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 the Pacific Northwest, and hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Fair-Weather Passage (So Far)

At sea, Niue to Tonga: Seriously fine weather has plagued us (just kidding) since leaving Niue, and we enjoy it knowing that the next big passage, to New Zealand, will probably not be so fine. We're moving slowly, having covered 100 miles in 27 hours with 150 to go, but it beats 30 knots. Although Sockdolager is not big enough to dodge weather systems underway and therefore not able to employ some strategies suggested by a professional weather router, we still plan to use the services of Kiwi meteorologist Bob McDavitt, whose forecasts have to date been extremely accurate.

But for now we have a month to enjoy Tonga, a place where good anchorages are so plentiful that someone numbered them ("Meet you in Number Ten!"). Right now we're sailing wing-and-wing on a 6 to 10 knot easterly, doing 2.5 to 4 knots. The sun shines on a blue sea, cheery clouds race past, the swell's not too big, and life is good.

Jim, after Karen read the above to him: Jeez, sounds good, wish I was there... wait, I AM here!

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