I am so super proud of myself. I bought a 30ft. Hunter Sailboat in May. I also took a sailing class in Buffalo, NY just waiting on my certification card. I am eager to register for my next class so I can have all my certifications before leaving upstate New York.
It was costly making the purchase, transporting the boat from Watkins Glen to Rochester Marina was $1,500 and that was just to move it 80 miles. I also had to pay for my Marina slip which was $2,100 and not include the fixing of an old boat. It didn't have to many issues but when maintaining a boat everyone knows the acronym "Break Out Another Thousand"they weren't lying. My biggest challenge is getting the boat insured because of it's age. I am hoping they don't make me take the boat out of the water for an inspection because the boat yard charges $270 each time you take it out. Still waiting to hear back from insurance companies it's like they are taking their time. While I wait I am making small repairs and learning how to change my oil by watching youtube.
Inspired by my purchase I developed a youtube channel "Sailing Yemaya" that name was given to me by my mentor Abiodun Oyewole from the "Last Poets". One afternoon I asked Dune what Orisha do I remind you of and he stated Yemaya.
I asked him why, he stated because I was a mother to everyone and her characteristics were motherly to protect the ones she could. As I read more about this Orisha she was known for being the, Ocean Mother Goddess in Santería, an Afro-Caribbean religion practiced around the world. With anchored roots in the Yoruba religion, Yemaya was brought over to the New World by enslaved Africans as early as the 16th century. Yemaya is perhaps the most nurturing of all the Orishas, and it’s believed that all of life comes from her deep nourishing waters. Her strong and protective energy can be found virtually everywhere, but especially near oceans and lakes. She’s associated with the numbers seven and ten, the colors blue and white, pearls, silver, conch shells, and doves. Offerings for her include molasses, coconut cakes, white flowers, and watermelon. Yemaya has a fierce, nurturing, gentle energy often associated with the moon. As the "Mother of All," she is said to help in matters of self-love, fertility, emotional wounds, trauma, and healing work. But if you cross her, disrespect her terrain, or hurt one of her children, she has a serious anger streak. Wielding a broad blade, she’s known to “bathe in the blood of her enemies,” or manifest in the form of a tidal wave. Yemaya is depicted as a woman of color. Radiantly rising from the sea her dark skin shining under the moon, Yemaya rules over her domain with grace, beauty, and maternal wisdom. Mother of Water, Mother of all Orishas, Patroness and Protector of Children and Fishermen. To call upon Her, the proper greeting is, "Ori Ye Ye O". The number 7 belongs to her, representing the seven seas; her devotees wear seven silver bracelets, and she is often seen wearing full skirts with seven blue-and-white layers. Her necklace, ileke, is made of crystal or crystal and blue beads, sometimes with red coral. She is summoned with a gourd rattle.
Please SUBSCRIBE and LIKE my channel "Sailing Yemaya". I am seeking original music because I bought music online and youtube stated it was copy written even though I bought it online. So confused if you have any suggestions please feel free to hit me up or send me some music that is not copy written that I won't be penalized for. Youtube really finds ways not to pay folks that are starting out. I filmed everything myself so if folks have suggestions please leave them in the comments I would appreciate your support.
In the meantime I asked my Sun, Sachee to give me some wavy music without lyrics to help his Mom. Let's see what he brings to the table next week in my next vlog. Pray for me folks that he doesn't give me some crazy tunes or nothing at all...lol