Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," and more recently, our Bigfoot29 powerboat, "Raven," from Port Townsend, Washington, USA. In 2009 we sailed north from Puget Sound up the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Queen Charlotte Islands (now called Haida Gwaii.) In 2010 we went back to the west coast of Vancouver Island. In July 2011 we left the Northwest, sailed to Mexico, and in March 2012 we crossed the Pacific to French Polynesia, then on to the Cooks, Niue and Tonga. We spent several months in New Zealand, and in May 2013 loaded the boat (and ourselves) on a container ship for San Francisco. In June and July 2013 we sailed north along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, and in August we arrived home. In October 2016 Sockdolager found new owners, and we are now enjoying Raven, a unique wooden 29' powerboat. We are currently cruising in Canada and Alaska, and hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Great Race

Jim and I have been approached by a sponsor we've never heard of, but are considering their offer. The Friends Of Obese Landlubbers have asked us to sail around the world and document everything we consume along the way. This includes all beer and wine. It's a calorie consumption-versus-endurance race, designed to inspire weight loss and toning via everyday isometric exercises, such as the ones you'd employ on a boat at sea. They are offering to equip the boat with a satellite tracker so you can follow our position. The only hitch is that we must sail backwards, e.g. stern first. This will significantly slow us down. However, we own two Dana 24s, and that means we own two pointy ends. We are looking into the possibility of hitching the boats together, stern-to-stern, so that we will have a bow after all. This would turn the boat into a double-ended schooner with a huge center cockpit and a bar at either end. We will keep you informed of our progress with the Friends Of Obese Landlubbers, whose motto is "All Progress Rarely Is Linear."

OBTW, enjoy this:

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