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, December 5, 2012

Tonga to NZ day 11

The wind and seas came up last night around 8pm. Since then we have been sailing under a fully reefed main and storm staysail. Sockdolager is rolling a bit but we are making pretty good progress in the big seas. We have about 110 miles to go. If luck holds we'll get into port tomorrow evening, otherwise Saturday. We can almost smell it now.

Tom's quote of the day: "You know, if you look forward instead of backward it's a lot less scary", said after 4 hours in the cockpit watching 10 to 15 foot dark grey seas roll under and past us from astern.

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