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Watching

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December 7, 2018

*This article appeared in the October publication of 48 North, and then I forgot to share it with you in November. So here it is, to answer the question I know you ponder daily — what is it like to be on watch above the arctic circle?*

My eyes are…


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Sunrise

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October 5, 2018

We were, quite literally, in the middle of the north Pacific Ocean. It was 1,200 nautical miles backwards to Alaska, 1,000 nautical miles forward to Hawaii and 1,300 nautical miles windward to Washington. We were 1,000 miles from anywhere.

The night had been the prettiest yet with a dramatic sliver…


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Day 5

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October 2, 2018

Here is a piece I wrote while on passage from Alaska to Hawaii, but of course didn’t have the internet to post it in real time.

It is the fifth day of passage and I just now feel like my brain has re-solidified from its state of mush enough to…


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Arctic Party Video

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August 19, 2018

Here is a fun video John shot with the drone of our Arctic Party shenanigans. Such a fun time!

I also published a short piece for Cruising World about these shenanigans, if you want some words to go with this video magic.


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The Bering Sea

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August 15, 2018

(I recognize this post is a bit overdue. Now that we are navigating through ice, the Bering Sea feels like another lifetime. But internet is sporadic, and so I’m a bit behind in posting.)

If you would have asked me ten years ago – or five years ago, or even…


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Newsworthy

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July 30, 2018

DogBark! made the news this weekend. You can watch the story here:

Be sure to notice all of the “courtesy of John Guillote” tributes in the corner – he shot a lot of the included video!

Port Townsend departure for northwest passage


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4 boats, 14 people, 3 generations, 2 dogs, a cat and a parakeet

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June 17, 2018

The leaving part is never easy. By the time you’re untying the lines, you’ve concisely described the anticipated journey so many times and answered so many questions, that it no longer feels real, but just a story you tell. There are still a thousand details running through your head;…


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It sure is windy

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February 20, 2018

When we were in Southern Mexico, we had to contend with the Tehuantepecs, forceful winds that tear across the skinny bit of Mexico from the Caribbean and pummel any boats blithe enough to try to cross their path. Halcyon did not enjoy her time in the Tehuantepecs (you can…


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Dreams really do come true

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February 14, 2018

About three years ago, John and I decided it was time for a vacation. Not a vacation in that “take time off work to visit family” kind of way, but a real actual “go somewhere sunny” vacation. Our parameters were: reasonably priced plane ticket, warm and sunny, no major…


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Drama Sells

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January 10, 2018

Drama sells.

My most popular blog posts are the ones about the big winds and temperamental engines, tense moments and broken spirits. (Like this one from our season-ending southern Mexico passage, or this one about a long ago but very memorable Christmas incident).

And so, by contrast, perhaps people don’t want…

John and Becca Guillote

Becca is the writer. She tells vivid stories of authentic moments, highlighting the beautiful, dangerous, dramatic and hilarious with grammatically correct sentences and her tongue held firmly by her cheek.                                                                          
John is the photographer. He portrays the layers of history, emotion, spirit and culture in each moment through his application of light, perspective, and detail. He also takes pictures.

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