Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," 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, 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. Plans are to head north. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sailing = Time Expander

Does last July seem like a long time ago? I asked Jim. Yes, he said, because we've done so much since then. It's odd, though, because when we both worked nine to five jobs and most of our days were a series of much-the-sames, last July would feel much more recent. There's something about the passage of time relative to what you're doing... we may be on to something here. Let's call it the Sockdolager effect. If you live big, full-sized days doing what you love, maybe time passes differently. Maybe individual days go fast, but a string of them looped into months is so packed full that it feels like a long time when you look back. Ya think? Certainly life on a sailboat is the elixir, the antidote to my growing alarm, as I get older, at the apparent acceleration of my days.

Cloudy and humid today. The wind has veered (Yay!) to the NNW and we're broad reaching right along the rhumb line. Yesterday we made 118 miles! We're sleeping a lot on off-watches because the motion takes some getting used to, and it has been lumpy out here. The reason we double-reefed the main is because the wind goes suddenly from 12 knots to 20, and we want to be comfortable. So we're rolling the genoa jib in and out as need arises. Boy it's hard typing on a keyboard--the boat lurches and my fingers come down on some other key. Three boats are blogging their voyages as we fan out to the W and SW: Estrellita, Luckness, and Sockdolager. It's fun keeping in touch with them. Go visit their blogs, too!

Sent via Ham radio

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