met other people in the same situation. Long, hot, arduous days spent working on boats. Sometimes for weeks, months, years. With their help I set out to answer what had been gnawing at me. Why go to sea? 

I quickly realized, however, the question could not be answered here in my home port. I must go out there to  find out. I must keep probing other sailors. I must not give up. I must go to sea.

If you donate to this campaign, I will send you a post card when I reach warm, turquoise waters. I will help another sailor in your honor. I will be able to stay at a dock when there are no safe anchorages. 

Funds will go directly toward keeping the boat afloat and nessecary items such as self-steering, solar, ground tackle. If successful, a portion of the funds will go to better equipment to finish my film including a microphone, tripod, and better editing software. 

If you donate, I will finish my film and hopefully it will inspire others to keep their heads full of dreams even when their bellies are empty.

Fair winds & Following Seas,


Emily Greenberg
Charlotte, VT

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