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.)



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tonga to NZ day 4

We passed Minirva Reef last night at about midnight. It is actually a seamount 250 miles from Tonga. The reef is circular and four miles in diameter and you can anchor with quite good protection. Three of our friends were anchored but we didn't stop because we had wind and didn't want to waste it (plus it was dark and thus too dangerous to enter).

We have been sailing all day at 3 to 4.5 knots. Seas are less than three feet so it's been pretty pleasant. So far we've come 350 miles with 750 left to go. We're hoping the wind gods continue to look kindly upon us.

Tom's quote of the day "Come to think of it, why drink Gatorade when I can have a beer?".

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