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Life on the high seas topic for April 21 presentation

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Don and Robin Rose lived on a sailboat for 21/2 years nearly 30 year ago, sailing around the U.S. and Bahamas. They will discuss the experience at 2 p.m. April 21 in the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

Long-time Dublin residents Don and Robin Rose dropped everything, sold their home and moved onto a sailboat, the Robin Lee, nearly 30 years ago.

They'll talk about their 21/2-year adventure on the high seas and the book produced from journals penned while aboard the Robin Lee at 2 p.m. April 21 in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

"I really enjoyed the trip," Mr. Rose said.

"It was very interesting and very different. I want people to know what it's like to live on a sailboat," he said.

"I felt like the only way to let people know is to write a book."

The April 21 talk won't be the first speaking engagement for the Roses.

When they returned from their sailing journey, they were asked to give presentations throughout central Ohio, Mr. Rose said.

"We needed to walk away from our possessions," he said. "I was a lawyer.

"She was a registered nurse. We sold our house, both of our cars and disposed of our furniture by sale, gift or loan... . Everyone thought we were nuts for doing it."

When the couple left in September 1986, Don was 47 and Robin was 36.

They purchased a 30-foot sailboat and departed from Port Clinton traveling through Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to the Hudson River and eventually the New Jersey Coast.

After sailing around the Maryland and New York area, they traveled south on the intracoastal waterway and eventually hit Florida. In Florida, the Roses visited the keys, Dry Tortugas and Palm Beach before spending six months in the Bahamas.

Other destinations the Roses hit included Florida's golf coast, Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Mackinaw Island, the Mississippi River and New Orleans.

Along the way, the Roses made many friends that they are still in contact with to this day.

"We got invited to a Mardi Gras Ball," Rose said. "We made many good friends."

Other sailors the Roses met also helped them in times of need.

"Our transmission went out and we were 90 miles from the nearest boat yard," Don said of their time in the Bahamas.

"But it got fixed ... bad things happened at bad times, but there is a lot of knowledge in the cruising community and they're willing to help you."

The high seas also brought great adventure to the Roses; they experienced two hurricanes, Mrs. Rose helped a man after a shark attack and learned to spear lobsters.

"We never regretted it," Mr. Rose said. "We would do it again."

When the journey was done, the Roses sold the Robin Lee in Fort Walton Beach, purchased two old cars and drove back to Ohio. There was some sadness in leaving the boat.

"It truly became our home," Rose said. "We never felt cramped, never experienced cabin fever.

"It was always good to get back to the boat. When we were tired of our surroundings, we just moved to a different island.

"When we left, Robin cried. She said it was her favorite of all the homes she'd lived in. I felt the same way. It was a great experience."

The 2 p.m. talk on Monday, April 21, is free and open to the public.

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