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.)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Arrived in Tonga

After a nice 2.5-day downwind passage we arrived in the Vava'u Island group in Tonga, and found ourselves in the middle of Regatta Week! What timing. Our friends from Buena Vista, Orcinius, Charisma, The Rose, Vadda, and several other cruising boats are here, and it's quite a gathering in Neiafu Harbor - could be as many as 100 boats here, but there's plenty of room. There's a nice atmosphere, very friendly, and we'll have more in a few days. Just wanted to let you know we arrived safely.

Sent via Ham radio


  1. Congratulations! Enjoy your vacation! alex

  2. Sounds great ... glad ya'll had a nice passage!