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A day in the passage life: Part 3 – The Hole

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May 30, 2019

That ideal trade wind sailing didn’t last like we wanted it to. As we tracked further south, we sailed right into a hole with no wind at all, and now that hole has expanded out in front of us all the way to the Gambiers. We only have about…


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It takes 6 months

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May 2, 2017

*This is my article published in April’s issue of 48 North. You can head here to read the magazine version*

Before we left Seattle, those that had cruised before all agreed it would take us six months before we truly slowed down. Of course, if we asked the same 12…


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Adventuring to Dinner

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April 14, 2017

 

The guidebooks rave about this place; a “cruiser’s paradise” they call it. Embodying what Mexican cruising should be, they say, it holds the honor of cover photo. A calm anchorage at the base of a European style whitewashed resort that climbs the hillside, dotted with palm trees and draped…


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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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Cruising is Different than Living Aboard

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April 7, 2017

*This is my article for March’s issue of 48 North. You can check out the magazine version here (pg 36)*

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For five years before cutting the lines to go cruising, we lived aboard our Valiant 40, Halcyon, in the Pacific Northwest. For five years, she served as our home while…


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A day in the life (chapter 1)

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March 27, 2017

 

I have never been the type to enjoy recounting the details of my daily activities – either in a journal or on my blog. I find it feels monotonous, both for the writer and the reader.

But the most common question I receive is some variation of “what do your…


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It’s a big day!

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March 24, 2017

A momentous occasion, you might say. I’m waiting for someone to arrive with champagne to celebrate us. I’ve got the champagne glasses and the party hats all ready to go. They must be late…

If Halcyon was a car, she would be an antique (sorry girl, but it’s true). If…


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Getting Spoiled

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March 4, 2017

Cruising is not all sunshine and roses… but that’s hard to remember right now. We pulled into Barra de Navidad about a week ago, and I think we’re in love.

Let me back up. As we looked at route planning before leaving Seattle, our attention was drawn over and over…


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February 48 north article

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February 6, 2017

The new magazine is out! Check out page 50 for my article about scrambling.
Click here to access the magazine online.

(the photo is just the 1st page of the article – head over to 48 north to read the whole thing!)


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2016 By the Numbers

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January 28, 2017

 

This post is for my fellow left-brained number crunchers.

We left on August 14th, which means we were cruising for 20 weeks, or 140 days, in 2016.

In that time, we traveled 2,780 nautical miles
Which took us 550 hours of travel time
That is an average speed of 5 knots

Of that 550…

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