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Flying the Whomper

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April 10, 2017

A short video of us flying the “Whomper”, a huge charlie brown colored spinnaker that makes Halcyon grow wings downwind. Here, John handles the sail expertly as we careen down big west coast swell at 9 and 10 knots!

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    Rachel

    April 11, 2017

    This is beautiful!
    You two are amazing. It is really inspiring and hopeful to see you living a time of exploration and freedom! 😄
    Keep it up and good luck with all your adventures.
    Rachel

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      halcyon

      April 11, 2017

      Thanks, Rachel! Appreciate you reading along on the journey.

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    Burke

    April 10, 2017

    Becca & John, so great to see your fair winds and superb sailing! Your mighty fine yacht seems thrilled to run in those conditions; way to go!

    I recall asking you both about your travel intentions whence leaving Seattle, and Becca immediately replied, “South”. There you are!

    Carry on, friends. Be safe.

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      halcyon

      April 11, 2017

      You are very right, Burke! I am happy to be south, where the sun shines every day 🙂 Though we do miss the PNW and all it’s green beautiful glory.

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    Dwight

    April 10, 2017

    Nice video you guys! Nice work catching the dolphins in action. Kevin and i completed ASA 101 this weekend on a very nice Juneau 37 (2005) out of Bellingham. We started of with 25-28 knots and 4-6 chop out of the south on Saturday and then it slowly calmed down in the afternoon.
    Sunday was perfect, 15 subsiding to 10-12 and Sunshine. Had a great instructor, Elizabeth Brown, a Starbucks legal executive the was absolutely awesome.
    Saw allot and learned bunches. ASA 103 on 29th-30 and 104 on May 13-14.

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      halcyon

      April 10, 2017

      So exciting Dwight! Love seeing the photos of you guys out there. Now you need to come visit and practice all you’re learning!

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    Sallie Anne and Carrington

    April 10, 2017

    I love what you two are doing and wish I could have done it. On two occasions I went to Fla. and assisted a close friend with bringing a boat back up the coast to Va.. Many fond memories. All night sailing etc. and the best of it all is the quietness you have.
    Carrington

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      halcyon

      April 10, 2017

      Thanks Carrington, so great you got to do those deliveries! We love being out here, though the overnights are not always fun!

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    Peggy

    April 10, 2017

    Felt as if l was right there with you.
    Thanks for the thrill.

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    Christopher Lindbloom

    April 10, 2017

    Just beautiful! Your parents are friends of ours. We sail a 2014 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469 in the Chesapeake. Thanks for sharing you SOG, boat speed, depth, etc. We NEVER see 150 feet in the Chesapeake! Usually 20-30. Always watching the depth! Chris Lindbloom and Nancy Powell. S/V Bolero

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      halcyon

      April 10, 2017

      Thanks Christopher! The 150 depth is actually not right — it is so deep that the depth sounder can’t read it, so it just blinks an arbitrary number. Sometimes it decides to blink “16” and give us all a scare! It was thousands of feet deep where we were. I actually have never sailed the Chesapeake, would love to get out there sometime! Thanks for reading. Becca

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    Douglas A. Motz

    April 10, 2017

    Great shots of the spinnaker and the fish, assume these are dolphins, looks like a Great trip, wish I was there, it was stiil snowing here in. Uffalo last week.
    Regards, Doug motz

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      halcyon

      April 10, 2017

      Thanks Doug! Yikes, I can’t imagine snow — we are in southern Mexico and it is HOT! Those are dolphins – they love coming to play in the bow wake as we sail along, the faster the better. Thanks for reading along! Becca

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